Like a DBA batter’s box
While we were hanging out in between webcasts at Dell, we got to talking about stuff we used to do before maintenance windows. Things that brought us good luck, warded off blue screens and failed patches, and just generally made us feel better about working well into the early AM on a weekend.
You know, things that made staring at a command prompt until PING … -t tells you that your server is back up. Hooray.
We were also all pretty grateful that we don’t have to do that stuff anymore. If you want to learn how to not do that stuff, too, check out Brent’s 24hop session on career internals.
My personal ritual was to listen to Black Celebration and make sure my lucky server upgrade mustache was properly groomed. Not a lot of fuss. My Divining Disc of Pergamon has been on loan to a museum for a while, and apparently it doesn’t work the same via Skype, so I work with that I got.
What’s your ritual?
Whether it’s installing updates, rolling out database changes, new software builds for your in-house or 3rd party apps, or just turning OFF Priority Boost, what do you find yourself doing while preparing to make changes to your servers?
If you have a particularly amusing ritual, you might just win yourself a book.
Brent says: my favorite was a big steak dinner right before we started patch night. That way, even if things went to hell in a handbasket, we still had a good memory from that day.