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    Staring a position on a Vanilla Network!

    Hi guys and girls,

    I've finally got myself a position on a vanilla network.

    My experience is on CC3, my personal VMWare network for practicing is vanilla.

    So I have been messing it up, using gpo's and generally playing around.

    So now with this position I get real world situations to work with.

    So anyone got any advice on how to settle in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcman View Post
    Hi guys and girls,

    I've finally got myself a position on a vanilla network. My experience is on CC3, my personal VMWare network for practicing is vanilla. So now I get real world situations to work with.

    So I have been messing it up, using gpo's and generaly playing around.

    So anyone got any advice on how to settle in?
    Start with a cup of coffee and take the phone off the hook ?

    We have CC3 here, but I've spent some time teaching myself the vanilla way where the oportunity exists - new network for a local primary, seperate domain here for AQA Computing exams, etc, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcman View Post
    Hi guys and girls,

    I've finally got myself a position on a vanilla network.

    My experience is on CC3, my personal VMWare network for practicing is vanilla.

    So I have been messing it up, using gpo's and generally playing around.

    So now with this position I get real world situations to work with.

    So anyone got any advice on how to settle in?
    Look at the AD structure and either familiarise yourself with it, or decide how you'd change it.

    If you decide to change it then plan out a new one with great care before making any changes, wait until you have a few weeks when no one's using the network, then create your new structure, move objects as appropriate, test, and take out the old structure only once you know it all works.

    While you're waiting to do that, run a lot of GPResults with different combinations to find out how the policies are applied to actual users and computers. Get a network diagram worked out. Make yourself a list of all the static IP addresses and the devices they apply to.

    You may be lucky enough that all this is already documented, in which case work through that.

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    Cheers guys. I won't be changing anything.

    Just going to start with a positive attitude and be prepared to get my teeth stuck in with a real vanilla network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    You may be lucky enough that all this is already documented.
    Seriously though. Get real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJG View Post
    Seriously though. Get real.


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    And on a more serious note, I have PMed you with details of a free course you may be able to get to from Essex. I went on it and it was excellent.
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    Cheers for that. I'm looking now.

    I think that my brain is just working overtime. If it was CC3 I'd feel fine as I've been left in charge of one whilst waiting for a replacement NM for a year who never appeared.

    The best way is to get stuck in, so I'm excited too! Nothing better then been in the thick of it.

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    Vanilla networks are nothing complicated, all education management apps do is control the group policies and network drives and maybe a few other shortcuts.

    Once you take a look at the policies it becomes pretty clear.

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    Thanks guys. I know that edugeek is home to a more experienced bunch then myself.

    Home study, certifications is only part of it and to me experience makes up the other half. So this is what I will get.

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    Rule one for starting on a new network you are unfamiliar with:

    DON'T TOUCH OR CHANGE ANYTHING!!!!!


    For a few days at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Rule one for starting on a new network you are unfamiliar with:

    DON'T TOUCH OR CHANGE ANYTHING!!!!!


    For a few days at least.
    Excellent advice!


    And Rule 2 is:

    If you must change something, write down the original settings somewhere safe before you do so!

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    As well as the above suggestions, walk around and talk to staff about what they like and what gripes they have. This also gives you the opportunity to put faces to names and for them to get to know you. Just remember - DO NOT PROMISE TO DO ANYTHING! there will always be one that will hold you to it

    It may be worth paying a visit to other vanilla schools in the area and see what they are doing and make some contacts etc.

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