Reply to post: failure to think it through

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?

A K Stiles Silver badge

failure to think it through

In a small org in the mists of history, they'd gone to the trouble of putting each of the servers onto its own UPS battery, which would allow enough time to determine whether a power cut was likely to be a short spike or a prolonged affair which required an orderly, but manual, shutdown.

The screen for the server was not on the UPS, but no worry, as we could RDP in and run the necessary commands, thus also handling out of hours power cuts.

Fine for a couple of brief instances (<5 seconds) of power loss, but the first time it looked like being a longer outage it was suddenly apparent that none of the network equipment was powered, not a switch, not an access point, and no spare UPS sockets available into which a screen could be plugged...

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