I returned from my week-long trip to Denmark on April 2nd. While I was there I worked with my counterpart at HQ to plan our upgrade from Active Directory 2003 to 2008 which we completed on the 9th. The upgrade process started at 7am PDT with us backing up our existing servers using a couple different methods just in case one of them failed. The backup process alone took 4-5 hours! In total we spent 15 consecutive hours on a Saturday to get all Domain Controllers up to date.
Now I’m on to project #2 where we are connecting a new 1st floor office to our main office on the 4th floor. We have a contractor doing the wiring, so my job is to configure the network so that the user and VoIP VLAN’s are available in the new office. The offices will be connected by three pairs of fiber connected to gigabit layer 2/3 switches. Last night I spent an extra 5 hours at work getting our backbone configured to add the downstairs switch. Unfortunately we are using DLink equipment, so it is a bit difficult to find information about certain features and they use slightly different terminology than Cisco equipment.
I was able to get the two backbone switches into stacking mode, and got limited connectivity to the downstairs switch. Tonight I will be staying late again to polish up the setup and test that workstations, IP phones, and the camera lab works. If so, then we will be on schedule for our support department to move into the new office on Monday!
Needless to say, the long hours at my day-job mean that I have little time for anything else. What spare time I have, I am spending with myÂ fiancÃ©e, Amanda who proposed to me in Newport after I returned home from Denmark! These projects will be completed soon though, and I’m looking forward to having more time to put into FixIT 🙂
I am leaving for Denmark on a business trip tomorrow so I will not be available again until Sunday, April 3rd. If you have any non-urgent problems, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or leave a voicemail for me!