Weeks 4 and 5: Sullivan’s Return!

A munch more interesting two weeks than the previous two. And my cat was found and returned home! Trying something different with the headings this time, drop me a comment and let me know what you think!

Monday – System Administration

Monday started off with heading into class early to get some more work down and avoid falling behind. I’m still not fully up to date, but I’m only about an hour or two behind. I know have my server virtual machine set up as a domain controller and my client machine joined to the domain. Next step is working on writing some GPO’s for software deploment, and setting up some organizational units and user groups, then writing scripts for automating user account creation. Then I’ll be fully up to date. I’m going to head into class early again after the Easter break to get this done.

Monday afternoon, I worked on my assignment for Professional Practice in between doing housework while watching TV. Got it submitted nice and early at about 8pm, with several hours to go before the 11:55pm deadline.

Tuesday – Professional Practice and Network Design

This weeks Professional Practice class was focused the upcoming mock interview assessment and on the project we are required to source this semester and then complete next semester as part of the Industry Project paper. All the details were explained to us and then our lecturer informed us that he was moving to a different position at the university, and would not be teaching the paper after the end of the month. We were also introduced to our new lecturer, then handed an information pack to hand to potential project sponsors. I’ve got a fun couple of weeks ahead as I hunt down a project.

Network Design this week was spent going over the the first assignment we have. Not very interesting but it’s worth 50% of our grade. I’ll be getting stuck into it after the Easter break. We have the option of working on it either individually or paired up with someone else, I’m not sure yet whether I’ll do it on my own, or with someone else, I put my name down on the paired side, but don’t yet have someone to work with, so we will have to see what happens.

And that was the end of classes and the start of a NINE day weekend, with Easter meaning no class on Friday, Monday or Tuesday

Wednesday and Thursday

Most of these two days was spent working on writing a cover letter and re-writing my CV to apply for an internship for my industry project. I have just a couple of small formatting issues to sort out and then I will be sending them in.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Friday was a day of rest, nothing interesting happened, although Speedway Friday night was really good, with demolition derby teams racing. Saturday was spent doing housework and moving my main gaming rig to my office, which now gives me a proper battle station setup with dual monitors. Then it was off to speedway again on Saturday night for more demolition derby tams racing along with Sprintcars and Midgets, another very entertaining night of racing!

Sunday was then spent preparing my main rig to for a full system reinstall, all my files have been backed up and saved. Monday was another rest day, with a bit more work on the CV and cover letter.


The day started out nice and relaxed and only got better as I received a message from my mother informing me that my missing cat was no longer missing. He had been found the week before in Kairanga and was returned to my parents house on Tuesday morning. Then in the afternoon it was off Fielding for some afternoon tea.

Then I decided to delay reinstalling everything on my desktop so I could teach myself to build a custom image that would have a bunch of programs that I want to have installed by default, it should also allow me to set the start menu how I want it, and won’t have any bloatware from OEM’s


I almost abandoned my plan to create my image as the hoops I’m having to jump through were starting to annoy me. Instead I delayed my plans until the weekend, after I’ve grabbed an ISO from one of my class mates in class on Friday. Also on Wednesday, the first of two auctions I posted to get rid of some of my old computer parts and bring in a little extra cash finished. Thirteen assorted sticks of DDR and DDR2 RAM sold for $13.50. Second auction is for six Intel CPU’s, that will be finished on Saturday morning.


Thursday dawned cold and a bit chilly, winter is coming.

Friday – Advanced Database Concepts

First and only class for the week was Advanced Database Concepts on Friday afternoon. Things are starting to get really fun and interesting, and are increasingly becoming about finding the answers and code we need on our own, with less and less being given to us. I’ve also started learning Lavavel in my space time, in addition to restarting my project to build my own Windows image, now that I have all the files I need.

That’s it for now, see you next week!

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