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Friday, June 29, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

System administration in Linux Interview Questions

Here are 10 interview questions on System administration and Linux . You will see 10 new Interview Questions posted every hour today. I have more than 100 Interview questions to share with you but Keep reading this whole blog to get the maximum knowledge to Win any Software or Storage or System administration or Networking Job.

1.What is the best RAID level?
RAID 0 for performance
RAID 5 for High availability
RAID 6 even better HA if the budget is fine

2.What is MAC address and How to check the MAC address in linux?
A mac address means media access control address.It is a unique address assigned to almost all networking hardware such as Ethernet cards, router etc.
Most layer 2 network protocols use one of three numbering spaces which are designed to be globally unique.

Linux Command to see MAC address:
Ifconfig is used to configure network interfaces.
$ /sbin/ifconfig | grep HWaddr

Output: eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0F:EA:91:04:07

$ /sbin/ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0F:EA:91:04:07 <<< THIS IS THE MAC ADDRESS
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::20f:eaff:fe91:407/64 Scope:Link

OR as a root user type following command:
# grep eth0 /var/log/dmesg

eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xc000, 00:0f:ea:91:04:07, IRQ 18 <<< this line 2 component from this side is MAC address
eth0: Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8100B/8139D'
eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0x45E1 to assign a permanent IP to a client which is presently in DHCP in Linux?
/sbin/ifconfig eth0 netmask broadcast
In this command we are assigning IP to ethernet interface(NIC card) eth0.

Also in redhat linux terminal you can type comand "setup" & launch a Wizard type interface in which u can choose network & configure IP

You can use the GUI tool /usr/bin/neat - Gnome GUI network administration tool. It handles all interfaces and configures for both static assignment as well as dynamic assignment using DHCP.

4. How to exclude some ip address range in DHCP?

5.How to resolve data from primary DNS to Secondary DNS ?

6.What is the default serial number of DNS ? to pull the data to the secondary nis server from master server?

8.what file need to be changed in nis client if you are changing the machine from one subnetwork to other subnetwork? to see memory usage?
Commands "top" and "free -m" to increase the filesystem ?
Using command # fdisk

Personalised training in Storage and Linux administration

I am doing personalised training for few students & these are the topics I have assigned to 5 of my students to prepare. I thought of sharing these with you so you know how YOU can prepare for Storage interviews.

I will keep posting about the topics they are covering each week which includes Storage topics as well as some important topics on Linux as well. These are important ones for interviews as well as for building a strong knowledge base.

Neil : SCSI, iSCSI and Linux Daemons

Mack : Fibre Channel (FC) and Linux installation (Importance on Partitioning,Network configurations,Firewall Configurations,Package installation/selection)

Nohel :RAID(Redundant Array of Independent Disks) and Storage related commands in Linux

Arahan : SAN(Storage Area Network) , SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and Boot Process in Linux and Solaris

I will keep writing about their progress & also will publish some of their interview questions & answers on these topics.
If you are interested to get personalised training from me it is going to cost $240.It seems high but I do give more than 2months continous email support, share lots of compressed materials and give info on job openings.

For those who want outlines for their own job preparation I will email you FREE suggestion if you support me. How ? Email 5 of your friends about this blog with the link to this blog & dont forget to include in CC. Also send your ORIGINAL(not copied from web) interview experiences or troubleshooting steps or any IT related experience & I will do my best to support you in your career quest.

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Answer below questions in an email to will publish your answers on this blog) and I will help You Get a Job Interview. I will do all the tricks & necessary things to get you a Job Interview from a company of your interest.You will also get lots of necessary materials for your Intervew.
So email your answers for below questions. I just want to publish people's experiences related to their Software Job or Storage technology job hunting on this blog hence I am giving this offer.

0. What is your Present Job Designation & Area of expertise ?

1. What are the responsibilities you are given in this present Job

2. Describe how will be your regular week day, what are the tasks you do

3. What are your Career plans

4. How did you get this Job

5. How was your Interview for this Job

6.Can you tell some of your Interview Questions

7. How many interviews you attended & if its ok can u mention the company names & Job roles

8. What is your present salary now

9. Can you describe any challenging tasks/troubleshooting you have done recently. If you can write with steps,commands that will be great

10. How would you plan to start your interview preparation for next job if you are interested?

11. What are the job roles you are aiming for

12. What is the salary you are expecting in your next job?

13. What you think you will be required in terms of guidance to reach a Better Career.

14. What are some of the good links you liked on this Storage Jobs Blog

15. What is your Suggestion for someone who is searching for a Job

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

How To Make Money Online Just Spending Few Hours Everyday

Can a common person really make Money online just spending few hours everyday. May be YES or May be NOT. Many have wasted lots of money and time revolving around this topic. I want to warn all my blog readers "Please DO NOT fall for programs which promise to reveal you the secrets of making $10,000 in 1 month" or $300 per day. I know they are possible but I also know it is not possible for everyone. These programs intention is to only make money by selling you an ebook or some other thing which gives you direction. You Still have to walk a long way and the competition on this segment of "Online Money Making" is so high that many just loose lots of their fortune.
This post if just to warn you and to say that ONLY true effort & dedication can bring results.

A Proper Job is the most easiest way of earning money in the form of salary every month. Atleast it is an assured money if you are working in a Job. But most of the online ventures are filled with uncertainity & complex problems. So guys have a job first build your financial base and backup . When you have enough then you can experiment.

My own friend has lost $1000 and 3 months of time doing all these experiments. He reminded me to post this for all my blog readers.

How To Get Job Interview in Software or Storage Technology

If you have been searching for a Job in IT and struggling to get Interviews, You should read this article. There are many more tips through out this blog which will be a big boost to increase your chance of NOT just getting interviews but also Winning the JOB offer letter.

Few things which make you get Interviews FAST
1. If You Have Your Resume Hosted on some of the major Job Portals AND
2. If your skillsets are very much in demand by many IT/Software/Storage Companies AND
3. If you have properly written your RESUME or CV highlighting what the Companies are looking for AND
4. If you have good working experience on the skills required

All above conditions look very unreasonable for many. Many of my blog readers are not Software Professionals having years of experience in Software or Storage field. Many do not have great skillset or a Resume to showcase them.

So being such a common job hunter how can I get Job Interviews ?

