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  • 10/10/14--08:50: LTO6 rentals in LA
  • LTO6 rentals in LA
    posted by Ken Spickler on Oct. 10, 2014, 11:50 a.m. (1 day ago)
    Does anyone rent LTO6 drives in LA? We've tried Imaginary Forces but they've only got LTO5's. Thanks, Ken Spickler Sent from iPhone. Srry for tpos. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Does anyone rent LTO6 drives in LA? We've tried Imaginary Forces but they've only got LTO5's. Thanks, Ken Spickler Sent from iPhone. Srry for tpos. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 10/10/14--09:20: To the west...
  • To the west...
    posted by Dan Young on Oct. 10, 2014, 12:20 p.m. (1 day ago)
    I guess I'm jumping on the bandwagon of the west coast - and I figured I would send this out to see if anyone had any tips for an east coaster/Canadian/Brit who probably doesn't know what he's getting into properly out there. Due to family circumstances, my wife is ushering us over there. I've always enjoyed my gig here in NY with CineSys, and I'll be sad to leave it - perhaps you lovely humans can help give me some tips on SF or LA...

    - Who are the big "avoid these guys like the plague" companies out there?
    - Who are the VARs out there? I know RFX and GPL Group....
    - How about terrible places to live in SF or LA so I don't wind up in the hood?

    Any tips are appreciated. I will be based out of San Bernardino county starting November 15th, and my employer has been gracious enough to allow me to work remotely for them until I settle - so please get in touch if you wanna get a drink, talk shop, show me your place - whatever! Any leads on gainful CA employment would be vastly appreciated, too.

    An exciting frontier, California is - at least for those of us who are new to it.

    (And any NYers that want to get a drink before I leave, please don't hesitate to get in touch, too)

    DY
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    I guess I'm jumping on the bandwagon of the west coast - and I figured I would send this out to see if anyone had any tips for an east coaster/Canadian/Brit who probably doesn't know what he's getting into properly out there. Due to family circumstances, my wife is ushering us over there. I've always enjoyed my gig here in NY with CineSys, and I'll be sad to leave it - perhaps you lovely humans can help give me some tips on SF or LA...

    - Who are the big "avoid these guys like the plague" companies out there?
    - Who are the VARs out there? I know RFX and GPL Group....
    - How about terrible places to live in SF or LA so I don't wind up in the hood?

    Any tips are appreciated. I will be based out of San Bernardino county starting November 15th, and my employer has been gracious enough to allow me to work remotely for them until I settle - so please get in touch if you wanna get a drink, talk shop, show me your place - whatever! Any leads on gainful CA employment would be vastly appreciated, too.

    An exciting frontier, California is - at least for those of us who are new to it.

    (And any NYers that want to get a drink before I leave, please don't hesitate to get in touch, too)

    DY

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    When's the next SSA event in LA?
    posted by Jeremy Lang on Oct. 11, 2014, 2:40 p.m. (1 day ago)
    It's been a while, or I missed one.

    One suggestion I'd have for content would be high-end switching. 10gE to artist desktops is becoming a thing for a lot of workflows.

    All the companies that used to specialize in M&E have been bought out and merged into god knows what.

    It's hard, for me at least, to find good solutions in the space between more than 48 ports and a big expensive chassis. I really miss the back-end stacking switches like the Cisco 3750E had. Burning though 4 client ports per swtich connected for trunking and having bottlenecks isn't my idea of a solution even if they have something that ties them together for management as one logical switch...

    I've now been to Cisco booths at several M&E events (especially NAB) and the look of shock on their faces when I ask who I can talk to about SWITCHES is infuriating! IF they have a solution for me I don't have a week to dig it out of their website...

    It'd be great to get representatives from what's left of the old standbys (Force10 and Extreme) or at least high end VARs for them to tell us they haven't forgotten us!

    Then there's all the new upstarts that look promising, but a frank discussion of concerns about equipment sourced through China would be great too.

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    Jeremy M. Lang
    it4vfx
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    It's been a while, or I missed one.

    One suggestion I'd have for content would be high-end switching. 10gE to artist desktops is becoming a thing for a lot of workflows.

    All the companies that used to specialize in M&E have been bought out and merged into god knows what.

    It's hard, for me at least, to find good solutions in the space between more than 48 ports and a big expensive chassis. I really miss the back-end stacking switches like the Cisco 3750E had. Burning though 4 client ports per swtich connected for trunking and having bottlenecks isn't my idea of a solution even if they have something that ties them together for management as one logical switch...

