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OK… this is the final straw.

Today I found out that I can’t send mail any emails from my network. Everything had been working fine for the last 3 months. But mysteriously my outbound queues started piling up on my mail server! Additionally, I’m not able to send email through any of my non-AT&T pop accounts… I was HOWEVER able to send mail through my all my AT&T email accounts.

Strange… not!

So I called AT&T and asked them if they made a change… “nope you should be able to send email!” They then passed me over to their ConnecTech group which in turn charged me $30! Long story short…they ultimately told me that, “AT&T has decided not to pass Port 25 (SMTP) traffic anymore.” What a farce that was. How about a heads up!

“Didn’t AT&T tell you this when you sent up the account?” No… in fact I told AT&T that I was running servers and explicitly told them I needed port 25 open!

SO why am I paying for 5 static IPs? Not really sure. Guess it’s time for me to make a change!

Well today is the start of everything that I’ve taken this trip for. We’ll be updating the servers in Hong Kong today.

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Setting up DNS, OpenDirectory, AFP shares and then migrating the user accounts over. Hopefully if all goes well we’ll be done by 10PM… hopefully!


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6:15PM – Start Time
6:30PM – Got all users off server
7:30PM – Finally got the machine to boot from DVD
7:45PM – Got McDonald’s for dinner
8:00PM – Config’d host
9:10PM – Finally got DNS working… Hate DNS!
9:15PM – Started patching machine
9:30PM – Still waiting for the updates to download… Moving user data!
9:40PM – Downloads are done… Let’s bind to OpenDirectory!
10:00PM – Anyone know what a 1077 error is?
10:25PM – This network sucks…
10:40PM – Oh hey let’s test the Riverbed Device…
11:09PM – Strong passwords? Why bother?
11:34PM – Setting up Network Homes!
11:36PM – Oh wait… the directory doesn’t like diradmin any more.
12:19AM – Finished patching server
12:40AM – Fixed a few login issues
1:10AM – Tested all logins… They work.. I’m out of here!

Today I woke to a cold but bright day. I worked late last night and slept until 8:30. Tracy and Izzy left the house early before I got out of bed. They went to the nail place, where I’m told everyone gushed over Izzy.

After getting my morning cup of coffee, I had a look in on the servers I’d been toiling over the night before. Sometimes it’s not easy being in IT. Nothing much had changed. The RAID was still rebuilding and I could get xSAN to recognize it. I did some school work as I debated my next decision… Should I go into the office?

It’s getting harder to leave the kids behind. It’s hard to see them grow and have the days pass. I miss them.

I finally decided to go in… Spent about five hours there. During that time Will went to karate, Izzy crawled on the floor, Tracy started dinner, and I rebuilt a server.

After driving home from work, I gave everyone a kiss hello and spent sometime with Will. It was short lived as he had made arrangements to sleep over at a friend’s house. Tracy put the baby to bed as I tried to figure out the cause of my server’s woes. Tracy and I had a wonderful dinner in the sun room, beef stew! A change in our usual menu!

After dinner we finished watching Benjamin Button. What a great movie! But in the end I felt sad… I don’t want me life to pass by without enjoying every moment. Just before bed, I checked in on little Izzy, watching her peacefully sleep. I woke Tracy who had fallen asleep watching the movie and crawled into bed. Hopefully, I’ll figure out that server problem tomorrow!