Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Let's demolish everything!

For taking everything apart we were divided into two groups - morning and afternoon shifts. Dividing were democratically done - first 15 who answered to group chat were the morning shift. We started from Sub Media Center since Main Media Center was still open few hours on Monday. 

It was much faster to dismantle everything than implementing them. Sub Media center took about one hour to take apart. Main Media were almost ready when morning shift went home. So afternoon shift was responsible to taking everything back to school. 

Weird to think the event is really over now.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Last days

The electricity issues continued. At some point whole mixed zone were without electricity, which was noticed in the news also. Finally we found the reason behind electricity issues in Main Media Center: The electricians changed the three-phased supply and the distribution box and after it everything worked smoothly.

Few times we needed to reboot our firewalls, otherwise we mainly monitored everything is working smoothly. Of course every morning we tested table groups, wlan and printers before anyone else was there. That way we had time to react if something wasn't working. Fortunately for everyone, everything worked smoothly whole time.

Tomorrow we will start dismantling everything!


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Second week

One possible reason for power issues? 

Electricity issues have continued. Possible cause: spilled coffee or some faulty user device. On Sunday it seemed the voltage was too high (some places even 360V). I don't know what happened, but after Sunday everything has worked with electricity. 

Monday was quiet day since there weren't any competitions. One fuse has blown again, but it was easy task for electricians. Otherwise IT didn't have any issues whole day which meant chilling. We watched Doctor Who, played and ate well. Luckily we have an awesome team, so we always have something to do. 

Tuesday were also quite quiet. We added some more printers to XDA, fixed basic printer issues and helped with scanning. Everything works smoothly and most important changes are done, so there's no need for IT support. Which is obviously good thing!


Monday, 27 February 2017

What does IT do when everything is working?

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They go to sauna.

They sleep on the floor.

They organize their own competition gathering.

They play some games.

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They dance like there's no tomorrow.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Last minute changes

Opening ceremony and first competition days are over. Every day we start by testing table groups, wifi and printers. We also check Zabbix for any alerts. Printers are still the ones causing issues, but luckily they are the easy issues. To ease our job, we added printers from MMC and SMC to Xerox XDA. It helps collecting info about printers and automatically sends reports to support.

We added few more AP's around the area since our network didn't cover all desired areas. Later we decided to change Cisco APs to Arubas. We had tested Arubas earlier and in our experience they work better than Cisco. We will later see how it affects to disappearing AP's.

Some electricity issues have risen and some tables kept losing power both in MMC and SMC. Luckily we have electricians who know what to do. Our duty has been only to contact them and they have checked the issue. Apparently the fuses have been blown and fixing/replacing them fixed the issue.

And in the end - few picture's from the fireworks!


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Media Centers are open!

Main Media Center opened on Saturday 18th of February, four days before the competition even started. First few days were quite quiet so we had time to finalize all the installations. We installed printers, added wired network to special editing rooms and helped few journalist with minor issues. 

One of the Sub Media Centers (the one we are responsible of) opened on Tuesday 21st of February. Days got little bit busier since more journalist started to arrive. Most common problem had something to with printers. It was the same last year. Usually it means we show how to install drivers for printer and so far the most difficult case has been with faulty color drum cartridge. Which actually took almost two days to replace because of some information issues. 

We also decided to divide our wireless network in two: 5GHz and 2.4GHz. It balanced the workload and wireless started to work much smoothly for everyone. We also decided to manually configure a controller AP, because some of the AP kept disappearing from Zabbix. Configuration fixed the issue and none of the users never even noticed the issue. 

Being in IT can be frustrating because no one ever notices your work if everything is working, but when something doesn't - you are the first one to blame.  


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Team introduction: NMS / Zabbix!

Next team: Network Management System / Zabbix!
From left: Tuomas, Joni, Lassi and Olli (Jerry is absent)

As the name of the team suggests - this team worked with Zabbix. Their responsibility was to configure and test Zabbix. There are quite many things you can monitor with Zabbix, but most important ones for us are the switches and how they are functioning.

Olli Isomäki, Tuomas Jeppesen and Jerry Aakala (team leader) are all fourth year students majoring in telecommunications. Their main inspiration for project is to get ECTS and like Jerry said you learn so much more in the project than in school. 

Lassi Hirvonen and Joni Tammilehto presents the second year students in this group. They are also majoring in telecommunications and their motivation comes from getting experience. Here are the funny facts from the team:

Olli: Pään seinään hakkaaminen kuluttaa 150 kaloria tunnissa. (Hitting your head in the wall burns 150 calories per hour)
Tuomas: Kisojen laiskin äijä (Laziest dude in the competition.)
Jerry: 1:1 isoja kuppeja = paras kahvi (1:1 big cups = the best coffee)
Lassi: JavaScript is love. JavaScript is life.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Team introduction: Cables for tables!

And third one: Team Cables!
From left: Ville, Joni, Tommi, Jirko, Jani, Kristiina, Heikki and Milla

Their job was to plan cable paths and implement it. They were brilliant - making bundle of correct length cables wrapped ready for installation day. It meant super easy installation and no hurry at all. The team also helped other teams with their tasks whenever they had time. 

