Servers, no matter what size, shape or form factors they come in, must always "reside" in a secure room or a DC. Unfortunately for me, there are just times when this is not possible or you can't say "no". A JFDI (Just F*ckin' Do It) kind-a thing.
So we have this PC that became a "server" and needs to be connected to the network at all times. And it sat on an empty cubicle. Alone.
One day, during lunch time, I heard a "bing" from the NMS. The server is down. Geez.
I soon discovered that someone has disconnected the server from the network and replaced it with a VoIP phone.
While we were waiting for the dreaded angry calls from the servers "owners", I quickly called that phone extension and the conversation went like this:
ME: Where is the server?
(NOTE: No "pleasantries". I went straight for the kill. Some interrupted my lunch and that made my blood boil.)
Person: I disconnected it ...
ME: (Interrupting) Plug it back in. Now.
(NOTE: By this time, I had two colleagues stop whatever they were doing and eavesdropping my call.)
Person: I need the connect my phone. I am moving to this cubicle.
ME: Plug the server back in.
Person: Excuse me, do you know who you are talking to?
ME: (Trying to calm down.) I don't care. In the next ten minutes, a group of angry people, led by the person sitting in that corner office, will be calling to find out why their precious little server has stopped working. How about I tell to come and see you?
I let that sink in for a bit before ending the conversation with "Last warning: Plug that server back in." and terminated the call.
Two colleagues were standing next to me, arms across their chest and eyes wide open, "Did you just threaten someone?".
Before I could answer, the NMS chimed and we saw the notification of the server disappear. The server is back online.