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Tony_fortunatoThe_tech_firmAuthor Profile - Tony Fortunato is a Senior Network Specialist with experience in design, implementation, and troubleshooting of LAN/WAN/Wireless networks, desktops and servers since 1989. His background in financial networks includes design and implementation of trading floor networks. Tony has taught at local high schools, Colleges/Universities, Networld/Interop and many onsite private classroom settings to thousands of analysts. Tony is an authorized and certified Fluke Networks and Wireshark Instructor. His Pine Mountain Group CNA Level I and II certification demonstrates his vendor neutral approach to network design, support and implementations. Tony has architected, installed and supported various types of Residential Wireless High Speed as well as hundreds of WIFI hotspots. Tony uses a variety of technologies from Powerline, Wireless and wired technologies to find the most cost-efficient and reliable solution for his customers. Tony combines custom programs, open source and commercial software to ensure a simple support infrastructure.

Tool Video Rant

I was getting around to cleaning up some files and stumbled across one of my many rants.  For those of you who have seen me present, it doesn't get much to get me going. 

Anyone who is a consultant or contractor can tell you that it gets bewildering when you see the same problem crop up time and time again.  I have been to many customer sites where the vendor equipment sits there with a HUGE RED ERROR MESSAGE flashing, with no one in sight to investigate whats going on.  I won't even start down that road where I ask the simple question, "whats with the error message", only to have the client respond, "just ignore it" ......   Ok, that's enough of that.

Sometimes the tool has just identified the 'silver bullet' that can help you identify issues, and sometimes its just an excercise in tweaking your thresholds.

This 'rant' was obviously centered around the topic of tools.  Amazing that this presentation was a while ago, but all the more relevant today.

Let me know if you find these helpful (or amusing) and I can post some more.


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