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  • 02/17/14--04:05: NUKE 7-8 & Kona 3G SDI -Win7
  • NUKE 7-8 & Kona 3G SDI -Win7
    posted by Fabrice Altman on Feb. 17, 2014, 7:05 a.m. (1 day ago)

    Hello,

     

    I cannot find much info about how to get an SDI out from Nuke to a Kona 3G on a PC.

    Form AJA’s compatibility page it’s apparently possible http://www.aja.com/en/category/edit/compatibility

    Do I need a driver, a Nuke node?

     

    Cheers,

    F.

     

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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Hello,

     

    I cannot find much info about how to get an SDI out from Nuke to a Kona 3G on a PC.

    Form AJA’s compatibility page it’s apparently possible http://www.aja.com/en/category/edit/compatibility

    Do I need a driver, a Nuke node?

     

    Cheers,

    F.

     


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    They have finally made Java completely unusable
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Feb. 17, 2014, 6:55 p.m. (1 day ago)
    At this point in my life, the only thing I use Java for are those horrible GUIs you use to configure your storage, networking and blade chassis gear. As of 7u51, it seems that for most of our gear, you end up having to fiddle with Java security settings and click through all sorts of alarmist popups for 30 minutes before you can make any of these Java apps run, if you manage to do so at all.

    I guess Java has finally collapsed under the weight of its insecurity and the myriad of band aids that have since been applied to it.

    Now where's that Linksys switch with a UI that requires Active X and IE6?

    JF

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    At this point in my life, the only thing I use Java for are those horrible GUIs you use to configure your storage, networking and blade chassis gear. As of 7u51, it seems that for most of our gear, you end up having to fiddle with Java security settings and click through all sorts of alarmist popups for 30 minutes before you can make any of these Java apps run, if you manage to do so at all.

    I guess Java has finally collapsed under the weight of its insecurity and the myriad of band aids that have since been applied to it.

    Now where's that Linksys switch with a UI that requires Active X and IE6?

    JF


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    You know you want one of these
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Feb. 18, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
    A colleague pointed me at this:


    How can you not lust after something called a Power Corruptor?

    JF

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    A colleague pointed me at this:


    How can you not lust after something called a Power Corruptor?

    JF


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    LF: Your recommendation for quality 17.3" notebook ...
    posted by Doug Chomyn on Feb. 18, 2014, 3:43 p.m.

    Love to get your recommendation for quality 17.3" notebook other than Apple ...

    Build Quality: superior (case, hinges, durability, solid feel) (prefer all metal, meltal + superior platic, carbon fibre, etc.)
    Battery: modest life
    Keyboard: not flimsy, good action, typing is an activity
    Display: FHD, 1920x1080

    CPU: i7
    GFX: AMD or NVIDIA
    OS: Windows

    Nice to haves:
    -mSATA slot amd/or second 2.5" HDD bay

    NOTES:
    -mostly for SOHO and indoor use on plug power; will sacrifice low weight and battery to some extent life in favor of durability, etc.
    -not specifically for GFX post-/production or gaming but general workstation, desktop replacement, meda viewing
    -not Apple
    -mid-level to premium budget
    -decent warranty options

    Thanks, All!

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    Love to get your recommendation for quality 17.3" notebook other than Apple ...

    Build Quality: superior (case, hinges, durability, solid feel) (prefer all metal, meltal + superior platic, carbon fibre, etc.)
    Battery: modest life
    Keyboard: not flimsy, good action, typing is an activity
    Display: FHD, 1920x1080

    CPU: i7
    GFX: AMD or NVIDIA
    OS: Windows

    Nice to haves:
    -mSATA slot amd/or second 2.5" HDD bay

    NOTES:
    -mostly for SOHO and indoor use on plug power; will sacrifice low weight and battery to some extent life in favor of durability, etc.
    -not specifically for GFX post-/production or gaming but general workstation, desktop replacement, meda viewing
    -not Apple
    -mid-level to premium budget
    -decent warranty options

    Thanks, All!


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    LF: Your recommendation for quality 17.3" notebook ...
    posted by Saham Ali on Feb. 18, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
    Hit me off list, we might have exactly what you need.


    On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:43 PM, <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Love to get yourrecommendation for quality 17.3" notebook other than Apple ...

    Build Quality: superior (case, hinges, durability, solid feel) (prefer all metal, meltal + superior platic, carbon fibre, etc.)
    Battery: modest life
    Keyboard: not flimsy, good action, typing is an activity
    Display: FHD, 1920x1080

    CPU: i7
    GFX: AMD or NVIDIA
    OS: Windows

    Nice to haves:
    -mSATA slot amd/or second 2.5" HDD bay

    NOTES:
    -mostly for SOHO and indoor use on plug power; will sacrifice low weight and battery to some extent life in favor of durability, etc.
    -not specifically for GFX post-/production or gaming but general workstation, desktop replacement, meda viewing
    -not Apple
    -mid-level to premium budget
    -decent warranty options

    Thanks, All!


    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe



    --
    ,\|//,
    ( o - )
    -oOO--(_)--Ooo-----------------
    Saham Ali
    Founder/Systems Engineer
    DvNT Technologies
    saham@dvnttechnologies.com
    407.729.3584 - Direct

    .ooO
    ( ) Ooo.
    --\ ( ------( )-------------------
    \_) ) /
    (_/
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    Hit me off list, we might have exactly what you need.


    On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:43 PM, <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Love to get yourrecommendation for quality 17.3" notebook other than Apple ...

    Build Quality: superior (case, hinges, durability, solid feel) (prefer all metal, meltal + superior platic, carbon fibre, etc.)
    Battery: modest life
    Keyboard: not flimsy, good action, typing is an activity
    Display: FHD, 1920x1080

    CPU: i7
    GFX: AMD or NVIDIA
    OS: Windows

    Nice to haves:
    -mSATA slot amd/or second 2.5" HDD bay

    NOTES:
    -mostly for SOHO and indoor use on plug power; will sacrifice low weight and battery to some extent life in favor of durability, etc.
    -not specifically for GFX post-/production or gaming but general workstation, desktop replacement, meda viewing
    -not Apple
    -mid-level to premium budget
    -decent warranty options

    Thanks, All!