    I've now been to Cisco booths at several M&E events (especially NAB) and the look of shock on their faces when I ask who I can talk to about SWITCHES is infuriating! IF they have a solution for me I don't have a week to dig it out of their website...

    It'd be great to get representatives from what's left of the old standbys (Force10 and Extreme) or at least high end VARs for them to tell us they haven't forgotten us!

    Then there's all the new upstarts that look promising, but a frank discussion of concerns about equipment sourced through China would be great too.

    ______________
    Jeremy M. Lang
    it4vfx

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  • 10/12/14--17:15: cases of drives
  • cases of drives
    posted by  on Oct. 12, 2014, 8:15 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Hi, If you had to buy 2 cases of hard drives (about 40 total), who would you go to? I'd like to avoid getting them piecemeal from Amazon/NewEgg. Thanks, -- Antoine To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Hi, If you had to buy 2 cases of hard drives (about 40 total), who would you go to? I'd like to avoid getting them piecemeal from Amazon/NewEgg. Thanks, -- Antoine To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 10/13/14--07:25: IPMI Commands
  • IPMI Commands
    posted by William Sandler on Oct. 13, 2014, 10:25 a.m. (1 day ago)
    I can't seem to find any manual online that breaks down the syntax of SuperMicro IPMI command line. I'm looking to send the boot and shutdown commands to the computers with the username/pass attached.

    Anybody have experience with this?



    William Sandler
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    I can't seem to find any manual online that breaks down the syntax of SuperMicro IPMI command line. I'm looking to send the boot and shutdown commands to the computers with the username/pass attached.

    Anybody have experience with this?



    William Sandler

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  • 10/13/14--08:45: Xsan + Dothill
  • Xsan + Dothill
    posted by Brian Krusic on Oct. 13, 2014, 11:45 a.m. (1 day ago)
    Hi,

    Any one using this combo?

    If so, mind telling me what your LUN sector sizes are?  This can be found in your /Library/Preferences/Xsan/storage_name.cfg file.

    Should be either 512 or 4096, hopefully the latter,

    - Brian

    Technologist...
    i.e., Purveyor of the ironic"

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    Hi,

    Any one using this combo?

    If so, mind telling me what your LUN sector sizes are?  This can be found in your /Library/Preferences/Xsan/storage_name.cfg file.

    Should be either 512 or 4096, hopefully the latter,

    - Brian

    Technologist...
    i.e., Purveyor of the ironic"


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  • 10/13/14--17:30: Haswell EP Xeons
  • Haswell EP Xeons
    posted by Will Rosecrans on Oct. 13, 2014, 8:30 p.m. (1 day ago)
    So, when looking at render gear, it's always a PITA to figure out what CPU to spec it with. I just did a little Google Doc to get a vague estimate of bang for the buck with current Xeons. I imagine others have done better calculations, but AFAICT, if anybody asks the current best value is the 2630v3. (Ignoring licenses and such, just in terms of the actual hardware) It shifts around depending on the spend for the other components.


    If you want to take a look for yourself, go nuts:
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    So, when looking at render gear, it's always a PITA to figure out what CPU to spec it with. I just did a little Google Doc to get a vague estimate of bang for the buck with current Xeons. I imagine others have done better calculations, but AFAICT, if anybody asks the current best value is the 2630v3. (Ignoring licenses and such, just in terms of the actual hardware) It shifts around depending on the spend for the other components.


    If you want to take a look for yourself, go nuts:

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    Network discovery and monitoring?
    posted by Jeremy Lang on Oct. 13, 2014, 10:35 p.m. (1 day ago)
    What are the good solutions out there?

    Anything good that's also free (preferably runs on Windows)?

    Spiceworks looks a bit consumery/small networks.

    What's Up Gold sounds good but also $$$$.

    Looking for something that can do what the old 3com Network Supervisor software did so well, give me logical maps and live monitoring of interconnect utilization would be a real bonus...


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    Jeremy M. Lang
    it4vfx
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    What are the good solutions out there?

    Anything good that's also free (preferably runs on Windows)?

    Spiceworks looks a bit consumery/small networks.

    What's Up Gold sounds good but also $$$$.

    Looking for something that can do what the old 3com Network Supervisor software did so well, give me logical maps and live monitoring of interconnect utilization would be a real bonus...


    ______________
    Jeremy M. Lang
    it4vfx

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    Infotrend error - how bad is this:
    posted by Paul Simpson on Oct. 14, 2014, 11:30 a.m. (1 day ago)
    Hi all,

    We've a SAS Infotrend array which is pumping out these errors:

    LG:_ Logical Drive ALERT: Cache Data Purged

    ..I've googled this - and there's precious little on the net!

