TAC Tales #14: Stuck in Active

Everyone who’s worked in TAC can tell you their nightmare case–the type of case that, when they see it in the queue, makes them want to run away, take an unexpected lunch break, and hope some other engineer grabs...

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TAC Tales #12: SACK of trouble

When I first started at Cisco TAC, I was assigned to a team that handled only enterprise customers.  One of the first things my boss said to me when I started there was “At Cisco, if you don’t like your boss or your...

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In Praise of Vendor Lock-In

There is one really nice thing about having a blog whose readership consists mainly of car insurance spambots:  I don’t have to feel guilty when I don’t post anything for a while.  I had started a series on...

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TAC Tales #11: Full up

No customer is happy if they have to reboot one of their Internet-facing routers periodically, and this was one of our biggest customers.  (At HTTS, they were all big customers.)  This customer had a GSR connecting to the...

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TAC Tales #10: Out to Lunch

When you work at TAC, you are required to be “on-shift” for 4 hours each day.  This doesn’t mean that you work four hours a day, just that you are actively taking cases only four hours per day.  The other four...

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