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How Not to Migrate a Server

  1. E-mail people at 6PM saying the server will be offline as of 10AM the next day.
  2. The next day, find out that the new server doesn't want to work with the disks from the old server.
  3. Overwrite the partition table on one of the disks.
  4. Spend hours backing up the data and rewriting the partition table by hand.
  5. The next day, copy data and install new server into limited-access server room.
  6. While remotely migrating setup, remove /etc/passwd file (thus preventing all remote access).
  7. Wait 3 days to gain physical access to the machine.
  8. Slowly start setting up everything.
  9. Have users find out that some of the services are now running different software and didn't have their data migrated over.

Things which could have been better:

  • Advanced notice of migration. Server migration is never simple, advertising it the night before is seriously inadequate for most people.
  • Notice of which services, if any, will not be migrated exactly as-is, and how the decision was made.
  • Setting up existing services on the new server prior to the swap.

Even now, the server still isn't running all services correctly, but hopefully it will be soon. I look forward to receiving mail via the new server, 4 days after it was supposed to be all working. ;-)

Permalink | Author: | Tags: CompSoc | Posted: 04:51PM on Monday, 09 July, 2007 | Comments: 0

Windows Vista Shortcuts for Japanese IME

General Language and Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut Action
<Left Alt> + <Shift> Switch input language
<Control> + <Shift> Switch keyboard layout

These can be changed from Control Panel, in Regional and Language Options, Keyboard and Languages tab, "Change keyboards...", Advanced Key Settings tab. Alternatively, right-click the Language Bar and select "Settings...".

Japanese IME Shortcuts (summary)

Normal Mode (not in the middle of entering a word/phrase)
<Control> + <Caps Lock> Switch to Hiragana input
<Alt> + <Caps Lock> Switch to full-width Katakana input
<Shift> + <Caps Lock> Toggle half-width alphanumeric (English) input and Hiragana input
<Alt> + <`>
<Control> + <Shift> + <Caps Lock> Toggle kana and romanji input
<Shift> + <Space> Enter half-width alphanumeric (English) space
Conversion Mode (when entering word/phrase via IME)
<Shift> + <Left> Use less characters for conversion
<Shift> + <Right> Use more characters for conversion
<F6> Convert to Hiragana Each of these will flip through a number of possibilities on each press.
<F7> Convert to Katakana
<F8> Convert to half-width Katakana
<F9> Convert to alphanumeric
<F10> Convert to half-width alphanumeric (English)

These can be changed from the Japanese IME itself, which can be accessed from the Language Bar (right-click and select "Settings...", then select the IME and click "Properties..."). On the Editing tab, there is a drop-down of key templates and the option to edit. The above keys are all for the default key template ("Microsoft IME").

Permalink | Author: | Tags: Windows, Vista, IME | Posted: 05:39PM on Saturday, 21 July, 2007 | Comments: 0

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