May 9th, 2020


12-Days of Unix

Wow let's see, Thursday I spent all day building, populating, and learning how to use the new Registration Management Tool (RMT) the SLES15 replacement for their Subscription Management Tool (SMT), which I had planned on building one day, but necessity as they say is indeed the mother of invention; I couldn't move forward with out it.

I'd had some weird unix-troubleshooting dream that morning, awaking with a start and suddenly knowing how to install virtual machines directly from the SAN. Alexa informed my groggy ass it was three-hours earlier than I usually get up, so I shrugged on some shorts, grabbed a cup of coffee and starting working straightaway. As it turned out, that was the easy part.

Its not like you can google, "How come an ESXi SLES15 vm can install over FC-SAN but can't boot from it?" which was my day all day Friday. Well, actually you can ask but the answers are usually far too granular, far too vague, or some 12-year old thinks you're talking about double-clicking a Windows icon. As I had to work production maintenance this evening, I played around with it on and off some more. Admittedly, I know very little about fiber channel, very little about storage attached networks, and very little about hypervisor interactions with host bus adapters (and SLES15 seems just different enough from SLES12 to complicate these matter), so its not like I was expecting to get it right the first time. Or the second, for that matter.

In the midst of all this I'm still teaching my wife unix, I've picked up another student of sorts, and have worked something like 12-days straight, 70-hours this week alone. And I haven't been able to play Dungeon Siege in two days :(