Fri, Apr 29 2005 19:18
You want what?
So the Copier/Scanner/Printer company faxes me a network pre-installation/configuration information sheet to fill out and they want to know stuff like... oh...domain name, IP address, DCHP, default gateway, DNS [primary and secondary] ....and this is kinda cool, they specifically ask about SBS as a network device. Hmmm that must mean they've had enough of them to be an item [sometimes us SBSers don't think of ourselves as Windows 2003 servers and sometimes network technicians need to know exactly what we are].
But then here's the kicker...they ask me for the mail server name and a username and password on that mailserver.
Uh...I don't think so.....I give you a username and password to an email account on my box and I've handed you privileged information sir. There is no way I'm giving you that information when I've signed no contracts, and this is merely a pre-configuration sheet. Heck, while it looks good that we'll go with your system, I'm still not writing down a username and password and giving it to you to keep in your filing system since I don't know how well it's secured.
So I filled out 'some' of the information, prepared a Visio diagram to showcase the firm's current network and faxed that over to them. But I didn't put in a username and password.
Did find something out ...when I was discussing the diagram with a co-worker, they looked at the Visio diagram of the 'cloud' and said “what's that?”
I forgot that not everyone knows the geek picture icon representations for the Internet....it's a cloud:
So in my office it's Cloud to router to ISA server to Server to Switch to workstations to my workstation and here we are where I'm about to press the post button so this blog post will go from desktop to cat5 wiring to HP Procurve switch to SBS 2003 to router to Pacbell to the World Wide Web to...well...that Cloud.
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