    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe



    --
    ,\|//,
    ( o - )
    -oOO--(_)--Ooo-----------------
    Saham Ali
    Founder/Systems Engineer
    DvNT Technologies
    saham@dvnttechnologies.com
    407.729.3584 - Direct

    .ooO
    ( ) Ooo.
    --\ ( ------( )-------------------
    \_) ) /
    (_/

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    Boot strapping an IP TV Channel
    posted by James Bourne on Feb. 18, 2014, 5:55 p.m.
    Hi all,

    Hope you guys can help me with this?

    One of our customers is looking for guidance around delivering a streaming solution into the AU/NZ market via IP.

    To all intents and purposes it's a regular TV station but delivered over IP, including:

    * content hosting
    * content management
    * content scheduling
    * DRM
    * encoding
    * analytics

    We don't want to host this internally but we have the option of deploying in a data centre or cloud provider.

    What products/platforms/services have you guys encountered that might meet these requirements?

    Thanks in advance,

    j.
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    Hi all,

    Hope you guys can help me with this?

    One of our customers is looking for guidance around delivering a streaming solution into the AU/NZ market via IP.

    To all intents and purposes it's a regular TV station but delivered over IP, including:

    * content hosting
    * content management
    * content scheduling
    * DRM
    * encoding
    * analytics

    We don't want to host this internally but we have the option of deploying in a data centre or cloud provider.

    What products/platforms/services have you guys encountered that might meet these requirements?

    Thanks in advance,

    j.

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    UPDATED: Systems Admin MPC NY
    posted by  on Feb. 19, 2014, 12:25 p.m.
    Hello All, 
    We have updated the job description for the open Systems Admin position. As you can see, the position is a bit more generalized. Please pass this on to anyone who may have the primary skills outlined below, even if their background isn't necessarily VFX. Thanks!

    Systems Administrator  MPC New York

    MPC is one of the world's leading post production facilities creating high-end digital visual effects for the advertising, music, television and feature film industries. The company works with and continually invests in new technologies, and a key part of the organization is the Systems team which develops and maintains the infrastructure on which all the visual effects are created.

    There is currently a vacancy for the position of Systems Administrator. Reporting to the Head of Technology, this role offers the successful candidate unlimited potential to advance technical skills, offers experience with state-of-the-art technology and opportunity to learn from specialist digital media colleagues.

    The Administrator works in collaboration with VFX Supervisors, Compositing Supervisors, 3D Animators and Production staff to advise management and clients.

    Responsibility:
    • Ensure systems run reliably according to production needs.
    • Installation, deployment, and troubleshooting of common VFX tools and internally developed tools including Baselight, Flame, Maya, Nuke.
    • Integrate off the shelf and custom applications into production pipelines.
    • Responsible for infrastructure including Tractor based Renderfarm with netbooted Linux render nodes, Isilon Storage Cluster, Linux Servers and Workstations, Network Equipment, etc.
    • Work and communicate with London headquarters and counterparts in other MPC offices around the globe.
    • Keep abreast of latest developments in VFX products and practices.
    • Work with artists and producers to understand individual projects to serve as an expert resource and advise on technology related issues, and ways to streamline workflows and deliver jobs within budget and technical limitations.
    • Direct support of end users. workstation deployment, monitor calibrations, general IT issues including email and Internet access.
    • Develop and enhance all stages of the pipeline.

    Required and Desired Experience/Skills:

    • System Administration experience with an emphasis on UNIX/Linux.
    • Familiarity with Python and UNIX Shell scripting. Tcsh, Perl, PyQt, C++ a plus.
    • Familiarity with SQL Databases. MySQL and Postgres experience a plus.
    • Experience with scale strongly preferred. (Renderfarms, Clusters, Clouds, Enterprise, etc.)
    • Strong understanding of storage and networking. NFS, Isilon storage cluster, Alcatel + HP switch configuration, Flame/Smoke Stonefs framestore, Aspera experience all strong plusses.
    • Understanding of VFX tools and pipelines. Some understanding of Color Science and Colorspaces.

    If you are interested, please email your resume to newyork-jobs@moving-picture.com


    John Kleber | Head of Technology

    MPC

    9th Floor, 434 Broadway, New York, 10013
    T +1 212 915 3110 | C +1 347 821 9399

    London  Vancouver Bangalore  New York

    Los Angeles  Amsterdam  Montral  Mexico City

    moving-picture.com

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    Hello All, 
    We have updated the job description for the open Systems Admin position. As you can see, the position is a bit more generalized. Please pass this on to anyone who may have the primary skills outlined below, even if their background isn't necessarily VFX. Thanks!

    Systems Administrator  MPC New York

    MPC is one of the world's leading post production facilities creating high-end digital visual effects for the advertising, music, television and feature film industries. The company works with and continually invests in new technologies, and a key part of the organization is the Systems team which develops and maintains the infrastructure on which all the visual effects are created.

    There is currently a vacancy for the position of Systems Administrator. Reporting to the Head of Technology, this role offers the successful candidate unlimited potential to advance technical skills, offers experience with state-of-the-art technology and opportunity to learn from specialist digital media colleagues.

    The Administrator works in collaboration with VFX Supervisors, Compositing Supervisors, 3D Animators and Production staff to advise management and clients.

    Responsibility:
    • Ensure systems run reliably according to production needs.
    • Installation, deployment, and troubleshooting of common VFX tools and internally developed tools including Baselight, Flame, Maya, Nuke.
    • Integrate off the shelf and custom applications into production pipelines.
    • Responsible for infrastructure including Tractor based Renderfarm with netbooted Linux render nodes, Isilon Storage Cluster, Linux Servers and Workstations, Network Equipment, etc.
    • Work and communicate with London headquarters and counterparts in other MPC offices around the globe.
    • Keep abreast of latest developments in VFX products and practices.
    • Work with artists and producers to understand individual projects to serve as an expert resource and advise on technology related issues, and ways to streamline workflows and deliver jobs within budget and technical limitations.
    • Direct support of end users. workstation deployment, monitor calibrations, general IT issues including email and Internet access.
    • Develop and enhance all stages of the pipeline.

