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Amsterdam, Pt. III or, Back in the Saddle

Posted on 2006.09.06 at 09:59
Current Location: 12010
I'm working with a Windows "server" here, as a front-end to a SAN. On this *shiver* ntfs SAN is a directory with thousands of lost files. Our direction: Find out where they go, and put them there.

The three of us are unix geeks, and we knew we could do this with shell scripts and simple unix commands. None of us are DOS guys. The SAN is mapped to two servers, the production and the test. We were not to touch the prod server, and told not to break the test server. Hmmm.

Because we all knew this would be so much easier with unix, I turned to a tool I had never used before - but didn't want to install it on the test server, and access it via Terminal Server...just in case. The local IT guy added my laptop to the local domain, mapped the SAN drives directly to it, and I installed cygwin. I now had a unix commands I could run against windows files! I feel alive again; using unix to troubleshoot difficult issues.

As great as this news was, it uncovered some unsettling information. Running our commands, we identified several sub-directories in which were identically named files of different sizes. At long last, I settled on a recursive long-listing of every file in the main directory. Because the size difference of these files were significant, I was hoping the long list, if sorted by size, would reveal what the majority of these file sizes were - so we could choose the correct one, and dismiss the other. That's when a planned power-outage had the unfortunate side-effect of removing our access to the server. So here we sit.




In other news, my boss referred to us to as "Team Daedalus" (from Space Cowboys) when he introduced us to the Regional CIO. I couldn't believe it.

Comments:


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-09-06 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
I guess you must be Donald Sutherland's character.

You know the balding blind one.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-07 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. And you're the prick who consorted with the Russians that no one likes?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-09-07 19:01 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. And you're the prick who consorted with the Russians that no one likes?

No, that was Scurvydurx I hate the bolshevicks!!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-07 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
What a prophetic post not too many short days ago...
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-07 02:24 (UTC) (Link)
I know - how cool is that?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-07 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
it's like we're in...The Twilight Zone

Did you tell him about your post?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-07 09:49 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes.
Renegade
leonardii at 2006-09-07 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
Unix commands in DOS, eh? That's awesome. I must see this for myself.

Thanks. :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-07 09:51 (UTC) (Link)
cygwin is a free download. I just never had any use for it before now, and will in all likelihood, not use it again. But if that's exactly what you need...
irulan_amy at 2006-09-07 14:52 (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, that's awesome! You mentioning it last week makes

me want to watch it again. :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-07 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
Me too!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-09-07 19:03 (UTC) (Link)
Me three!!! I have it right here to watch again.
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