About Me

My name is Jimmy Taylor and I’m a network systems engineer living in Boise, Idaho.

My main interests are in network/systems deployment and troubleshooting, particularly with Juniper Networks and Linux server deployment, along with Python and PowerShell scripting/automation. I also have a fairly deep background in SCCM/MECM, Windows Server, and Active Directory, but my passion and joy is in the terminal and away from GUIs as much as possible. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and there are just things that I’ve found that I don’t always see others documenting, so I like to make concrete these ideas or solutions that I learn along the way in hopes that others may benefit as I have from other blogs out there. Others have helped me, so I believe I have an obligation to return the favor.

I also have a strong interest in boardgames, slowpitch softball, and most importantly good conversation over a cup of coffee.

Occasionally I play Star Wars Battlefront 2, play music, go hiking with my family, or just do other random outdoor activities.

Resume

Certifications:

  • JNCIS-ENT (Juniper | Scheduled to test in February 2020)
  • JNCIA-Junos (Juniper | 2019)
  • Linux Essentials (Linux Professional Institute | 2018)
  • MCSE: Productivity (Skype for Business) (Microsoft | 2016)
  • Audiocodes Certified Associate (Audiocodes | 2016)
  • CCNA: Routing and Switching (Cisco | 2014)

2 thoughts to “About Me”

  1. Thanks Jimmy,

    Great IT resource site with lots of clear detail; you now live in my Favourites (it is the right spelling you know ¦¬D).
    I’m still learning lots about SCCM, so I’m sure I’ll delve into your articles on that topic regularly. Your article “Quickie: PXE 0xC0000001 Error in SCCM” was spot on, it was indeed the suspected RamDiskTFTPBlockSize in my case.

    Any idea how to speed up Win10 OSD & drivers ? Preload onto hidden partition perhaps ? Just a thought …

    Cheers, Marc

    1. Here are some high-level tips for improving SCCM/MECM OSD that I’ve found successful. There are plenty of opinions on this, but some quick ones from me (note: you’ll need to search for these):

      * Build reference images with the greatest common denominator of applications built into the image. This isn’t always possible, but I find application deployment, especially large applications, slows down the process. I find some SCCM/MECM admins loathe this, but I found it helps a lot.
      * Turn on ‘high performance’ mode with the power settings at the beginning of OSD.
      * Tweak the TFTPBlock and TFTPWindow sizes. This one will be difficult due to various network cards capabilities (some cards don’t like block size adjustments). I’ve adjusted window sizes without block size changes and found that to be successful.

      Those are some quick ones that I think have a big impact.

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