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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaosL01 View Post
    I love it when they tell you how long a repair or assistance is going to take.
    Yeah some things are easy fixes and can be done in that time or less.
    But most of the time it's very dependent on if they actually told you what was wrong in the first place. If they can follow directions or are competent enough to share screens(if possible).
    If nothing unexpected happens.....

    For sakes people! .. you don't go to car repair places and tell them to fix your car in 5 mins including diagnosing issues!
    No, people do, and they're just as crazy.

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    why would someone hide their drive? Did they have a D or E at least?
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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Filan, exactly. Also, why not get them to unhide the c drive, or permission to do so?

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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    I've only run into hidden or unusual primary OS drives three times in my tenure of this position.

    Twice were Citrix environments that the primary OS drive was either hidden, or NOT C: for "security purposes".

    The third was this call.

    This user was on a local workstation - not even in Citrix - and getting the C drive unhidden for a single application for a single user in an office of multiple hundreds was not going to happen.

    Thankfully, they did in fact have a secondary partition/drive that was not hidden, and not a network drive (because for some reason out of the 4 network drives which the user had listed, she had no write permissions to any of them) which is the location to where I ended up moving the application.

    I sent her a followup email that stated what was done, and requested she forward it to her tech people. I highly doubt she will have done so, but because it's in my ticketing system now, I have record of it, and my ass is covered.

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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Customer: I just need my question answered
    Me: I am systems, I do not have the knowledge you need. I am creating you a ticket for transfer of this call and will get you to the correct group
    Customer: I just need my question answered
    Me: I understand that, however I need to get you to another person. Here is your ticket number.
    Customer: I just need my question answered
    Me: Now that you have your ticket number, I will transfer this call to the correct person.
    Customer: hangs up

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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Saw this just now on reddit, thought you guys would appreciate it.
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    6 points 4 hours ago

    It's becoming more and more like spiceworks.

    Some good stuff buried in a lot of people arguing that unless you have redundant everything including sneakers, you're wrong and are a complete failure regardless of what the situation is.


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    [–]OckhamsChainsaws

    Masterbreaker 5 points 3 hours ago

    Why would you not have redundant sneakers? That's just day 1 stuff. I actually have highly available pants as well. Pants are way more important


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    I've been in the life industry for over 40 years, and let me tell you, the real important piece is the belt.

    If the belt fails, your pants and sneakers are useless.

    That's why i recommend redundant belts with suspender failovers.


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    Masterbreaker 2 points 2 hours ago

    Suspenders are legacy equipment that have reached eol, so the platform no longer supports it. As far as the belt goes, last time it failed I consulted an expert on the platform, and they told me to do the needful and exercise. Unfortunately the platform automatically goes to sleep any time a maintenance window is scheduled.

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    [–]CleaveItToBeaver

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    Yeah, but what's the uptime on those zippers? Do you put 'em back up before they go in the wash, or do you just leave a MASSIVE SECURITY VULN in the crotch so any bad actor can just hop in during the spin cycle?


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    No one's up time is 100%, as much as we would like it to be.

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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Quote Originally Posted by Mileron View Post
    (Issues with remote hardware)
    So they send me a replacement unit. It's not new (shocker) and they can't tell me how old it is (naturally). I got it last Thursday. My manager hounds me every day to set it up, but when I tell him it would take more than an hour for the help desk to get someone to configure it, he relents. (This is not a complete exaggeration. A help desk call takes 5 minutes. Getting someone from vendor level to configure it... that's a different story.)

    I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday (yesterday) and managed to set it up just sitting on my floor.

    I get an email from a vendor guy stating "you absolutely cannot set up two of those units connected to the same router, or BIG PROBLEMS will occur." Okay. Yoink the power.
    Reply to him, my manager, his manager, and two vendor guys: I have a doctor's appointment at 2pm Eastern, I'll reconnect everything at that time.
    2pm email: Everything's connected to the replacement unit. Phone is not getting any power through the unit. Tried multiple network cables.
    Vendor: I don't see a phone online. Double-check the cable for the phone and make sure it is in the right port on the back of the phone as well as the unit.

