Having the right ingredients….

One batch is perfect….the other batch is a bit along the lines of hockey pucks..oh well…that’s what I get for having one batch have the perfect ingredients and the second batch I had to use yeast of a vintage and brand that I’m not sure it was going to give me the success that I had with the first build.


Having the right ingredients (hardware) on hand when you begin baking (deployment) of a Holiday project (server) can mean all the difference.  There is a family recipe (standard install) that we make for every holiday (every client) that using a time tested list of ingredients (standarized hardware). 

8 cups of Flour – Better for Bread flour (4 gig RAM server)

2 cups milk (scalded) (SCSI or SATA)

1 cup warm water (Processor)

4 tablespoons yeast (you get the idea…)

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

SAF Instant yeast

3 tablespoons shortening

Place the shortening and sugar in the Kitchenaid mixing bowl (the Martha Stewart dough hook special).  Warm the milk to the near boiling and pour over the sugar and shortening.  Meanwhile dissolve the yeast in the warm water.  Wait until the milk mixture cools down to approximately 125 degrees or less before adding the yeast water.  Now add 2 cups of flour, then 2 eggs, then 2 more cups and then the last 4 cups.

Knead.  Let rise in a bowl sprayed with Pam non stick spray.  Punch down (this is a great relaxation technique by the way) and roll into small apple sized rolls.  Let rise and then bake at 325 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.

Isn’t that a lot like technology?  Testing.  Practice.  Determining what “ingredients” make the best success and then writing down that recipe so that it’s repeatable. 

And then, when you take shortcuts, knowing that you ended up with a batch of hockey pucks.

2008 means we’ll all be in the kichen with the dishes practicing our recipes.  Are you “practicing your recipe” for technology this weekend?  Download a Windows 2008 ingredient or two… http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/audsel.mspx  See what you can bake up… and hopefully it’s not a hockey puck… 

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