    Any infotrend gurus out there recognise this message?

    Thx

    Paul


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    Hi all,

    We've a SAS Infotrend array which is pumping out these errors:

    LG:_ Logical Drive ALERT: Cache Data Purged

    ..I've googled this - and there's precious little on the net!

    Any infotrend gurus out there recognise this message?

    Thx

    Paul



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    short term help desk role for Toronto studio in West end.
    posted by Greg Whynott on Oct. 14, 2014, 5:15 p.m. (1 day ago)

    An acquaintance runs a small studio here in Toronto and his 'guy' is off sick indefinitely. He is looking for someone for a short term contract, possibly turning into full time.

    you would be responsible to assist with desktop support in this 2D flash based studio, backups and taking care of the linux file server.

    should you know anyone who may be interested, please jet me a note off list.

    take care,
    greg



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    An acquaintance runs a small studio here in Toronto and his 'guy' is off sick indefinitely. He is looking for someone for a short term contract, possibly turning into full time.

    you would be responsible to assist with desktop support in this 2D flash based studio, backups and taking care of the linux file server.

    should you know anyone who may be interested, please jet me a note off list.

    take care,
    greg




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  • 10/14/14--14:30: Electricity Monitoring
  • Electricity Monitoring
    posted by Michael Oliver on Oct. 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Trying to get a better set of data on power consumption and historical levels/demand. Came across TED (The Energy Detective). Anyone using this thing? Looks pretty sweet and not that hard on the wallet.

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    Trying to get a better set of data on power consumption and historical levels/demand. Came across TED (The Energy Detective). Anyone using this thing? Looks pretty sweet and not that hard on the wallet.


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  • 10/15/14--05:13: osx maverick ipv6 weirdness
  • osx maverick ipv6 weirdness
    posted by Matthew Benns on Oct. 15, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

    Hi Eveyone,

    Lately we have noticed mavericks clients have been reporting a "pause" when browsing the internet.

    If we ping google for example, every 10 minutes or so we would see icmp errors. We thought this was a Dell Force10/powerconnect port channel/vlt etc problem. So have been going round in circles trying to fix.

    Im not sure if it is a networking configuration any more or a client problem?

    I can repoduce this the "pause" by running a netstart -r on mavericks clients

    When the command reaches the internet6 report the systems will pause and a ping running in the background will report icmp errors. 

    If i turn ipv6 off in mavericks "networksetup -setv6off Ethernet" the problem goes away.

    All 10.6-10.8 clients do not see this problem?

     

    has anyone come across, or seen this before?

    Is this mavericks or a ipv6/networking issue?

     

    Matt


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    Hi Eveyone,

    Lately we have noticed mavericks clients have been reporting a "pause" when browsing the internet.

    If we ping google for example, every 10 minutes or so we would see icmp errors. We thought this was a Dell Force10/powerconnect port channel/vlt etc problem. So have been going round in circles trying to fix.

    Im not sure if it is a networking configuration any more or a client problem?

    I can repoduce this the "pause" by running a netstart -r on mavericks clients

    When the command reaches the internet6 report the systems will pause and a ping running in the background will report icmp errors. 

    If i turn ipv6 off in mavericks "networksetup -setv6off Ethernet" the problem goes away.

    All 10.6-10.8 clients do not see this problem?

     

    has anyone come across, or seen this before?

    Is this mavericks or a ipv6/networking issue?

     

    Matt


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    Atempo Time Navigator Agent installer
    posted by Michael Oliver on Oct. 15, 2014, 1 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Looking to help out a friend who lost a server and needs to re-install time navigator agent on a linux box. Can't seem to locate the agent installer. Anyone have one they can share? Running 4.2.8. Hit me up off list. Thanks in advance

    --
    Michael Oliver
    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438
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    Looking to help out a friend who lost a server and needs to re-install time navigator agent on a linux box. Can't seem to locate the agent installer. Anyone have one they can share? Running 4.2.8. Hit me up off list. Thanks in advance

    --
    Michael Oliver
    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438

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    Amazon Workstation now supports ZeroClients
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Oct. 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m. (1 day ago)
    https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/workspaces-zero-client/

    Who will be the first to package an entire "facility in AWS", all you add is a 10GbE pipe into Amazon and a bunch of ZeroClients? Or everyone working from home on a 100down/5up cable modem connection?

    JF

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    https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/workspaces-zero-client/

    Who will be the first to package an entire "facility in AWS", all you add is a 10GbE pipe into Amazon and a bunch of ZeroClients? Or everyone working from home on a 100down/5up cable modem connection?

