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    Spending the day

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    by the ‘g-man.’ ·

    in the server room recovering a failed DC. Aint life grand!

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    • #3002754

      Could be worse…

      by notsochiguy ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      …you could be the POTUS, spending 4 years trying to recover a failed D.C.!

      😉

      Seriously, though, best of luck with it!

    • #3002753

      that bites, man

      by jck ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      i’ve been there sorta.

      I spent 2.5 days once re-entering all of the paycheck entries and their budget entries *manually* through an interface that I coded…because the owner of the company/senior network engineer didn’t turn backups back on for one of our clients and a hard drive crashed.

      Gotta love it…good times, eh? j/k

      Hope it gets better for you, man.

    • #3002752

      Spending the day

      by the scummy one ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      fighting the urge to get back on the rocket and just gooooooooooo!

      • #3002743

        dude…

        by jck ·

        In reply to Spending the day

        for the past 4 days, I have thought every morning to myself:

        “Why don’t I just call and quit.”

        For some reason I come in still.

        Oh yeah…it’s called…BILLS :^0

        • #3002727

          Life is to short

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to dude…

          to wake up everyday and have to go to “that place”.

          The only time I have ever HATED going to work was my last shoprat job, but hating it was the only thing that kept me motivated to finish school and getthephluck out of there.

          There are places in this country that don’t have a hurricane season, lower cost of living, and decent wages.

          Bills schmills. If you would quit buying things you wouldn’t have any! Turn off the gas and cook everything on the grill like a real man! I guess you can keep the running water…..

        • #3002725

          Ahhhh, hurricane season

          by forum surfer ·

          In reply to Life is to short

          Back in my NC youth I remember hurricane parties! Just be careful who you’re with when the lights go out and it’s all good!

        • #3002720

          An excuse for candles

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Ahhhh, hurricane season

          and make sure you have plenty of batteries, so you still have tunes! 😀

        • #3002696

          or if you’re really prepared like me

          by jck ·

          In reply to An excuse for candles

          a 5500 watt generator so you can keep listening to tunes and watching TV and keep the food cold 😉

        • #3001984

          whole house generators

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to or if you’re really prepared like me

          are you familiar with them?

          Do you know of a good company in Florida that does them?

          Our company President lives in Florida (not sure where) and was interested in getting this.

        • #3001961

          This is the kind of thing you want JD

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to or if you’re really prepared like me

          http://www.bhcpower.com/?p=57

          I was at a county fair and was looking at them, can’t really afford one, but the man gave me a price of $6000 CDN installed (8KW model which can run a small house or critical circuits in a larger house).

          They come on automatically and run on eith Natural Gas or propane. Obviously if the house already has natural gas, that makes it even better.

          They are wired into your house, they sense when the power is gone and kick in automatically. No fuss, no muss, nothing to start. They do a little self test monthly, and they have some routine maintenance, but you don’t have to worry about losing power when you are away. The farmers buy them to protect their milk coolers.

          James

        • #3001956

          yeah

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to or if you’re really prepared like me

          knew what they were, but not who are reputable dealers in the area.

          In a few weeks, I am going to have to start that project of researching that.

          Thanks for the link, it gets me started.

        • #3001949

          the best thing to do

          by jck ·

          In reply to or if you’re really prepared like me

          Have your company president contact a manufacturer of one of the big, houseload generator companies like:

          Kohler:
          http://www.kohlerpower.com/residential/sectionfront.htm?sectionNumber=13561

          Cummins Onan:
          http://www.cumminsonan.com/residential/

          Norwall Powersystems:
          http://www.norwall.com/

          Or there are others…

          Any one of them can give him details on anything from 5KW to i think as high as 100 KW solutions that run on propane, natural gas, diesel, etc.

          Then the best thing to do when he decides which system is best, have him get the company to recommend a good installer. Installing down here is critical because of ground water seepage (for the fuel storage), installation to avoid wind exposure, corrosivenes of airborne salts, etc.

          It’s not a cheap option, but you can keep a house online down here with one of those systems (if done right) for a couple of weeks.

        • #3001942

          Thanks jck

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to or if you’re really prepared like me

          I will let HER know. 😀

        • #3001939

          cool

          by jck ·

          In reply to or if you’re really prepared like me

          tell HER that you know geeks looking for side employment in FL too lol

        • #3002711

          Hurricanes: my preferred natural disaster.

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to Life is to short

          Because unlike the rest of them, you can see it coming a long way off. Can’t do that with an earthquake, tornado, etc. Floods, maybe.

