Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

How often do we run into problems and have to contact a third party vendor to get the resolution only to spend a large amount of time getting someone (sometimes ourselves) to stop the blame game and start working together? This seems to happen all the time in the IT field and this is frustrating as all hell and we as IT professionals and engineers need to put our ego and pride aside and work on the problem to benefit our customer and I’ll share my thoughts on the various scenarios… Read the rest of this entry »


There are numerous occasions where we would like to utilize a more “human” name to view our physical switchport and router port connections; however, I find that most people don’t maintain these names/descriptions in a proper manner. While this configuration has no bearing on the operation of the switch it will create confusion for those who have to read through the documentation. Read the rest of this entry »


We see it all the time here in the IT field…people floating around aimlessly during a maintenance doing nothing while others seem to be working harder than others. Why is this? For the most part I don’t believe we should be blaming them directly; rather, I think we need to blame management for not delegating responsibilities properly and efficiently… Read the rest of this entry »


While I never recommend the use of Superscopes as they are usually relevant to a bad network design. I know that sometimes networks are inherited and not the fault of the person having to perform this action;thus, I am going to provide a lean set of steps to configure this assuming you know your way around Microsoft DHCP server and have a few requirements met: Read the rest of this entry »


Let me start by saying that Superscopes are not a standard mechanism of DHCP, just a “hack” by Microsoft to support networks that don’t understand the concept of “1 IP subnet PER vlan, not 10 IP subnets per VLAN”. The only, and I do mean ONLY, time that you use Superscopes is when you have a network design that has multiple IP subnets inside the same VLAN. Let me explain the ONLY instance where this is needed and WHY you need multiple interfaces configured for this to work… Read the rest of this entry »


SO you’re probably wondering about that Brain Dump and taking an “easy way” out of passing your test and that is how you probably ended up here. I once worked for a Managed Services company in Raleigh, NC who had a philosophy that as long as you study for test they’ll pay for the Brain Dump so you “know what you’re going into”. While this seems like justification it is pure illegal and WRONG! If you dump a test quite a few of us in the industry have a two letter profane sentence for you… Furthermore here is why brain dumps will hurt you: Read the rest of this entry »


So there is the long standing debate of GUI Vs CLI in both the server and Networking world. There are quite a few angles to argue and I know that in this one single post I am not going to cover 100% of them and I am going to keep emotion out of this and stick to the facts and try to do a “Qualitative review of the two Read the rest of this entry »


So at some time in our IT careers we all think we can make an extra buck supporting a small network for someone we know, I did the same. However, you must understand there is a fine line between supporting someones small business for a reasonable price and also helping them out with their personal items.

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