Welcome to the new theme for PACKETattack, all 3 of you that are going to read this, assuming this very first statement didn’t drive you away, cutting the hit counts down even more. WordPress is starting to put some nice themes out there for those too lazy and/or disinterested and/or cheap to host their site somewhere, and so we hang out on wordpress.com. I used to host my own WordPress server, but there’s all those pesky upgrades to keep up with. Who has that kind of time? My shows are backing up on the DVR, people…
You like the header and background picture? Yeah. That’s a nice shot of the cabling I inherited from my predecessor. Spaghetti is a beautiful thing, except when it makes up the front of your core switch. Here’s hoping I never have to replace a fan tray. I’m pretty sure I could unscrew the chassis from the rack, and the CAT-5 spaghetti would suspend it in midair. <sigh>
Now, imagine that the spaghetti is a pictorial representation of the way the rest of this network has been built. Now imagine trying to figure it all out with scant documentation and hacking your way in as best you can. The good news is that I’ve quickly learned to stop saying to myself, “Well, there must have been a good reason they set it up this way. It doesn’t seem to make sense, but I’m too new to have the big picture yet.” Yeah – about that. I’d say the “good reason” consists of apathy, ignorance, and fear: whoever was formerly in charge didn’t care about doing it right, didn’t know how to do it right, or was too scared of what might happen (see ignorance). It’s been therefore liberating to fix things like broken HSRP pairings, mismatched core switch configs (missing static routes and static ARP entries for instance), and so on. In all fairness, maybe my predecessor had better things to do. I wasn’t there, so it’s hard to judge what was really going on. Having only the device configurations to go on though, I’m sayin’ that you simply cannot hide from the ugly truth. 😉
I haven’t even gotten to auditing any of the firewall rulebases yet. There will be a reckoning. Oh, yes…a reckoning.