Best Interview I Have Ever Attended


Its been long time that I blogged here. The reason for this post is to share my experience of an interview. If you people think this is irrelevant, please feel free to comment at comment section, depending on your comments i will keep or remove this post. Because its just a general post not related to admin work much. OK lets come to actual point.

A couple of weeks back i got a call from a company, they asked me to come down to the interview with all the media required. The media which i have taken includes.
1.RHEL5.4 which is 64bit version
2.Oracle 10g
3.JBOSS(For those who don't know about Jboss. Its a application server like TOMCAT, Web-sphear etc. used to serve the content through web).

In the same call they informed its totally a practical interview. I have to configure and show all the configuration on a given Blade Centre which contain six blade servers in it.
Some background about that Blade-centre.
1. It costs nearly 46Lacks. Yes you red properly it costs 46 lacks INR(Rs4600000)
2. Its having 6 blades(nothing but 6 blade servers)
3. SAN box attached to it(total capacity of 4.5TB)
4. A seven layer switch(I don't know much about this. I have to explore on this)
5. A backup tape-drive for this SAN backups.
6. A common DVD ROM, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor for all the six blade servers
7. Four to six usb devices(i did not observed properly)
8. Eight LAN ports


So all these are included/integrated in to a box which be like big TV box(search for blade-centre in Google for exact look).

Why we require this blade server why cant we use separate six high end servers?
Ans :
Let me put it in this way. In most of the DC(Data Centre) space, power, cooling are always concerns. So IBM came with a solution to resolve all these problems by implementing Blade canter/server.

Each blade server looks like a closed laptop when we take it out from Blade center box(its very much easy to insert/remove blade-server from blade centre)

What this each blade server contains?
Ans :
1. HDD with hardware RAID1 on implemented with 132GB(so total space with out RAID will be 132*2=264GB).

2. RAM of 16B(There are four slots, each contains 4gb. These RAMS are placed on the mother board in such a way that it will consume less space and good for cooling).

3. A fiber converter is there which have high capacity data transfers.

4. Two NIC/LAN cards(These are integrated on to board it self).

5.A switch/button for getting display.(Here we have to remember one thing. As there is only single display, mouse, keyboard which are to be shared). So if you press this switch on blade server one all these devices are now part of blade server one.

6. A switch/button for getting DVD rom for this blade server.

7. A power switch to switch of this single blade server
That's it.

Ok I think this introduction is enough for those people who don't know what is a blade center or server. Please feel free to ask any queries on this. If you still not clear.

The test/Interview goal is to :
1.
Install OS(RHEL5.4 64 bit).
2. Yum Server(on one of the blade server so that remaining servers will take yum repo from that server).
3. Network configuration(like IP addressing and host-name).
4. Jboss to be installed/configure on all the servers.
5. FATware to be install/configure on all the servers.
6. Oracle on two blade servers.
7. High availability cluster for this Oracle.
That's the end of the Interview.

They have assigned an Experienced Network/Hardware engineer to me who really assisted me in all hardware related stuff.
He is really having good knowledge on all the server hardware and he is a nice guy.. :)

His work is to initialize all the blade servers, configuration of hardware RAID1 and other network related stuff.

We started with Redhat installation on one machine. We did successfully. I thought we no need to install OS on remaining blade servers because I thought of replacting this HDD on remaining HDD(Because all the servers are HDD are hardware RAID1) but bad luck that IBM blade-centre model will not support this. So we installed OS on each server one by one. I thought/show him how to create partitions and install OS after second server installation. He only taken care of installing OS on remaining blade servers. Mean that time I have started configuring Yum on blade server1, Configured network related stuff, installed some software required by oracle, Jboss etc. By using Yum server. Once these things are done I did the same thing for reaming servers. All these tasks taken most of my time :(

Then we installed Oracle on server one and two, after that Jboss on all the 6 blade server. Once all the main configurations are done at last we tried to implement cluster for the oracle(we implemented Heartbeat cluster for this one..)

This total process taken nearly 12 hours from 9Am to 9Pm.

I want to include more info but i felt its too big.
Please comment on this:-)

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    11 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Great Surendra. Excellent. Keep posting. Really like to read ur posts.
    Keep updating and sharing. Its really wonderful.

    Thanks
    Puneet (Khappieinstein)

    Surendra Kumar Chowdary said...

    Thanks for the comment.. Khappieinstein.. still i can remember this as your name :) aka Puneet. nice to see you comment on this site..

    bhanu said...

    Thanks for sharing information

    Surendra Kumar Chowdary said...

    Thanks for the comment bhanu..

    pranab said...

    Well done Surendra....... you have done excellent & fabulous job. It's a very useful blog.keep on sharing your information.

    Surendra Kumar Chowdary said...

    Thanks for the comment Pranab..

    Chetan Diwani said...

    I like to have an answer for the questions which are not answered.


    Hey It is very nice job you have done! Thank you for spread the Open source thought.

    Surendra Kumar Chowdary said...

    @Chetan Diwani

    Thanks for your intrest. Please write them to surendra@linuxnix.com i will post them by keeping your name for the answers

    amit said...

    Thanks Surendra for spreading your valuable experience and knowlegeable information. I am new in system administration field and recently join in a company........I want to know Is the Database like Sql, Oracle and Application Server like Jboss and Tomcat are also work area for Linux System Administration.......If yes then How can I increase my Knowledge in that field.....Waiting for ur reply.......Thanks in Adv.
    Amit Dixit (amitdixit.rhce@gmail.com)

    amit said...

    Thanks Surendra for spreading your valuable experience and knowlegeable information. I am new in system administration field and recently join in a company........I want to know Is the Database like Sql, Oracle and Application Server like Jboss and Tomcat are also work area for Linux System Administration.......If yes then How can I increase my Knowledge in that field.....Waiting for ur reply.......Thanks in Adv.
    Amit Dixit (amitdixit.rhce@gmail.com)

    Anonymous said...

    haha... superb man !!! Even i did the same setup only difference .. HP-Blade servers.

    It's good, keep writing.

    Thanks
    Nityanand

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