This is the blog of Ronald Bartels that wanders on and off the subject of problem management (that is how it started), but it is best described by Ray who says this is Daddy's thoughts! Like the best music is from the Eighties and a wee dram helps in solving most inconveniences.
Epic uptime achievement unlocked. Can you beat 16 years? NetWare 3.12 server taken down after a decade and a half of duty.
It's September 23, 1996. It's a Monday. The Macarena is pumping out
of the office radio, mid-way through its 14 week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, doing little to improve the usual Monday gloom. Easing yourself into the week, you idly thumb through a magazine, and
read about Windows NT 4.0, released just a couple of months previous.
You wonder to yourself whether Microsoft's hot new operating system
might finally be worth using. Then it's down to work. Microsoft can keep its fancy GUIs and
graphical server operating systems. NetWare 3.12 is where it's at:
bulletproof file and print sharing. The server, named INTEL after its
process, needs an update, so you install it and reboot. It comes up
fine, so you get on with the rest of your day. Sixteen and a half years later, INTEL's hard disks—a pair of full
height 5.25 inch 800 MB Quantum SCSI devices—are making some
disconcerting noises from their bearings, and you're tired of the
complaints. It's time to turn off the old warhorse.