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(DNSControl unrolls your SPF records safely and automatically. Sure, you can do it manually, but at the end of this article I'll show you how to automate it so you can 'set it and forget it'.)

Google has changed the SPF records for GSuite. You don't have to make any changes since you still do include:_spf.google.com and the magic of SPF takes care of things for you.

However, if you unroll your SPF records to work around the 10-lookup limit, you need to take a look at what you've done and re-do it based on the new SPF records.

The change is simple: They've added two new CIDR blocks (ip4:35.191.0.0/16 ip4:130.211.0.0/22) to _netblocks3.google.com

99.99% of all Gsuite users don't have to do anything.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DNSControl

My team at Stack Overflow has a number of open positions on the team that I manage:

  1. Windows-focused SRE, New York City or Northern NJ: If you love PowerShell, you'll love this position! If your background is more sysadmin than SRE, we're willing to train.
  2. Linux SRE, Denver: This will be particularly exciting because we're about to make some big technology changes and it will be a great opportunity to learn and grow with the company.

We have a number of other openings around the company:

  1. Junior Technology Concierge (IT Help Desk): New York City
  2. Engineering Manager: Remote (US East Coast Time Zone)
  3. VP of Engineering: New York City. (This person will be my boss!)
  4. Technical Recruiter: New York, NY
  5. If you like working in the Windows developer ecosystem (C#, ASP.NET, and MS SQL Server), we have two such developer positions: web developer and internal apps developer.

Those (and more!) open positions are listed here: https://stackoverflow.com/work-here

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Stack Exchange, Inc.

Come work with Stack Overflow's SRE team!

We're looking for a Windows system administrator / SRE to join our SRE team at Stack Overflow. (The downside is that I'll be your manager... ha ha ha). Anyway... the full job description is here:

https://stackoverflow.com/company/work-here/1152509/

A quick and unofficial FAQ:

Q: NYC/NJ? I thought Stack was an "remote first" company! Whudup with that?

A: While most of the SRE team works remotely, we like to have a few team members near each of our datacenters (Jersey City, NJ and Denver, CO). You won't be spending hours each week pulling cables, I promise you. In fact, we use remote KVMs, and a "remote hands" service for most things. Heck, a lot of our new products are running in "the cloud" (and probably more over time). That said, it's good to have 1-2 people within easy travel distance of the datacenters for emergencies.

Q: Can I work from home?

A: Absolutely. You can work from home (we'll ship you a nice desk, chair and other great stuff) or you can work from our NYC office (see the job advert for a list of perks). Either way, you will need to be able to get to the Jersey City, NJ data center in a reasonable amount of time (like... an hour).

Q: Wait... Windows?

A: Yup. We're a mixed Windows and Linux environment. We're doing a lot of cutting edge stuff with Windows. We were early adopters of PowerShell (if you love PowerShell, definitely apply!) and DSC and a number of other technologies. Microsoft's containers is starting to look good too (hint, hint).

Q: You mentioned another datacenter in Denver, CO. What if I live near there?

A: This position is designated as "NY/NJ". However, watch this space. Or, if you are impatient, contact me and I'll loop you in.

Q: Where do I get more info? How do I apply?

A: https://stackoverflow.com/company/work-here/1152509/

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Stack Exchange, Inc.

I usually don't use my blog to plug my employer but I'm very excited about Stack Overflow's new "Stack Overflow for Teams" launch this week.

How would you like a private Stack Overflow area for your team? Stack Overflow for Teams allows teams of any size to use the Stack Overflow that they already know and love but for all their proprietary information - creating a special private space just for them on stackoverflow.com. It uses the same Q&A format, collaborative editing, and even recognition systems to solve the massive knowledge sharing issues that all teams have.

More info is on the overview page and our blog post, plus we got great press about it on VentureBeat and GeekWire.

The launch happened without a hitch. I'm very proud of our SRE team for all their work. They basically built the equivalent of our existing infrastructure two times over (and more if you count dev/test environments). They helped design the security and other aspects of the new service's infrastructure. It's been an impressive 9 months that has radically changed how we work. Props to everyone on the team! I'm so proud!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Stack Exchange, Inc.

