Monday, May 26, 2003

Friday night was one of the longest nights of my life. And it was definitely the worst network upgrade I've ever had the misfortune to be involved with.

We spent 18 hours, from 10 PM Friday until 5 PM Saturday afternoon, trying to upgrade two NetWare 5.1 servers to NetWare 6 and preserve our server cluster setup. Things went well until 3 AM. We had both servers up and running with the new OS and we were re-enabling services that had been shut down. At that point we reconnected the servers to the network storage device (over 3 TB of disk space), and everything went to hell. We spent the next six hours trying to get the servers to "see" the SAN. When they would finally get connected, we'd reboot them and they'd break again. Finally, around 9 AM, we got a solid connection. Then we broke it again and again, trying to tweak things. Around noon, over 24 hours in, we worked on resurrecting the NetWare volumes. By 5 PM, we were goofy from the intense work and the lack of sleep, but the system was working again. Tomorrow I go back to see what bugs we didn't catch the first time through.

Liz and I saw "The Matrix Reloaded" this afternoon. She liked it, but thought it was too wordy. While I enjoyed it again, I felt like I needed a degree in philosophy to be able to understand all the "causality" and "ergos" in the script. And the scene with the Architect isn't any easier to follow on the second viewing. My favorite fight scene is still the one in the Merovingian's lobby, with the swords and acrobatics. That one kicks serious ass.

1 comment:

Ryan Phelps said...

Get enough sleep. You'll be surprise how beneficial it is. If you wanna make the right choices, then have enough sleep.