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    Learn :

    To grovel so that you can spend other departments budgets instead of your own.

    That adding information to a knowldge base makes more work ,as teachers will forget how it works and constantly keeping asking you,you will then show them how it works and still go round and fix it yourself.

    Wear your ID card with your photo facing your chest so that new staff/students have no idea who you are and can't ask you stupid questions

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    All hardware wants to drink your blood, it's just some has sharper teeth than others.
    Break glass in case of need for black cockerel.
    Read the Limoncelli book.
    That tricky config that took a while to build? You won't remember it - write it down.
    Set up network monitoring, configure properly and forward critical stuff to your phone - it makes break/fix times seem miraculous and stops you walking into chaos on a Monday morning.
    Last edited by pete; 9th July 2010 at 11:39 AM.

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    1. Carry a piece of equipment across the school so everyone can see you.
    2. Put feet up and have a cup of tea.
    3. Goto 1.

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    Taking the phone off the hook and locking the door is a valid response to a problem. It saves explaining that you know there is a problem & yes you are on it to everyone that is wandering around or is near a phone.

    Communication is always important, it may cause slightly more work but at least then everyone is informed and you have comeback if something goes wrong. People also feel included and less likely to moan. But only slightly.

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    I should have added at the beginning to make the information generic, and not to teacher bash please.

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    Shadow copies are a god send. Quick recovery when a pupil "accidently" deletes their work.
    Single Instance Storage is also amazing. Especially when staff decide to send the same joke email to all staff or upload the same documents / images to 3 different locations in the same server.

    Step one - switch it off and on again
    Step two - uninstall and reinstall
    Step three - google.

    I believe this next one is someones sig: Never argue with idiots, they will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    SLT dont like the words "no", "it's impossible" or "it can't be done", but some can be put off with "it will cost £x,000 to be able to do it" or "how about this way instead"

    Keep you line manager on-side and put the effort into forming a good working relationship (needs both parties efforts though). They will then back you up and become someone you can let-off steam too about a problem before re-phrasing it and raising further up the chain.

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    Wireless keyboards and mice are evil in the workplace once more than one person has them. Avoid at all costs, unless you wish to be innundated with calls along the lines of 'My mouse is moving all on its own' and 'Works keep appeaing on my screen'!

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    You will never get used to hotswapping server hard disks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    You will never get used to hotswapping server hard disks
    Its not just me then. I always have a terrible feeling in my gut when I do it.

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    A lunch break is a privelige not a necessity.

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    Once peoples voices start to slow down like a tape player when the batteries are going its time to drop your caffeine intake a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    You will never get used to hotswapping server hard disks
    Or incorporating a new\replacement disk into a RAID array.

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    75% Of the time 'It isn't working' = It isn't switched on\plugged in.

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    Tech Support

    It's 10% what you know 50% what you can google and 40% attitude when dealing with the lusers that do their best to thwart the good running of your network.

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