This team has two team leaders. Kristiina Issakainen and Milla Roininen shares the responsibility. Here are their personal introductions:

Kristiina Issakainen
She is a third year telecommunications student. She says this is the most interesting project in school which is the reason she chose to participate. Fun fact: Teacher gave me new name Kissakainen (kissa = cat)

Milla Roininen
Milla is third year telecommunications student. She thinks Lahti2017 is the most interesting and biggest event in Lahti right now. Fun fact about her is that food is the most important thing in her life.

Tommi Lehtinen
He is a second year student, majoring in data networks (basically same as telecommunications). He is taking part in this project because these kinds of opportunities don't come around that often. Fun fact about him is that he is amazing in everything he does. 

Joni Niemi
He is second year student majoring also in telecommunications. He is all about learning and tells us he is the best and the most modest.

Jani Kerkkänen
He is a fourth year telecommunications student. His motivation in this project is ECTS. He is no fun guy, so there isn't any fun fact about him.

Ville Larjava

He is a fourth year telecommunications student. He thinks this project is interesting and he might learn something from it. That drives him to do his best. Fun fact: Jag är från Åbo, heheheh (I am from Turku, hehehe)

Heikki Lohtander
Heikki is third year student, majoring in telecommunications. He is participating in the project because he loves Lahti. Fun fact: "It funny because it's true."

Jirko Tuomaala
Jirko is third year telecommunications student. He is taking part in this project because it is interesting and nice to be a part of the big local event. He doesn't consider himself as a collector but he still owns hundreds of vinyl records and six guitars.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Team introduction: Switches for tables

Next in line: Team Switches!
This five person group has been responsible for everything that has something to do with switches. They have configured all of the table switches, planned how they are located in the tables and of course implemented the plans.
From left: Miko, Ivan, Artur, Miika, Olli and Atte

Their team leader is Miika who has made sure everything is done. It seems everything has gone quite smoothly! Here their personal introductions:

Miika Äijälä
He is a 4th year student, majoring in telecommunications.
Main reason to participate on this project is simple: it is the best project Lahti UAS is offering. And of course, the ECTS points. During the event there will be also Rölli Winterland which is absolute amazing and Miika will surely visit it.
Fun fact about him: Laiskiainen on mun toteemieläin (Sloth is my totem animal)

Miko Kokko
He is 3rd year student who is here because it is part of the mandatory studies, but it is also really interesting.
Fun fact about him: :^)

Artur Malinin
He is 2nd year student, majoring also in telecommunications. For him this project is part of the course plan and it is interesting to take part.
Fun fact: Joutsenet näyttävät joskus kurjilta.  (Sometimes swans look terrible.)

Atte Lempelto
He is 2nd year student and majoring in telecommunications. What's in for him? Getting the credits and participating in fascinating project. Funny fact about Atte is that he is from Mikkeli.

Ivan Roots
He is 2nd year student and majoring in telecommunications. His drive in this project is to get hands-on experience and of course the ECTS points.
Fun fact: Kerran olin etsimässä Narniaa kaapista, mutta löysin vaan iskän konjakkipullon. (Once I tried to find Narnia in the closet but instead I just found my father's cognac bottle.)

Olli Valkama
He is also 2nd year student and majoring in telecommunications. The project is part of Olli's studies but it also gives him valuable work experience/reference. Not that many people can say they have built network for this big event.
Fun fact: Lakimies tietää kaiken laista. (The lawyer knows everything about law / The lawyer knows every kind of things.)


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Team introduction: Wifi AP

Let me introduce you our amazing teams. You will be seeing us around the area, but mainly in the media centers. First in the line is Team Wifi AP!

These guys are responsible for planning, configuration and installation of every wireless access point. When you are using wlan in media centers - remember to thank them. Without them there wouldn't be - if I calculated correctly - 29 access points around! 

Their team leader (or as they call it - headmaster) is Juuso Karikorpi (most right in the picture). All of the guys have same reason to work - they are eager to learn. They are second year students, all specializing in telecommunications. But here is some funny facts about them (ordered from right to left)!

Juuso Karikorpi: Nostan enemmän penkist ku sä pankist (I bench more than you withdraw from the bank)
Antti Hutri: Oon pelannut wowia 38400 tuntia. (I have played WoW 38400 hours.)
Markus Vainio: Elän energiajuomalla ja tietoröökillä. ( I use energy drinks and information cigarettes as my fuel.)
Konsta Rautakorpi: Mun pitäis dieettaa. (I should diet.)
Ilkka Patajoki: Alkoholismin ja hauskuuden raja on häilyvä. (The line between alcoholism and fun is drawn in water.)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Final week before opening

Monday: Free for students!

Tuesday: Installing AP's in the morning and finalizing the plan of newest network group. Later briefing second year students about the topology of MMC and SMC and making sure everyone knows how to use Zabbix and pfSense.

Wednesday: Installing MMC AP's to their correct places, finalizing the documentation and backbone connections. One team building Vierumäki.