    Required and Desired Experience/Skills:

    • System Administration experience with an emphasis on UNIX/Linux.
    • Familiarity with Python and UNIX Shell scripting. Tcsh, Perl, PyQt, C++ a plus.
    • Familiarity with SQL Databases. MySQL and Postgres experience a plus.
    • Experience with scale strongly preferred. (Renderfarms, Clusters, Clouds, Enterprise, etc.)
    • Strong understanding of storage and networking. NFS, Isilon storage cluster, Alcatel + HP switch configuration, Flame/Smoke Stonefs framestore, Aspera experience all strong plusses.
    • Understanding of VFX tools and pipelines. Some understanding of Color Science and Colorspaces.

    If you are interested, please email your resume to newyork-jobs@moving-picture.com


    John Kleber | Head of Technology

    MPC

    9th Floor, 434 Broadway, New York, 10013
    T +1 212 915 3110 | C +1 347 821 9399

    London  Vancouver Bangalore  New York

    Los Angeles  Amsterdam  Montral  Mexico City

    moving-picture.com


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    Wayyy OT - Taco Bells old menus
    posted by Brian Krusic on Feb. 19, 2014, 4:20 p.m.
    Any one recall the Bell Beefer?

    Was taco meat between hamburger buns.

    A colleague and I were talking about it after I let a few go while in line for food.

    - Brian

    SoCals #1 Sandpaper Superstore. More Grit For Less Green.

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    Any one recall the Bell Beefer?

    Was taco meat between hamburger buns.

    A colleague and I were talking about it after I let a few go while in line for food.

    - Brian

    SoCals #1 Sandpaper Superstore. More Grit For Less Green.


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    Sony Imageworks Vancouver openings
    posted by Derrick MacPherson on Feb. 19, 2014, 5:40 p.m.
    We have a few openings in Vancouver - please feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you might have. I can forward on your resumes or email recruiting@imageworks.com, please see below for details on the jobs.

    Openings include:
    • Systems Administrator Associate
    • Intermediate Systems Engineer
    • Senior Systems Engineer
    • Principal Systems Engineer
    • Helpdesk Manager

    Position: Systems Administrator Associate (YVR)


    Job Description:


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking an Associate Systems Administrator. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with basic Mac/PC/Linux systems administration to support solutions in a unique industry that combines high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will support projects involving high performance computing technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, installing, deploying and supporting end-user laptops and workstations.

    We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment of talented engineers and artists.


    Primary responsibilities for this position include:



    • Build and deploy hardware and software systems as necessary

    • Remote administration using Apple and Windows Remote Desktop

    • Imaging of Windows and Mac desktop and laptop systems

    • Setup and configuration of new users

    • Deployment of keyboards, mice, monitors, PCoIP portals and workstations

    • Responsible for workstation and user moves within the facility

    • Answer helpdesk phone and provide phone support

    • Printer (and multi-function device) administration, setup and installation

    • Provide customer service and technical assistance to all users of the systems developed above

    • Mac OSX and Windows 7 Administration (ftp, printer setup, software installation, user account creation, etc)

    • Basic troubleshooting of issues often found in large-scale networked Unix environments

    • On-call 24x7 technical support



    Required Skills:


    Candidate must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with a technical background in systems administration and engineering, preferably with a focus on PC/Mac/Linux operating systems. Project requirements are often dynamic and extremely fast paced and the ideal candidate is someone who can easily step out of their comfort zone and handle tasks beyond the scope of their expertise and responsibility. Versatility, resourcefulness, and adaptability are key characteristics to possess for this job.


    Required Experience:


    • College degree or equivalent post-high school education or experience.

    • Computer Science background preferred but not required

    • 1-2 years of PC/Mac/Linux related experience.

    • Ability to configure workstation/server network interfaces.

    • Previous experience in customer support, computer operations, system administration.



    Position: Intermediate Systems Engineer (YVR)


    Job Description:


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking a Systems Engineer. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with Linux systems engineering to develop solutions for a unique industry combining high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will participate in projects utilizing new technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, configuring, installing, deploying and supporting workstations, servers and large scale storage systems. We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment comprised of talented engineers and artists.


    Primary responsibilities for this position include:


    • Build and deploy hardware and software systems as necessary

    • Administration of servers, network routers/firewalls and NAS storage systems

    • Imaging of Linux desktop systems and servers

    • Configuration management

    • Troubleshooting of PCoIP portals and connected workstations

    • Provide 2nd tier helpdesk support

    • Linux systems administration

    • Scripting and light programming

    • Participation in a range of infrastructure related projects

    • Troubleshooting of issues often found in large-scale networked Unix environments

    • On-call 24x7 technical support


    Required Skills:


    Candidate must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with a technical background in systems administration and engineering, preferably with a focus on Linux operating systems, NAS storage systems and server virtualization technologies. Project requirements are often dynamic and extremely fast paced and the ideal candidate is someone who can easily step out of their comfort zone and handle tasks beyond the scope of their expertise and responsibility. Versatility, resourcefulness, and adaptability are key characteristics to possess for this job.


    Required Experience:


    • College degree or equivalent post-high school education or experience.

    • Computer Science background preferred but not required

    • Prior production experience a plus





    Position: Senior Systems Engineer (UNIX)


    Senior Systems Engineer

    Vancouver, B.C.


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking Senior Systems Engineers. Systems Engineering is responsible for first- and second-level support of 1,000+ users in a dynamic, high-performance production environment. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with Linux systems engineering to develop solutions for a unique industry combining high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will participate in projects utilizing new technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, configuring, installing, deploying and supporting workstations, servers and large scale storage systems. We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment comprised of talented engineers and artists.


    Responsibilities:


    Primary areas of responsibility will include:


    • Installation, deployment and maintenance of hardware, operating systems and software.

    • Initiation of and participation in departmental and site-wide engineering projects.

    • Specification, documentation and communication of requirements for engineering tasks across the enterprise.

    • Technical assistance to a wide range of end users in a customer-service oriented organization.

    • Mentoring to and advice on best practices for Systems Engineering personnel throughout the department.

    • After hours, holiday and weekend support on-call 24/7 as scheduled in rotation with other engineers.


    Distinguishing Characteristics:


    The successful candidate possesses:


    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written. This includes the ability to provide thorough written documentation.

    • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.

    • Scripting and programming abilities that maximize efficiency in daily tasks.

    • Self-guided triage and follow-through skills to best respond to assigned duties.


    Education, Skills & Certifications:


    • Degree in Computer Science or in a related field. Significant industry experience may be substituted.

    • Seven years of UNIX/Linux experience in a production environment.

    • Four to six years experience in a large, high-performance technical computing site.

    • Three years experience in installation, deployment and maintenance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 workstations and servers.

    • Experience in supporting mission-critical systems to ensure high availability.

    • Programming ability in either of Tk or Perl, and the ability to write small C programs.

    • Extensive networking experience with TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, LDAP and other directory services, used across local and wide-area/metro-area networks of varying topologies.

    • Hands-on experience with large-scale backup solutions and storage technologies.

    • Direct experience with multi-terabyte Netapp (or other) SAN installations is a plus.










    Position: Principal Systems Engineer (UNIX)


    Principal Systems Engineer

    Vancouver, B.C.


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada seeks qualified candidates to join its Systems Engineering department as a Principal Systems Engineer. Systems Engineering is responsible for first- and second-level support of 1,000+ users in a dynamic, high-performance production environment.


    The Principal Systems Engineer will report to the Senior Project Manager.


    Duties

    • Designs, develops and enhances the hardware and software configuration of the organization's production and editing systems.

    • Designs software applications and tools to meet technical and creative requirements.

    • Enhances or develops new technologies / techniques taking into account total system needs.

    • Deploys new system features or functionality without interruption to production schedules.

    • May direct the technical efforts of a project team during development and deployment.

    • Participates with management in evaluating systems and applications and in developing systems standards.

    • Accountable for designing and delivering state of the art production and editing systems technologies to the organization that create competitive advantage.


    Scope

    • Implements activities that impact the critical directions of the production. Typically assigned to the most critical and strategic / complex / high risk undertakings.


    Knowledge / Problem Solving
    • Recognized internally and externally as an expert in the field.

    • Addresses design issues in a one to three year horizon.

    • Develops industry-leading functionality for production and editing systems.

    • Typically uses C++ and UNIX programming and scripting languages.


    Negotiations / Interactions

    • Interacts with a wide range of audiences to "evangelize" new ideas / technologies / solutions to gain acceptance.


    Assignment of Work

    • Receives work in the form of objectives that regularly require the use of innovation.

    • Guides and mentors a wide range of audiences.

    • May lead teams / projects.


    Distinguishing Characteristics


    The successful candidate possesses:


    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to effectively communicate in a wide variety of contexts.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.

    • Proven leadership and technical skills within a sophisticated IT infrastructure organization.

    • Extensive experience with heterogeneous operating systems and computing/networking environments: Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X.

    • Experience with advanced networking media, protocols and topologies.

    • Experience with Helpdesk and Inventory software.

    • Experience working in the CG feature animation and visual effects industry.


    Oversight Received:

    • Work is subject to committee review at major milestones.

    • Operates within the context of strategic objectives.


    Experience:

    • Typically has 15 or more years of progressively complex related experience.





    Position: Helpdesk Manager (YVR)


    About the Job


    Helpdesk Manager

    Vancouver, BC Canada


    Sony Pictures Imageworks seeks a qualified candidate to join its Systems Engineering team as the Helpdesk Manager. Systems Engineering is responsible for first, second and third level support of 1,000+ users in a distributed, dynamic, high-performance production environment.


    The Helpdesk Manager will report directly to the Executive Director of Systems Engineering.


    Responsibilities


    • Oversee the daily activities of the Helpdesk administrators and Network Operations Center administrators.

    • Coordinate trouble ticket management and escalations for Unix, Mac & Windows systems administration, and other various systems engineers; including trouble ticket management, escalations from Helpdesk, Desktop support teams and project management.

    • Responsible for managerial activities; including performance appraisals, scheduling and hiring.

    • Report on SLA compliance and other key IT performance metrics to senior management.

    • Develop and implement standards, procedures, and processes for the Systems Engineering Helpdesk group.

    • Collaborate with other teams on other all system and end user support matters.

    • Provide 24x7/365 support as needed



    Distinguishing Characteristics


    The successful candidate possesses:


    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to effectively communicate in a wide variety of contexts.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.

    • Proven leadership and technical skills within a sophisticated IT infrastructure organization.

    • Extensive experience with heterogeneous operating systems and computing/networking environments: Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X.

    • Experience with advanced networking media, protocols and topologies.

    • Experience with Helpdesk and Inventory software.

    • Experience working in the CG feature animation and visual effects industry.



    Requirements


    • 5+ years of managerial experience in an information technology production environment.

    • A degree in Computer Science or a related field is desirable.

    • Experience with the following operating systems: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X.

    • Knowledge of server hardware, maintenance, and procedures.

    • Experience with Exchange, Active Directory, Networks.

    • Familiarity with CG feature animation and visual effects industry tools and workflows.







    About Imageworks

    ----------------

    http://www.imageworks.com/


    Sony Pictures Imageworks produces high-end visual effects for movies, such as the the Amazing Spider-Man 2, Edge of Tomorrow, and Oz the Great and Powerful. The company's work has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Spider-Man 2.


    Imageworks proved its all-CG character animation and production capabilities with the animated short, The ChubbChubbs! which won an Academy Award. Surf's Up received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Imageworks is unique in its ability to provide quality digital production for live action, all-CG, motion capture and hybrid live-action/animated films. Imageworks prides itself as a community of artists supporting the imagination and expression of visual storytellers.


    Today, Imageworks is unique in its ability to provide quality digital production for live action, all-CG, motion capture and hybrid live-action/animated films. Its community of innovative digital artists and computer technologists collaborate creatively with filmmakers, helping them to bring their vision from the storyboard to the theater and delight audiences around the globe.



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    We have a few openings in Vancouver - please feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you might have. I can forward on your resumes or email recruiting@imageworks.com, please see below for details on the jobs.

