[AusNOG] Electronic MDF Record Keeping

Tom Storey tom at snnap.net
Fri Mar 29 02:16:28 EST 2013

Could you offer some alternative simple methods for reporting changes?
Something that can be done in the field with minimal effort I am thinking

Such as:

SMS details of change to x number
email details of change to x at y.com
Phone x number to advise of changes

All of which dont really require much effort from the tech, so they cant
really complain that they didn't have time, or it was too difficult or what
not? And you get a centralised method to process and record changes.

But still, probably nothing will beat a good old fashion audit.

On 28 March 2013 02:19, Juan Zenos <juan at fatuous.org> wrote:

> 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
> side?
> 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 :)
> Regards,
> Juan
> 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 well out of date anyway in terms of services being cancelled).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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