[thelist] OT: Network troubleshooting tools

Rob Smith rob.smith at thermon.com
Wed Apr 3 16:43:01 CST 2002

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I don't mean to pry but there's always the what if...

So, what if you impress a whole a bunch of people and everyone and their dog
wants to give you a bigger network. Because you have chosen to stay away
from DHCP, there is a potential for a ton of problems.

My programming days in college taught me many things I'll never forget: Stay
away from static placement of variables, be ambiguous, plan and test for the
unknown, and be robust in design.

All I'm saying is plan for scalability no matter how large or small your
network may be. Spend the few hours to learn how your network could take
advantage of DHCP and how to implement it. This <em>could</em> save you tons
of time and money in the future.


Treading lightly,


At 01:30 PM 4/3/2002, Sean wrote:
>Wouldn't static IP addresses be the cause of such a situation?  While
>servers (domain, sql, printer) should have fixed addresses, workstations
>may be better off with dynamic addresses.

I'm not a big fan of DHCP, especially for small networks. Any time you can
eliminate services that need to be understood with a derth of network
expertise available, the better off you are.
Anthony Baratta
Keyboard Jockeys

"Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative."

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