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Patching VMware

So here is my first post regarding an actual “day in the Life….”   Last night was VMware patching.  I wish I could say it was a pleasant experience, but I can’t.   The unpleasantness has nothing to do with VMware and all to do with my organization’s maintenance policies.

Our policy is to work on e-commerce systems on Sunday nights, from 10:00pm to 1:00am.   In my case, since the vm hosts in question host some e-commerce systems, I am stuck in the same maintenance window.  It doesn’t matter that I am running in a DRS/HA clustered configuration and that no downtime is experienced.  It’s the potential for downtime that causes worry in the ranks.  I can’t say that I disagree.  Nothing is 100%.  Problems do occur which sometimes result in an outage.

On-site at 9:45pm. Maintenance mode activated at 10:00pm, patches applied.  Repeat for other host.    I was home by 1am.    What makes it really unpleasant is that I am a terrible sleeper.  I’ll wake up at the slightest noise and/or light.  So home by 1am, in bed by 1:30am, up at 6:00am.  I am going to be dragging until Wednesday.  The older I get, the longer it takes to recover.

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