Friday, 17 October 2008

Dangerous DIY - "Knows what they are doing"

The entire life of a non-profit hanging by a thread:
  • No reservation for the server IP = .100!?!
  • DHCP set to infinite lease time.
  • DNS IP in DHCP pointing to a workstation IP.
  • DNS ISP settings in the internal NIC DNS Servers setting.
  • DNS not set to update from DHCP (that is pretty obvious as to why).
  • Roaming profiles setup with improperly set ACLs and share permissions.
  • Backups nonfunctional despite the assurance that they were running properly.
  • Workstation permissions messed up.
  • Printers set to static IPs with no reservations in DHCP for those IPs = lots of "I can't print" complaints.

There is just so much that is wrong here ... :(

This is the image used to explain what we are finding:

Someone has gashed their arm with an axe and the person who "fixed" it used a thousand band aids.
We will be installing a new SBS server here. And, given the frightful mess, we will be starting from scratch.

Hopefully we will not have to fight with Group Policy Tattoos and other problems carrying over from the existing 25+ workstations!


There is nothing more dangerous to the entire livelihood (20+ years on the edge of going down the toilet in this case) of an organization than a combination of arrogance and "I know what I am doing".

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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