the main IT / Sys. Admin. guy at the company I work
for quit today, effective mid-January. hence, I'm
*guessing*, the company is (will be?) looking for a
replacement. it seems possible someone on this e-list
may be interested in working in Montpellier (Southern
I've no real idea of the requirements blah blah blah,
but it would clearly cover the usual sort of duties
for a farm of workstations and servers. most of the
workstations currently run some flavour of Windross,
but there is a plan afoot to transition those of the
developers to Linux, or more likely, VMware.
the servers are a mixture of Windross and Linux.
most of the h/w kit is Dell, of varying vintage,
including some 64-bit kit (and lots of RAID).
one obvious challenge is this is a dual-language site,
both English and Français (English is required, but I'm
not sure about the French for this role). someone who
is familiar with, or at least with the relevant locales,
for any of the CJK languages is a bonus. (and there are
people over there, so there is a VPN(? something?) also.)
the other challenge is I strongly suspect you'll find
a mess. I am unconvinced things are too rationally set
up (e.g., the backups failed to adequately recover from
a recent disc drive failure), and I know "the management"
does not grok Linux and tends to a mistaken understanding
of FLOSS. and the IT, to-date, has very much been NIH;
far too many of the internal tools and procedures are
custom (read: crap), poorly documented, not really
integrated with each other, and presume Windross is used.
there are (stalled?) plans to fix some of that, and this
role would be heavily involved. ( however, the security
just may be Ok, albeit a fresh audit/eyes wouldn't hurt. )
if anyone's interested, drop me a line and I'll see if
I can prise any information about the position out of
the relevant people. the last time I did that, it was
like pulling alligator's teeth; in the end I did get a
fuzzy copy of a hardcopy French-only job advertisement
with a lot of tooth marks (after waiting several days).
however, the trainee who thought it silly to circulate or
publicise open reqs. has left, so maybe this time .....
( plus, of course, I don't actually know if there is an
open req. yet or not .....! )
-blf-(clearly not in the business of advertising jobs)-
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