General discussion


Scheduled Building Power Outage

By slw171 ·
I a couple of weeks the building we are in is having to do some repairs to the electrical system. Our power will be shut down for at least 12 hours. I plan on shutting down the servers just before they start. But management has come to me saying they want our email to still be flowing since 90% of our business is done via email. Now I was thinking of moving there server off site but that means alot of configuration changes, right? Are there any other alternatives out there that I can explore? Or are they out of luck during this time? Thanks.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

I wouldn't move them

by JamesRL In reply to Scheduled Building Power ...

Just the act of unplugging them, and setting them up in another domain, re-iping them, and then of course doing it all over again - that might take most of 6 hours anyway - perhaps an exageration. But just think how long it takes for a new IP to propagate.....

Take the email down at the quietest time in the day before the shutdown. Most systems will try to keep sending mail for some time. I would also suggest putting up an auto response for a week before hand notifying people sending mail to you of the outage.

Perhaps there is some service that would allow you to have another mail system take your messages for some time? Not sure how it would work.


Collapse -

Say, Sure I can do that. It will only cost $XX,XXX.

by faradhi In reply to Scheduled Building Power ...

When a local hospital had a fire in their electrical room they had to pay to have a high powered generator put in an alley. They ran a cable up 9 stories to power the data center. Of course, they had to have 5-9s of uptime and already had this worked out.

Something similar may be in order for your situation if management is requiring the email to be up. However, I have found that when the price hits management, they may find the downtime acceptable.

Collapse -

cost $XX,XXX.xx?

by Jaqui In reply to Say, Sure I can do that. ...

are you sure it wouldn't be $XXX,XXX.xx?
[ the tech to run the danged genny costs extra, and is required if you don't have someone in house with the right piece of paper. Then the city might demand a permit for having it sitting out in the alley / loading dock and running. ]

You are right in that it's the only way to keep email servers online during the scheduled power outage.

Collapse -

Well after it is all said an done it could......

by faradhi In reply to cost $XX,XXX.xx?

cost $XXX,XXX.XX but then again, it could cost $X,XXX or $XZS,???.


Collapse -

ISP Mail caching

by hawad1001 In reply to Well after it is all said ...

Check with your ISP to see if they can cache your email during the outage. We use Verizon (formerly MCI/UUNET) and they have a free email caching service for their customers. But you will need to notify the ISP ahead of time. Moving your server is too time consuming and would require a lot of work since you would have to change your DNS/MX records and have it propagate everytime you change the IP address of the server.

Collapse -

Email services

by Cactus Pete In reply to Scheduled Building Power ...

Postini, among other service providers, will be your MX record, and will take delivery of your email before handing it to your own systems. If your systems are unreachable, you can still get to the postini site and check your email. They also filter for viruses and spam, etc...

When your systems come up again, they start to feed the mail back to you.

We don't use them, but we looked into it.

We have a secondary site (several, actually) and the secondary site acts as the secondary MX record, queuing up the emails until they can be handed off to the appropriate servers.

Collapse -

We use Postini

by billbohlen@hallmarkchannl In reply to Email services

We find that not only is Postini a great service for filtering spam and viruses before they hit your corporate network, but it also works great during the occasional outage by holding email in a queue until systems are restored.

Collapse -


by slw171 In reply to We use Postini

Thanks to all of you who responded. It looks they are going to have to be without email for a while then. I did not think there was another option but just wanted to ask to be sure. We use Appriver for our spam and virus protection. So I know all the email will be held until the server comes back online. Thanks again to everyone you were all very helpful.

Collapse -

Archaic Solution

by ldemetse In reply to Thanks

This is going to sound really archaic, but it works! We rented a generator for just such a situation and it worked. We were able to plug our UPS in to the generator, powering both the mail server and the communication equipment necessary to send/receive emails.

Collapse -


by Cactus Pete In reply to Thanks

I think Postini will give you a trial run for 30 days. You might be able to use that... Then show it to your bosses as a good solution to keep.

Related Discussions

Related Forums