I arrived in just before 9AM this morning. It had been a good morning up to then, servers hadn’t done anything weird during the night, the emailed alerts didn’t show anything out of the ordinary and there wasn’t all that much going on so I could get things done for a change without fighting fires.
While working on a few things I logged onto a server using remote desktop and as I always do, I started Jaws.
Two seconds later alarms started going off all over the place!
The server throughout a blue screen of death and wouldn’t respond to anything even when accessed using the network KVM.
Of course, the server I took down had to be in the furthest building away. I had to go over and reboot it and make sure everything worked afterword.
This is where things went even worse!
The tip of my Cain isn’t moving. It’s jammed! So, it’s still usable but it’s not very easy.
I made it over eventually.
I got into the server room which by the way is in a lower basement.
I unlocked the iPhone and looked for the saytext app so I could read the labels on the front of the servers to find the one that I needed to reboot. To my horror I hadn’t installed it after I lost everything on the phone a few days ago. I tried reinstalling it but because I was in such a bad location I couldn’t! I had to close everything and go back out of the basement to download it.
This sounds easy but there are fire suppression systems to turn off, a KVM to fold up, racks to close and security systems to get in and out of.
This server room has three air conditioning units and 16 racks so it’s very noisy so it’s probably the place I hate going to most.
All because Jaws made a server crash.