Y2K, Windows NT4 Server and Notes. It

Who, me? The weekend is over, but for some, the event of more than a decade still continues. Welcome to Who, Me?, The confessional of The Register for misdeeds and mishaps in the world of IT.

Today's story comes from a reader we will call "Ivan," who told us about the moment he learned an important lesson about the use of CD-ROM trays.

Ivan was working for a large computer manufacturer in the 1990s and, along with much of the industry, "had been preparing for the impending & # 39; End of the world & # 39; that was to happen on 31 December 1999. "

Oh yes, the Y2K error. Something that still leaves consultants with cloudy eyes to this day, as well as inducing nervous tics in those in charge of fixing the thing.

Ivan continued: "We had several rack test boxes [in] one of our laboratories where we had been testing several updates and patches for Windoze and Lotus Notes." Ivan described the environment as "NT4 Server, with a healthy mix of Netware 4 NDS".

It was the days.

Sensibly, Ivan's team had been reviewing things before approaching production, and "having been hit with several updates and setbacks, I had the task of reconstructing the main Notes test chart with our current development compilation. . "

All simple things. Ivan turned off the NT4 test server and waited until Microsoft's best told him it was safe to turn off the power.

"I pressed the power button."

The expected reduction in decibels occurred when the server struck the last blow. However, Ivan and the main Notes administrator noticed something a little strange.

"The message remained on the screen.

" We both stood up, looked at the screen for what was probably milliseconds before she began to chatter and burst into a cold sweat. "

Some demon of humanity, the very definition of a BOFH, had chosen to place the test box next to the primary Notes server and, well, you can probably guess what Ivan had done.

Image the scene – multiple users throughout the country (possibly the world – this was, and is, a very large multinational PC manufacturer) suddenly began to see random error messages on their screens.

Ivan had turned off the wrong server, and both Windows NT4 and Notes did not Kindly take the power to be suddenly interrupted without being asked politely first, would it have been corrupted by unplanned downtime? Would a terrified search for backups be needed? [19659002] Destiny was with Ivan, and a hit from the technical service power button restorer when the software recovered from the abrupt shutdown, to his relief and that of the Notes Manager.

However, "my name was briefly noted at the highest levels of the organization." Probably out loud and in response to the question "who was the idiot who …"

For Ivan, the final conclusion was: "I learned to open the CD-ROM drive from a box before turning it off, just to make sure have the right one. " [19659002] Did you ever have that sinking feeling when you realized that you had been a bit silly just when the fans of the wrong server server didn't work? Confess everything via email to the vultures of Who, Me? and purge your conscience. ®

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