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Feb 13, 2007


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skipdogg posted:

This thread should try to stay focused on working in IT environments, how to get a job in IT, how to move up in IT, and be more career focused.

I disagree, this is a technical subforum about hardware and software, not about job interviews or social tips. I feel this thread should be focused on the technical aspect of IT, there are specific subforums like this one for career and salary related things.

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Docjowles posted:

Administer Windows Server 2000

Nice.

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My department (~30 sysadmins for a very large company) has a pretty high average age too. Company tends to keep people for a long time, our main VM guy has been here 35 years and is retiring in the next few. I would think average age and whatnot definitely depends on the type of company, location, and compensation.

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Aunt Beth posted:

For all the sysadmin types out there, about what percentage of your architecture is x86 compatible and what's proprietary (like POWER, SPARC, zEnterprise, etc)? I work for a certain blue behemoth so my picture of what people run is kind of skewed.

Vast majority is x86 but we have a bunch of SPARC systems as well as my favourites, some old MIPS IRIX systems.

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FISHMANPET posted:

So just for the hell of it, the wife and I are pondering fleeing the US for Canada or somewhere in Europe. Anyone have any experience with something like that, specifically in IT? I know there are lots of IT jobs in New Zealand, but how does it look in other countries?

Canada's IT market is pretty saturated, we're in a massive scary housing bubble like that other guy said (some places like Vancouver where I am are way way worse), and the average salary is lower with a much higher cost of living and much higher taxes. Think about it objectively before you think we're just a nice place to flee to

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Fiendish Dr. Wu posted:

But Vancouver looks like a freaking utopia compared to basically any place in the US.

Don't get me wrong, even as someone who lives here with the typical Vancouverite attitude of bitching and grumbling about everything, Vancouver is a loving beautiful city with so much to do and amazing transit and everything. But it's expensive as gently caress and some job markets are awful and oversaturated with low salaries.

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evol262 posted:

IRIX isn't actually that exotic, though SGI's hardware was. IRIX is so run-of-the-mill that you can use pkgsrc on it.

Yeah, the bit I've done on it, it's basically just a standard BSD-like OS. The hardware though, holy loving hell.

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Well there's a lot more to jobs other than salary, I sure as poo poo do not company hop every 2 years.

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I would really like to meet the sysadmin in Vancouver, BC that makes 150k/year. Location is everything.

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Comradephate posted:

Meanwhile here in the glorious bay area of outrageous real estate prices, 150k is decidedly midrange, though I have no experience with internal IT - just support and operations, so maybe it's a lot different.

Haha please, Vancouver is the worst/most expensive real estate market in Canada, and one of the worst in North America. Salaries here generally have trouble matching cost of living, it's pretty rough for the average person here.

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Comradephate posted:

I'm not sure I understand the point of your comment.

Are you trying to argue that where you live sucks?

You've convinced me, I won't move to Vancouver.

No, I was responding to your comment that 150k is midrange somewhere with insane real estate prices. 150k is so high end it doesn't happen here for sysadmins, in a place with insane real estate prices.

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Dr. Arbitrary posted:

I almost said "At least all the words in your custom title are spelled correctly," and then I realized there's supposed to be a 'Z' in virtualized.

Uh excuse me, America is bad at english

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tadashi posted:

I may have a chance at an interview for a technical position with a startup soon where the culture appears to be "hip nerd company". I've only ever worked in corporate IT so I've only ever worn suits to my interviews. When people interview for these kinds of companies, what the hell do you wear to the interview?

Bring some kind of animal like a ferret.

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I had to write some pseudocode on a whiteboard for my interview, but it was for a job with a focus on scripting and Powershell so that was expected and totally fine, I actually enjoyed it.

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Tab8715 posted:

I'd honestly prefer walking, biking, mass-transit over a car. Granted, I love driving, the autonomy of the automobile is appealing but leaving the stress of driving is even better.

Of course, that's only available in a handful of cities. I don't care for New York but maybe Portland/San Fran?

