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Old 07-09-2005, 08:35 PM   #41
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One bad disk brought down the server? Anyone there heard of parity with striping? They need RAID 5!!! You might suggest that to them for next time....
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Old 07-10-2005, 11:34 AM   #42
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Some peoples idea of a decent server is pretty amazing.

I remember one sales outfit in 1992 with 75 sales folks using one server for all their contact info, sales software and voicemail. It was an old '286 machine with a single small disk drive locked in a closet that ran to ~120+ degrees, and when I opened it up to look inside there was about 5lbs of dust clogging up the innards. I ran a couple of dskchk's on it and each one came back with more bad sectors. "I think I figured out why you guys keep losing voicemails and customer contact info..."

Much more recently, at my last job, the sales units (why is it always sales people?) got tired of IT not being able to deploy software they liked, so they bought white box servers, loaded them with OS/2 (I'm not making this up) and some database software and then left them under the admins desk in all the sales offices. They received no maintenance or other administrative work for the next 6 years.
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One bad disk brought down the server?* Anyone there heard of parity with striping?* They need RAID 5!!! You might suggest that to them for next time....
Yes we have heard of this. Over a year ago my boss talked to our computer support people about having a back-up server being located at one of our other sites. I'm not a computer person but for what ever reason the project bogged down and didn't get done. My opinion is we need a new support team to analyze our situation and get a good recover program in place. It will probably be a hot topic here for awhile, but will die down again as things get back to normal. I just hope this doesn't happen again before my 12/31/06 retirement date.*
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I feel your pain, don't let them get away with this!

When I was the server admin, it was understood that our web site being down was bad, our email being down was bad, and our file server being down was bad, but as long as there wasn't data loss, you would keep your job. If there WAS data loss, well, polish up that resume! Your IT department has a messed up set of priorities, I'm glad you only have 18 months to go! (yay for you!)
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