        • #3002703

          I don’t have a favorite

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Hurricanes: my preferred natural disaster.

          Thankfully in Michigan, most are not an option.

          In my entire life, there has only been one tornado within 20 miles of where I live.

        • #3001955

          I’ve been close to tornados

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to I don’t have a favorite

          A mile down the road from the home where I grew up, a tornado trashed the pig barn of a farmer. He was shocked but clearly relieved it didn’t hit the house where his family was holed up. The house was only maybe 100 feet away. We knew it was a bad storm but didn’t know about the twister till after it was over.

          My youngest brother was 100 yards away, at my Grandmother’s house, from a tornado that killed a few people a few minutes after it passed my brother.

          Still, the tornados are few and far between, we can’t complain compared to those living in hurricane prone areas.

          James

        • #3001947

          Having lived through both…

          by forum surfer ·

          In reply to I’ve been close to tornados

          Tornadoes are so wildly unpredictable. I went through one once. My house barely had a few shingles ripped off. My neighbor at the time however, had severe structural damage and an oak tree on his car. The half dead pine tree next to my house that was leaning didn’t fall. I did get around to cutting it down the next day!

          🙂

          I’ll take a hurricane ANY day of the week. At least I know what to prepare for or if I need to get the heck outta dodge. Of course, with hurricanes there is always a chance it can spawn tornadoes, as well…particularly on the north east side of the eye wall.

          Having visited Cali, I hate earthquakes! With any other natural disaster I’ve experienced, the ground is the one constant you can count on so I find it particularly unnerving to have it move.

        • #3001890

          tornados

          by gsg ·

          In reply to I don’t have a favorite

          I had to replace my roof a couple of years ago due to one. At certain times of the year, we’ll have one or two every couple of weeks. In the one where my roof was damaged, this one house was demolished. I almost bought that house, but went with mine instead.

          We pretty much know if we’re going to have good chance of tornados, so I have my routine down to the point where by the time I crawl in my shelter, it’s lined in pillows and quite comfortable.

        • #3002697

          hmm

          by jck ·

          In reply to Life is to short

          All my bills are paid. I afford them quite easily. It’s called money management.

          Worst thing isn’t the cards or anything. It’s that because of rising property values plus the fact that my homeowners insurance has doubled since I bought the house 5 years go, my mortgage premium went up by $200+ a month.

          And as for moving somewhere that doesn’t have hurricanes, lower COL, and decent wages…I’ve already found somewhere.

          Now, I’m just looking into the ramifications of short selling the house with a mortgage and HELOC. If I can short sell and it gets me out of both, I am gonna start the process then move up near my office and rent a house.

          They have dozens of never-lived-in homes up here for rent that builders just want to pay the note on every month. I can get in one $500 a month cheaper than my current home cost, plus put the yard maintenance on the landlord.

          And I don’t hate my job. It’s just tiring with the rush to do nothing, dealing with not having the terms of my agreeing to work here met, etc.

          Hell, they’re already 3 months late on my pre-arranged raise. And if the back-pay doesn’t happen when it does come through, I might just walk and tell them that they are in violation of the agreed-upon terms.

          And yes, I got it in writing 🙂

        • #3001952

          Michigan winters…

          by forum surfer ·

          In reply to Life is to short

          Sorry JD but I’ll take a hotter climate any day of the week. The bikini and “more revealing clothing” season in Michigan is way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too short for my taste!

          🙂

        • #3001945

          everything is a trade-off in life

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Michigan winters…

          I will pass on living in a giant sandbox, thankyouverymuch. 😀

          While the season is short, we have so many lakes and rivers, we have one of the best boating in the US.

          I get major migraines from excessive heat, so would not fit in well moving further south.

        • #3001925

          I was like that once…

          by forum surfer ·

          In reply to everything is a trade-off in life

          But after joining the gym and going regularly for over a year, that (and many other minor problems, aches and pains) seems to have stopped. Which is excellent for me, because I love the sweltering heat for some reason. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but I do so enjoy punishing work outside in unbearable heat. As long as I intake massive amounts of water, I actually feel better once it is all said and done. Of course I don’t [i]smell[/i] better until I shower.

          🙂

          Edit: I’ve been boating in Texas, Florida as well as up and down the SE coast. It definitely isn’t a bad scene for recreation or fishing purposes. Navigating shipping channels at ocean inlets in boats under 30′ on the east coast will separate the men from the boys, as well. I’ve seen many a grown men cry out for their mothers and atheists start praying once the bow goes near vertical and all you see is clouds followed by that unnerving sound of the prop revving as it leaves the water for what seems like an eternity. Of course it usually isn’t that bad, but I’ve seen it like that many times once the weather gets the least bit bad. And it is much less of an event in boats over 40′, but where’s the fun in that?

