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RE: Servers with an uptime of more than a day are

by BBQ (Deacon)
on Jul 19, 2000 at 07:28 UTC ( #23126=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Servers with an uptime of more than a day are

haven't been dusted by the server maids?

Why is it that the cleaning lady at the office feels an urge to remove all of the power cables and wash them in the sink? Well, we can't blame her... After all, we just told her to stay away from the keyboards, and that she did!

Seriously, I actually went to the office one weekend to see why the staging server was down and I found a power cable hanging on my window sill/handle. Sad, very sad...

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RE: RE: Servers with an uptime of more than a day are
by puck (Scribe) on Jul 19, 2000 at 07:39 UTC
    Didn't you know? It's necessary to hang power cables up occasionly to let the build up of stray electrons to drain out.

    Just like I have to empty the bit bucket in the computer room once a month. :)

      Servers with an uptime of more than a day are: Configured properly, monitored relatively closely, non-Winblows, and not a target of any kind of attack(lucky).

        Oh, I dunno, I monitor my servers (Linux) but not really closely and they don't go down (okay, one crashed two weeks ago - a program had a memory leak and because I hadn't logged onto it for two weeks (I was off work studying for exams) I didn't notice the problem, since been fixed).

        Our NT boxen don't crash either - then again they're monitored closely by one of my coworkers who is a very competent NT admin.

        But yes, they're all configured properly as well, well that Linux box which crashed is now more properly configured than it was. :) (I expected Redhat to come with a sensible ulimit already in place, it appears that 6.0 doesn't.)

        Updated (08:53 UTC): Hmmm, I expect to cop a bit of flak about this one...

      Thank God I am not the only the only one who has to empty the bit bucket each month, but I am always having to sweep up the heap.
RE: RE: Servers with an uptime of more than a day are
by Adam (Vicar) on Jul 19, 2000 at 22:21 UTC
    Thats almost as good as my poor CS prof in college. He spent almost 2 months testing his back-up and recovery strategies for our brand new SPARC. Then he put it in the main CS lab and setup all the user accounts. It had been running less then a week when the janitor unplugged it to mop the floor. (Despite the huge sign on the plug saying, "Don't touch!")

    The poor Prof, his plans all assumed he could turn the machine back on, which he couldn't. It took over a month to get that machine back up and running. (Sun systems do not like sudden power loss.)

      Yikes! We had to move some of our servers to a remote location during the WTO riots (fearing terrorist attack) :) We couldn't spare anyone to stay with the servers...and at some point we couldn't communicate with them at all, so we went down to where they are and someone had pulled all the cords out of the wall...they left a note complaining that it was too hot, so they wanted all the machines off. Note was unsigned, luckily. Hmmmmm.

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