Today at work was fairly boring, save the fact that at 4:30am this morning, a drive died in one of the arrays. So it’s been rebuilding with the spare since then. Should be done by about 8pm tonight. It’s a 3.6TB array with 750gig PATA drives, so rebuilds take a while.
Thankfully, we have an extended service contract with the Apple on the array, so a replacement is free, and was shipped from either Portland or Seattle today. Should be able to replace it tomorrow. Turns out, these can be ordered from the campus repair shop, which is an Apple Authorized Service Center. Otherwise, Apple wanted to put a $1070 hold on my Credit Card until they got the old one back. =[
More work with ACE today. Again, can’t comment on much. But, progress is being made. =) Otherwise, no comment. =)
Today we also moved over a server from another department that we’re now hosting their hardware, which hosts their website(s). Pretty easy move. It’s a G5 tower, so the hope is to migrate it to something in the rack, or better, migrate it to our primary web server. Least we have the power and space in the room. Worst case, I might just put the tower on top of the rack.
Word on the street is the state legislature is going to approve our $7.5 million in bonds which will match the private donations we’ve gotten at work. This will give us a building expansion, remodel the remainder of the 2nd and 3rd floor, and replace all the windows with double glazed windows (our current windows are circa 1950, so the building leaks like a sieve, and dust builds up everywhere). Interesting part, the bonds would need to be used by the end of the 2009-2011 fiscal year. So, construction is probably going to need to start by next summer at the latest. Next summer and year is going to be… “fun”, but well worth it.
I’ve added a couple sections to the site. I hope to open up the Code section when I have something there, and to populate more of the “Plants” section. Basically I just excluded that category from the front page with a single line of php () in the post loop of the index_template.php (link). Here’s hoping. I have a couple other sections I need to start populating as well. Think I’ll do the same for the reviews section.
Also been playing with the iPhone Configuration Utility 2 for our faculty/staff that have iPhones. Overall, it’s extremely cool. We can create a template for each user, or just a generic one that sets up LDAP for an email directory, as well as set up a calendar server. Once 10.6 is out, we’re going to set up iCal Server 2, and get everyone onto that. Then we’ll finally be able to kill MeetingMaker. Once we can kill the Quark License Server (i.e. once we get rid of Quark), and we get rid of the APWire Satellite feed (which the software that parses the feed runs at 100% CPU, all the time), I might be able to basically decommission a server due to lack of services, rather than consolidation.
Alright, that’s it for now. Again, hope to post some about home in the next few days. But not a whole lot has gone on, so it’s kinda difficult to write about.