Late Night In The Network Closest!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry in advance if you don’t like this type of post, but it is my daily life. This is indeed what happened yesterday. Cleaning up the network closest was the name and game last night.

For a quick and dirty rundown, all companies that have a network have Firewalls, web filters, routers, switches, and servers. Each of these things need ‘plugged in’ somewhere. Most times you end up with a mess like we had. Look below:

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To be fair we had this looking better until we had one of those switches die on us. We had to scramble a little bit and replace it with a spare and re-plug everyone we could back in. We had to prioritize important things and people first and things got messy haha.

Once we ordered and replaced the dead switch it was time to clean it up! We first had to do some port forwarding on just a couple ports. (each spot that can have some thing plugged in to it, is a port) So you can see we used a service called telnet to do that:

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You can also see all the cables I made there haha. So time consuming! As professionals with quite a few devices networked, we have an Excel sheet telling us which ones are ‘plugged in’, where they are, what they are, and where they go. That is the biggest factor and making this a smooth transition. Another thing to note is that we had to do this after hours, since everything needed to be ripped out, as shown below:

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Some of the things still connected above are servers, and a few other things we weren’t sure of at first. they all did get moved around. We wanted less mess, and to be able to attach the wall and door again haha.After three hours my co-worker and I get everything back up and running! And if I do say so myself, looking pretty damn good. With about 8 or so servers, 3 switches, and a few battery backups this is what we have:

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Once we were satisfied we put the wall and door back on. We also moved the server rack closer so that it looked like normal again. this is a sweet sight!

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Everything was all buttoned up. For better reference here is a side by side comparison for your viewing pleasure:

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It was fun getting my hands dirty and getting in there. I’m glad we had to do this.

Tonight we have nothing in store, except for getting groceries and snuggling the baby!

That is all for me today, I hope to see you back again tomorrow! If you have any questions about anything in this post feel free to ask! Bye! 😀 😀

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Low Key Night

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Yesterday, after work, we headed to the doctor’s office for our baby’s four month checkup. He is still small in stature only being in the 23rd percentile in height and 8th percentile in weight. Of course he is only four months old so not really a big deal. He also had to get a couple shots in his legs. He tends to scream bloody murder for about 20 seconds then he is OK again lol.

Afterwards we got home and cleaned up a bit around the house. My friend from grade school came over for the first time since we bought our house. He is working in town again so we had to catch up. I showed him around and we just talked for a while. He is staying at his parents house while his wife stays in the city, where they reside. It was great to have someone over and break the norm a bit.

Early this morning my boy woke up in, what would seem like, pain. We assume it was from his shots, so we got out the infant Tylenol. He went back to bed so that is a plus! 😀

Here at work today I will be staying late. We are doing the tidying up of the server room. I have spent a couple days making Ethernet cables to the correct length. About 40 or so, which if you don’t know the process can take a toll on your fingers. I’ll post a video below if you feel inclined to know more.

I have the exact same cable tester, and when you use it they should all light up green in the correct order. It is simple, but it is tedious and making that many takes a while. I’ll take pictures if I can to show before and and after.

That is all for now! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀

I Remembered!!

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Back again on another rainy “Hump Day.” Too many times to count this winter we have had all the snow melt and get hammered with rain.

I want to let you all know that I remembered to get pictures of my furniture! I was and still am proud of myself for that haha. Here we go:

This first one is of one of our two end tables in the living room. (Don’t mind the old couch or wires, we haven’t got the new ones yet and meh mess.) I love this flooring by the way, it is a very heavy duty laminate that looks like hardwood. I love it.

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This is just a good picture of the top of the other one. My wife doesn’t remember picking one with the lighter part on top but when our other furniture comes I think it will look just fine either way. I’ve left the majority of the decorating to her. 😀

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Moving upstairs, we have our almost complete bedroom! This is the bed frame that we got with one of the two matching nightstands. (I’m not sure why but one came yesterday and the other should be here today.) We also have a TV mount on the wall that I think is stripped out so that will be for another day.

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Opposite the bed we have our six drawer dresser. It matches just like everything else and for now we have our old TV on it connected to my wife’s laptop. The Coaxial cable doesn’t reach over there for our local stations so we just use Wi-Fi and Netflix.. 😀

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Here is just a closer picture of the dresser. You can see that they have the top two drawers lined in this fabric. By the plant are a few of the felt pads I have been using. They are dark so they don’t stick out as much, if at all.

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We are really happy so far with all of the furniture that we have gotten from wayfair.com, everything as come without any dings, dents, or other issues. It is taking some time to get it all though. Our couches won’t be here until the 23rd of this month. Thankfully we have old ones for the time being or we would be sitting on the floor haha.

Today at work I spent the morning fighting with a large network printer. It wouldn’t send scans to individuals e-mails. I hate printers more than anything in this world. They never just do what they are supposed to do. You can always bet that they won’t work when you need them to. I ended up fixing it by using the IP address of the mail relay server instead of the DNS name of the same damn server….I know most of you don’t understand that, but think of it like having two names for one thing and most of the time they work interchangeably, except when dealing with a printer. GAH! The rest of the morning I rewired my co-workers office. He was complaining that he couldn’t find a surge protector, so I cleaned his whole area up and did some cable management. What did I find in the process, you guessed it his surge protector lol.

That is how my past 24 hours have been, pretty decent! I now have three PCs here at work running data for the search of ET as well. 😀 I hope you all have a great day and I’ll see you back again tomorrow! 😀 😀