The Usual Tech Ramblings

Bad Blogger...

I’ve been a bad blogger. I’ve not blogged in several days. Mostly because my work schedule has started somewhere around 6am, and finished somewhere around 1am, with a short break for dinner. Or, like today, on the way in to the office for a conference call (it does suck having a corporate office in a different time zone), I get 4 calls about network issues. On getting into the office, I find out two things:

  • VPN tunnel to corporate office has gone offline
  • DHCP server is not releasing leases

Part one of my day isn’t a huge issue, and required a minor change to force it to restart… Part two took me about an hour to fix. Ended up with reducing VPN tunnel allowances, shutting down the VPN server for about 10 minutes, rebooting the DHCP server, and causing all kinds of other fun things… Only to be kicked about an hour later with the DHCP server generating 60 “ghost” hosts.

Oh well, we had the movers in yesterday guestimating what it’d cost to move all of the equipment. It should be interesting, that’s for sure. I think we estimated about $120k in the server room alone, and that’s what I could guess a price on for items on the racks.

Also adding to the fun is the huge influx of new employees. We cannot keep equipment in store for long enough. I ordered 5 new laptops last week, that should have left us with 2 spare based on the “predicted” head count we were given. I’ve just had to add another 5 desktops, and 4 laptops to the mix. Along with this, I’m having issues convincing people we need a proper asset and ticket management system, instead of having to wait for corporate to make their minds up on what they are going to use. I’m taking matters into my own hands, and deploying some old software that we used to use to at least give us a better handle on things.