Life as a Linux/Unix admin in a Windows world - PT1 The experience
After that job, I left to be a full-time admin. The company I worked for was a web development company. The projects were either PHP, Java or ASP. I got hired to take care of all Unix/Linux machines, but little did I know that I was the only Linux/Unix admin among 5 Windows admins...yes count em 5! Most of our projects were Java, so we ran apps like Tomcat, Websphere and Oracle Application Server (basically a suped up apache with Java built in). The company was awesome, everyone was super nice and to this day I say it was the best job; however it did have its rough areas.
My First Incident with a Windows admin I once setup a DNS server for the company I was working with. Our windows admin always gave me a hard time about Linux. He always told me it was less stable, and much harder to work with. Anyway, I challenged him one day with my dns server. I told him to setup a slave to my master dns server and we would see whose server had the longest uptime.
After about 120 days I get a call from our Windows admin braging that my Linux DNS server went down. I was in shock. How the heck did this server go down? So I came in, and decided to have a look. I went to the KVM switch and went to number 5, to my shock the screen came up with a Windows Login. I went around and checked the connections and they were correct. How did my Linux DNS server all of the sudden turn into a Win2k server. I grabbed the Windows admin and asked if he has done any Win2k installs lately. He answered yes, so I started laughing at him. First the machine was clearly labeled as LNXDNS-server01, second I asked him if this was his way of trying to beat me in the uptime contest. He felt really bad.
In the long run, after I reinstalled Linux the machine had a max uptime of 400+ days, and the only reason I lost that was because we moved to a new location The windows machine had crashed (some big virus going around at the time) after 140 days.
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