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Automate Network Discovering via LLDP and Puppet

When you are managing a very large bare metal infrastructure, documenting your resources is of key importance.  One of the more difficult things to keep updated is how your servers are linked with your switches. One important goal is having accurate and up-to-date port descriptions, but that is not as simple as it seems due…

Microsecond Precision with MySQL on Amazon RDS

Running MySQL in the cloud offers many benefits, including extremely fast provisioning and deployment, managed security, and (mostly) easy operations. But nothing comes for free, and as with all things on this wonderful planet, those benefits come with certain limitations.

List of SQL Server Databases in an Availability Group

After migrating some databases to SQL Server 2012 and creating Availability Groups for some databases, we have noticed that some of our maintenance scripts were failing with the following error: The target database (‘MyDB1′) is in an availability group and is currently accessible for connections when the application intent is set to read only. For…

Life at Pythian as a MySQL DBA

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Several people have asked me in the last year what it is like to work for Pythian. There are many reasons for a question like this, depending on who is asking. Some people are concerned about the fact I am working for a Canadian-based company. This typically comes from some of my xenophobic North American…

Everyone Should Have Firefighter Mentality

Australia, being the most arid country in the world is known for its bushfires. The part of Australia where I live in doesn’t have many bushfires, but we do have several building fires, like any other part of the world. Firefighter is one occupation which many kids want to be when they grow up. Kids…

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