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DOWNLOA Net admins: Avoid problems by following these 7 basic rules

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Label Everything

by jbaker In reply to DOWNLOAD: Net admins: Avo ...

It is also a good idea to have a floor plan with the jack locations noted and numbered. Makes it easy to see what is where in relation to everything else.

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Why a download?

Why can't you just make it an html document? Adobe hangs and crashes regularly so I avoid pdf documents at every opportunity. Accordingly, I did not look at the seven basic rules in pdf format.

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It's not even downloading for me...

by RayJeff In reply to Why a download?

It's not even showing up. The page with the "pdf" file just comes up as jibberish.

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by solonow In reply to It's not even downloading ...

well, Whenever you suggest something to managemet either verbally or writting.Make sure to have a documentation. Date, time and sugesstion. It will save you from getting fired.

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HTML alternatives

by JodyGilbert In reply to Why a download?

We made this into a PDF download format because it's actually a compilation based on two separate articles; we thought members would like the option of downloading a consolidated and streamlined version of these tips. If you'd like to view the articles on the site, here are the links:

"Novice net admins: Sidestep problems with these simple rules" (
"Novice net admins: Get off to a good start with these pointers" (

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Jody Gilbert
TechRepublic Downloads Team

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management support

by weehee In reply to DOWNLOAD: Net admins: Avo ...

When I'm starting to try to document the existing network setups (equipment serial#, jack location, etc.), my boss thought it is not important - and start to assign additional work because the above tasks signals that I have spare time on hand. I tried to convince her the importance of labeling & documenting, but she just smiles, nods and sends me away.

I'm the only tech support in the company and an outside consultant takes care of our IT needs. When I ask him if he has our network info, he gave me some 3-yr old record when we already has 10 staff come and go during that 3-yr...

I brought that up to my non-techie boss and she said "Sorry I have more important issues, don't bother me if it is not a crisis" - And she's been in this "crisis" mode for more than a yr. I don't know how to let her "see the light"

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