    Openings include:
    • Systems Administrator Associate
    • Intermediate Systems Engineer
    • Senior Systems Engineer
    • Principal Systems Engineer
    • Helpdesk Manager

    Position: Systems Administrator Associate (YVR)


    Job Description:


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking an Associate Systems Administrator. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with basic Mac/PC/Linux systems administration to support solutions in a unique industry that combines high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will support projects involving high performance computing technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, installing, deploying and supporting end-user laptops and workstations.

    We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment of talented engineers and artists.


    Primary responsibilities for this position include:



    • Build and deploy hardware and software systems as necessary

    • Remote administration using Apple and Windows Remote Desktop

    • Imaging of Windows and Mac desktop and laptop systems

    • Setup and configuration of new users

    • Deployment of keyboards, mice, monitors, PCoIP portals and workstations

    • Responsible for workstation and user moves within the facility

    • Answer helpdesk phone and provide phone support

    • Printer (and multi-function device) administration, setup and installation

    • Provide customer service and technical assistance to all users of the systems developed above

    • Mac OSX and Windows 7 Administration (ftp, printer setup, software installation, user account creation, etc)

    • Basic troubleshooting of issues often found in large-scale networked Unix environments

    • On-call 24x7 technical support



    Required Skills:


    Candidate must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with a technical background in systems administration and engineering, preferably with a focus on PC/Mac/Linux operating systems. Project requirements are often dynamic and extremely fast paced and the ideal candidate is someone who can easily step out of their comfort zone and handle tasks beyond the scope of their expertise and responsibility. Versatility, resourcefulness, and adaptability are key characteristics to possess for this job.


    Required Experience:


    • College degree or equivalent post-high school education or experience.

    • Computer Science background preferred but not required

    • 1-2 years of PC/Mac/Linux related experience.

    • Ability to configure workstation/server network interfaces.

    • Previous experience in customer support, computer operations, system administration.



    Position: Intermediate Systems Engineer (YVR)


    Job Description:


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking a Systems Engineer. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with Linux systems engineering to develop solutions for a unique industry combining high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will participate in projects utilizing new technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, configuring, installing, deploying and supporting workstations, servers and large scale storage systems. We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment comprised of talented engineers and artists.


    Primary responsibilities for this position include:


    • Build and deploy hardware and software systems as necessary

    • Administration of servers, network routers/firewalls and NAS storage systems

    • Imaging of Linux desktop systems and servers

    • Configuration management

    • Troubleshooting of PCoIP portals and connected workstations

    • Provide 2nd tier helpdesk support

    • Linux systems administration

    • Scripting and light programming

    • Participation in a range of infrastructure related projects

    • Troubleshooting of issues often found in large-scale networked Unix environments

    • On-call 24x7 technical support


    Required Skills:


    Candidate must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with a technical background in systems administration and engineering, preferably with a focus on Linux operating systems, NAS storage systems and server virtualization technologies. Project requirements are often dynamic and extremely fast paced and the ideal candidate is someone who can easily step out of their comfort zone and handle tasks beyond the scope of their expertise and responsibility. Versatility, resourcefulness, and adaptability are key characteristics to possess for this job.


    Required Experience:


    • College degree or equivalent post-high school education or experience.

    • Computer Science background preferred but not required

    • Prior production experience a plus





    Position: Senior Systems Engineer (UNIX)


    Senior Systems Engineer

    Vancouver, B.C.


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking Senior Systems Engineers. Systems Engineering is responsible for first- and second-level support of 1,000+ users in a dynamic, high-performance production environment. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with Linux systems engineering to develop solutions for a unique industry combining high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will participate in projects utilizing new technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, configuring, installing, deploying and supporting workstations, servers and large scale storage systems. We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment comprised of talented engineers and artists.


    Responsibilities:


    Primary areas of responsibility will include:


    • Installation, deployment and maintenance of hardware, operating systems and software.

    • Initiation of and participation in departmental and site-wide engineering projects.

    • Specification, documentation and communication of requirements for engineering tasks across the enterprise.

    • Technical assistance to a wide range of end users in a customer-service oriented organization.

    • Mentoring to and advice on best practices for Systems Engineering personnel throughout the department.

    • After hours, holiday and weekend support on-call 24/7 as scheduled in rotation with other engineers.


    Distinguishing Characteristics:


    The successful candidate possesses:


    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written. This includes the ability to provide thorough written documentation.

    • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.

    • Scripting and programming abilities that maximize efficiency in daily tasks.

    • Self-guided triage and follow-through skills to best respond to assigned duties.


    Education, Skills & Certifications:


    • Degree in Computer Science or in a related field. Significant industry experience may be substituted.

    • Seven years of UNIX/Linux experience in a production environment.

    • Four to six years experience in a large, high-performance technical computing site.

    • Three years experience in installation, deployment and maintenance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 workstations and servers.

    • Experience in supporting mission-critical systems to ensure high availability.

    • Programming ability in either of Tk or Perl, and the ability to write small C programs.

    • Extensive networking experience with TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, LDAP and other directory services, used across local and wide-area/metro-area networks of varying topologies.

    • Hands-on experience with large-scale backup solutions and storage technologies.

    • Direct experience with multi-terabyte Netapp (or other) SAN installations is a plus.










    Position: Principal Systems Engineer (UNIX)


    Principal Systems Engineer

    Vancouver, B.C.


    Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada seeks qualified candidates to join its Systems Engineering department as a Principal Systems Engineer. Systems Engineering is responsible for first- and second-level support of 1,000+ users in a dynamic, high-performance production environment.


    The Principal Systems Engineer will report to the Senior Project Manager.


    Duties

    • Designs, develops and enhances the hardware and software configuration of the organization's production and editing systems.

    • Designs software applications and tools to meet technical and creative requirements.

    • Enhances or develops new technologies / techniques taking into account total system needs.

    • Deploys new system features or functionality without interruption to production schedules.

    • May direct the technical efforts of a project team during development and deployment.

    • Participates with management in evaluating systems and applications and in developing systems standards.

    • Accountable for designing and delivering state of the art production and editing systems technologies to the organization that create competitive advantage.


    Scope

    • Implements activities that impact the critical directions of the production. Typically assigned to the most critical and strategic / complex / high risk undertakings.


    Knowledge / Problem Solving
    • Recognized internally and externally as an expert in the field.

    • Addresses design issues in a one to three year horizon.

