Predicting the future with Powershell and Mathemagic

Have you ever had the pleasure of being awoken in the middle of the night by a low disk space alert on one of your business-critical LOB systems?

Did you ever wish for a more proactive method for catching this than waiting for the yellow/red alerts to go “ping!”?

I know I did, so I sat down and played math for a couple of hours and then applied the result using Powershell and a scheduled task.  The result is a configurable script that sends you an email alert when the sustained disk consumption on the system is estimated to consume all freespace on one of the disks within the set amount of time you specify (by default 30 Days).

Download ChkBurn 0.8 – modify all references to Contoso to fit your domain.

Sample output:


The Service Improvement Pipeline in Utopia

In any discussion about service improvement, one should keep the following in mind:

  1. There is always room for improvement – development is a never ending story
  2. Striving for perfection is healthy – but note that there will always be room for improvement (see #I)

Given that – the following is my visualization of a structured approach to engaging all parties in a service delivery relationship with the goal of maximizing the synergy of ideas from different sources while maintaining a reasonable level of control and accountability without clogging the works too much.