An update a long time in coming —

Holy crap.  New year meant a new job, and boy have I been busy.  I can’t believe I’ve been here for 2 months already.  Time is flying, and while it’s been fun, it’s been very, very, very busy.

I love the new job, the work is very challenging, but it hasn’t left time for much else.  Those of you that have talked to me about soccer will know that I’m not coaching this season.  I’ve also left my volunteer position as the Vice President of SYA Soccer.  I realized before the season started that I just don’t have time to dedicate to those two activities.  No matter how much I wanted to, it just wasn’t going to happen, and I didn’t want to do a disservice to the kids or such a great organization.

I’ve also cut way back on the games I’ve played, even going so far as to cancel my wow subscription.  Not a huge deal since I was having a hard time convincing myself that I was having fun, but still a step that I’ve had to take.

What have I been working on you might ask.  Setting up an entire infrastructure in AWS to absorb any number of applications that we’re currently running in our hosted space.  It doesn’t help that the company responsible for our provisioning, hosting, and support of our environment is horrible.  That’s just one of the many challenges I face.  In addition to the hosting company being horrible, we have a number of projects that need to be finished.  On the plus side we just finalized a move of an entire datacenter up to AWS, and for the most part it went smoothly.

I’ve written a handful of powershell and bash scripts that will rename an AWS machine based on it’s Name Tag, join the domain, and make a couple of core settings that I’m looking for.  I hope to roll those scripts into a cloudinit script that’s part of a CloudFormation JSON file, but since we’re in the middle of ‘hurry up and deploy’ I haven’t had the time to really look into that. 

In addition to the AWS stuff I’m working on, I’m also trying to re-design the XenDesktop environment that we use.  Thankfully I have a group of vendors and contractors that are doing most of the heavy lifting on that project.  I definitely feel like I’m not giving it enough attention though.  Hopefully that will change in the next week or so as I finish getting one of our main products development space finished off in AWS.

I have way more technical stuff to post but for now that’s probably going to have to wait, because I want to finish off this RDP Desktop Services environment I’m building for QA and then relax for the night.

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