1. If I Help You Will You Work Hard To Prepare Dedicatedly for Interviews ?
2. If there is guidance in emails coming everyday will you be serious enough to follow them so you can reach your Career Goals.
3. Would you be willing to work extra hours to get Results fast.
4. Would you develop your mindset to put extra efforts,hard work,focussed learning to reap the benefits and to find your true potential.

If you can do all the above then I can help You or May be You DONT need any more help. Email me but I would definitely ask you to work hard. I dont believe in short cuts. If you are willing to work hard only then you email else I am really sorry. Keep reading the remaining posts on this blog to get many Interview questions and answers. Also you can find many interview experiences, Job openings. May be you will get some interview some day ? May God Bless You with all the things you Dream for

Friday, June 22, 2007

How to prepare for a Software Job Interview

"Help Me to Prepare for My Interview" This is a very common question which many have in their mind.So thought I would give some pointers to help. Most of the Software job interview including storage technology jobs have some common format.

They are classified into several areas like
Your Skillset
Project Experience
Operating System
System Administration knowledge
Networking knowledge
Programming knowledge or Scripting Knowledge
Ability to understand and follow processes whether it is Software Development Life Cycle(SDLC) processes, Test Life Cycle, Infrastructure management processes, Customer Service Level Agreements (SLA) or any other maturity model process. Knowing about processes is an important aspect if you are aiming for higher or management level positions.

Highlight the keywords of skills or anything related to above topics in your resume.
If you are serious about your Interview Preparation start giving priorities which might be decided by the Job description.
Get some inputs from your seniors or anyone more experienced than you who is willing to spare sometime to let you know what he thinks are the priorities for this job .
Based on the priorities start getting short notes or small content for your study preparation
Start with the toughest topic example : Configuring Linux Clusters & try to grasp them as much as you can.

Never forget preparing strongly on your present work based skills or present project details. Most of the times many questions come from this area only.
Usually you will be given some lineancy if you dont answer earlier(oldest project in your resume) project related questions but if you are not satisfactorily answering your present project or experience related questions then - it does not add to your favour.
So make sure you put lot of time to prepare on your present company's projects or work experience.
Make sure you prepare well to answer " Tell me about Your Self " ,
Tell me about your role & responsibility,
Tell me about your initiatives in present role,
How are you contributing to your team's progress
How are you being a good team player
How do you handle customer escalations
Do you interact with customers on a regular basis, what is the process for this
How is your configuration management
What do you mean by Change management
How much time you need to come upto speed in your new job
What are your strengths & weaknesses

If you have some certifications or done some real valuable training better highlight them , but also be prepared to handle questions on them. Example would be what are the outlines you learnt from your Sun Solaris Administrator Certification

Operating System
Generally having work experience on some of the major operating systems like Sun Solaris (Latest Solaris 11), Redhat Enterprise Linux ( latest RHEL5), HP UX, Windows Server 2003 (Enterprise Edition) , IBM Mainframes etc adds lots of weightage
But if you are not well versed on all above OS's atleast be good in one of the *nix OS preferably Linux or Solaris.

Having System administration experience is a huge benefit in Storage/telecom industry openings

Even Network administration or atleast good networking fundamentals & networking advanced knowledge is becoming almost a mandatory requirement for most of the job openings recently. The reason being Network has become an integral part of most of the projects or services which IT is focussed on. So start learning more about Switches,Routers,DNS,DHCP,Firewalls,Subnets etc

Programming or Scripting knowledge : I can not say in words the importance of these segments . If you have anything related to these in your resume you should YOU MUST be very very clear & good in them. Thats all I can say for now

Processes : They drive the success of a Company, Team , Project . They make life complex in the middle but make it better at the end. Know you project related processes or processes you follow in your team/project/company etc

I guess this is a very generalized overview of how you should think or partition your interview preparation. Let me know your thoughts. I appreciate your inputs on these articles -

Videos on building a Storage infrastructure

Want FREE Storage related tutorial just email 2 of your friends about this blog & CC(carbon copy) my email id

Also if you have any Software or Storage Career related query you will get answers but first email just 2 of your friends & cc .Then email me your question & I will be able to answer or give a proper resolution.

It has been a long time since i posted any videos so here are some videos

Setting Up Sun Cluster Lab Servers,Network,Racks

Sun HPC Storage HPC : High Performance Cluster

Sun Blade 8000 System Walkthrough
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My Email to Storage Student who is interested to build his Career in Storage technology

He has already emailed me showing his interest in getting personalised online (email based) 1-on-1 Storage training. This is one of my early emails to him. I thought sharing this email helps many of my blog readers to get an understanding what it requires to plan & Build a Career not just in Storage technology domain but any Information Technology segment. This is a paid service & I charge a little heavy for this Storage training if you are interested email me.Those who are not able to go for this I have a Simple Yet Effective Suggestion check out the right hand top corner of this blog for "Blog Archive" section. Start Clicking on the Year/Date/Sub segment ( Titles of my previous blogposts) you will find a Huge Treasure of articles, interview questions , interview experiences, interview preparation tipcs, salary structure of software companies as well as many storage companies, many videos on storage related topics, some tutorials on Veritas,NAS,Solaris, Storage fundamentals etc. It is a real good treasure for all those who are really interested to get into storage technology. You just need to put enough time to read through all these articles which I have not copied from anywhere but written as almost a personal email to a friend. So do let me know your feedback on this blog. Whoever emails me giving their feedback or suggestion or any article contribution recieves 3 Tutorial PDF downloadable files & many other surprise gifts. Make sure you write a little lengthy email :)

Content of my email to my student is copied below
Brief outline of sugestion for your Storage learning is
Build Strong Storage Fundamentals
Make sure you are good in Operating System ( Either Solaris 10 or preferably Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 or RHEL5 ) with administration level of skills
Be good in Networking and Servers/Hardware knowledge
EMC2 or Netapp > SAN range of products u choose any product series based on ur preference no issues > Backup & recovery or Virtualization both are equally hot segments for a Job hunter .

Timeline : 25 days to 2 Months on EMC2 or Netapp or HP SAN product learning
15 days to 2 months on either Backup and Recovery OR Virtualization technology
In total 2 months to 4 months if you can dedicate & work hard

This is what I would say ur roadmap should be if you are aspiring to build your career in Storage domain. I guess this is a very basic outline to begin with. But I want you to comeup with your list of your strengths & weakness pertaining to this , so I can rewrite the details of this Guidance outline. I want you to understand this road does not seem easy it does require your consistency in learning & relearning and revising whenever necessary. Be clear about the necessity of putting enough time & efforts for this learning.

