XXIII LAN administration

A Local Area Network

  For short it’s called a LAN

In it is found more than one quirk

  Which one must try to ban


Few educators have been trained

  To be technical pros

From such experts – much to be gained –

  When they their skills expose


The problem is – up to this date –

  Schools are not authorized

A post for such ones – must create –

  Has not yet been realized


A measure that’s a mere stop gap

  Use teachers for this job

When schools into this resource tap

  The classroom they now rob


The world – not in a perfect state –

  One must prioritize

Instead of just fruitless debate

  Look for a compromise


At least two teachers must be taught

  How they should run the LAN

To them each problem must be brought

  To solve it if they can


Do search among the personnel

  Select those who are keen

These ones must know a P C well

  Its inside they have seen


If none of such ones can be found

  Choose willing eager souls

To study hard and break new ground

  Pursuing thrilling goals


They need to learn computer tips

  For hardware often fails

It may take time to come to grips

  With all that this entails


The software program numbers grow

  This issue is not small

These ones will therefore need to know

  How software to install


At times the printer will not print

  Could be a hardware fault

One can do with an expert hint

  Virus assaults to halt


Perhaps the P C’s not switched on

  Or has an unplugged wire

Who can you then rely upon

  To lift you from the mire


Or maybe when you switch it on

  The monitor may freeze

Or yesterday’s programme is gone

  Who can your angst now ease


A service that’s continuous

  One only can achieve

By backups – highly virtuous –

  By this lost files retrieve


But if you lose a data file

  How do you get it back

To use backups may take a while

  The know how you may lack


Administrator of the LAN

  Must be first port of call

Advice he issues – yes he can –

  No problem is too small


Of course the he may be a she

  – Poetic licence use –

Gender correct must try to be

  Non equity refuse


It may be that a virus hits

  With vicious mean attack

To scramble all the bytes and bits

  In one foul total smack


If there is no one who can fix

  A nasty bug or worm

Schools will be victims of these tricks

  That make one twist and squirm


The LAN guys have a massive task

  Keep P Cs on the go

It’s therefore not too much to ask

  To keep them in the know


If they’re well trained to trouble shoot

  And do first line support

They soon will find the problem’s root

  And vendor calls abort


When maintenance is to be done

  By vendors external

School budgets soon reduce to none

  Costs disproportional


The more you thus in staff invest

  The greater the return

It also puts your mind at rest

  So resources won’t burn



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