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[SYSTEMS ADMINS & IT MONKEYS] TrackPoint is trademarked. Call it a clit mouse instead.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    @TL DR yeah $50k is the average starting salary for someone as an NT admin. If you're the sole IT guy, like I said, you definitely need to be compensated royally.

    Can you give me a little info about what skillset you'd expect out of someone applying for that position?

    Because I'm kind of doing this "I know I should be making more but if it's THAT MUCH MORE then I may lose my shit" right now

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    TL DR wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    @TL DR yeah $50k is the average starting salary for someone as an NT admin. If you're the sole IT guy, like I said, you definitely need to be compensated royally.

    Can you give me a little info about what skillset you'd expect out of someone applying for that position?

    Because I'm kind of doing this "I know I should be making more but if it's THAT MUCH MORE then I may lose my shit" right now

    Set up domain, modify permissions, know how to do group policy lock downs, set up servers, plug things into walls + jacks. If this were a smaller company I'd expect the system admin gun to handle the network as well. Firewalls, vpns, that kind of stuff. Again, if it's a smaller company I'd expect you to handle printers being dumb, their installs, fixing them if they break.

    Knowing how to run cables is a plus, but not required, especially if you know how to punch down racks or crimp them.

    bowen on
    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    Alright, thank you.

    I've been kind of piecing together an updated resume, but this is definitely encouraging me to make it a goal for tonight. Where do people find jobs these days? Monster? Craigslist?

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Craigslist is sometimes okay. I think the last few places I looked around and heard through friends.

    Think of any company in the area, $10 says they use computers and need a computer guy. Most of them drastically overspend unless they're an office of 5 people. Once you hit 10-20 people, it gets cheaper to pay a full time guy at 50K to sit there and manage it than bring in a company to do managed IT. Like I said, our company of 20 was spending nearly 100K a year on IT through managed.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    Wow, was that more because things were in shambles, or because of the rates the company was charging? Because while I'm not intimately familiar with our rates I can't imagine it would be more than half that with a managed service contract.

  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    The IT consulting company i'm working for now has a couple of clients we charge over 100k/year to, but that includes having someone there half a day 4 or 5 days a week, access to a phone/email service desk that's open 7am-7pm, offsite backups, and if shit really hits the fan they'll have 7 or 8 very qualified guys working on their stuff getting it fixed as opposed to the one cheap guy they'd have otherwise who maybe knows some stuff. So it's not for everyone, but for some clients it makes sense in a way, i would very rarely recommend it over having your own guy though.

    steam xbox - adeptpenguin
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    TL DR wrote: »
    Wow, was that more because things were in shambles, or because of the rates the company was charging? Because while I'm not intimately familiar with our rates I can't imagine it would be more than half that with a managed service contract.

    $120 an hour, 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. They didn't do a service contract because that was even more expensive!

    bowen on
    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • lwt1973lwt1973 King of Thieves SyndicationRegistered User regular
    A question about conferences and the value of them.

    Anyone head off to any IT conferences out there and if so what ones? Did you find the value in it at all. My boss is looking to send me off to a conference for training/networking type of thing but I've never gone to any. My previous boss never saw the value in them but this one wants to know if it is worth it.

    "He's sulking in his tent like Achilles! It's the Iliad?...from Homer?! READ A BOOK!!" -Handy
  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    Define worth it...i mean, Microsoft, especially microsoft dynamics conferences usually have unexpectedly *awesome* after parties with entire bars rented, for free....
    I mean..you learn lots of valuable things during the day and are totally not too hungover to understand anything...

    steam xbox - adeptpenguin
  • Mei HikariMei Hikari Registered User regular
    Depends on the work you do.
    Do you manage thousands of users in a microsoft-centric environment with a relatively small team? Do you have to keep up with new devices that users demand you support? TechEd may be for you.
    Are you a deep Exchange admin who writes his own powershell scripts? I heard good things about MEC.

    Frankly, I've always believed you get most of the material by getting certified for whatever tech you want to learn and at least have something to show for it. On top of that, if your state has an equivalent to California's ETP program, then you can apply for a lot of free courses.

