Question for IT Support/Managers - Providing Personal PC Support

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Big Dog, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Big Dog

    Big Dog Guest

    A question has been posed to me by several friends that are either IT
    managers or IT support staff at their firms.

    Often, they're asked by the rank and file to either answer questions or
    provide direct support for personally owned PC's (i.e. not related to the

    How do you address/handle these requests for personal assistance?
    Big Dog, Jan 15, 2008
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  2. Big Dog

    John R Guest

    The first thing out of my mouth normally is that my job is to support our
    'corporate networked' systems. Having said that, I offer whatever
    assistance I can without actually touching their machines. If they ask and
    insist that they want to bring their machine to me at work, I remind them
    that we carry no insurance on their personal machines while they are here,
    and that I can only assist them after hours. Even then, I only agree to
    simple things like assisting them with spyware/virus removal, or installing
    purchased software (if it is something I am familiar with). I try not to
    actually touch their machines, instead I ask them to set it up and stand
    behind them while they 'drive'.

    The problem I get more often is people ask me what they should buy. I tell
    them my crystal ball broke last summer and I can't find anyone to fix it. I
    remind them that we try to refresh our desktop hardware every three to five
    years, and that they should plan on the same. As far as features, I tell
    them 'more is normally better', but they should understand what they want to
    do with it, and plan accordingly. For instance, if they want their spouse
    to be able to do CAD, they better plan on a good video card and lots of RAM.
    But, I will never make specific recommendations.

    Your whole question really comes down to how nice of a guy you want to be
    and how much responsibility you want to assume.

    John R
    John R, Jan 15, 2008
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  3. Big Dog

    Big Dog Guest


    Thanks for the great response - I've gotta remember the "crystal ball"
    response. I'll pass the info along.

    Side story - my sister in law asked what laptops to get. Told her to avoid
    Dell and Sony (I've known too many people recently that have had problems
    with Dell stuff crapping out, and Sony has their own issues). What does she
    get? Sony... She wanted to upgrade it from Vista Home Premium to Business -
    turns out that the drivers Sony provided are only for their version of Vista
    Home Premium - won't work with Business.
    Big Dog, Jan 15, 2008
  4. Damn man, how fast do you type?

    Michael D. Alligood, MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
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    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Jan 15, 2008
  5. Big Dog

    John R Guest

    I used to be really fast. Now, I'm just half fast.
    John R
    John R, Jan 16, 2008
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