    • Develops industry-leading functionality for production and editing systems.

    • Typically uses C++ and UNIX programming and scripting languages.


    Negotiations / Interactions

    • Interacts with a wide range of audiences to "evangelize" new ideas / technologies / solutions to gain acceptance.


    Assignment of Work

    • Receives work in the form of objectives that regularly require the use of innovation.

    • Guides and mentors a wide range of audiences.

    • May lead teams / projects.


    Distinguishing Characteristics


    The successful candidate possesses:


    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to effectively communicate in a wide variety of contexts.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.

    • Proven leadership and technical skills within a sophisticated IT infrastructure organization.

    • Extensive experience with heterogeneous operating systems and computing/networking environments: Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X.

    • Experience with advanced networking media, protocols and topologies.

    • Experience with Helpdesk and Inventory software.

    • Experience working in the CG feature animation and visual effects industry.


    Oversight Received:

    • Work is subject to committee review at major milestones.

    • Operates within the context of strategic objectives.


    Experience:

    • Typically has 15 or more years of progressively complex related experience.





    Position: Helpdesk Manager (YVR)


    About the Job


    Helpdesk Manager

    Vancouver, BC Canada


    Sony Pictures Imageworks seeks a qualified candidate to join its Systems Engineering team as the Helpdesk Manager. Systems Engineering is responsible for first, second and third level support of 1,000+ users in a distributed, dynamic, high-performance production environment.


    The Helpdesk Manager will report directly to the Executive Director of Systems Engineering.


    Responsibilities


    • Oversee the daily activities of the Helpdesk administrators and Network Operations Center administrators.

    • Coordinate trouble ticket management and escalations for Unix, Mac & Windows systems administration, and other various systems engineers; including trouble ticket management, escalations from Helpdesk, Desktop support teams and project management.

    • Responsible for managerial activities; including performance appraisals, scheduling and hiring.

    • Report on SLA compliance and other key IT performance metrics to senior management.

    • Develop and implement standards, procedures, and processes for the Systems Engineering Helpdesk group.

    • Collaborate with other teams on other all system and end user support matters.

    • Provide 24x7/365 support as needed



    Distinguishing Characteristics


    The successful candidate possesses:


    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to effectively communicate in a wide variety of contexts.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.

    • Proven leadership and technical skills within a sophisticated IT infrastructure organization.

    • Extensive experience with heterogeneous operating systems and computing/networking environments: Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X.

    • Experience with advanced networking media, protocols and topologies.

    • Experience with Helpdesk and Inventory software.

    • Experience working in the CG feature animation and visual effects industry.



    Requirements


    • 5+ years of managerial experience in an information technology production environment.

    • A degree in Computer Science or a related field is desirable.

    • Experience with the following operating systems: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X.

    • Knowledge of server hardware, maintenance, and procedures.

    • Experience with Exchange, Active Directory, Networks.

    • Familiarity with CG feature animation and visual effects industry tools and workflows.







    About Imageworks

    ----------------

    http://www.imageworks.com/


    Sony Pictures Imageworks produces high-end visual effects for movies, such as the the Amazing Spider-Man 2, Edge of Tomorrow, and Oz the Great and Powerful. The company's work has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Spider-Man 2.


    Imageworks proved its all-CG character animation and production capabilities with the animated short, The ChubbChubbs! which won an Academy Award. Surf's Up received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Imageworks is unique in its ability to provide quality digital production for live action, all-CG, motion capture and hybrid live-action/animated films. Imageworks prides itself as a community of artists supporting the imagination and expression of visual storytellers.


    Today, Imageworks is unique in its ability to provide quality digital production for live action, all-CG, motion capture and hybrid live-action/animated films. Its community of innovative digital artists and computer technologists collaborate creatively with filmmakers, helping them to bring their vision from the storyboard to the theater and delight audiences around the globe.




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    Need contact from The Foundry
    posted by Zorion Terrell on Feb. 19, 2014, 6 p.m.

    Hey All,

     

    If you know of a contact… or are a contact @ The Foundry, I need to speak to a rep about FLIX.

    You can message me directly.

     

    Thanks,

     

     

    dhx media

    Zorion Terrell

    IT Manager | DHX Media Vancouver

    e: zorion.terrell@dhxmedia.com

    p: 604-684-2363 | m: 604-562-5148

    600-190 Alexander St,

    Vancouver, BC V6A 1B5

    dhx_signature.png

     

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    Hey All,

     

    If you know of a contact… or are a contact @ The Foundry, I need to speak to a rep about FLIX.

    You can message me directly.

     

    Thanks,

     

     

    dhx media

    Zorion Terrell

    IT Manager | DHX Media Vancouver

    e: zorion.terrell@dhxmedia.com

    p: 604-684-2363 | m: 604-562-5148

    600-190 Alexander St,

    Vancouver, BC V6A 1B5

    dhx_signature.png

     


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    New Google Fiber cities announced
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Feb. 19, 2014, 8:30 p.m. (1 day ago)
    https://fiber.google.com/newcities/

    Sigh, no West Side / Venice. And Verizon FIOS is about 100 meters from where I live, but I'm not in the zone, and Verizon has apparently stopped deployment. Looking forward to more competitive pricing from TWC once the merger with Comcast is completed, right?

    JF



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    https://fiber.google.com/newcities/

    Sigh, no West Side / Venice. And Verizon FIOS is about 100 meters from where I live, but I'm not in the zone, and Verizon has apparently stopped deployment. Looking forward to more competitive pricing from TWC once the merger with Comcast is completed, right?

    JF




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  • 02/19/14--23:50: Vray for Maya, OSX env vars
  • Vray for Maya, OSX env vars
    posted by  on Feb. 20, 2014, 2:50 a.m.
    Hey folks,

    I'm untangling things here, where our maya and vray-for-maya distros were installed without complete seperation, which meant we couldn't version control separately properly. That doesn't matter, just background as to why I've broke things and gotta sticky them back together.

    Bacically, I"d like linux and OSX to behave as similarly as possible. I have an nfs mounted volume to install to..

    /ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001
    maya_root/
    maya_vray/
    net_license/
    vray/


    /ce_apps/linux/vray_for_maya2014_24001
    maya_root/
    maya_vray/
    net_license/
    vray/

    So kept it all out of the actual maya tree.

