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June 4, 2003

What IT Folks do when Network Connection Goes Down

Am sitting toward the back of the room in a presentation at the internet2 middleware camp. During this first session of the day the network connectivity went down. Interesting, and kind of funny to watch a roomful of it folks launch configuration tools, command line pings, etc to explore what might be causing the problem.

Most users ended up closing the laptop after 10 or so minutes but some of the die-hards set up periodic pings in command line windows which sat to the side of their note-taking screen.

Kind of ironic that network availability is an issue at an internet2 conferece.

Posted by mike at June 4, 2003 1:25 PM