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General Chat Thread, Summer Hols Work in General; Originally Posted by NetworkGeezer Wow! Why don't you set up your contracting business. You seem to do alot more of ...
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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkGeezer

    Wow! Why don't you set up your contracting business. You seem to do alot more of sparky stuff then alot of techs.
    Hehe , true

    Thing is, I am a Network Technician, to me that means I do sparky stuff. If I was dealing with just software then I would consider myself to be a Network Administrator..not a technician. In my mind there is a fundamental difference between an administrator and a technician.

    Mind you..trouble with having my own contracting business would be that I wouldnt get all the lovely holidays and finish nice and early each day , though I suppose as it would be my business I could always do that anyway lol

    But then again, I dont think I would like my own business, too much hassle, too much stress, too much mindwork. Seen far too many folks try their own businesses and had it destroy their lives. I'm happy to work for someone else, doing the stuff I do, and leaving my work at work when I head home

    But you are certainly right, its very interesting how large the differences are in what some IT technicians do compared to other IT technicians. Its amazing how varied all of our workdays are compared to each other, especially when you consider that many of us essentially have the same job title. Perhaps there should be some variation of job title...maybe have Network Co-ordinator, Network Administrator, Network Technician. Something like that.

    EDIT : Thinking on it further..a better description for what I do might be Network Engineer. So Network Co-ordinator, Network Administrator, Network Technician and Network Engineer

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Setting up 3 stations for media.
    15 for technology.
    Service release to install
    Couple of switches to swap out.
    Reimage 8 Laptops.
    General maintenance.
    And a 2 week holiday!

    Chris

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Ok,

    1) Network any room that isn't already done (26). Only 2 or 3 of them are full "computer room" type cabling.
    2) Convert SIMS to SQL Server and set up PARS.
    3) Build 30 thin clients and set up a new terminal server for the above.
    4) Rearrange server room and install new rack.
    5) Replace several dubious uplinks between cabinets
    6) Keep an eye on the guys installing fibre.
    7) Dispose of ~40 old computers.
    8] Do a round of proper network testing to see what the lightning did to other kit.
    9) Rackmount 3 servers
    10) Install mounting brackets for new IP cameras
    11) Tidy up the office (a perpetual task).
    12) Anything else that seems like a good opportunity.

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    You know when a thread gets too competitive when you feel that buy adding to it you are joining the 4 Yorkshiremen sketch.

    Anyway ...

    130 new workstations (4 seperate images to build and deploy)
    295 machines to be moved to alternative locations
    9 different images to build on these and deploy
    WLAN controller and 14 new APs (plus reconfigure existin APs)
    2 Terminal Servers to build (one for use with thin clients, one for remote access for staff)
    30 Machines to prepare as Thin Clients.
    Website to move to CMS (probably Joomla)
    Upgrade of FirstClass (from 8 to 8.1 to 8.2)
    Exam results (help prepare results for analysis as well as being tech support for the exams officer on download)
    Move kit around in Server Room
    2 new rooms to cable plus one to recable
    3 new security lockers for laptops
    9 staff laptops (7 different builds)
    Rebuild OS X Server and sort out NetBoot / NetRestore.
    Help sort out movement of admin staff to temp offices (portacabins) as the admin block is being knocked down as part of building a new block.
    Help local school setup their behaviour tracking database.
    2 new IWBs and 5+ projectors to get sorted.

    And how do we manage the above?

    Cabling (a/v and data) and network changes are done by a contractor (warranty, support, time and cost)
    We have the team in on a rota ... most of the team will be off for 2 weeks during the hols so we tend to have 3 people in at a time.

    We should get it all done ... I hope

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Yeah ?!

    Well...well.. I have to...er..

    Solve western aggression in the middle east
    Build a successful english football team , which can run unbeaten to south africa 2010 and win the world cup
    Coup the royal family after successfully proving a royal conspiracy over Dianas Death
    Break the atom and merge it with human DNA to create the first Atomic Man
    Construct the first martian colony
    Stop Chelsea from buying everyone they want
    Do something which stops Blair from grinning (tough one that)
    Solve international poverty
    Win the lottery
    Try to convince Angelina Jolie to give a kid a normal name

    And yet...try and tell that to people today, and they wont believe you !

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    So you're converting to linux then? Most of the above could be sorted by boycotting microsoft...

    Chris

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Im only starting on holiday work on Monday, been relaxing for the last 2 1/2 weeks

    Need to:

    Add new intake students
    Delete all documents from year 8-10 as we are running out of disk space
    Configure new LTO tape drive and backup schedule and setup BackupExec 10d
    Fix one of our 2 IAS servers which decided to stop working
    Setup ISA server 2006 as a trial - 2004 currently gives us problems with the council's proxy
    Start locking down student accounts, restricting apps and start on stopping them running as local admin
    Finish tidying server room, and compleltly rip out and tidy 2nd and 3rd biggest cabinets in school
    Move 2 ICT classrooms across school to new buildings
    Put up last few access points and take down last few of the old ones
    Setup new languages suite - 32 in-desk PC's

    and probably a load of other stuff too...I reallllly should have made a list before the end of term!

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