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

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Cisco 5500

Once upon a time, we had to insert a new 48 ports card into an almost full C5500.

It was of course running production for many systems.

I was lifting the forest of already cabled cables when the network dude was slowly inserting the card.

Then there was a big ZAP and the whole switch went silent !

2 hours of unplugging the thing, unracking the switch and replacing it by a spare one, kindly provided by

our DC provider (Thanks, James !). Re-plugging all and reconfig of the switch and we were back in business.

The post-mortem analysis revealed that:

- the power from chassis to card was provided by a male connector

- since this was recycled HW, and apparently someone had unplugged it quite brutally in the past, said connector was bent

- when we slid the card in, the bent male connector created a short, killing the chassis and its 2 PSUs

I remember the then "CIO" (random idiot having the right nationality) requesting those LAN incident to stop, to which I replied:

"this would need to use only new kit for LAN and no longer recycled kit, therefore funding". Never got a reply.

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