Thursday: Installing the table switches to MMC. It really starts to see like we will make it on time.

Friday: Final installation day! MMC Service people had a walk thru the media center and we of course joined them. Our IT team will be working closely with them, so it's important to get known to them.

See you next week!


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Two weeks summary

The event is closing up fast! Our network were tested in Finlandia Hiihto and of course - it worked perfectly. Only issues were caused by outdated Win7 images which were easily fixed by updating them.

Last week we started building extra network group. It was requested by Datalatu Oy and since we had time, we took it under our wings. In two week we have the basics ready for it and only physical installation left. Unbelievable how fast everything is when people know exactly what to do.
Even cables match the theme color!

We also finished building SMC backbone and Wifi access points are up and running. So basically SMC is only waiting for tables and physical installation of switches and then SMC is fully ready. Unfortunately the situation with MMC is not that good.. We are still not sure which day we get there to do all installations.

This project truly teaches you how to work without knowing everything. It makes this even more exciting.

Oh, and we are finally accredited! Look how awesome the passes are.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Volunteers' training

Today we had a training for volunteers in Lahti2017 championships. Over 800 volunteers gathered up to learn the basics about the event and customer service. It feels like half of Finland is somehow part of Lahti2017. And it is awesome.
The event has multiple partners. The biggest is Stora Enso, but there are like 30 other ones also. I didn't even know how many there could be. Full list of the partners can be found here, just scroll down. One of the funniest cooperation so far must be Atria.

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So what they taught us about customer service? Well, basically it was all about working as a group, always remember to smile and be yourself. The customer service ABC according to Lahti UAS students were:
  1. Listen
    Listen the customer. Do not underestimate the customers issue. 
  2. Understand.
    Understand the issue. Ask as many questions as needed. If you don't have common language, find someone who can help.
  3. Solve the issue.
    Try always resolve the issue right away. If it cannot be solved, make sure the customer knows how to give feedback. 

These three steps equals happy customer!


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Testing soon!

We have iWeek* going on this week which meant most of the students were taking part of lectures and workshops. It took a toll of students available for today's tasks. Luckily we still managed to do quite much!

We are almost ready with all the configurations, so today we started moving everything to competition area. All of the switches, power plugs, cables, wlan access points and basically everything else were carried in the Main Media Center and Sub Media Center. Now it is time to test them in real life! 

Our systems will be tested in Finlandia Hiihto in the beginning of February. Exciting! 


*iWeek program is open for all IT students and the programme is included in the regular program of the specific study groups. 

Guest lectures from partner institutions give lectures and presentations on the following topics:
Program consists of lectures, workshops, networking. You will also learn about the student exchange possibilities in our partner institutions. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

30 DAYS!

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If you are not yet following Lahti2017 in Instagram, do it now. They are also in Facebook.

Visit for more information about the world ski championships.
Unbelievable, only 30 days to go. 


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Life is fluid.

Everything changes extremely fast. I should have gotten use to it, but it still sometimes surprises me. We are part of such a big organization. It means that slight change somewhere might mean bigger change for us. It has been interesting to work without exact timetable. It will train all of us for real work, since what I have seen - new things can come up out of nowhere. Life and work is like liquid and you need to be flexible to keep up.

What have changed lately? Well, we got information about mandatory training for all the volunteers. It was a surprise and with such a late notice some have problems to fit it in their schedule. Luckily, we got permission to have few representatives who go for training and then next week shares the info with rest. I am gonna one of the representatives.

And once again - we changed the whole on-call shift system. This time it should be the final version. We will have two persons in Main Media Center (MMC) and two in Sub Media Center (SMC). Second year students will be taking care of that. Third and fourth year students will be available as a technical support and there will always be three of them in the area. Sounds fair, right?

33 days to go!


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Introducing: New teams

This is getting exciting! Whole autumn we were getting known to all systems and software, preparing ourselves for real work and now it is the time to actually implement all of it.

We have five main teams:
  1. Wifi Access Points
  2. Network Monitoring System
  3. LAN services
  4. Cable sets for tables
  5. Switches for tables
Well, you can guess the theme of every team. It is kinda obvious. The teams are actually only for building days. It makes sure that every task will be done. Each team have at least five members, even though most have more. Since we have two media centers, Main Media Center and Sub Media Center, every group will eventually split in two. 

Teams have been chosen and everyone is working so hard!


ps. I have been away, so it will be a bliss to see everyone next week. Can't wait!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Kick-start for spring semester!

Holidays are over and the whole team is getting ready for real work. Today's classes were mostly about getting orientated. New course information, creating new groups and making sure everyone is on same page about what needs to be done. We decided to add one more tool for keeping track of our progress. Soon we will see how well it actually works.

Most important task for today was creating a timetable for on-call shifts. Main responsibility is for second year students, but 3rd and 4th year students will be around all the time to support them. I have a feeling that most of us will be on stand-by mode somewhere in the area, always ready to step in if needed. That is the beauty of a big group - we will always have enough hands on deck.

48 days to go.