    JF


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  • 10/16/14--15:10: Carrier-Agnostic SIM?
  • Carrier-Agnostic SIM?
    posted by Rob LaRose on Oct. 16, 2014, 6:10 p.m. (1 day ago)

    Maybe the most interesting new" development in Apples stuff today is their new iPads will use their own carrier-agnostic SIM card?


    Rob


    rob larose
     | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com

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    Maybe the most interesting new" development in Apples stuff today is their new iPads will use their own carrier-agnostic SIM card?


    Rob


    rob larose
     | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com


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  • 10/17/14--09:15: Friday diversion: 87 Bounces
  • Friday diversion: 87 Bounces
    posted by Craig Dibble on Oct. 17, 2014, 12:15 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Hi folks,

    Thought you might enjoy this fairly impressive video of a basketball bouncing its way through some classic (and some not so classic) movies:

    https://vimeo.com/108821685

    (How many of the 24 films can you name on the first viewing?)

    Happy Friday!

    Craig
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    Hi folks,

    Thought you might enjoy this fairly impressive video of a basketball bouncing its way through some classic (and some not so classic) movies:

    https://vimeo.com/108821685

    (How many of the 24 films can you name on the first viewing?)

    Happy Friday!

    Craig

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    Noise-cancelling headset/mic for loud server rooms?
    posted by Viet Nguyen on Oct. 17, 2014, 2:45 p.m. (1 day ago)
    I often have to walk techs through things in a remote data center and the average bluetooth headset isn't cutting it.

    Anyone have suggestions for a headset/mic solution that works well in a server room?

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    I often have to walk techs through things in a remote data center and the average bluetooth headset isn't cutting it.

    Anyone have suggestions for a headset/mic solution that works well in a server room?


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    Netboot/NetInstall/NetRestore on New Mac Pros
    posted by Brian Krusic on Oct. 17, 2014, 9:35 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Any one having issues running a new trash can off NetBoot/etc?

    I see the NetBoot icon during startup when pressing the option key but after choosing it I immediately get a denied icon.

    Is it a matter of a non unified 10.9 setup by chance?


    - Brian

    Technologist...
    i.e., Purveyor of the ironic"

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    Any one having issues running a new trash can off NetBoot/etc?

    I see the NetBoot icon during startup when pressing the option key but after choosing it I immediately get a denied icon.

    Is it a matter of a non unified 10.9 setup by chance?


    - Brian

    Technologist...
    i.e., Purveyor of the ironic"


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    The use of Linux in a VFX pipeline
    posted by Francois Ruty on Oct. 19, 2014, 6:33 p.m. (2 days ago)

    Hello, I'm writing an article for Seekscale company blog (www.seekscale.com), about the use of Linux in VFX, to help the portion of our audience who is using windows understand what is at stake when switching to linux.

     

    I have a few questions, and all comments are most welcome.

     

    1- What are the criterias/arbitrages to choose a Linux distribution? I guess that each distro has its pros and cons, and we would like to lay out a sum up of the arbitrage you have to make when picking a linux distro

    2- I guess that the biggest interest of Linux is to be able to develop custom software. When a studio is growing, according to you what is the criteria or metric beyond which linux must be considered? Is it for example when you start having custom shaders or renderer?

    Thanks! 

    We are writing an article about the VFX reference platform, and we want to speak about it in a broader context, to inform windows users of the pros and cons, the stakes, of a linux transition.

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    Hello, I'm writing an article for Seekscale company blog (www.seekscale.com), about the use of Linux in VFX, to help the portion of our audience who is using windows understand what is at stake when switching to linux.

     

    I have a few questions, and all comments are most welcome.

     

    1- What are the criterias/arbitrages to choose a Linux distribution? I guess that each distro has its pros and cons, and we would like to lay out a sum up of the arbitrage you have to make when picking a linux distro

    2- I guess that the biggest interest of Linux is to be able to develop custom software. When a studio is growing, according to you what is the criteria or metric beyond which linux must be considered? Is it for example when you start having custom shaders or renderer?

    Thanks! 

    We are writing an article about the VFX reference platform, and we want to speak about it in a broader context, to inform windows users of the pros and cons, the stakes, of a linux transition.


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  • 10/20/14--07:56: GPFS
  • GPFS
    posted by Sylvain Plourde on Oct. 20, 2014, 10:56 a.m. (1 day ago)

    Anybody has experience with using GPSF in production, animation or VFX, for 250 users?

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    Anybody has experience with using GPSF in production, animation or VFX, for 250 users?


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