Monthly Archives: February 2012

DBA diaries – ghost NICs and ILO

Monday morning, 9am, settling down to my first coffee of the day, notice SQL connectivity alerts from a server in our risk cluster. My first thought is why the hell hasn’t the on-call person seen these alerts as they would have … Continue reading

Posted in SQL Server | Leave a comment

more swill oil

this is just gross…. I’m probably injesting this cooking oil recycled from gutters every day as all Chinese food is dripping in oil.. swill oil… urgghh. Heres a bloke collecting swill oil from a gutter for refinement. A syndicate that made … Continue reading

Posted in China Food Safety | Leave a comment

swill oil

ALL Shanghai restaurants must have oil-filtering machines installed in their kitchens by the end of the year, as the city attempts to eliminate the illegal “swill oil” trade. Swill oil is produced from oil collected from drains and kitchens and … Continue reading

Posted in China Food Safety | Leave a comment

tainted bean sprouts

GROWERS of tainted bean sprouts in Shanghai’s Qingpu District have been detained, local authorities said yesterday. Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said the bean sprouts found in unlicensed premises in the Xianghuaqiao residential community contained illegal additives. Officials gave no … Continue reading

Posted in China Food Safety | Leave a comment

when you need 10,000 IOPS from direct attached storage

Our white lab coat engineers have provided a fixed range of optimised servers. In most cases we can find a server for our needs but just sometimes we need that extra capacity or IOPS. Our priciest HP DL580G7 server at … Continue reading

Posted in SQL Server | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Zizhu Technology Park Shanghai

When I came over to Shanghai to be interviewed for my current role, the Microsoft offices were located in the swanky Grand Gateway Shopping tower in downtown Xujiahui. I heard a rumour from a colleague that M$ was moving to … Continue reading

Posted in Microsoft China | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

DBA Diaries – Losing the EMC SAN (again)

A quiet afternoon doing my ‘Mid Year Review Check-In’ is interrupted by SQL mirroring “disconnected”email alerts telling me that my mirrors are down for some reason. Quick confirmation from my DBA team that they were not doing any maintenance and were … Continue reading

Posted in SQL Server | Tagged , , | Leave a comment