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    God damn I hate having to explain SVN a hundred times over and over and over to the same person.

  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    Anyone have any thoughts on some good lists of URL's to add to a DNS server to block ads/malware/shock sites?

    Some brief googling reveals some good candidates, but I'm wondering if there are any definitive sources people are using these days.

  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    I use OpenDNS. I don't really care what people browse to so I leave it at its most permissive settings, which helps prevent people going to known sources of malware. It also has some interesting statistics/analytics, but I don't use them.

  • 8bitogre8bitogre San Antonio, TXRegistered User regular
    Anyone have any thoughts on some good lists of URL's to add to a DNS server to block ads/malware/shock sites?

    Some brief googling reveals some good candidates, but I'm wondering if there are any definitive sources people are using these days.

    I've found the best way is proper training of end users. If people want to get around DNS blocks, they can get someone who is savvy enough to add host records and get around that stuff. I generally install Web Of Trust addins to help with Googling and train people to avoid the red links, be extremely caution with yellows. Eventually you'll burn it into them otherwise it's going to be an endless game.

  • NosfNosf Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    If you've setup your domain properly, they can't edit the hosts file or change the network properties. If endusers are working that hard to get around blocking facebook or perezhilton, that company has some real problems.

    I currently use OpenDNS at our main office (100ish users) and about 8 smaller sites that have 3 to 4 users. We block porn, piracy, what I'd call the usual. OpenDNS works really well and you can block sites if you want - I use it at home to block the adserver that the Xbox360 uses so I don't get those irritting dashboard ads. Also, it's free. At a previous employer, we bought a Barracuda appliance that acted as a silent proxy and let us do observation and recording of web use before they looked at an internet usage policy. It did Facebook session tracking, allowed blocking of Facebook games if you wanted.

    Nosf on
  • chamberlainchamberlain Registered User regular
    Nosf wrote: »
    If you've setup your domain properly, they can't edit the hosts file or change the network properties. If endusers are working that hard to get around blocking facebook or perezhilton, that company has some real problems.

    I currently use OpenDNS at our main office (100ish users) and about 8 smaller sites that have 3 to 4 users. We block porn, piracy, what I'd call the usual. OpenDNS works really well and you can block sites if you want - I use it at home to block the adserver that the Xbox360 uses so I don't get those irritting dashboard ads. Also, it's free. At a previous employer, we bought a Barracuda appliance that acted as a silent proxy and let us do observation and recording of web use before they looked at an internet usage policy. It did Facebook session tracking, allowed blocking of Facebook games if you wanted.

    Oh my. Please share this wonderful black magic.

  • NosfNosf Registered User regular

    Sign up for free with OpenDNS. Set your router or your xbox itself to use the OpenDNS servers. (208.67.220.220, 208.67.222.222). In the OpenDNS dashboard, go to Web Content Filtering and manage individual domains - add rad.msn.com and select always block. If you don't have a static IP, you'll need to run the little opendns updater dealie so it knows to block that address when it sees DNS requests from your current IP as updated by the updater app.

  • lwt1973lwt1973 King of Thieves SyndicationRegistered User regular
    Don't click on ecard links, people. It's a bad thing.

    "He's sulking in his tent like Achilles! It's the Iliad?...from Homer?! READ A BOOK!!" -Handy
  • 8bitogre8bitogre San Antonio, TXRegistered User regular
    lwt1973 wrote: »
    Don't click on ecard links, people. It's a bad thing.

    What? It's harmless, it installed something that told me I had a bunch of infections and I paid $50 to get it removed. That's like saying "Don't wire money to your rich uncle in Nigeria".

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    I don't get paid enough to endure this.

    SporkAndrew
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    urahonky wrote: »
    I don't get paid enough to endure this.

    You don't get paid enough to program either. You are literally underpaid and being asked to do a completely unrelated job set on top of it. While being underpaid for one or the either, and doubly underpaid for both.

    Wheeee!

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
    SporkAndrew
  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    I now have to give another class on SVN to the same people + another guy.

