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Sun Rant

September 21, 2007

No, I’m not talking about the big lightbulb in the sky. Even if it burns us.

We (my company) use a lot of servers from Sun Systems. Most (all?) sun servers have these things called service processors (or service controllers, whatever you want to call them). They’re little solid state computers that are always on if the server has power, even if the server itself is off. You can control and configure many of the settings of the server, you can turn the server off, turn it on, attach to the console, etc. Depending on the model, you can connect via ssh, telnet, and/or web interface. They’re neat little things, very helpful so that I don’t have to sit over in the lab and wait there and freeze my ass off while I install the OS on the box.

But there’s a problem.

As far as I can tell, with every new model of service processor, the command set completely changes. Imagine how annoying it would be if every time you had a major windows update, the commands would completely change. It’s that annoying. I hate it. It’s stupid.

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