    My init scripts basically follow this guide, creating the relevant env vars:

    http://help.chaosgroup.com/vray/help/maya/150R1/install_from_dir.htm

    It's working under linux fine.

    For OSX I've tried to keep the env vars like for like, which means they vary a bit in the path (Contents/MacOS type crap) but the final dirs look very similar
    (swapping .so for .dylib).

    I get error in Maya log when I try to load the plugin:

    // Error: line 1: dlopen(/ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.bundle, 1): Library not loaded: @executable_path/libvray.dylib
    Referenced from: /ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.bundle
    Reason: image not found (vrayformaya) //

    One big divergence I notice is we have a bundle here:

    /ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.bundle

    And a .so file here:

    /ce_apps/linux/vray_for_maya2014/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.so

    I can provide a bunch more info, like the precise contents of directories and what my env vars are. But I"m guessing (hoping) that people have been through similar experiences and can give me a general pointer on how OSX and linux differ, particularly I"m guessing the use of the "bundle".

    Thanks in advance,
    Rangi.


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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    Hey folks,

    I'm untangling things here, where our maya and vray-for-maya distros were installed without complete seperation, which meant we couldn't version control separately properly. That doesn't matter, just background as to why I've broke things and gotta sticky them back together.

    Bacically, I"d like linux and OSX to behave as similarly as possible. I have an nfs mounted volume to install to..

    /ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001
    maya_root/
    maya_vray/
    net_license/
    vray/


    /ce_apps/linux/vray_for_maya2014_24001
    maya_root/
    maya_vray/
    net_license/
    vray/

    So kept it all out of the actual maya tree.

    My init scripts basically follow this guide, creating the relevant env vars:

    http://help.chaosgroup.com/vray/help/maya/150R1/install_from_dir.htm

    It's working under linux fine.

    For OSX I've tried to keep the env vars like for like, which means they vary a bit in the path (Contents/MacOS type crap) but the final dirs look very similar
    (swapping .so for .dylib).

    I get error in Maya log when I try to load the plugin:

    // Error: line 1: dlopen(/ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.bundle, 1): Library not loaded: @executable_path/libvray.dylib
    Referenced from: /ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.bundle
    Reason: image not found (vrayformaya) //

    One big divergence I notice is we have a bundle here:

    /ce_apps/osx10.8/vray_for_maya2014_24001/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.bundle

    And a .so file here:

    /ce_apps/linux/vray_for_maya2014/maya_vray/plug-ins/vrayformaya.so

    I can provide a bunch more info, like the precise contents of directories and what my env vars are. But I"m guessing (hoping) that people have been through similar experiences and can give me a general pointer on how OSX and linux differ, particularly I"m guessing the use of the "bundle".

    Thanks in advance,
    Rangi.



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    Mac OS X Command Alias All Users
    posted by Tom Salciccia on Feb. 20, 2014, 10:53 p.m. (1 day ago)
     
    I want to create a command alias on a mac that is available to all users on the machine.
     
    The alias I want to create is as follows:
     
         alias fixperms='chmod -Rf 2770'
     
    Then I would have the logged in user drag a folder in from the Finder into the Terminal to provide the path to chmod.
     
    I tried creating the alias in
     
    /etc/profile
    /etc/launchd-user.conf
     
    but neither of these work.
     
    My Mac's are generally 10.8.3, 10.8.5, 10.9, 10.9.1
     
    Any tricks to being able to configure something like this?
     
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    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     1 Comments  
     
     
    I want to create a command alias on a mac that is available to all users on the machine.
     
    The alias I want to create is as follows:
     
         alias fixperms='chmod -Rf 2770'
     
    Then I would have the logged in user drag a folder in from the Finder into the Terminal to provide the path to chmod.
     
    I tried creating the alias in
     
    /etc/profile
    /etc/launchd-user.conf
     
    but neither of these work.
     
    My Mac's are generally 10.8.3, 10.8.5, 10.9, 10.9.1
     
    Any tricks to being able to configure something like this?
     

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  • 02/21/14--15:10: Sips on osx
  • Sips on osx
    posted by  on Feb. 21, 2014, 6:10 p.m.

    man sips

    Osx. Sweet built in command for manipulating images. Not imagemagick but it is super fast

    Michael Oliver
    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438

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    man sips

    Osx. Sweet built in command for manipulating images. Not imagemagick but it is super fast

    Michael Oliver
    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438


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    trashcan mac pro - min macosx version?
    posted by Wayne Chang on Feb. 21, 2014, 8:05 p.m. (1 day ago)
    anyone have any of the new trashcan mac pros? are they able to boot 10.8, or do they force 10.9? To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    anyone have any of the new trashcan mac pros? are they able to boot 10.8, or do they force 10.9? To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 02/22/14--06:40: Recover Raid Array
  • Recover Raid Array
    posted by Jeremy Smith on Feb. 22, 2014, 9:40 a.m.

    Hello,

     

    I’m hoping someone can help here.  We are migrating data from one storage solution to another (from a Blue Arc to Pixit/GPFS) and I had to very quickly move about 25-30 TB of data.

     

    I managed to move everything but 4.5 TB onto EMC/Isilon Storage.  The reason why I wasn’t able to move the remaining 4.5TB over is because it would have filled our Isilon completely up and there was no other Raid to put anything on (believe me.. everything is full and I was archiving to LTO Tape as fast as humanly possible).

     

    I had to come with a solution very quickly and noticed that we had a free RocketRaid 2640X4 card sitting around doing nothing.  I decide to use this as I knew that I needed to get data moving ASAP or else we would have to push back the install date for our GPFS system (wasn’t an option for us for several factors).  I know that this isn’t the most expensive/reliable Raid card, but I managed to get a Raid 5 array up with no problem... giving me 9TB to work with.

     

    I installed this in a Windows 7 workstation (RAID was formatted NTFS) and the copy took a while, but no problems at all.  The Pixit/GPFS Cluster is installed and up and running.. when I went back to my Win 7 box to copy the data back onto the new storage I couldn’t see the Raid and I noticed the following when I looked at the card (please see attached file).  My heart sank.