Send your Present Resume/CV to me & i'll have more clear idea on this.
if thats not an issue let me know what is ur salary expectation , other terms if you have any. whats ur present salary & responsibilities .

Your study should be more goal oriented, what i mean is , make compressed notes of what you r studying, make Question & Answer kind of notes on all the topics you study & make a soft copy always .This helps you in interview prior preparation as well as it is easy to revise when you have your own compressed notes than reading huge reference books or several online articles. This also helps you build your own last minute quick reference guide for any interview even if they schedule it the very next day.

I want you to email me all the progress you are doing on a daily basis if possible. I may be allowed to publish some of those content online. I will never reveal your identity in anymanner online I will just say contributed by one of the blog reader.So if you permit me to publish some of your email contents (NOT the personal communication but only tech stuff) I will do my part of supporting you in reaching your goal.

I want to clarify that I am not a SAN guru or Storage guru I am just someone who knows how to help U reach your goal. So I am not stressing on mere Tech help but I would be a bit more than that as a personal friend(Online) who knows industry expectations, can share some of the insights & can help U reach your career goals. I dont email/help many on a 1-on-1 basis i do it rarely,selectively & I would like to support only those who value my time & my requests/conditions.

Email me what you have planned so far & what are your expectations clearly.
So let me see ur next email . Then I will continue this conversation.

Outline whatever u know already in an informal list for my reference . write down frankly what u clearly know & what u know just on the surface, we will take it forward from there


Where to start if I am a Begineer in Storage industry

These are the topics which you need to know if you are starting to learn Storage technology. These are part of "Storage fundamentals" online training which is a paid service. If you are interested to join this "Storage Fundamentals" Online training email . The cost for this training is $375 .

Exponential growth of Storage in Enterprises
Factors to mainly consider while planning for a Storage Solution

Storage Components
Hosts [ Servers ]
Internetworking Components
Network Devices [ Switches , Hubs ]
Cable Connectivity
Storage Subsystems
Hard drives
Tape drives
JBOD [ Just a Bunch Of Disks ]
NAS [ Network attached Storage ]
SAN [ Storage Area Network ]
Difference between DAS-NAS-SAN
DAS : Direct Attached Storage
NAS : Network Attached Storage
SAN : Storage Area Network
Protocols or Standards in interfaces
IDE : Integrated Device Electronics
ATA : Advanced Technology Attachment
SATA : Serial ATA
SCSI : Small Computer System Interface
SAS : Serial attached SCSI
FC : Fibre Channel

If you are a beginner who can not afford the high price of the course start reading this blog's previous all posts/articles as I have covered many of these topics in brief in many of my earlier blogposts. Keep reading this "Storage Jobs Blog" daily as I might share some more details on this topics in future posts.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Netapp Storage job openings Netapp Hiring Spree

Seems like Netapp (Network Appliance) is on a Hiring Spree
I just browsed their job portal & found below openings. What is listing below is hardly 30% of what is listed as Netapp job opportunities in US. There are multile job positions for each of these job desingations. So
Pro's who have experience
New college grads interested to work in storage
Internship enthusiasts

You all have enough openings listed on their job portal. Since Netapp is one among storage leaders their profile expectation or skills expected for these openings are considerably high. But if you want to be part of such a growing company & if you want to get their best pay package you should also be the best. If not dont worry its not a tough task to achieve these skills/knowledge , you need to work hard & put enough time & efforts there is no shortcuts. There are also some lucky ones who clear these interviews with less preparations as well .

So here are some of the Netapp job openings,
Job Designation ::: Job Code ::: Location
Engineering Program Manager 4 - Product Lifecycle Process 0106561070001 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Engineering Program Manager 5 0106320070003 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Manager Power Systems Engineering 0106150070001 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Manager, Build and Development Tools 0106520070002 US-NC-Raleigh
Manager, Software Engineering 0106314060008 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Manager, Engineering 0106700060008 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Manager, Software Quality Assurance 0106414060018 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters), US-NC-Raleigh
Program Manager, Business Operations 0104020070002 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters), US-NC-Raleigh

Member of Technical Staff 0106413070002 US-CA-Irvine, US-CA-San Francisco, US-CA-San Ramon, US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Member of Technical Staff, Hardware 0108310070023 US-PA-Cranberry Township
Member Technical Staff – Platform Software 0106172060002 US-PA-Pittsburgh
Member Technical Staff, Software 0108310070022 US-NC-Raleigh
MTS 3. Data Retention File Systems Engineer 0106261060023 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
MTS Diagnostics Software 0106116060009 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Mts Sw 2 0106521070001 US-PA-Pittsburgh
MTS SW 4/5 - (MRL) 0106113070002 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
MTS SW 5 0106113060006 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)

Networking QA 0106114060010 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)

Continuing Product Engineer -Design 0106135070001 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
File System Software Engineer 0106411060004 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Embedded Systems/Firmware Engineer(0106162060009 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Embedded Systems/Firmware Engineer (0106162060008 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Automation Quality Engineer 4(0106513070003 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Automation Test Engineer 4 0106513070002 US-CA-San Francisco
Build Engineer 0106521070004 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Engineering Labs Administrator(0106535060003 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
File Systems Engineer 0106430060024 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters), US-MA-Waltham
HA Failover SQA - GX 0106114060006 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Hardware Engineer - Platform 0106220070004 US-NC-Raleigh
QA Engineer 3 0176880060008 US - Decru Headquarters

Performance Analyst - System Software (GX) 0106314070005 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
Power Engineer 0106136060002 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)

New College Grad - Member Technical Staff – Platform Software 0106172060001 US-PA-Pittsburgh
New College Grad - File Systems Engineer 0106430060029 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
New College Grad - Software QA Engineer 0106333070001 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
New College Grad - Software SCM Tools Engineer 0106520070007 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
New College Grad - Software Tools Engineer 0106520070006 US-CA-Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
New College Grad- Software 0106370070004 US-PA-Pittsburgh

Intern 0176860070004 US-CA-Redwood City
Intern 0106300070012 US-CA-San Francisco
Intern 0106431070001 US-CA-Redwood City
Intern, Quality Assurance 0106333070002 US-NC-Raleigh

Junior Software Engineer 1406860070009 Israel (IL)
Kernel Expert / Storage Device Driver Expert 1406860070012 Israel (IL)
L3 Support Engineer 1406860070007 Israel (IL)

NAS tutorial Network Attached storage is still a Good Storage Solution

What is NAS ?
A NAS device is a server that runs an operating system specifically designed for handling files (rather than block data). Network-attached storage is accessible directly on the local area network (LAN) through LAN protocols such as TCP/IP.
NAS components
NAS appliances serve files in heterogeneous environments. The result is efficient access to data, regardless of where you're located in the organization or which devices comprise the network. The following several components make a NAS efficient:
A dedicated server: Usually a thin server within the storage device, the server has its own network address and allows all of the computers on the network to access the storage device without involving a host server. So, to some extent, the network is completely circumvented. For example, when the network experiences outages, users can still access data through the NAS appliance without being affected by the status of the network.

