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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How to Prove It’s Not the Network

Matt Schmitz/ April 11, 2017

If there is one thing you learn very quickly in networking, it’s that everything is always the fault of the network. Two systems cannot communicate? Yeah, that’s always a network problem. Something is inaccessible? Probably the network. What about that broken toaster? Definitely a network issue. Starting off as a less experienced network engineer, this can easily get overwhelming. A

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You’re Not Perfect: Admit Your Mistakes

Matt Schmitz/ April 4, 2017

Working in IT is always quite an interesting experience. You get to work with a ton of different people from varying backgrounds and skill sets. Sometimes you work with people who have been doing IT their entire life, and sometimes it was a complete career change for others. However, it never ceases to amaze me how many people from any

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Why isn’t everything done “the right way”?

Matt Schmitz/ February 14, 2017

IT work is never truly black and white. There are thousands of possibilities, and thousands of ways that those possibilities don’t turn out the way you had expected. It’s easy to walk into a new job, look at the environment, and wonder “What were they thinking?”. But it’s another thing to be in the moment and have to make a

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A Little Bit of Black Magic

Matt Schmitz/ February 7, 2017

I’ve lost track of the amount of times in my career that someone has said “How did you do that?”, “Wow that’s amazing!” or “I would have never figured that out”. My answer is typically that it involved a little bit of black magic – but then I follow it up with an actual explanation. For those less technical, some

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BGP: Getting Started with Multi-homed Internet

Matt Schmitz/ January 10, 2017

A few years back I worked for an organization that had a single 100Mb Internet connection. Not bad for just typical corporate traffic, but we also hosted our production web site out of that location as well. An incident occurred where our website was down due to Internet issues during an extremely inconvenient time. So we decided to procure a

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