[Beowulf] Re: number of admins (Mike & Chris & Sean)

Ed Karns edkarns at firewirestuff.com
Thu Jun 9 07:38:40 PDT 2005

Excellent suggestions & checklist (below) and should probably be the 
preface to or appended to all large systems tech support documentation.

FYI: The night shift of the entire Australian telecom / datacom system 
(support, control, oversight and service) is operated this way ... from 
here in the old USA! ... although the "unattended" part is not really 
unattended but constantly monitored "virtually".

Ed Karns

On Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at 04:41  PM, beowulf-request at beowulf.org 

> Chris Dagdigian wrote:
>> My $.02
>> The number of sysadmins required is a function of how much 
>> infrastructure you have in place to reduce operational burden:
>>  - remote power control over all nodes
>>  - remote access to BIOS on all nodes via serial console
>>  - remote access to system console  via serial port on all nodes
>>  - unattended/automatic OS installation onto bare metal (autoYast, 
>> kickstart, systemimger etc.)
>>  - unattended/automatic OS incremental updates to running nodes
>>  - documented plan for handling node hardware failures 

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