First, the good news. I posted recently about the change to
new network cabling which is part of our switch from IBM
Token-Ring to Ethernet. What we had was old CAT-3 wires that
can’t operate at the higher speeds found on Fast Ethernet so
out they went.
Now that we have switched over (no pun intended), you can
see the results below:
That’s a shot from Broadband Reports indicating I got about
6.8Mbps down and 3.0 up. Whoooo and Hooooo. Before the switch
over I was getting about 1.5Mbps up and down. Well done to our
Now the bad news. Many (all?) of our Windows servers were
setup to be accessed via the NetBEUI protocol.
Said protocol was pretty snazzy in 1985 for use with Windows
for Workgroups. But in 2004, Windows XP doesn’t even support
it. If you have XP and you need NetBEUI, you can find it on
your install CD (see
MS KB Article 301041 for installation instructions) so all
is not lost.
Or, it is? NetBEUI is non-routable (except in a token-ring
environment) and will not cross subnets. The Ethernet side of
our network is, I think, segmented and on a different subnet.
So, as far as I know, I can’t get there from here using
That doesn’t mean I can’t get there at all but it does
mean it’s not as user friendly. With NetBEUI I could browse the
list of Windows servers (and there are a lot of them here) and
mouse click on the one I needed. Now, I have to use the
keyboard and type in the specific server and share I need in
the form of \\server\share.
Now the worse news. Even if I do that, what happens seems to
be randomly assigned. Sometimes I get a login, which is what
should happen. Sometimes I don’t get a login but do reach the
server. Unfortunately, since I’m not logged in, I don’t have
the rights to see or do anything on the server. And finally,
sometimes I don’t have to login but I do have
access to all the files.
Fortunately, I don’t need to get to that server, which is
our Intraweb site, often since I only need it when I update the
site. But if things get busy again as far as adding things to
the site I’ll be in a heap of hurt (“But boss! It’s not by
fault! It’s Netbeeeuuuuiiii!”[insert sound effect of footsteps
echoing down a long, dark hall and a scraping sound that can
only come from a body being dragged away]).
Oh well, I do have to congratulate our IT people for getting
the Ethernet side going and thank all four IT people who came
by yesterday morning to try to fix things re: server access.