Hey look! A blog post!

It's been nearly six months, so time for another blog post! I'm in my second semester at Pitt now, and did better than expected last fall. Grad school classes are easily the hardest ones I've ever taken. That's partly due to the lack of programming classes in my undergraduate degree. I had to learn C last semester and this semester I'm taking a class that uses Java and another that uses some horrible language called CLIPS (it's a psychology class). Surprisingly I've been picking up the languages pretty well, except for CLIPS which I think is entirely stupid.

In January I finished my first year at my job, including the 5 months I spent as a contractor. It's a fun job, and I've learned a lot...mostly on my own while I'm trying to figure something out. Some of the things I've completed or initiated include upgrading our VMWare infrastructure from ESX 3.5 to 4.0, rebuilding our Altiris Deployment server and PXE boot services, developing a script for Vista that renames a computer based on it's location in Active Directory, upgrading SCCM, implementing operating system deployment in SCCM that is replacing the Altiris server, setting up an Apple Xserve to work with Active Directory, getting the Mac labs set up to authenticate with AD and the Xserve, and cleaning up a number of problems with our software distribution in SCCM.

Wow...that's a lot of stuff...

Before I started here I had never used SCCM or VMWare ESX, and don't think I would have been able to program that renaming script. My biggest fear now is that I've set too high expectations. :) I've also taken advantage of a free Microsoft Technet account and set up an Active Directory running in ESXi at home to play around in.

In non-geek stuff, Teresa and I are doing great in Pittsburgh. We are going to celebrate 10 years of dating as well as Teresa's birthday next month by going to a Bon Jovi concert. It's hard to believe that we've been together that long. She's definitely brought out the best in me over these 10 years.

So that's about it for now. Here's hoping my next post will be less than 5 months away!

Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.