          🙂

        • #3001913

          Have always been like that

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to I was like that once…

          Even back in HS, when I was in sports. Makes it difficult when you are/were a long distance runner. 🙁

        • #3001907

          Powerboats are for wimps

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to I was like that once…

          My best day on the water was the toughest. We were on a big lake (Opeongo) on Algonquin and we were the only fools on the lake. We had about 10 miles to paddle, but the wind was blowing up three and four foot waves coming from the general direction we were going in. It was raining too but not that hard.

          When your loaded canoe, with all your food and camping gear goes near vertical with every wave, thats when you figure out whether you have cohones. And the only thing you can do is to paddle like heck as you climb the wave and relax in the trough.

          Now that wasn’t the really tough part. That comes when you try and turn. Anything like a 90 degree turn and you will find your canoe will empty out as it rolls over and over. So you have the length of time between one wave and the next to get as close to 180 as possible.

          We had to overshoot the island and come back around. Thats when we lashed the canoes together, broke out the tarp which we attached to the paddles, and went sailing. I’m sure we never broke 20 MPH, but we left a wake and laughed all the way, that nervous laugh you get when you know you are in danger but have no choice but to continue.

          I will never forget that day.

          James

    • #3002745

      If you took care of your toys

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      you wouldn’t break them! 😀

      • #3002737

        It broke all by itself!

        by the ‘g-man.’ ·

        In reply to If you took care of your toys

        it’s a Dell 2850!!

        • #3002709

          What broke, h/w or s/w? No text.

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to It broke all by itself!

          ?

        • #3001980

          H/W

          by the ‘g-man.’ ·

          In reply to What broke, h/w or s/w? No text.

          Lookes to be a disk failure that did not show up on the RAID alerts.

          The light was blinking orange yet the server alert panel suggested all was well.

          Alas the server just suddenly rebooted and got stuck in the POST.

          Replaced the disk but the array was lost so nothing to rebuild from.

          New card inserted, replaced faulty disk and threw the image at the machine!

          Just a few AD issues to sort now..

    • #3002739

      Could be worse

      by the ‘g-man.’ ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      at least I have another one that works!

      My log files are hitting the roof but as far as the users are aware nothing is wrong and I fixed it all within 30 minutes.

      Kind of glad I configured things correctly in the first place!

      Just gotta wait for the restore (taking an age – thats what I get for storing a few system images on a DC) and then grab the latest system state from the backup.

      Could have been worse I guess….

      • #3002732

        On the positive side…

        by notsochiguy ·

        In reply to Could be worse

        …if this is the worst thing that happens to you all day/week, you’re making out a lot better than most.

        30 minutes to restore a DC is pretty good. Make sure you note that come review time!

      • #3002722

        you should play around with ESXi

        by forum surfer ·

        In reply to Could be worse

        You may not have automated failover, but with a manual switch or restore it should take even less than 30 minutes!

        • #3001960

          Will look at that

          by the ‘g-man.’ ·

          In reply to you should play around with ESXi

          is this just the free ESXi you download form VMWare or the bought version?

        • #3001946

          While ESXi is free,

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to Will look at that

          I don’t think you can manage the host server or it’s guest systems without the ‘for pay’ supporting VM product. If you already have that product, you should be good to go. Otherwise…

          I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

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        • #3001540

          “A snapshot a day makes disaster recovery play”

          by charles bundy ·

          In reply to you should play around with ESXi

          Got a BDC and an old SQL 2K server virtualized and have had to “recover” them after the host array failed (VM storage only.) The longest thing in the process was formatting the array :).

        • #3002574

          I assume…

          by the ‘g-man.’ ·

          In reply to “A snapshot a day makes disaster recovery play”

          you snapshot to another array and not the failed one?

        • #3003145

          Nope, snapshots are on the array

          by charles bundy ·

          In reply to I assume…

          I backup the array to an LTO3 loader. The snapshot activity is scripted (and regularly scheduled) such that I can restore cohesive machine state after the restore.

          I probably should put them elsewhere to get an inter-day restore of VM, but these particular machines don’t really need more than yesterday’s state for disaster recovery.

          For those who might be interested in what G-Man is getting at: Snapshots are a way of ensuring stable VM after an “undesirable” event. Most times the event is just undoing a configuration or software install. In this case it was a nasty loss O bits. 🙂

    • #3002731

      We had a major storm

      by maecuff ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      And we have almost no power at work. I got sent home to work.