A thin server is a server with just the basic software and hardware to perform a specific function.

A network connection: This is typically an Ethernet connection. The connection to the LAN or WAN allows access to data from all points on the network without consideration to where the user making the request actually resides on the network.

Software: This provides a range of services. The most typical of those services are access to storage, storage I/O (input/output) processing applications, RAID (redundant array of independent disks) storage control, security, administration, and monitoring.

A NAS appliance is connected directly to a network and provides file-level access to data using standard data access protocols. The data stored in a NAS appliance is accessible to users across the organization, as well as to application servers, and remote servers that have access to the network. The file system the NAS appliance uses is determined by the location of the data that is requested by the application client and whether it's in a cache or in storage.

For complete efficiency, the NAS appliance usually occupies its own node on the network. In such a configuration, the single appliance (server) handles all the data storage on the network, taking the load off of the application or enterprise server. This provides a high level of file consolidation, streamlines file access, and lowers the cost of managing storage.

Additional reductions in cost can be found in the fewer pieces of hardware required. With fewer devices to manage, fewer problems occur, even when multiple NAS appliances are needed to accomplish efficient storage.

In future posts you'll find out how to determine whether you need a single NAS appliance or multiple NAS appliances to meet your storage needs.

NAS hardware and software

NAS hardware is fairly straightforward. The NAS device is a self-contained, Plug and Play unit that connects directly to the network and, in most cases, can be installed and configured in 15 minutes or less. That ease of installation is the answer to every busy IT manager's prayers. However, there are other advantages to NAS, such as the following:

High availability: Many NAS appliances have fault-tolerance capabilities or clustering functionality built in.

Scalability: NAS appliances scale easily in both capacity and performance.

Universal connectivity: NAS appliances typically allow for multiple network connections. This enables more users to connect to a common storage element at any given time.

Data sharing: One of the most basic functions of NAS is heterogeneous data sharing via the built-in file-sharing capabilities.

Storage management: NAS storage management is centralized and the administration of system management is simple. One advantage of this simplified management is the increase in capacity that can be managed by each administrator.

Most NAS devices also have a set of core software features that power the solutions. Those core features are the operating system, management capabilities, and universal connectivity, and although the specifics of these core features differ according to vendor, a basic set of core features comes packaged with most NAS appliances.
Operating system

The operating system is preinstalled on the NAS appliance and can affect how the device is deployed. The three most common operating systems are Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003, Unix/Linux, and NetWare. The operating system that you select depends on your organization's preferences and business needs.
Management capabilities

Most NAS appliances have preinstalled management capabilities, usually accessible via a web browser. These management features mean that managing NAS is flexible and can be accomplished from any location with web access.
Universal connectivity

One of the most attractive features of NAS is the ability to access files using a variety of disparate file protocols. This ability means that you don't need to acquire any additional seat licenses, and each different existing server (or even multiple servers with different operating systems) doesn't need its own storage box.
Additional software features

In addition to the core software features of NAS devices, most vendors also offer a variety of advanced, value-added software capabilities. These capabilities are pick and choose, according to the specific needs of your business. It's in the pick-and-choose features that you begin to differentiate the low-end NAS installation from the mid-grade and high-end NAS installations. Your specific business needs and vendor offerings determine which advanced software features are appropriate, but some of the extended features are:

Server clustering: In some cases, you want to configure your storage solution to include more than one NAS appliance, but you want all of the NAS appliances to act as one unit. Server clustering is the capability that enables this feature. You should consider using server clustering if high availability is required. If your data is mission critical, or if having a temporary outage of your organization's NAS appliance could stop the normal workflow of your business, multiple NAS devices and server clustering are combined to create a redundant solution that assures you'll never have downtime. When clustered, if one NAS device fails, other NAS devices in the cluster pick up the slack.

Data replication: This is a protection technology that creates a complete mirror image of all the data located on one NAS appliance to a second NAS appliance. After the initial mirroring is completed, only the changes to the data are synchronized at the time of the change. If a network failure or outage occurs and data needs to be restored quickly, an exact, easy-to-access replica of that data already exists.

Data snapshot: Occasionally, a user accidentally deletes a file and, in some cases, the IT department (or IT person, as the case may be) has to be called in to recover the deleted data. This situation can be time-consuming, frustrating, and costly. However, having the ability to take a data snapshot mitigates that expenditure. A data snapshot is a point-in-time copy of all data on a NAS device that is duplicated and stored on another NAS device or other backup media. The snapshot can then be accessed from individual workstations as needed, without getting IT involved.

A NAS solution is pretty straightforward, and that's one of the reasons that it's one of the fastest-growing storage technologies in the United States at this time. However, there are instances in which a single NAS appliance won't do the job.

Networking interview questions these are easier questions not too technical

Some of my blog readers showed interest in Networking Interview questions

Users are complaining of delays when using the network. What would you do?
what are the differences between devices working in different layers ?
How do you configure windows to access linux shares
What are some of the problems associated with operating a switched LAN?
Explain TCP/IP layer
Name some of the ways of combining TCP/IP traffic and SNA traffic over the same link.
How do you build a non-congestion network
What sort of cabling is suitable for Fast Ethernet protocols?
What is a Class D IP address?
What factors are to be considered while designing a network implementation ?
Why do I sometimes lose a server's address when using more than one server?
What is Firewall?
How do I monitor the activity of sockets?
How would I put my socket in non-blocking mode?
What are RAW sockets?
What is the role of TCP protocol and IP protocol.
What is UDP?
Explain how you troubleshoot a router issue ?
How can I make my server a daemon?
How should I choose a port number for my server?
Layers in TCP/IP
Explain some of your work experience on managed switches features ?
How can I be sure that a UDP message is received?
How to get IP header of a UDP message
When you prefer Gigabit ethernet over FC ?
Writing UDP/SOCK_DGRAM applications
How many bytes in an IPX network address?
What is the difference between MUTEX and Semaphore?
What is priority inversion?
Different Solutions to dining philosophers problem.
What is a message queue?
Questions on Shared Memory.
What is DHCP?
Working of ping, telnet, gopher.
Can I connect two computers to internet using same line ?
Working of TCP and SSL Handshake
How P2P softwares work?
Setting up TOMCAT web service
Port numbers for FTP, HTTP, telnet, POP, finger
Difference - Passive FTP, Active FTP
Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) what is it?
Security threats due to use of CGI
What is "spoofing"
Where could you find Apache server web log
Find web visitors by country
What is Virtual Private Network (VPN) and how does it work?
How does routing work?

