Instant Message Excerpts: On Being a Network Engineer, 19

Posted By on December 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

Sometimes rather serious queries from the noobies aren’t handled with quite the seriousness they might expect in return from senior staff.

Karim (5:46:55 PM): Previously switch was faulty and we have proceeded with hardware replacement. After the replacement we hit a snag trying to push the backup configuration to the new switch. It seems that the current IOS version used by the new switch is not compatible with the backup configs.
Jim (5:47:41 PM): use the orginal IOS
Jim (5:48:10 PM): thats the law
Russ (5:48:57 PM): Federal law, as I recall
Jim (5:49:12 PM): Universal absolute
Russ (5:49:57 PM): that’s right… but good luck getting a cop to come all the way from VY Canis Majoris

(The tech did get the answer he needed, BTW — merely elaboration on “Jim’s” initial answer above.)

(You honestly didn’t think I was using my teammates’ real names, did you?)

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