Friday I got off from work and headed over to Josh's place to put together a computer network for a client. The computers had already been unpacked and plugged up. We sat there for hours making setting changes and tweaking things to work best for this client. We really need to figure out how to shorten that part of the work. It would have been impossible with a larger implementation. Hopefully we will get the work process honed enough to shorten the work.
We configured the server for ACT, and people's file shares. The tape backup is still not configured. Tom wants individual scripts to run the tape system and I'm starting to think the tape software is the way to go. We will figure something out. We changed the login stuff. We set up VNC on a bunch of the systems. Friday night was very interesting.
Saturday we went onsite. We setup the new computers and ran a network wire for a printer. We moved all the legacy computers into “server” room and got them ready for Monday. Some of our guys will be out there ready to answer user's questions and finish up the configuration.
All in all, this has been fun so far. I'm learning new things all the time.
things I've learned this weekend
My opinion of VNC gets better every time I use it.
The most reliable Microsoft feature is Windows 95 sucked the day it came out and still does today.
Windows NT 3.51 has no taskbar. It is amazing how much Windows depends on the Taskbar. (that is two thing)
The network wizards in Windows XP make it harder to setup internet connections than Windows 2000.
Windows XP has hidden control panels. At the command prompt type “control userpasswords2 <enter>”.
The $500 firewall isn't ten times better than the $40 one.
A 2 year old is far more willing to help set up a computer than a 35 year old.
You can fit 6 computers with 6 flat panel monitors and all the crap you need for an install in the back of a BMW and a Nissan Pathfinder.
Letherman tools are a necessary addition to the human body (I knew this already, but the lesson keeps reinforcing itself)