I will try to post the answers too soon
But plz email &* let me know your interests

How to Win Interviews without getting Stressed

I help many people prepare for their interviews. I have observed frequently that whenever someone is preparing for their new job interviews they will usually by under lot of pressure. I have also seen lots of exceptions where people directly goto a job interview without any preparation as if it is a meeting with a friend or a date with a girl friend. There are also many Guru's who dont need any kind of preparation, their years of experience have build strong knowledgebase for them to handle any tough technical or person interview rounds. I am not writing this blogpost for such Guru's I am writing this article for the normal guy/gal who has not got soo many years of experience. Who has not given too many interviews. I have even seen experienced people getting stressed out when they have to go through a new job interview.

Let me share few tips to help you relax & give a winning performance in your interview.
1. Preparing for an interview is an ongoing process. It is not an even which occurs on the last day prior to the actual interview scheduled date.
What i mean by ongoing process is , even before you have scheduled the interview date start your preparations. Be very focussed when you are doing your normal work or tasks for your present job or while in college. When you configuring your new linux server, when you are tweaking your old application server, when you are troubleshooting your network switch, when you start learning new things about your brand new storage array - when you are doing your normal job be very alert & learn those small & big details , learn with a vision to handle questions on these areas when you are faced with them in your real interview.

2. Try to cover more topics in less time Only if you can absorb it. There is a limit for information absorption for everyone. You can read a whole Brocade manaul & digest within 1 week , I may need a month. You may learn all the administration commands for your new NAS appliance within a day I may need a week. You may learn to do all Linxu Server tweaks within a month I may need a year. Point is when you are preparing for interview I agree you have 10 to 20 major topics to prepare on like
Storage domain
Operating System
Management Software
Performance Improvement

But dont try to read 100 page materials for each topic if you have only 4 days for interview. You wont be able to finish even more than 2 topics. Instead read fast or skim through huge text materials or prepare compressed notes before hand to use as last minute interview quick reference guides.(I am planning to write one such guide email if u r intersted - u gotta pay for it if u need it).It is important u prepare well on all required/essential topics without spending too muc h time on any one,but spending time based on ratio of More time on Topics of your weakness & Considerably less time on Topics in which you are already strong. Also its a very good practise to read your profile(resume) & anticipate what questions may come based on what keywords you have used on your resume. List out all those possible questions and make sure you get answers for all of them before you go for the D-day.

If you have enough time better read some more reference materials on each topics, reading online is good only when you get specific material fast & spend actual time reading that material. What generally happens is people keep searching for right material using google or any other search engine , they search for hours & hours & download all materials. But then they will say I will read them all tomorrow since there are so many materials to go through- chances are he/she never gets enough time to read them. So instead of spending time in searching/googling spend quality time to actually read atleast 20 to 40 pages of compressed materials on each topic based on what you have mentioned in your resume & skillset.

Have some one who is already in the industry with some good experience to track your preparation progress & evaluate you constantly- this is a very strong tip. If you can get this to happen you can surely win the interview. But i have usually seen people are soo busy they can hardly take out time for others. So in that case be ur own mentor & try to evluate ur self as an independent person

Give stress to more hands on or lab exercises it is always important that you work more on practical section rather than preparing all the time on theoritical aspects. This is very much true for any Software or Storage or System administration or Networl administration kind of job openings.

prepare well for that dreaded common interview question " Tell me about yourself " . Make sure you talk only tech & career stuff & nothing personal here.
Prepare a script that includes the information you want to convey. Begin by talking about past experiences and proven success:

"I have been in the Storage administration area for the past five years. My most recent experience has been managin SAN & NAS infrastructure from Vendors like EMC2,Netapp & HP. One reason I particularly enjoy this work, and the challenges that go along with it, is the opportunity to solve complex problems & improve data storage solutions. In my last job, I deployed & succesfully optimised some major Storage solutions resulting in a 30 percent increase in availability ,reducing 15% recurring costs & increasing utlisation by 25% in a matter of months."

Next, mention your strengths and abilities:

"My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it gets done, and on time."

Conclude with a statement about your current situation:
"What I am looking for now is a company that values Storage innovation , where I can join a strong team and have a positive impact on overall team's success"


Practice with your script until you feel confident about what you want to emphasize in your statement. Your script should help you stay on track, but you shouldn't memorize it ,you don't want to sound stiff and rehearsed. It should sound natural and conversational.

Even if you are not asked this type of question to begin the interview, this preparation will help you focus on what you have to offer. You will also find that you can use the information in this exercise to assist you in answering other questions. The more you can talk about your product -- you -- the better chance you will winning an offer at the end of all the interview rounds.

How to prepare for interviews for Storage Openings

Previous 2 posts mentioned some storage job openings. You can click on EMC2,Dell,HP Openings ,Netapp Storage openings.
If you are worried about how to prepare for these interviews this blogpost is for you.
First Step Do Not apply for all openings when it does NOT match your profile. Making sure you apply for only those job openings which suit to your present profile or your interest is essential. This helps you to avoid the confusion & prepare with a focussed mind .Also this increases your chance of clearing all the rounds of interviews. Since interviewers are looking for persons who have the maximum points in their present profile matching the job requirement of the company.

So always make sure you get detailed Job description before you plan and schedule the interview. Once You have detailed JD(Job description) make sure you have atleast 1 to 2 weeks time to prepare for the interview. Interviewers always try to push you to take interviews very early. But if you request or sometimes even if you push then they will agree for a date of your convenince.

