* Posts by e-wan

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running


Set the time on a NetWare server

In a university computer studies department, I had championed using Novell Netware as a departmental file & print service. The head of department also got a copy of Oracle running as an NLM on Netware, and was teaching in a classroom next door to the computer studies office.

A student came in to complain that all the machines in the labs were 2 or 3 minutes off the right time, as they their clocks were synced with the Netware environment. I flicked the Netware console screen on, and sure enough noticed that the server was running slow. No problem, thought I, and typed in (say) SET TIME 3:15 <enter>

Immediately, several hundred lines blurred past with the server beeping furiously, as each open session was unceremoniously booted off. We had time restriction set up, you see, so the labs were only open from 8am to 9pm... so every logged in user was kicked off, and I think the Oracle NLM came crashing to a halt (or at least all of its users did), whereupon the door flew open and the HoD (a big man) came storming in, red faced, wanting to know what the hell had happened.

Next time, make sure you know the difference between 3:15 and 15:15 ...