     

    Does anyone had any advice on how to recover this data?  Can anyone suggest any services in the London area?  I really need to get this data back.  All data originally copied to our Isilon is currently happily copying over to the Pixit/GPFS system, will take a few days.. but no problem at all.

     

    Any help would be appreciated.

     

    Thank you in advance

     

    Jeremy

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    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    Hello,

     

    I’m hoping someone can help here.  We are migrating data from one storage solution to another (from a Blue Arc to Pixit/GPFS) and I had to very quickly move about 25-30 TB of data.

     

    I managed to move everything but 4.5 TB onto EMC/Isilon Storage.  The reason why I wasn’t able to move the remaining 4.5TB over is because it would have filled our Isilon completely up and there was no other Raid to put anything on (believe me.. everything is full and I was archiving to LTO Tape as fast as humanly possible).

     

    I had to come with a solution very quickly and noticed that we had a free RocketRaid 2640X4 card sitting around doing nothing.  I decide to use this as I knew that I needed to get data moving ASAP or else we would have to push back the install date for our GPFS system (wasn’t an option for us for several factors).  I know that this isn’t the most expensive/reliable Raid card, but I managed to get a Raid 5 array up with no problem... giving me 9TB to work with.

     

    I installed this in a Windows 7 workstation (RAID was formatted NTFS) and the copy took a while, but no problems at all.  The Pixit/GPFS Cluster is installed and up and running.. when I went back to my Win 7 box to copy the data back onto the new storage I couldn’t see the Raid and I noticed the following when I looked at the card (please see attached file).  My heart sank.

     

    Does anyone had any advice on how to recover this data?  Can anyone suggest any services in the London area?  I really need to get this data back.  All data originally copied to our Isilon is currently happily copying over to the Pixit/GPFS system, will take a few days.. but no problem at all.

     

    Any help would be appreciated.

     

    Thank you in advance

     

    Jeremy


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  • 02/22/14--07:55: HNAS 4060 price
  • HNAS 4060 price
    posted by Greg Whynott on Feb. 22, 2014, 10:55 a.m.
    anyone have any general idea what the 4060 head costs without disks/licenses? I'll ask my rep next week but wanted to see if they are in the consideration range for a project i'm helping out on.

    -g

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    anyone have any general idea what the 4060 head costs without disks/licenses? I'll ask my rep next week but wanted to see if they are in the consideration range for a project i'm helping out on.

    -g


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    Dedicated servers for apps and home directories
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Feb. 24, 2014, 2:20 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Like everyone else, we run into situations where renders saturate our production BlueArc cluster, and since we are also serving apps/pipeline and home directories off that box, interactive performance becomes unacceptable. And with only 2 heads and a shared storage backend, there are only so many games you can play trying to shuffle things between heads and storage tiers. So time to move that stuff off to a separate server.

    For apps and pipeline code, very few machines need to update that stuff, the vast majority of systems would access read-only, so it would seem that a "read optimized" system would make sense. You also don't need a ton of space, as the working set of app and pipeline code versions being accessed at any one time is pretty small. So you might be able to get away with SATA drives and a reasonable amount of RAM so you could cache the majority of reads.

    For home directories (and roaming profiles), I'm guessing a highly uncorrelated mix of tiny reads and writes, so SSD storage is probably required?

    Our environment is primarily Windows 7 based. Have people successfully built "small" servers based on 2012R2 for these types of applications? Or are there "off the shelf" solutions that have been found to work well? I just can't afford to buy an additional BlueArc cluster just for those applications I'm afraid. On the other hand, these are still facility critical servers, if they fail no one can get any work done.

    Not looking for someone to do my homework for me :-), just recommendations of what people have found works well in their facility for these specific applications.

    JF

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    Like everyone else, we run into situations where renders saturate our production BlueArc cluster, and since we are also serving apps/pipeline and home directories off that box, interactive performance becomes unacceptable. And with only 2 heads and a shared storage backend, there are only so many games you can play trying to shuffle things between heads and storage tiers. So time to move that stuff off to a separate server.

    For apps and pipeline code, very few machines need to update that stuff, the vast majority of systems would access read-only, so it would seem that a "read optimized" system would make sense. You also don't need a ton of space, as the working set of app and pipeline code versions being accessed at any one time is pretty small. So you might be able to get away with SATA drives and a reasonable amount of RAM so you could cache the majority of reads.

    For home directories (and roaming profiles), I'm guessing a highly uncorrelated mix of tiny reads and writes, so SSD storage is probably required?

    Our environment is primarily Windows 7 based. Have people successfully built "small" servers based on 2012R2 for these types of applications? Or are there "off the shelf" solutions that have been found to work well? I just can't afford to buy an additional BlueArc cluster just for those applications I'm afraid. On the other hand, these are still facility critical servers, if they fail no one can get any work done.

    Not looking for someone to do my homework for me :-), just recommendations of what people have found works well in their facility for these specific applications.

    JF


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    SSL security issue on iPhone and related.
    posted by Greg Whynott on Feb. 24, 2014, 2:35 p.m. (1 day ago)
    If you use your iPhone/pad device on public or untrusted wifi networks read on. If not, move on!


    but before you do this read more on it as there are lots of reports of peoples phones becoming bricked after applying the apple update.


    On my liberated phone I applied the SSL patch 1.0 from Ryan Petrich via Cydia without issue.

    -g




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    If you use your iPhone/pad device on public or untrusted wifi networks read on. If not, move on!


    but before you do this read more on it as there are lots of reports of peoples phones becoming bricked after applying the apple update.


    On my liberated phone I applied the SSL patch 1.0 from Ryan Petrich via Cydia without issue.

    -g





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    Mac Pro (2012) monitor recommends
    posted by Jeremy Mullis on Feb. 24, 2014, 5:25 p.m. (1 day ago)
    We have 2 aging cinema displays that we need to replace.  Any recommendations on 27" monitors that After Effects users would love? 

    Dell U2713H? 
    HP  ZR2740w?

    Thanks,

    Jeremy
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    We have 2 aging cinema displays that we need to replace.  Any recommendations on 27" monitors that After Effects users would love? 

    Dell U2713H? 
    HP  ZR2740w?

    Thanks,

    Jeremy

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