Once a date is fixed be serious & plan how you want to cover the major areas of your skillset. Example would be if you have mentioned below points as your skillsets
2 Years experience in Linux administration
Well versed in SDLC (Software Development Life CYcle)
Expertise in Release Engineering(RE) Process
Good experience in perl and shell scripting

Then you need to see what are your strong areas & which ones are weak areas. Start with Weak areas first & try to finish them early & with more stress.
Example if you feel SDLC,RE process are your strong areas & Linux administration,Perl/Shell scripting are areas you feel you need to improve on then you start with Weaker topics & strengthen yourself. Its always true that whenever u feel u r strong in any topic even if u prepare briefly on those topics you can still manage to do well in interviews. But if you are not at all confident about any topics then you will be shaky & will loose lots of good points/impressions when u are not able to answer or handle them in interview. So my suggestion is always strengthen your areas of weakness & make sure you are in a good enough defensive mode before you take the real interview.

It is always a good habit to go through several MOCK interview sessions or simulated interview sessions before you take the actual Real interview.This gives a clear picture & is a big winner for many of the people whom i have helped to win interviews. Believe it or not almost 60% to 80% of people have done very badly in their first & second mock interview session. Only those who were dedicated enought to prepare & take 3rd or 4th mock interview have done well in mock interviews as well as won their acutal company interviews 100%. These are the guys who came back with a big smile from their real company interview. Since they have fought the interview battle several times before hand .

instead of loosing your best chance by directly going for an interview its always safe & better to go through some simulated or mock interviews . This saves you from lots of frustations .

I will contiue writing about your interview preparations tips in my next post which I will for sure post by tomorrow. For those wise people who want to get personal guidance for their interview preparation I have a paid service where you pay me only $60 and I guide you for 15 days through emails & support materials for your job interview. Email with your interested job openings/job description & what are your expectations. I will do my best to support you but at the end of the day it is your dedication & sincerity in preparation that makes you win any job offer letter.

Storage Job Openings in EMC2,Dell,HP,HCL,Inmage

COMPANY: EMC2 Data Storage
Required Skills:
4 to 8 years experience; very strong on storage & should have worked on clariion

Position: SQA / QA Lead

Responsible for conducting the daily testing activities including
Good understanding and experience for conceiving and managing testing life cycles
Good Exp in Storage Technologies such as NAS, NFS, NETAPP, DNS, SAN, RAID, Veritas, Volume Manager, Disaster Recovery, Backups and other storage technologies [Must]
Ability to develop testing strategies for [Must]
Black Box testing [Must]
Regression testing [Must]
Compatibility testing [Must]
Performance testing
Usability testing
Ability to develop Test Plans and Test cases [Must]
Ability to develop test scripts and experience with testing tools would be
added advantage [Desirable]
Ability to do test management from release based product development
should be from product development background
Well conversant with build and software configuration tools
Ability conceive, implement and execute test cases
Having good exposure to System Development Life Cycle & SDLC Testing, Test Plan Design & Development, Automated test tool design and development.
Excellent people management skills
Storage background is desirable
SQA Exp : 3-5 yrs
QA Lead Exp : 5-10

Position: Test Manager (QA Manager)
We do have Test Manager Positions with the same above technologies & Exp Should be 10-15 yrs
Minimum 4 yrs lead exp in Storage Technologies such as NAS, NFS, NETAPP, DNS, SAN, RAID, Veritas, Volume Manager, Disaster Recovery, Backups and other storage technologies [Must]

COMPANY :Dell Storage openings
Skills required :STORAGE MANAGER
exp : 5-15 YEARS


COMPANY : INMAGE Storage Job Openings
InMage aims to redefine the traditional day to day IT operations view of data protection and
elevate it to the level of seamless alignment with business objectives. InMage is the pioneer of event-based recovery
and is a founding member of SNIA"s SIG on Continuous Data Protection.

Sr QA Engineers

These people will be responsible for conducting the daily testing activities including
• Good understanding and experience for conceiving and managing testing life cycles
• Ability to develop testing strategies for [Must]
o Black Box testing [Must]
o Regression testing [Must]
o Compatibility testing [Must]
o Performance testing
o Usability testing
• Ability to develop Test Plans and Test cases [Must]
• Ability to develop test scripts and experience with testing tools would be added advantage [Desirable]
• Ability to do test management from release based product development perspective
• Product development background is MUST
• Well conversant with build and software configuration tools
• Ability conceive, implement and execute test cases
• Good Documentation Skills
• Storage background is a Must

Experience: 5-7 years. Minimum BE (ECE, COMP SC)

COMPANY : HCL Technologies




ME / M.Tech/BE / B.Tech/ MCA /M.SC/B.SC/BCA

NetApp Storage Job Opening Job description

Here is a Job opening description of one of the major Storage company.If you are qualified email your resume to for this storage job.

COMPANY : Netapp ( Network Appliance )

Job Summary:
VTL(Virtual Tape Library) Quality Assurance Manager is a first level management position responsible for building and managing a high-performance team of QA engineers in NetApp Bangalore. The QA team is responsible for functional and system testing of all aspects of VTL product.

Essential Functions:
Responsibilities will include some hands on execution, evolving into a people and project management role as the team grows.
Project management activities include developing and tracking multiple concurrent QA projects. The candidate will need to review product requirements, design and functional specifications to scope testing requirements, design test strategy for testing of NetApp Virtual Tape Library Product.
Administrative functions include handling budgets, interoperability labs, and working with administrative functions such as HR, finance, and so on.
Management of QA team delivering products.
Manage multiple priorities in a dynamic and changing work environment, and work effectively with other remote managers (SVL Management) to deliver projects on time.
Be a strong leader with skills in hiring, motivating, mentoring, and retaining engineers as a first level manager.

Demonstrated experience in managing and leading teams with a successful track record of delivering projects on time.
Demonstrated experience in test planning, tests design, and test execution
Good knowledge of test methodologies like black-white box, integration, system testing. passion for quality,
Ability to manage and interact with remote/geographically distributed teams and excellent people management skills.
Ability to manage change well and provide clear vision to team.
Demonstrated experience of managing multiple priorities and tasks in a dynamic work environment . Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills to interface with other managers and partners.
The candidate must have a good understanding of release management and defect tracking processes.

