Here is a little story about Spanning-Tree and a hospital.
Makes for good reading.
All Systems Down - CIO
Bloody spanning tree!
Seriously, though, I don't think I could have kept my cool like he seemed to. Nice to read this though: "'We depend upon the network, but we also take it for granted,' Sands says. “It’s a credit to [Halamka] that we operate with a mind-set that the computers never go down." Too much of the time it feels like the better we do our job the more people wonder why we're about, nice to know it can happen otherwise!
Have been in the middle of serious problems etc before, but nothing like that. Great read with some good pointers at the end.
Very interesting, especially with the problems we've had at our place recently although naturally a completely flat network with no more than 1 hop to anywhere is commonplace for a standard school. Still makes you read up on just about everything "just in case".
Replace "Spanning Tree Protocol" with "Symantec" and it almost mirrors our network
I envy your network of no more than 1 hop to anywhere. I recently worked at a school that had a flat network that had a maximum of 9 hops from one end of the school to the other when I started! Spanning tree wasn't an option, but they did suffer from a nightmare of a broadcast storm with some lovely netgear hardware!
interesting read, but not sure about the management skills and decision making that allowed the network to be designed as badly as it sounds it was.
I don't think it was management skills and decision making that was the problem. They put extra parts onto the network during the years. Companys don't want to spend money on networking as it's something thats never seen. It was a complete mess though.
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