Interested in things with electricity pulsing through them at 8 or 9 yrs old
Built first computer at 11 yrs old
Started own business for a time as well
Consulting was crazy but, so is normal office business
Growing company took over an old EDS building. Technology moves were needed.
250 people company. Gross was in 10s of millions a year
Had an existing open office concept space in EDS building
First word came from the boss we were going to have to move everyone ourselves
We knew we had a job in front of us
“For any move, you have to plan everything” – Will Flint
Second word from the boss is we would have to do it in 36 hrs
Found that out a day or 2 before the move
We had a very small team of 4 people for this move
My immediate manager was our team lead
Manager stated, “we’re going to make this happen and I’ll be right there with you guys”
My manager and I were in a van and…what happened was mortifying
Manager was doing cable management for part of the technology moves
“With every good plan there is always the caveats” – Will Flint
Had all other teams in on the weekend to test through systems
First 2 major issues came up fast. Mind you, everything worked before the move
Authentication was not working in one half of the building
Those Windows systems which could logon would crash almost immediately
What’s going on? What’s happening? How do we fix this?
Researching issues back then was tougher – Had to use 3 different sites to compose a custom patch without being able to verify any of the info was completely correct
Had to create our own patch for these issues…mostly around the crashing problem
The authentication piece was due to the new network being more secure
Had to basically learn AD in 36 hrs
This whole project did jump start Will to do more in the environment with management of the PCs and AD
Most mission critical thing was to be able to logon and we couldn’t do that initially
By 6-7pm on Sunday, we had a legitimate fix created and working
Of course, the president came in 2 days later with his laptop and it didn’t work because it didn’t have the fix applied
“…with enough effort and determination, you can accomplish anything” – Will Flint
Manager pushed for recognition. Stated this small team was worth it and then some for these technology moves
Everything was a 10 alarm fire in this business many times
At the end, Will managed 25 different applications, the network, the DMARC, mobile and other odds and ends
It was not a 9-5 job. It was however a good learning experience
Saw everyone be at their best
IT Speak this episode:
POE – Power over Ethernet – Basically, you power your hardware over a network wire instead of a normal power cord
AD – Active Directory – Windows directory service which holds all user accounts, groupings, and computer and server accounts
DMARC – Abbreviation for demarcation point in networking parlance. Also termed as the MPOE (Minimum/Main Point of Entry) – basically, it’s the point in the building where all the telecommunications wiring enters from the outside. Where your telco providers connect to your building
“When you are in IT, you are always learning” – Tony V
“Curveballs come at you no matter what you do” – Tony V
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