[AusNOG] Electronic MDF Record Keeping

Juan Zenos juan at fatuous.org
Thu Mar 28 13:19:52 EST 2013

Hi Chris, it's an excellent point. And at sites with high turnover of
links, and copper mains often being the cheaper option, what good is pencil
and an eraser when the paper in the book has rubbed through to the other

I think a spreadsheet is sufficient for the majority of krone/110 style
vertical termination blocks and fiber termination points, but the difficult
part is getting human beings to update it. In some cases, like when you
have operators from 36 different subcontractors representing 7 different
telcos working on the MDF on a weekly basis, it is impossible. Sorry, I
know that doesn't help much.

If you're looking for a spreadsheet template, you'd best start with the
krone 1000 pair record book, krone product # 6462 3 010-03. I know it
sounds unhelpful but it's the way it has been done for decades. Don't throw
out that F-set just yet, you're gonna need it :)



On 28 March 2013 12:28, Chris Lee <chris at datachaos.com.au> wrote:

> Looking through the Warrnambool Exchange investigation report has just got
> me thinking how we'd recover in the event of fire in an MDF / IDF
> throughout our infrastructure... we have several MDF's around and like most
> we have paper based record books (and I realise some of these are probably
> well out of date anyway in terms of services being cancelled).
> Does anyone keep electronic records of their MDF / IDF infrastructure, and
> if so what particular software or do you just use an excel spreadsheet
> perhaps, and if so does anyone have a template they might be willing to
> share ?
> Thanks,
> Chris
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