CMS Northbound Interface Integration

CMS Northbound Interface Integration

When designing the fiber management system (FMS), one feature that is heavily needed is a way to provision, change, delete and query customer hardware. Being a Calix shop, we have our access hardware, and a CMS (Calix Management System) which aggregates all of our access systems together. The result is a one stop shop where ONT’s can be managed across one interface. Upon our first deployment, we used the CMS client to provision and manage all of our ONTs for customers….

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First post! If you are unfamiliar, I am currently working on a Fiber Management System for my job, which includes all aspects of maintaining and building a fiber network (I know, a lot). This post is the kick off of something that has already taken 8 months of my life, and I believe will consume many more in the future. Follow along as I fumble through work, attempting to grasp concepts and lingering issues with coding and office politics. My hopes…

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Hoodland Library Transition

Hoodland Library Transition

Last month, SandyNet had to get Internet connectivity from the old Hoodland library, across the street, to the new one. Part of the switch required a new line to be drug from our splice case on Welches road to the new library. Northsky got an OFS 24 pair (I think?) to the site, but left it coiled up outside. So, the team and I performed the first ever SandyNet aerial splice. In addition, Chris and I did a tower climb a…

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Introducing Speedtest Stats!

Introducing Speedtest Stats!

Within the past couple of months, we set up a speedtest server, that our customers, and everyone else can test to, to see how fast their internet is to Sandy, OR. All tests and accessible information is stored on OOKLA’s reporting site, and can be downloaded in a CSV format. What we wanted to do is graph this data. Instead of using an MS product like Excel to graph data, and updating records and adding new tests to an existing…

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The Xen Struggle is Real

The Xen Struggle is Real

I woke up at 6am this morning to a phone call from my boss. Barely awake, I answered in a very tired voice, “Hello.” His response was “The Xen environment is down.” I mean, it is read only Friday, this isn’t suppose to happen. Now, our environment is pretty small, but it runs all of our critical services, DNS, DHCP, AD, Monitoring, File storage. I had my boss ssh into the box and see if there were any zombie processes….

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Migrating from IE9 to IE11

Migrating from IE9 to IE11

Now, I have put off this task for a long time. IE9 is old and crappy. I remember when it came out in 2011, and promised speeds as fast as Firefox 3.6… Well it turns out, every federal or state law enforcement site requires its users to use IE8. Custom active x applets and other junk that they use to ‘secure’ data, is so custom that it is only compatible with specific version of IE, which is not secure. The…

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XenServer upgrade from 6.2 to 6.5

XenServer upgrade from 6.2 to 6.5

XenServer 6.5 debuted in January of 2015, and naturally I wanted to a little before upgrading to a new major release in our production environment. That time came on March 21st, 2015. I scheduled to perform a pool upgrade to 6.5 after hours. This post will consist of the upgrade process, any issues that arose and the result and thoughts about the new version of XenServer. Release notes for XenServer can be found here.  Prepping for the upgrade – I…

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Customer Configuration of Calix 844 GigaCenter’s

Customer Configuration of Calix 844 GigaCenter’s

We have been deploying Calix 844’s for the past few months at SandyNet, and we have had almost no issues, and have received almost no complaint regarding the units. Calix did a great job designing these units, and in my personal opinion, they are a large step up from the 836g units. Receiving them almost hot off the production line, we quickly rushed these things to deployment, and I will admit, I think they are one of the big reasons…

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Getac 4G Card Woes

Getac 4G Card Woes

We have had our Getac F110’s in production for about five months, and while we have not had issues with speed of the computer, we have had numerous reported issues of cell signal dropping and not being able to connect unless the tablet was rebooted. Often saying no device detected, or searching… Now, we are using Windows7, and when I first imaged them, they featured the Sierra AirCard watcher utility. In September of 2014, Getac released SkyLight, which replaced the…

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Finding the proper profile solution

Finding the proper profile solution

When working in a Windows and Citrix environment, things can get a little complicated. It’s not super complicated, but just enough when a simple setting change makes all the difference in when a profile is copied locally or to a remote location. Allow me to explain using my history of profiles. Up until virtual desktops were deployed at work, all profiles were local. Anyone who logged onto another machine, had no files, and no appdata. This was perfectly fine since…

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