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We have a lot of IT workers on this forum - I thought it may be worth detailing what we did? You never know, it may come in handy +++ I like to help out where I can, and sometimes it's knowing who to ask.

What do you think? Could this be useful?

I can kinda start if you like. I'm a design tech now, specialising in Microsoft Unified Comms based technologies, so Exchange and Unified Messaging, Office Communication Server type stuff etc. Past life was heavily into Citrix and virtualisation. Virtual stuff has taken a back seat as UC has gone mad over the last couple of years. I tend to mostly follow new technologies now, and how they will work in the future, rather than how older stuff works right now and how we fix it.

Done a lot of VB type development, and now powershell. Spend most of my time now design stuff for other people to implement, so maybe a bit rusty on the hands on. Write a fair bit for technology blogs and have been published a few times in industry rags :secret:.

Happy to help out with things like:

:- Exchange scaling/disk calcs (confuses a lot of people)

:- VBScripting/Powershell queries

:- MS UC designs

:- Cisco UC stuff & configurations

:- Queries on SIP

I'm probably more commercial now than I was, but I'll help where I can +++

Haven't done much support work though, seemed to bypass the 'Must Have Worked 3 Years On Helpdesk' that my work mates seem to have gone through :confused: I don't think they like me going near users. I scare them.

Anyways, seriously, could be useful?

I know Daz, Hopsta, Pincher etc, they all have solid IT experience, hell even RobK knows some things.... Could be beneficial?

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Might be usefull Mac.

I'm a mega system background; big transaction processing systems for Banks and Ins co's. Most of the quotes you get on-line track back to stuff I designed part of and probs coded a few years ago!

I'm happy coding or talking to the CEO / CTO

Spent time working in software house environment and then went into The City proper and played with systems that play with other people money.

Now, I teach people to ski and love it....

BUT, I think I should get a proper job NEXT year.....

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Me? I fix things (especially if a reboot doesn't work!!!)........

Support of Blackberrys, laptops, PCs, networking stuff, ADSL Routers. I will not hesitate to get the screw driver out and open something up to see what's wrong. (this attitude got me my first job in IT in 1995).

Support of most of the major desktop software.

I would like to get more into servers and stuff, but in my current role there's no chance.

However, hardware is my main bag, as it is a physical thing.

I cannot code for toffee and could never learn.

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Data recovery :secret:

Arrrgghhh!!!

We use Kroll Ontrack and it was fine until we decided to get encryption software on our laptop discs...........

Now it's a real PITA to get anything back if one dies. (I suppose it should be, but you know what I mean!!!)

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Been in telecoms for 24 years and at Cisco for the last 10. Not very technical these days (ops manager) but I do like to keep up to date with the latest stuff so I can understand what the hell everyone else is talking about!

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I run the IT dept for a large motoryacht manufacturer (a few of you know who) ;)

Specialist fields are technical infrastructure, VMware, DR, etc etc plus Lotus Domino/Blackberry and the dreaded SAP :grin:

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Group technology director for a marketing communications specialist.

Mostly software architecture, consultancy and product marketing, as well as network infrastructure, datacentres, digital asset management, disaster recovery.

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Software manager for a defence and aerospace company. Specialising in real time operating systems (RTOS) and BSP / Driver support for embedded computer systems, which we also make.

It makes me laugh all the IT/Computer related professionals on here who seem to have plenty of spare time during the day to write on TSN (umm, myself included it seems :grin:)

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Data recovery could be interesting - what's the with the secret thing? Is that to who you work for or more about the technology you employ?

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Service Continuity for a major US IT services firm, incorporating (mainly) IT Disaster Recovery (or ITSCM if you've been ITILised :grin: ) but an increasing amount of good old fashioned Business Continuity (threat assessment, business impact analysis, gap analysis, crisis management plans, business continuity plans etc etc).

Not remotely technical these days (my background was mainframe applications), but spend alot of time planning and managing IT DR Exercises. Slowly getting away from that (bit dull after 8 years) and more into the business side of Service Continuity. With nearly ten years background I really should be MBCI by now (Member of the Business Continuity Institute) but keep putting off the application!

Major merger led re-organisation imminent, so God knows what's in store for me next! :uhoh:

As I said, not technical but happy to help/advise where I can on matters of Service Continuity process and best practice. +++

Not an Twitter (yet!), but am on Linked-In - PM me if you want to add me. :)

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I thought you knew what I did :P

I've worked up up from a desk top janitor and htrought to 3rd line looking after Win Server, SQL, Exchange & BES, not really dabbled in networking though. Now moved into middle management running helpdesk teams, previoulsy for a mortgage lender and now for a small software house, multiple global sites plus a few :secret: ones too.

Not so much techy hands on these days and now more Software implementation planning and pre sales tech advice, but still get roped into assisting with the more complex issues at client sites when their infrasctructure is at fault but they deny it ;)

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Data recovery could be interesting - what's the with the secret thing? Is that to who you work for or more about the technology you employ?

A little bit of both but probably nothing which isn't in the public domain...if you know where to look:)

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...but still get roped into assisting with the more complex issues at client sites when their infrasctructure is at fault but they deny it ;)

Are they those "infrastructure" problems that always turn out to be dodgy software implementations? :P

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Yes, but it's always easier to blame someone else :P

We never use our customers as Beta testers. Honest ;)

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Analyst/Programmer and Security Officer for an American chemical hygiene company who are also branching out into healthcare and pest control. I work exclusively on the IBM System i midrange platform (formerly known as eServer iSeries and AS/400). I'm responsible for the support, maintenance and development of an ERP system deployed across the UK and Nordic countries. I also have the dubious honour of planning DRP tests and ensuring SOx compliance. Currently working towards a SAP implementation next year.

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Currently working towards a SAP implementation next year.

There aren't many sentences in the world of IT that fill me with a deep sense of foreboding and sympathy for the victims, but that's one of them... :uhoh:

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Absolutely! Fortunately we're one of the last few countries to get it so we've had the pleasure of watching the carnage - sorry, 'progress' in the rest of Europe from the sidelines for a couple of years. Hopefully all the lessons will be learned by the time we're dragged kicking and screaming into it (or all the money will have run out...:grin:).

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I tell people to turn things off and then on again. Sometimes you just can't trust people, so I'll do it myself.

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Does that count for the wife as well, Scotty...? :P

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Hi all,

I am a HP MAS Support Technician L2

I work for HP and look after a product called HP MAS. (Medical Archive Solution) This includes monitoring all the hardware. It is a large storage grid system deployed in two data centres and various client sites. Once the project is complete I will be looking after over 240 individual HP DL380 G5 servers and all the switches & sans associated with them.

There are four of us who look after the system 24/7 365 days a year.

I`m hoping to learn more including the storage arrays etc, would like the become a HP MAS L3 Engineer someday and earn lots of money :grin:

Riz +++

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So when I had x-rays and ultrasounds done on my shoulder and the consultant could bring them up on screen in his consulting room instantly, it would have used technology similar to the stuff you work on, Riz?

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