Me too, my office is in a lovely rear end suburban location because the real estate is way cheaper so I have to drive Luckily my Civic is about as gas efficient as you can get, I hope they build more electric car infrastructure here in the next few years so I can consider that.

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Fiendish Dr. Wu posted:

No matter how great my mileage is in the civic I still have to fill up often because of the commute (60+- round trip) and 10 gallon tank

That's an insane commute. Mine is about 15km and I would start to go insane if it was further, takes 30-40 minutes already

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I have a computer science degree and it's been pretty useful in IT.

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Yeah, by saying "I have a degree in computer science" I mean I have a BSc and I would always assume someone who says that means a bachelor's or above. I'm not even 100% sure we have associates degree here in BC.

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If you actually apply yourself at it, university teaches you many valuable skills aside from just your field. Writing, research, critical thinking, time management, having a 4 year degree tells an employer a lot about you and makes you a more attractive option compared to someone relatively equal who also applied without a degree.

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Comradephate posted:

Anecdotally, I've heard that Google actually looks at incomplete degrees in a more negative light than no degree for this reason - they want you to demonstrate that you can finish what you start.

Absolutely, I would too, same as like Tab8715 said, degrees from online or sketchy or watered down places. The advantage and gain from a degree isn't from the technical skills you learn, it's the "soft skills".

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Hughmoris posted:

What I'm trying to accomplish is to log into the 10 VMs and schedule a program to execute at a specific time. The only way I know to do it is use the remote desktop tool -> connect to VM -> go into the VMs control panel -> use task scheduler -> disconnect. Then repeat that for the 9 other VMs.

For example:

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schtasks /create /F /TN "$command" /TR "$local_script_path" /S $remote_host
There's a lot more you can do with this, run schtasks /? as I forget most of the arguments.

Look into Powershell too, I recommend.

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FISHMANPET posted:

The Task Scheduler gui can also connect to the Task Scheduler on a remote computer, you just right click on where it says "Task Scheduler (Local) and put in the name of the computer. Not sure what kind of firewall access that requires though.

Oh goddammit, of course. I've been doing too much Powershell lately. I bet that GUI access requires RPC ports.

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psydude posted:

YOTJ. Just accepted an offer to become a Sr. Security Engineer. $12k salary increase, $52/mo PPO, 3 weeks of paid vacation each year, and $6250/yr in tuition reimbursement.

Congrats! That's an awesome tuition bonus. Is 3 weeks standard for America? I'm not sure what a PPO is either

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psydude posted:

Most places start out at 2 and increase over time. A PPO is a kind of high-caliber health insurance with low deductibles and where you can refer yourself to specialists. It's similar to the private health care plans that kind of go above and beyond the standard government health care in places like Canada and Europe.

Ahhh, okay, we just call that "extended health" here. Makes sense. Congrats again!

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lampey posted:

Do you still need to know how to setup an exchange server? How to host a website? VOIP PBX?

Absolutely you do. For example, we don't allow cloud services here, and we cannot store data on American servers either. So everything like Exchange and web hosting are in-house. It's a lot more common than you think outside the USA.

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I'm not our Exchange admin, but with several thousand mailboxes across multiple sites I know Powershell is used daily for reports if nothing else.

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Tab8715 posted:

Yup, but I'm more of adding onto what Evol explained earlier. You didn't necessarily need to know Powershell before but now it's nearly a requirement for Windows Administration.

Oh yeah, Powershell is probably the most useful skill I've learned as a Windows admin, it's powerful and surprisingly enjoyable.

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hihifellow posted:

Powershell has given me a niche to fill in our IT department since I'm the only one who really knows it, and it helps everyone else out to be able to do mass AD user changes and gather data. I'm very happy to have learned it, and can't see doing bulk operations any other way.

Likewise, I'm the newest person on my Windows team and they view me as that young whippersnapper who can whip up anything in Powershell for them. I really like doing it too, never enjoyed scripting before this.

