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Server Games December 23, 2005

Posted by Michael McVey in Hardware.

Online Tools   Just as we were about to button down the lab for the Winter Break, odd things started happening. All week we were cleaning old web pages off the server just to make it run a little smoother and to reduce the total file size to speed up our backup. This was basic stuff. Our excellent Network Administrator had moved files to a second server so he could install updated drives onto the web server.

Everything was going well, so it came as a surprise to everyone when I announced that the server was down. I had first noticed the problem the night before and again in the morning. We immediately ran analysis programs and checked out the system. The culprit appeared to be an Internet Protocol number that was off by one digit. It was either a typo or something did not save properly.

During the regular year we would have been deluged with phone calls within minutes of the server crashing, but as this is the quietest working day of the entire academic year so far there have been no calls.

Side note: Happy birthday Sister Louise from Brother Michael. :-)

Update: After five hours and a personal call from three crack server gurus on campus, we were able to determine the cause of the problem and resolve it in short order.



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