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Sams Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours, Second Edition by Jonathan Feldman

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Hour 5. The Napoleon Method: Divide and Conquer

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

——Benjamin Franklin

Any system, when divided, is much more tractable than the whole. Napoleon knew this: One of his favorite tactics was to send the whole of his army against a fraction of the enemy army, and in this way, slowly wear down what was once a formidable force. Having divided the enemy into small, manageable pieces, Napoleon’s conquest was assured.

Your troubleshooting battles can be similarly successful if you take a page from the book of “Le Petit Caporal.” From a troubleshooting perspective, divide and conquer is the concept that the problem system or problem location can be found more easily by splitting the problem ...

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