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How to configure a Dell iDRAC card using the Racadm command line tool

Background As the Director of Technology, my teams include Software Development, Business Intelligence, and managed I.T Infrastructure services. Having recently taken over an existing site, we’re in the process of conducting various house cleaning efforts. We came across a server that had a mis-configured iDRAC card which prevented managing it remotely or to run hardware diagnostics. One option is to reboot the server, boot into...

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Sharing a little problem solving story

Sharing a little problem solving story

Thought I’d share this recent event. A non-technical colleague at work asked me to see if I could open up what he thought was an Excel spreadsheet, sent by another person to him. He wanted to rule out that it wasn’t an Excel version issue (I’m running 2010, him 2003). Like him, I was getting the same error, “file format is not valid.” However the subject of the email, as forwarded from the original sender,...

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Getting a Grip on Priorities

Getting a Grip on Priorities

Often organizations can find themselves under a mountain of requests and they can’t see the forest from the trees. It’s overwhelming and management may not know where to start – so they don’t, and what ends up happening is the organization becomes short sighted. Meaning that priorities are a reaction to today’s biggest issue, efforts are directionless, and most requests are escalated up the management change. Vision...

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B.I – Chasing significance and selective reporting

B.I – Chasing significance and selective reporting

The New Yorker published a lengthy editorial on how natural human behavior affects the scientific community when it comes to studies, in that selective reporting and significance chasing leads to ‘publishing bias’. “the act of measurement is going to be vulnerable to all sorts of perception biases. That’s just the way human beings work.” “researchers engage in what he calls “significance...

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Large decision making groups are ineffective – work around them

Large decision making groups are ineffective – work around them

At many companies decisions and prioritization tends to be done by committees, in fact Agile itself tends to be very committee driven (the team estimates together, the team determines how things will get done, etc…). But the Product Owner (or Product Manager in traditional terms) is the key person who’s accountable for the results. They prioritize the projects and features, define desired outcomes, ensure profitability, and...

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Fixing a Grails plugin cache issue

Fixing a Grails plugin cache issue

I’ve been working on this small application as I continue to tinker around with Grails, and set the source code management up through GitHub so that I can synchronize across machines. My Mac laptop has 2.1.0RC2 while my PC had 2.0.4 where I planned to upgrade to 2.1.0RC2 as well. When I thought I was good to go I began running into some really strange errors: I then attempted to do a “grails clean”, and experiment with...

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Exception occurred when setting up mail server parameters

Exception occurred when setting up mail server parameters

          From time to time we’ve has this ColdFusion error occur over a period of years regarding the setup of mail server parameters: Message: An exception occurred when setting up mail server parameters. Detail : This exception was caused by: javax.mail.MessagingException: Connect failed; nested exception is: java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out. Once in this state, ColdFusion would no longer...

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