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Datacenter Vanity

I’ve been noticing a trend recently in enterprise networking where managers and engineers alike are more concerned (obsessed) with the physical appearance of their rack, wires, and network equipment than they are with the actual…



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Back to Basics: Power

In this article I will be walking through some of the elements of power design and management in a context relevant to IT engineers. Although we, as IT-centric engineers, may only deal with electrical power…


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Back to Basics: How to Rack a Switch

It is quite commonplace these days to see equipment mounted incorrectly in a rack. Even though we are not mechanical engineers, it is beneficial to understand the principles behind the parts of our jobs ruled…


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Network Documentation Series: Port Mapping

In this post, I will be doing a brief commentary on creating and maintaining a physical port mapping spreadsheet. A port mapping spreadsheet is useful for keeping track of used/available ports on your network equipment,…



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Network Documentation Series: Physical Diagram

This article is a quick tutorial for creating and maintaining a physical network diagram. I prefer to use the term “physical” instead of “L1” because it is more easily understood by somebody unfamiliar with the…


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Network Documentation Series: Preamble

This post is the first in a series of articles tackling the topic of creating and maintaining proper network documentation. Each article will include a file which can be downloaded and used as a template…