  • 8bitogre8bitogre San Antonio, TXRegistered User regular
    I love it when 3COMs decide to wipe out their VLAN configs.

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Oh god 3coms are still a thing? I thought they went the way of the Pentium 4 pre-hyperthreading.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • lwt1973lwt1973 King of Thieves SyndicationRegistered User regular
    Anyone have any experience with Excel docs on an ipad? A remote location wants to edit and print Excel docs on his ipad.

    "He's sulking in his tent like Achilles! It's the Iliad?...from Homer?! READ A BOOK!!" -Handy
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Hahahahhaha.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    But in serious, you're going to have to get to a different software, like numbers, or google docs to do that. Excel is not natively support I don't think. You could probably write software to do it.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • lwt1973lwt1973 King of Thieves SyndicationRegistered User regular
    I knew that Excel wasn't natively supported but I didn't know if anyone knew of a good app to do it or had some experience with it. For whatever reason they don't want to get a laptop over there.

    "He's sulking in his tent like Achilles! It's the Iliad?...from Homer?! READ A BOOK!!" -Handy
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    I'm not even entirely convinced numbers will let you work with excel spreadsheets, I don't have it on my iphone to test, but that's the software you're looking for on apple platforms!

    I'd look at getting a windows tablet if I were you.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • lwt1973lwt1973 King of Thieves SyndicationRegistered User regular
    Heh. I would too...but oh wait...they already bought the Ipad without consulting me and now need an excel program.

    "He's sulking in his tent like Achilles! It's the Iliad?...from Homer?! READ A BOOK!!" -Handy
    TL DR
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    ... Do you work for @urahonky's company? Are you the other systemadmin who rambles to himself about ghost hackers sitting in their phones hijacking USBs and power circuits?

    bowen on
    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
    urahonky
  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    "Smart Office 2" was free a few days ago and claims to support excel files as well as Dropbox and gdocs integration. Maybe that will work?

    ...because dragons are AWESOME! That's why.
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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    $10 for it, worth the look at least if they've already dropped $700 on an ipad.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    Hm. Not entirely sure I would have paid for it myself because the interface is kinda funky, but I don't have a desperate need to read excel files. Still, it does seem to support most excel functions and even claims print compatibility with non-AirPrint wireless printers, but I can't test that ATM.

    ...because dragons are AWESOME! That's why.
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    DropBox invite link - get 500MB extra free.
    bowen
  • TyrantCowTyrantCow Registered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    ... Do you work for @urahonky's company? Are you the other systemadmin who rambles to himself about ghost hackers sitting in their phones hijacking USBs and power circuits?

    director of the institution: "hey i want an ipad!"
    me: "umm... okay; but, we can't really support that and we don't have wireless access to our stuff"
    director buys an ipad
    director: "hey! why can't i log on to our network!?"
    me: *sigh*

    bowen
  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    Numbers on iPad will open Excel files and provided they're not super complex and full of macros of whatever, they should work fine. You can then export them as Numbers files, Excel, or...one of the open document formats. You can print using AirPrint, or a handful of other tools like Printopia or if it's a whole network, one of Lantronix devices.

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    Jesus... Excel work on an iPad? That sounds awful and a complete waste of productivity...

    Do you work for my company?

    bowen
  • 8bitogre8bitogre San Antonio, TXRegistered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    Oh god 3coms are still a thing? I thought they went the way of the Pentium 4 pre-hyperthreading.

    Unfortunately yes, along with Dell Procurves

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    8bitogre wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    Oh god 3coms are still a thing? I thought they went the way of the Pentium 4 pre-hyperthreading.

    Unfortunately yes, along with Dell Procurves
    D:
    D:

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    I think this thread has simply proved that nearly all companies are terrible with IT departments and supporting technology in general. Especially small to medium sized ones.

    In the meantime, my new template machine for VMware View won't provision correctly, and I'm trying to figure out WHY. What did I do differently on this machine than the other one? Being trained or an online course probably would have been helpful.

    ArcSyn on
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