The video of my SRECon talk is finally available!

"Operational Excellence in April Fools' Pranks: Being Funny Is Serious Work!" at SREcon18 Americas is about mitigating the risk of "high stakes" launches.

The microphones didn't pick up the audience reaction. As a result it looks like I keep pausing for no reason, but really I'm waiting for the laughter to calm down. Really! (Really!)

On a personal note, I'd like to thank the co-chairs of SRECon for putting together such an excellent conference. This was my first time being the last speaker at a national conference, which was quite a thrill.

I look forward to SRECon next year in Brooklyn!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ConferencesDevOps

The NYC launch event for Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, PhD, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim will be held this Saturday from 11am-2pm.

All are invited. Space is limited. Please RSVP at EventBrite.

I'm super excited by this book for two reasons: (1) It explains the business case for devops in a way that speaks to executives. (2) It is based on real data with statistical correlation that show real cause and effect.

I'll be at this event. I hope to see you there too!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Business

Datto will be hosting the 2nd annual ZFS User Conference featuring ZFS co-creator, Matt Ahrens! The date is April 19-20 at Datto HQ in Norwalk, CT.

This conference will focus on the deployment, administration, features, and tuning of the ZFS filesystem. Learn about OpenZFS and network with folks running businesses and interesting projects on ZFS.

For more information and registration see http://zfs.datto.com

(I won't be attending as I'm not longer using ZFS, but I'm still a ZFS fanboy so I felt like promoting this.)

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ConferencesLinux

2019 feels like a long way off, but since the conference is in January, we need to start planning soon. The sooner we start, the less rushed the planning can be.

I have to confess that working with the 2018 committee was one of the best and most professional conference planning experiences I've ever had. I've been involved with many conferences over the years and this experience was one of the best!

I invite new people to join the committee for 2019. The best way to learn about organizing is to join a committee and help out. You will be mentored and learn a lot in the process. Nothing involved in creating a conference is difficult, it just takes time and commitment.

Interested in being on the next planning committee? An informational meeting will be held via WedEx on Tuesday, March 6 at 2pm (NYC timezone, of course!).

During this kick-off meeting, the 2018 committee will review what roles they took on, what went well, what could be improved and the timeframe for the 2019 event. Please note, attendance to this meeting doesn't commit you to help organize this event, however, it is hoped by the end that we will be able to firm up who will comprise the 2019 event committee.

Hope you all can make it!

If you are interested in attending, email [email protected] for connection info.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOpsDays

(quoted from the website)

The Male Ally Summit comes after a successful event on March 13, 2017 in NYC called, "The Role Male Allies, Advocates, and Mentors have in Retaining Women in Tech", we had over 180 in attendance. We know this year will be just as impactful.

This year we bring back some of the same amazing speakers such as David Smith and Brad Johnson who are co-authors of, "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women"; Evin Robinson (Co-founder, New York on Tech); Matt Wallaert (Chief Behavioral Officer, Clover Health). We add to the agenda, Heather Cabot (Co-author, Geek Girl Rising); Bryan Liles (Software Engineer, Heptio); Avis Yates Rivers (CEO and Author, Technology Concepts Groups International), Dennis Kozak (SVP of Next Generation Portfolio Strategy, CA Technologies) and others!

At this event, we bring Advocates, Mentors, Sponsors and many others under the umbrella, "Ally" with the vision of enlightening ourselves to be the change agents who will transform the companies and environment we interact with, and in, on a daily basis. You will leave the Summit with the following knowledge:

  • A guide to mentor women in the workplace
  • Best practices to sponsoring female employees
  • Steps you can take to become an ally for women in your workplace

For more information visit http://www.cvent.com/d/stqb0z/6X

DevOpsDays NYC is only a few weeks away: Jan 18-19, 2018!

Please register asap. We could sell out this year. With this awesome line-up of speakers, tickets are going fast.

https://www.devopsdays.org/events/2018-new-york-city/

Or... this handy shortcut: http://dod.nyc

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOpsDays

 
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