Expert level of proficiency in Tape libraries.
Working knowledge in major backup applications like Veritas NetBackup, TSM , Legato etc. Experience in working on Windows / Linux / Solaris/AIX platforms.
Good understanding of storage technologies including iSCSI and/or Fibre Channel SAN
Experience in Test Automation framework and automation of Test cases using either third party/home grown tools.
Experience in scripting using any structured scripting language (Perl, TCL/Tk, and Python) or any other programming language. .
Prior experience in system administration with emphasis on data protection is a plus.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Need Guidance to start career in Software or Storage Technology

Here is a simple email from one my beloved blod reader

Hi...Good Morning....when browsing through the internet....was lucky enough to find your blog on storage an saw your blog....great stuff...aspiring to be a storage engineer...great stream and is a big ocean....was looking out for a mentor...who would guide me into this highly valued and paid field...where to start.....?where to end....?and with so many terminologies.....NAS,SAN,CAS,FCIP,IFCP,ISCSI....etc etc.... and with so many vendors...EMC...netapp...HP...IBM? what technology(NAS/SAN/CAS) to choose and whom to choose is a big question and to know the right stuff is a big challenge ....found your blog by God's grace...awaiting for more information and your valued guidance.

Here is my reply

nice to see ur email. appreciate ur interest. Guidance will definitely be there but expect lots of dedication & contribution from ur side,. If u can do that I can support U in your quest for storage knowledge.

Let me know what u know so far,. send ur brief resume or profile so i can understand ur prior knowledge base line.
Let me know what r ur expectations & the more details u can write the better
even if u write 30 lines I 'll be happier to go in detail.

Email me & I will start ur sessions once i can plan with your inputs .

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Software Testing Interview Questions Answers will be posted later

Many storage companies like Netapp,Emc2,HP,Brocade,Intel,IBM,Cisco are having lots of QA openings.QA or Quality Assurance or Verification Engineer or Software Engineer are some of the job titles or job desingation I am referring here. Many of my blog readers seem to be interested to know more about these openings. So you will see more postings about the job opportunities in Storage testing, Software Testing, Software QA segment.

Below are some of the Software testing interview questions same questions can be asked even in a storage job interview as well if that job is for Storage testing.

CA or Computer Associates Software Testing Interview questions
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* How will u write traceability matrix ?
* What is Back End testing?
* What is Unit Testing?
* What will be specified in the Defect Report ?
* What is Test summary Report ?
* What is Test Closure report ? Explain
* What is Defect life cycle ?
* What will be specified in the Test Case ?
* What are the Testing methodologies that u have followed in your project ?
* What kind of testing that u have been involved in and explain about it ?
* What is UAT Testing?

IBM Storage QA job interview questions
(Below are questions from the Testing or QA part of the technical interview - for the storage email )
* What is the difference between Quality assurance and the Quality control ?
* What is the difference between Verification and Validation ?
* What is bidirectional traceability and how it is implemented ?
* What is Automation Testframe work ?
* What are the components present in test strategy ?
* What are the components present in test plan ?
* What is database testing ?
* What are different types of test case that u have written in your project ?
* Have u written Test plan ?

Inmage Storage Verification Engineer Job Interview Questions

1. Why testing is necessary at intinal stage ?
2. What is unit testing ?
3. What is funtioanlly testing ?
4. What is black box & white box testing ?
5. What is gray box testing ?
6. What is bug life cycle ?
7. What is sdlc ? give example
8. What is difference between verification and validation ?
9. What is regression testing ?
10. What is bug, defect, error ?
11. What is non finctional testing ?
12. What is test case ?
13. What is test suit ?
14. What is Walk through & inspectioin ?
15. What is the difference between quality assurance and the quality control ?

Netapp Storage testing Interview questions (Brief sample)
Bug life cycle ?
What are the different types of severity ?
Defect tracking tools used ?
what are the responsibilities of a tester ?
Give some example how will you write the test cases if an scenario involves Login screen. ?

Brocade (McData is another FC switch giant which is acquired now by Brocade so Brocade is undoubtedly the market leader in Switch Segment of IT industry now)

1. What is a test plan ?
2. Actually when will be the testing people will be involved in the project ?
3. Define low priority and high severity ?
4. Whom do you report the Bugs ?
5. What are the contents present in a test plan ?
6. Which model will you follow ?
7. Which Bug tracking tool do you use and what are the contents present in it ?
8. If a bug is reported what will be the Next work done ?
9. How to write test cases using Use case diagrams ?
10. For a given condition (X>=0<100) how many test cases you can write ?

Mercury Interactive, ( Winrunner , Loadrunner are products of this company which are quite big market leaders in automated testing segment )

1. What is BVA and ECP ?
2. Which version of WINRUNNER and QTP you are using in the project ?
3. What is the use of Recovery manager in QTP ?
4. What is retesting and regression testing ?
5. Write the SQL queries for the following EMP table to select the employee id and his details from emp table ?
6. For example: employee dept and employee id and employee name and employee salary ?
7. What is a sub and what is a driver ?
8. What are your roles and responsibilities in your project ?
9. Does BVA is equivalent to ECP ?
10. If you find a bug what will you do ?


1. What is configuration Management ?
2. What is change management ?
3. What are Severity and priority levels ?
4. What is Data integrity and Data validity ?
5. What are the browsers available and explain their versions ?
6. Is it possible that Quality variates project to project ?
7. What are GUI Map files and explain their Contents ?
8. What is Data base check point and why we go for that ?
9. What is the difference between the Client server application and a Web application ?
10. Does Winrunner Supports Web applications ?
11. What is process Management ?
12. What is an Error, Defect, Bug ?
13. What is Quality ?
14. Which version of Winrunner you are using ?
15. What is Build Verification and why we go for it ?
16. What is Defect density ?
17. What is Integration testing ?
18. What is Static testing and types of Static testing ?
19. What is Validation testing ?
20. what is Data driven testing and why we go for data driven testing ?
21. what is the definition of Testing ?
22. What is Sanitation Testing ?
23. What is BVA and ECP ?
24. Does BVA is equivalent to ECP ?

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

HR round interview questions answers Make sure you read them before interview

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1. Tell me about yourself? Your work ? Your designation & your responsibilties?
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Try to keep it brief stressing on the achievements or skillset outlines.