      What a hardship.

      • #3002721

        Don’t take it so hard

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to We had a major storm

        I know you are crushed, but you will get through it! 😀

        Haven’t been looking at the weather, local or national, so didn’t realize storms were coming through.

        Hoping the rain stays away. Both boys are at camp this week.

        • #3001962

          Back at work now..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Don’t take it so hard

          Funny. The other two programmers, both male, are still working from home. They don’t live any further from work than I do.

          How predictable that I would be the one called back in. I’m so sick of this bullsh*t.

        • #3001954

          “funny” how it works out that way

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Back at work now..

          I wonder, when they send you back and forth like that, are you getting mileage?

          Do they think they need to babysit you, or just being PITAs?

        • #3001953

          Making sure she is being good

          by the scummy one ·

          In reply to “funny” how it works out that way

          and not killing on company time

        • #3001944

          How little you know of Mae

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Making sure she is being good

          she doesn’t kill. The dead don’t suffer…. ;\

          Not to mention, as she has said before, it takes much longer for mental scars to heal than bones. 😀

        • #3001931

          Just being

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to “funny” how it works out that way

          Their normal misogynistic selves.

        • #3001930

          It really is a shame

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Just being

          that chicks get treated like that…. ;\

        • #3001923

          Yes

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to It really is a shame

          That behavior sucks for the whole barnyard. Too bad the bosses are such c0cks.

        • #3001921

          :) :D :^0 ;\

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to It really is a shame

          😡

        • #3001910

          that bites

          by shellbot ·

          In reply to It really is a shame

          if they still at home, you should be too..
          man..thats harsh 🙁

      • #3002719

        No power

        by forum surfer ·

        In reply to We had a major storm

        Yeah, I’m the lucky guy coordinating with emergency services, power and utility providers, infrastructure and building maintenance to make sure everything will work. So when everyone gets sent home from bad weather or building services problems, I usually end up working later.

        🙁

      • #3001885

        must be nice

        by gsg ·

        In reply to We had a major storm

        We don’t have that excuse. We have our generators that run the red plugs. The red plugs are what the medical equipment and essential services run off of. If our power goes out, we’re still working and then have to stick around until it comes back on. It means more work and hassle for us.

        • #3001877

          part of the building

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to must be nice

          still had power. They took my area to give to someone else and sent me home. Then when the power came back on, instead of continuing to work from home, I had to drag myself back in.

          I just kept my ‘working from home clothes’ on and left my hair in a ponytail. I’m waiting to catch grief for that.

        • #3001876

          I feel your pain!

          by forum surfer ·

          In reply to must be nice

          I’m the guy stuck making sure we don’t have issues during power cut overs in such situations. I once saw the power provider improperly bring up the 3 phase main lines and cause a main buss to explode. Wow, it was nuts. The fire dept kicked us all out for safety concerns and completely shut down the building to everyone but the electrical contractor since there were live 3 phase lines everywhere and widespread power issues.

    • #3002712

      Trade you..

      by shellbot ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      Spent 1/2 the day preparing documents for training I’ve to give to next week..

      And a short while ago I had to try and explain null values to someone.. the look of disbelief I got when I told them that if they try and add null to another number the result will always return null (for ms access)..and then throw an error 🙂

      * never get non programmers to try and program anything the results are too scary *

      • #3002702

        zero vs nothing

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to Trade you..

        people don’t understand that there IS a difference between zero and a field being blank.

        Run into that in Excel a lot.

        I love when people would clear a cell by hitting a space. fecks it all up.

        • #3002694

          mmmmmmm…

          by jck ·

          In reply to zero vs nothing

          gotta love the trim function lol 😉

        • #3001976

          hehe

          by shellbot ·

          In reply to zero vs nothing

          ya..normally i don’t bother explaining the proper way..but ughh.. dunno..its not that hard to grasp

        • #3001964

          From experience, give them what they need

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to hehe

          don’t want their little heads to explode, ya know? 😀

        • #3001908

          exactly..

          by shellbot ·

          In reply to From experience, give them what they need

          but needed to give a half @ssed explanation to her..as she’s in the development team.
          :0

          makes me very frightened..

    • #3002695

      Catching up from yesterday

      by nicknielsen ·

      In reply to Spending the day

      when I was dispatched 150 miles out of my territory. Now I have 9 calls to close by end-of-day.

      At least I’ll see the sun between stores. B-)

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