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Veritas can suck my balls [Apr. 7th, 2005|10:22 pm]
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Thanks to my leasing of mojo to jgp, I have found yet another oxymoron. Intelligent disaster recovery.

The concept of IDR is simple; make a bootable CD that can load a basic OS and automagically connect to the backup server (a server that holds backups, not a secondary server) to download the most recent backup to restore onto itself. It even works, somewhat. Except for when it decides to restore onto the backup server, as opposed to onto itself, for some ungodly reason likely having to do with co-workers being in a hurry.

Of course, the permissions wouldn't allow file restoration like that, so it failed. Except somehow the registry hive managed to be restored on top of the existing registry on the backup server.

Of course, this happened several days ago, and everyone noticed the weird "failed restore" messages, but didn't realize there was one component which restored successfully. Today, we rebooted the backup server, and it comes up in 640*480*16, sans novell login, bitching about hardware changes. Shit.

Totally fucked the backup server. It's like an episode of Get Smart where Hymie the robot has smoke pouring out his ears. The OS is just scrambled beyond beleif; it's like mashing two computers into one.

Of course, this happens three days after I get a new tape library setup on the thing, and mangle its config sufficiently to have organized backups in the future.

Of course, the last backup of the backup server was a week ago.

On a more positive note, I'm still the most observant in the office; noticing immediately that no red N is a big uh oh. And the server name difference on login, that was a definite hint.

I still have the unique trait of giggling at the absurdity of what happened, just like another incident long ago where the SAN array partitions were deleted by a stupid service pack. Everyone else is still going "What the fuck happened?" and being all solemn and I'm thinking this is the funniest shit ever, looking through the backup binder to find which tape to pull[1], because it is so clear that nothing man-made will ever make that work again.

[1] Not strictly necessary these days, what with to disk backups. And as for that SAN incident, we pulled a rabbit out of our ass in the form of $300 undelete software for NCS SBD NSS[2] partitions, and didn't end up needing to restore anything from tape.

[2] It's a Novell thing. Novell Cluster Services Split Brain Detection NSS... NSS... You know, I dunno what NSS stands for. It's a Novell volume type, so... Novell Storage Subsystem? Named Switch Service? Nah, that's something to do with unix authentication. Fuckit, it's bedtime.

[User Picture]From: babyofthegroup
2005-04-07 11:10 pm (UTC)
I *adore* your icon.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-07 11:45 pm (UTC)
I have to comment on the icon too - my best friend just got on the pre-approval list for the new Sac Towers, the 2nd bedroom of which might just be going to me. Pity.

Anyways, we were joking that after he passed the mortgage approval hurdle, they'd invite him down to the office to roll 2 20-sided dice... and the product of the numbers that came up was the size, in square feet, of the apartment that he'd be getting in the towers. =)
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-04-08 09:09 am (UTC)
I love the icon too; stole it from someone the instant I saw it. Totally the "bad shit happened to me randomly" icon. Now if only I knew how to play D&D :)
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-08 09:21 am (UTC)
From my experience (not that all D&D players are like this; just most of the ones I know), here's your checklist:
- Wear glasses
- Don't groom yourself regularly and forget to bathe on occasion
- Wear a trenchcoat EVERYWHERE
- The Official Rule Book can NEVER leave your side, you must have it with you everywhere - at work, in the car, in the bathroom - just in case your honor is called into question and you need to prove someone wrong
- Use kinky-sounding terms like "gamemaster" in everyday use, without realizing how dirty it sounds
- Insist upon continuing the game, role-play like, in real life (like insisting that you're a Troll, and that people call you by your name in the game)

Then again, I know a couple of HOT gay boys that are totally addicted to the game, and they don't really do any of the above... =)
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-07 11:42 pm (UTC)
The subject line caught my eye, since that's what we use for all of our backups (well... except for my lab, of course) ;-) Can I take a moment to say how glad I am to NOT have Novell ANYWHERE on our network? It was eradicated like a plague about 5 years ago. Quite nice.

I'm amazed at how a Veritas master server can control the backups for many, MANY physically distributed sites - and it can take em all on at once. But you want a recovery? Fuck that, it's one, maybe two, at once, if you're lucky.

Oh... and should you need the mojo back, feel free to ask... no need to come repo it or anything. I'm happy to share it as needed. =)
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-04-08 09:07 am (UTC)
Novell Directory Services is ok. MS Active Directory is ok. They both have their sucky moments. I'd say I like AD more; better interfaces to it than NDS's console1.

Netware servers, OTOH, suck much less than windows servers, only because too much stuff requires logging into the console (via mstsc or whatever) on windows.

Needless to say, veritas requires lots of tweaking to be happy. And veritas is not happy when it's busy restoring some other server's backup ontop of itself. Lord knows how it managed to pull that off remotely.

As for the computer mojo, sounds like neither of us will need it anytime soon, what with you heading for the north coast and me heading for SF. I expect the other guys to have make it all happy by the time I get to work today. (mmm, love being the intern!)
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-08 09:15 am (UTC)
Ah, lucky you. I know that I've got a BUNCH of unhappy developers, because they asked me to rebuild their crap Wednesday - and I did, and they OK'd it, said it looked fine - then they started picking up on all of these little problems last night. This account doesn't work. This DNS entry is resolving wrong. SQL isn't installed on this machine. Etc. Etc.

I fixed the easy stuff, to be nice, but I'm ignoring the rest till I come home... after all, they DID know that I was gonna be gone...

Enjoy SF! Hope you're doing something fun down there... =)
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-04-08 09:17 am (UTC)
birthday party. not mine.

Should be interesting; I'm in charge of the vodka bringing.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-08 09:23 am (UTC)
So... you're taking the "vodka" in the screw-top plastic jug for the party, and the good stuff for yourself, I hope?
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-04-08 06:20 pm (UTC)
I've got the makers mark. (no, not like that! bad! I mean the wisky)

I'm bringing absolut, so, while not quite ketel one or grey goose, still respectable.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-08 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha indeed... nothing wrong with a nice bottle of Absolut. I can only handle Ketel One when we're camping... and I prefer Grey Goose when I'm sitting in Mom's hot tub. =)
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From: dark_wolfe
2005-04-08 09:16 am (UTC)
Ouch--never had that happen, but I can totally see it. I feel your pain.
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