lol......I have enjoyed all posts. Thank you gentlemen. I'm very easy going, John. All these posts are in good fun, thank you.
I tried networking with help from the pros some years back and simply put, it is just not my forte!! These days, I don't nor I won't have anything to do with it, and my work day is so much more pleasant.
I started off about 6 years ago with Analog and DVR's when customers didn't want nor expect a network connection. Essentially I was a jack of all trades, master of none. As time went by I quickly learned from mistakes that my role in the business was sales and project management.
I started outsourcing networking and cable installation and of course charged a lot more but this resulted in (1)a great job, (2) done in a timely fashion and (3) with zero repercussions. This in turn resulted in improving my sales pitch as I could see the quality of our work in comparison to others and also gave me time to research the ever changing industry technology. With technology ever changing and the growing number of non-security devices that can be found on networks today, it is in my opinion even more critical to have experienced NE's on the crew.
Yes John, perhaps I could have called Milestone but to be fair the task at hand was more than Milestone and I would need to be more fluent in networking before I decided even to take that route.
Barry, remote desktop is a default policy of ours because then generally there is no reason for a site visit post installation.
R. Gleeson, sure the place is awash with networking pros but I didn't want to go through any kind of interview scenario (A) because I'm not qualified and (B) because it was a 4 hour job and I thought well at least if I post here someone will have experience and know exactly what I'm talking about without me needing to babysit them in the right direction.
The pressure was on me because there had been a breach in security the night before when I should have had the system running (in an ideal world) but it Definitely needed to be fully operational yesterday as the probability of another breach was high. So, I was getting to the point of drawing myself a sign and posting my ass on the 101 freeway looking for an NE!!
As it turned out, one of my own crew became available. Incidentally, this was a very quick deployment where I was facilitating my client with a 3 day turnaround on a remote location in a Nema enclosure and with zero hardware on hand.
Anyway, cocktails were enjoyed at the local on Friday late afternoon. I've a restaurant in San Francisco on Monday morning..........wonder what I'll have for lunch!!
Enjoy the weekend John and co, fellow members, Craigslist lovers and Trekies