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Crossposting from the Enterprise Windows thread because I'm pulling my hair out on this one: Any of you used SSL certificates to encrypt a SQL Server 2012/2014 connection?

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3 weeks vacation here from the start, going up to 5 after 5 years at the company and 6 after 10 years. 15 sick days, and anything over 8 hours/weekday goes into a PTO bank at 1.5x since I'm salaried.

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Also while I don't know firsthand and have only read and heard this, countries other than the USA are much more generous with paid time off.

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keseph posted:

Yes, though 99% of the time it's unnecessary. What's up?

Got an open case with MS Premier now, but the problem is that SQL Server does not recognize a valid cert in Windows, the drop-down menu is empty. A common cause for this is a mismatched CN (must be hostname or FQDN) or incorrect usage rights, but everything is valid on the cert. I can also select the cert for RDP, so I know Windows can see it, but for some reason SQL Server cannot.

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keseph posted:

And you're sure you've imported the cert into the right cert store for the right account and using the right version of client tools for the server? I've also had problems with the dialog boxes being empty when running MMC remotely (easy to show with Startup Type).
If you don't specifically need to protect against MITM, the self-signed cert SQL always provisions at startup may be good enough for you, too. If you're using Windows auth with correctly setup SPNs, you'll get MITM protection anyway even without a validated cert.

Yup, checked the store, I've tried multiple locations too (computer account, service account, logged in as service account and put in personal store, etc). Entire trust chain is valid, etc. This system is not on AD and using all local accounts, with mixed authentication.

I have a support case open so we'll see what they say. Definitely get what you're saying but this was a customer requirement I've been told to implement, I'd personally probably prefer to use IPSEC myself.

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Richard Noggin posted:

Pretty sure you need the SAN field populated too, regardless of whether or not it's actually a SAN cert.

Tried generating the cert a couple different ways with san&dns=hostname.fqdn, hostname, no change. Has digital signature and key enchipherment rights, and server authentication as extended usage, 2048 bit and nothing else non-standard. Pretty loving weird.

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Richard Noggin posted:

I know I had a lot of trouble getting ours to work. I'm assuming the cert meets the requirements from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189067(v=sql.105).aspx

Definitely, I have that article printed beside me right now actually. The premier support rep is scheduled to call me in about an hour so we'll what he says, last time we talked yesterday his exact words were "that's very weird, sir!"

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skipdogg posted:

but over half of our end users are engineers and aren't very needy when it comes to IT help.

They might not be needy, but engineers are sneaky as gently caress.

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Richard Noggin posted:

I know I had a lot of trouble getting ours to work. I'm assuming the cert meets the requirements from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189067(v=sql.105).aspx

I made progress without support (waiting for them to call back still)! My certificate was missing the X509 KeySpec option of AT_KEYEXCHANGE, I fixed that up and re-requested, and I can now see the cert in the drop-down menu. Only now, when I "force encryption" in SQL Server, the db engine service won't start. It starts fine and recognizes the cert when "force encryption" is set to no.

e: solved it, I had to grant the service account read permission on the private key, apparently being an administrator isn't enough. Victory!

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When I was 17 I was still in grade 11, what the gently caress Alberta? Did you skip a grade dude? You seem a little young to be absolutely sure this is what you want to do.

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Docjowles posted:

Community colleges are underrated, IMO.

We don't really have a lot of those here (in BC, not sure about Alberta where that dude is from) and the few we have are pretty sketchy and lovely, and if you go to one of them they're not usable for transfer credit to a real school.

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Tab8715 posted:

In the States, many of the two-year associate degree colleges are flaky diploma mills. It can be difficult to tell the difference between what's legit and what isn't especially when places like the University of Phoenix spend multi-millions on advertising against totally legitimate but very small local community colleges. They don't have a fancy campus, trendy commercials but they're accredited by the state which is what really counts.

Okay, interesting. We definitely have a very different system up here! It's by province, too.

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