    Um...
    1 - I didn't need to disconnect the phone end of the cable.
    2 - If I reconnect the phone to the original unit, it still powers back on.
    3 - Which tells me there's a problem with the replacement unit.

    So I do some more peeking at the replacement (I keep typing "new" and having to correct myself) and discover that the power adapter I was sent is a 2.5A plug, where the original is a 5A plug.

    Hmm, a PoE phone not powering on?
    I switch the power adapters but unfortunately the replacement still will not power the phone.

    The ports work when a standard ethernet cable is connected, but not this PoE phone.

    The kicker?

    They (my manager, his manager, the help desk, nor the vendor guys) don't know why the replacement unit I received was surrendered for the person who originally used it to be replaced.

    Maybe it's because the PoE board burnt out?

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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Quote Originally Posted by Mileron View Post
    Maybe it's because the PoE board burnt out?
    Vendor Rep: When I was connected to the replacement unit for configuration, there were indications the PoE portion of the unit was non-functional.


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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Quote Originally Posted by Mileron View Post
    So they send me a replacement unit.
    I didn't mention how it came with two extra items in the box - a tax book, and some random cable modem that I can't even use.
    I was requested to ship them back - so I did, on my dime because no one responded how I was supposed to get the company to pay for it. I paid ground.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mileron View Post
    Vendor Rep: When I was connected to the replacement unit for configuration, there were indications the PoE portion of the unit was non-functional.
    Mgr: We'll send you the phone power cord.

    Today I get the package. It was that exact same random fucking cable modem.


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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Wait just a fricking minute.

    YOU paid out of pocket to send something back to a client?
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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Okay, so I'm going to have to be REALLY vague for this, because details can be incriminating.

    Basically, someone was sold a product that didn't work as expected after being told by the technicians that it wouldn't work as they were selling it.

    The main failure point was the GPS (everything else worked), and the person selling it was a complete "airbubble over my head, lalala, I don't hear you *plugs ears and charges in anyway*" sort.

    After weeks of explaining why the feature wouldn't work (can't go into details) the technician responsible for explaining it started taking heat because *gasp* it wouldn't work.

    Said person pushing this and the subsequent support was dumber than a box of hair and desperate for information about a technology person knew nothing about right before a BIG client presentation.

    Tech decided to screw with said person.

    T is the totally exasperated tech due to years of being screwed with and over by said person, P is person.

    P: But it's GPS, it should work!
    T: It does, in most cases, but GPS stands for Global Positioning System, emphasis on GLOBAL.
    P: What do you mean?
    T: Well, the planet rotates, right?
    P: Huh?
    T: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it's due to planetary rotation.
    P: Oh. Why does that matter?
    T: Well, there's a dark side of the moon, that doesn't get any light, because it's tidally locked, right?
    P: We're not on the moon.
    T: Yes, that was an example, but in the same way, part of the earth is in darkness for about half of the day.
    P: What do you mean?
    T: Night time, when we sleep.
    P: Oh.
    T: So GPS doesn't work when it's dark out.
    P: I...no, my car has GPS and it works at night!
    T: Your car has HEADLIGHTS! That's what makes it work, You know those little blinking lights on the satellites? That works in concert with your headlights and allows the two to find each other.
    *cue Person making furious notes for a client meeting*

    This goes on for about two more minutes of bullshit before Tech finally says "I'm totally feeding you bullshit, the reason it doesn't work is because the firmware in this model is busted, don't sell them the GPS functionality."

    Person was mad at Tech for about a year.

    Probably rightfully so, but don't be purposefully mean to your techs. We like the occasional prank.
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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Quote Originally Posted by Merrick ap'Milandra View Post
    Wait just a fricking minute.

    YOU paid out of pocket to send something back to a client?
    No, back to my manager's manager.

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    Re: Tales from Techsupport

    Boy do we ever like to play pranks. At the university,The library severs went down at midnight for maintenance(30 mins). A caller got one of my co-workers and stated they thought they broke the online library. Because they couldn't get in at 12:01 AM. The co worker stated " So it was you that broke it!" He let the caller hang a for a minute then told him about the maintenance. What is even better is that call was picked for a Quality check....
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