Devil in the Defaults

Default settings are the worst. Every systems has them, and they’re great until they’re not. For whatever reasons in the past, my predecessors decided to purchase a bunch of bare-bones HP servers and install Check Point’s firewall software on them. The HP servers were…

You're Not Perfect: Admit Your Mistakes

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…

Want Change? Make it happen!

Too often, it seems like a common component of office culture is complaining about the issues. “Why do we always do things this way? It’s not the right or best way.” Even when things are running smoothly to most, there will always be someone who believes…

What's your hesitation?

One thing I have found in IT is that sometimes the real question that needs answering is some form of: What is holding you back? Whether it be people who take longer to get to tasks they don’t like, or whole teams who think accomplishing something just isn&…

The Argument for Standardized Configurations

There are quite a few things that you don’t realize how great they are until you don’t have them anymore. For me, one of those things was standard guidelines for device configurations. At my last job,┬ádocumented standards were extremely important – we had them for…

The Small Things (0x2142)

Even when you’re ten years or so into your career, you can always stand to learn something. It’s important that no matter how experienced you get, you always keep an open mind to other people’s ideas or opinions. As an example to this, I…

BGP: Getting Started with Multi-homed Internet

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…