AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

At SBB, for some workload we are leveraging the wonderful capabilities of Amazon Web Services. As a result, I have been working a lot more with AWS for the past few months and have decided to go for the SysOps certification. So here we go, I am now an “AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate”:

While some AWS services are not perfect, I enjoy it very much to work with such a great platform. I am even thinking about getting more AWS certifications :).

ASM: Device “/dev/xvdc1” is already labeled for ASM disk “”

In preparation for my OCP examination, I am currently playing around with ASM. For this purpose I am using an AWS instance to install and configure my database. So I added my disks, partitioned them using fdisk and installed ASMLib to manage them. But when I wanted to issue the createdisk command, this happened:

[root@ip-10-234-66-103 ~]# oracleasm createdisk DATA0 /dev/xvdc1
Device "/dev/xvdc1" is already labeled for ASM disk ""

So what is the problem here? Before deciding to use ASMLib, I tried to add the disks using only ASM commands from within the ASM instance, which failed for some reason. This is why I then switched to ASMLib.

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Amazon EC2 IO Performance

While discussing the topic of cloud computing today, my co-worker mentioned the Amazon EC2 service and gave me a quick presentation of the features that are available. Since I am a big fan of virtualisation and the idea of scalable architectures, I immediately thought “This could be great to test some things out and is a wonderful opportunity to play around with different virtual machines”. So I signed up and did some quick tests to look at the IO performance…

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Hello world

My name is Simon Krenger, I am a Technical Account Manager (TAM) at Red Hat. I advise our customers in using Kubernetes, Containers, Linux and Open Source.


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