At work I’m working on a way to upgrade our systems in the field from RedHat 7.3 and the 3.3 version of our software to CentOS 3.4 and the 3.4 version of our software, while preserving as much as possible of our current content and state.
I’m experimenting with custom install DVDs with my own kickstart file. It’s been a process of trial and error, mostly error, so I’m burning about 3 or 4 DVDs a day. Each time I have to go bother the guy with the DVD burner to make sure he’s not burning anything, then copy my ISO file over to his machine, eject his blank CD (he always keeps on in the drive in case he has to burn something when he’s not here), burn the DVD, and run over to put the blank CD back.
I put in a request for a DVD burner. They cost about $50 these days, or $60 if you need the dual layer, which I don’t. My boss approved it, and I suggested that I go out after work and buy one at Circuit City, but for reasons I don’t quite understand, we have to go through “IT Purchasing”, aka “Mordoc, Preventer of Information Technology Upgrades”. Mordoc is charging our department $129 for this burner, and I’m told I should have it in two to three weeks, by which time I should be finished this project and not need to burn DVDs any more.
If I had any need for an IDE DVD burner at home, I’d buy one, install it at work, and when I’m done with this project take it home.
I’m trying to count up how many different ways this is wasting the company’s money doing it this way, and I keep running out of fingers.