2. Why did you leave your last job?or Why are you looking for a job change ?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with
management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do,you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

3. What experience do you have in this field? What skillset you have that is required for this job opening
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful? How much value addition can you bring if you get this job position ?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

5. What do co-workers say about you? What does you peers , lead, manager say about you ?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a
paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the
hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview.Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year? What areas you think you still need to improve ?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

8. Are you applying for other jobs? Do you have any other job offers ?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization? Why Us and not the competition ?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us? Do you have any friends who are working in this company ?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

11. What kind of salary do you need? What are your expectations ?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That's a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,
say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

12. Are you a team player? Give me illustrations where you were a good team player & showed initiatives ?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? What you want to see yourself as 2 years/ 5 years down the line ?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? When did you fight or quarrel in your present/previous company & why did it happen ?

This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization.
Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

15. What is your philosophy towards work? What you like most about this job ?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That's the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization?
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other
candidates to make a comparison.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Compressed Storage Job Book in pdf Downloadable : Are you interested ?


I am planning to take all important info from this storage jobs blog, as well as many other sources & compile an Easy to Read , Organized "Storage Jobs Blog" quick reference book. It will be available as a PDF file , easy to download ,easy to print & read.

This ebook or pdf downloadable file "Storage Jobs Blog" book will be available in next 15 days. I will announce its readiness on this blog & email all those who are interested(So make sure u email me if you are interested).

Yes this is NOT A FREE book - You have to PAY for it. What is the price : You Decide, You Email & Tell me. I will decide the price after reading the emails.

What it is going to contain:
Definitely study material (Compressed) to help u get the info which u can't find anywhere else other than in this blog or in my emails.
Yes I will take content from this blog posts as well as many of my emails I have sent to blogreaders. Also I will include many things which I have not published so far & will not publish for free. I want to make sure those who pay get more than what they have spent . Definitely there will be lots of interview questions which I have not published anywhere on this blog : SO this is a big plus point for you to decide to buy it.
There will be interview experiences with the names of the companies & their interview processes.
There will be lots of Resume preparation Tips & Sample Storage or Network or System administration Resumes.
There will be lots of Tips to help You clear Personal rounds of interviews , Telephonic rounds of interview , many other sorts of interviews .

I want to make it really good,useful so I need your suggestions. And You can also Win some cool stuff here. Anyone who emails me saying what maximum price they are willing to pay (THEY SHOULD BUY Only then they will win) will win $100 in Cash or 1 month personalised online training.(ONLY 1 GUY WINS $100)

Five guys who buy this ebook will win COMPLETE CASH REFUND : Yes I will refund the complete amount for 5 lucky winners chosen by a lotter system .

Would you be interested in this Last Minute/Before Interview reading material. If yes email me & let me know what is the maximum price you are willing to pay for it (Make sure you are really paying for it).
Contribute from your side your interview questions, your interview experiences, your interview materials, your collection of stuff related to storage, system administration , network administration or anything related to Software Jobs,Salary,Career.(ORIGINAL CONTENT is only accepted DONT COPY,PASTE from web or other documents)

For 100 best article contributors I will send this ebook or Storage jobs pdf FREE.

So contribute, email me, tell me your feedback about the blog & what you want to see in the book.

Storage Interview Questions Answers SAN,NAS,FC,RAID

Hi Blog Reader / Emailer

thanks a lot for ur interest in emailing me. I would definitely send U some of the SAN beginner's documents & also some advanced reference books

U know the big names of SAN are like EMC2,Netapp,HP,IBM,Cisco,Brocade & many others ( its a 40 Billion dollar market segment so all bigwigs including Microsoft & Google or some or the other way are involved in it )& if you are aiming to get into any of such companies this email is of a big use for you. The usual time anyone needs to prepare for storage/network/server industry interviews is usually 1 month to 3 months. most of the time is spent researching or collecting materials to study.Also its hard to get all the essential topics in one single compressed document. It is also hard to find any storage interview questions anywhere else on the web. I think this blog is the only place where you can find some good interview questions which are from real company interviews.

Since many job hunters were interested to get interview questions with answers and also get short specific topics to focus on. Also short materials to read rather than huge reference books. I came up with this service where you pay $24 & get 200 Interview Questions with answers. You will also get FREE bonuses Linux QuickReference Guides, HR Interview Questions(Common HR questions), SAN guide, NAS guide & many other stuff which are very useful to make the task of a job hunter.

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Veritas Interview Questions with answers : Veritas Cluster Server

1. How do check the status of VERITAS Cluster Server aka VCS ?
Ans: hastatus –sum


2. Which is the main config file for VCS and where it is located?
Ans: is the main configuration file for VCS and it is located in /etc/VRTSvcs/conf/config.

3. Which command you will use to check the syntax of the ?
Ans: hacf -verify /etc/VRTSvcs/conf/config

4. How will you check the status of individual resources of VCS cluster?
Ans: hares –state

5. What is the service group in VCS ?
Ans: Service group is made up of resources and their links which you normally requires to maintain the HA of application.

6. What is the use of halink command ?
Ans: halink is used to link the dependencies of the resources

7. What is the difference between switchover and failover ?
Ans: Switchover is an manual task where as failover is automatic. You can switchover service group from online cluster node to offline cluster node in case of power outage, hardware failure, schedule shutdown and reboot. But the failover will failover the service group to the other node when VCS heartbeat link down, damaged, broken because of some disaster or system hung.

8. What is the use of hagrp command ?
Ans: hagrp is used for doing administrative actions on service groups like online, offline, switch etc.

9. How to switchover the service group in VCS ?
Ans: hagrp –switch -to

10. How to online the service groups in VCS ?
Ans: hagrp –online -sys

These interview questions on Veritas cluster server were contributed by one of our blog reader Ashish Pathak . Ashish has contributed many articles in previously also & I appreciate his openness to share info & help others.

I thank all those who are contributing articles , interview questions, interview experiences, any other useful bit of information.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My first day as a Software Engineer in Netapp

I joined Netapp as a Software Engineer today (This is sent by one of my blog reader I thought it is interesting enough to share with you all).

I want to share with you all my experiences on the first day of joining one of the best Storage companies. It is a great company and this is a great day for me. Not just because I got a job & a good pay.But I was able to over come a huge personal battle.

I will write here my experience of how after lots of blockades I was able to get a job and how was my first day in this world class company.

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If you want to pay I thank you - I will see how I can save your time & bring results. If you dont want to I still thank you for your interest to read the blog online. You know google search has all the answers for you , you just need enough time to gather them all & recompile them so u can use it when you really need. Like just before your interview or before going for a presentation.

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