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Old 10-19-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default The IT Professional's Toolkit for Working on Networks

I was wondering what would be the complete toolkit for an IT professional who goes out to various businesses/jobsites to work on their networks.
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when you say to work on their networks...

in what capacity?

physical cabling would require spare path leads cable testers, screw drivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, punch down tools crimping tools.

security analyst would require lan scanning tools, wireless sniffers, packet sniffers, probably a load more than that too, but mostly software based.

or do you mean work on their networks like setting up servers and such?
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when you say to work on their networks...

in what capacity?
Well what I mean is, say a computer repair shop, besides having residential customers who come in off the street to drop off their computers for them to fix, they also have businesses as customers. And this computer repair shop hires someone, not to work in the shop as a technician, but rather to go out in the field to work on these business's networks. Anything from setting up entirely brand new networks, installing the server, client computers and even doing all the cabling from scratch, to just going and troubleshooting their networks after the brand new networks are already set up, and even troubleshooting networks that have even been set up for years prior by maybe even other people before they hired this computer shop to maintain their networks. So in other words, anything from installing brand new networks, to just going to maintain and troubleshoot them.
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like I said get universal boot disks tons of them, and net tools 5. wireshark and maybe something like a simple freeware visualization installer for something like the server setup or something unless they are already running windows server.
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as above...
for cabling you'll need cabling tools
for testing cabling, (either existing new or whilst installing) you'll need a cable tester.
cable management stuff, (tape, zip ties etc).
For network diagnostic, you'll need stuff like wireshark, traffic generators.
for fixing PC's boot disks, service pack CD's spyware cleaners virus scanners.
you might want to take images of a pc or server before you work on it. so something like Ghost or Acronis.
as well as CD's with service packs you might also want to get CD's with patches on them...
wireless network scanners, (to search for unauthorised/unsecure networks in a building).
PC auditing tools -to do hardware spec/upgrade and license management.


you can't assume anything.
you might have to fix a problem that needs a patch downloading but have no access to the internet so a 3g dongle might be needed.
and you'll also need a CD burner and a portable hard drive.

spare cables spare patch leads console connection leads for switches.

if you;re fixing old kit you may be just as well to carry old spares, (especially since you;re working from a shop) so that you can replace failed memory sticks, broken fans etc).

on the subject of memory sticks perhaps a memory testing program as well.


and probably a few thousand books depending on the setup that they use. I mean there are more mail servers out there than pretty much any one of us can name, so how do you intend to trouble shoot and fix problems in an unfamiliar environment, on an unfamiliar setup using software that you've neither seen nor heard of?
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