|UAB network policy hinders research
||[Jan. 6th, 2011|11:37 am]
Attck of teh AzN Cow flu!
Ugh, I'm stuck having to put my workstation on wireless because as peon, I can't have root OR baremetal access to the box MY NIH grant paid for. I specifically speced the machine so I could play with ZFS on it. But that was before I found out that in order to connect to the gigabit ethernet, you have to give up all admin rights to the machine. WTF. How are hardware developers supposed to be able to develop on their machines? No wonder Engineering here sucks compared to Tuscaloosa.
Mostly, it's the clueless users who get their machines infected are to blame. They ruined it for the rest of us. Even the head of the department can't get his own sysadmin staff root/baremetal on his own machine. The best you can do is request to partition the disk so most of it goes to a VM you can run, if you really really want to self-admin a machine. Of course, that can't work in my case, unless I have them install OpenSolaris and then run a linux VM in it, but it's not like they'll let me admin that anyway, so what's the use? Both SOE VLAN and the main UAB-IT's VLAN have the same stupid policy. SHIIIIT they don't even know wtf BSD OR ZFS are. The rest of it is power politics I think.
At least the School of Engineering network admin was nice enough to give me a wifi card in some closet as a consolation prize.