Keith Miller is currently a network engineer for a consulting company on a military base in South Carolina, USA. He was promoted from help-desk technician to network engineer in June of 2010 and has been doing it ever since. Networking is definitely his passion, however he enjoys most things that are IT or technology related.
Keith is always looking for ways to improve myself and network with his peers in this industry so feel free to contact him if you’d like to exchange ideas!
No, I’m not quitting my career as an IT professional to start a R&B group, but hopefully the title of my blog post captured your attention enough to get you here. Now let me explain.
Earlier this year, RUCKUS released SmartZone (SZ) 6.0. There were many new features and improvements like a completely redesigned web UI for example, but another minor feature made the cut as well: AP Hostname Advertisement
John Herbert (@mrtugs) over at https://movingpackets.net just recently published a blog article that I felt was extremely clever and helpful. He created a clickable HTML diagram for his home network so that he could both illustrate to his wife how good of a network admin he really is and make it easier to manage the devices on his network. The only problem I saw with John’s post is that you must own Omnigraffe, a diagramming tool only supported on macOS and iOS. If you visit their website, there is a free 14-day trial to give it a spin, but it is pay-to-play software. Enter draw.io from JGraph Ltd.:
It all started with an e-mail from a co-worker on a recent Saturday afternoon, shortly after we finished performing Windows updates on all of our servers. It read something like this:
“Syslog server’s C: drive ran out of space so I created an additional drive with 20GB of space and moved all of the logs to it.”
Now I’ve only been with this new company for 4 months now, but one of the first things I did when I began learning the network was to take a look at our syslog server to see how it was configured and for baselining how many logs in an hour and day were normal for our network. So when I saw that the drive ran out of space with the amount of syslogs normally generated per day, it immediately raised an alarm.
In January, I was honored with the offer to become a SolarWinds “Geek Speak” Ambassador for the month of February. Being a SolarWinds Ambassador consists of writing 4 blog posts (1 per week) about topics that interest you, in relation to IT as a whole. My particular interests that I chose to write about revolved around networking monitoring. Although my schedule was slated to be very hectic that month, I decided to take on the challenge as it was something I had never done before and the opportunity wasn’t guaranteed in the future. I’m so glad I did it. If you’re interested, the four posts are below:
I have a great announcement to make that is long overdue! The Pay It Forward (PIF) scholarship has its second recipient.
Sometime shortly after the new year, I was mulling over whether I would write a post asking for applications for this year’s scholarship. I had just started my new job and I knew that this year would be extremely busy for me, both personally and professionally. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to devote the funds or time to this valiant cause, however, I could not refuse this highly motivated individual. Continue reading →