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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 1:00 p.m. PST

Disclaimer: You all know the drill….if you don't, find someone that does….

Sooooooooo…it's been a while, since my last little tale.

This story happens this week between myself (M), and a Network Manager, (we shall call him J).

It went kinda like this….

J: "Okay so in order to do the Masergy crossover, we need to get the vendor to connect the cables to the MIB. So find out where the MIB is and let me know."

M: "Can I ask a simple question?"

J: "Sure."

M: "I'm not network qualified, so can you please explain to me what an MIB is? And please don't say "Men In Black"…"

J: "Uh…you don't know what an MIB is?"

M: "If I did, I wouldn't have asked you this question."

J: "Uh…Well…uh…it's uh…"

M: *waiting…*

J: "I'm going to have to get with W (another network engineer) and have him get with you on this."

M: "Why do you need to have someone else tell me what an MIB is?"

J: "Uh well…"

M: "Unless….you….yourself…have…no clue…."

J: "Well…that's what they call it here…an MIB."

M: "Be honest. You don't know what it is either."

J: *after a long pause* "No… It's a term they use here, and I don't know what it means or what it is…"

M: "So why didn't you just say so?"

So J ends up having to get with W on "What an MIB is and where it's located.", and W then tells him…"I'll have to get back with you on that."….

And we are currently in limbo waiting on "W" to get back with J on "What an MIB is and where it's located…"

Submitted Respectfully;


napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 1:10 p.m. PST

I would say its right between his ears, that's why he can't find it.

MI-B = Minus Brain

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 1:12 p.m. PST

from wikipedia if they had bothered to look. This might answer a few questions.

A management information base (MIB) is a database used for managing the entities in a communications network. Most often associated with the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), the term is also used more generically in contexts such as in OSI/ISO Network management model. While intended to refer to the complete collection of management information available on an entity, it is often used to refer to a particular subset, more correctly referred to as MIB-module.

Objects in the MIB are defined using a subset of Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) called "Structure of Management Information Version 2 (SMIv2)" RFC 2578.The software that performs the parsing is a MIB compiler.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 1:12 p.m. PST

"Most Important Bit"

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Nov 2014 1:14 p.m. PST

Main Interface Bus?



Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 1:36 p.m. PST

It all sounds so very….. Governmental.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 2:28 p.m. PST

Molecular Ion Bomb
Manly Iron Balls
My Illegitimate Brother
Monster In Box

If none of those are correct I'll go with "napthyme's" answer. Its almost unintelligible enough to be the right one.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 3:49 p.m. PST

I'd go with Manly Iron Balls.
It works into the story so much better.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 3:57 p.m. PST

you could have grabbed your crotch and told him, "I got your MIB right here!"

Streitax Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 4:37 p.m. PST

I don't know, Raven. Miss Melodie might not be too pleased to find they have connected cables to Murph's 'MIB'.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 4:58 p.m. PST

I suspect it's a "Masergy Intelligent Bridge". Management Information Base is software, so is probably hard to connect cables to.

Streitax Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 6:01 p.m. PST

Oh, I'm sure somebody has tried and circuits have fried.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 7:23 p.m. PST

This is a Dilbert strip waiting to be written.

Tom Bryant12 Nov 2014 10:35 p.m. PST

I think Murphy's whole career could be a Dilbert strip.

Gokiburi12 Nov 2014 10:42 p.m. PST

Massively Incompetent Businessman
Manifold Incontinent Bonobos
Muppets In Bondage
Microscopic Intestinal Bacteria

Streitax Inactive Member13 Nov 2014 12:49 p.m. PST

Muppits in Bondage??? THAT sounds like something Murphy could go for. *ahem* "Oh, Miss Piggy, Murphy's ready to have the cables applied."

boy wundyr x Inactive Member14 Nov 2014 6:59 a.m. PST

I suppose one thing to do would be to ask for the cable, and then wander around the office looking for something it would fit into, concluding that it must therefore be the MIB. And hopefully not anything running a live current.

Or ask if the MIB is the machine that goes "ping".

Can't believe we've missed this one: "Made in Bongolesia"

MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member10 Mar 2015 12:33 p.m. PST

Made in Burma

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