I wanted a centralized home storage system that could feed all my other toys. Data stored on this will include MySQL datafiles, our MP3 collection, website directories and all our receipts printed out in PDF format (Yay! CutePDF) among other things. And so the fun began…
I did some test installs of various “turnkey” solutions such as Openfiler.
Openfiler just didn’t seem stable enough. Arrays would claim to have faulty drives and start rebuilding the arrays at the strangest times. Only to find out, via 3rd party tools, that the drive was fine. The web interface was ok but I would have organized it differently. Minus that, Openfiler has a lot of potential.
So, I’m sitting there, minding my own business because it’s towards the end of the work day and I just want to get home. Then an email comes in, another security audit is coming down the pipe. No big deal, been through them before, but they are a pain in the ass.
I submitted this over at Soup’s BSDHound.com but I’m such a literary genius, I thought I would put it here too:
A lot of people try to claim various things are the “mother of invention”, but as ?n*x or ?BSD admins, we know the truth. And that truth is…. LAZINESS. Yep, if it weren’t for lazy admins, we wouldn’t have half of the automation scripts we have today. This affliction is what finally forced me to learn some Perl.