punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Babysitting YAPO

When we were in this lab at work, I'll call "The Upstairs Lab," we had some problems like cooling, minor theft, and some meddling. Once in a while, the network they put us on would be rank with virus and trojan traffic. So they moved us to an "official production room," which we'll call the "Computer Room," over a year ago. Part of the agreement to move downstairs was that not only was it far more secure, it was a production environment, and everything was stable.

They lied.

Today I have to baby-sit "YAPO," Yet Another Planned Outage, which we almost never had in the "Upstairs Lab." In this new area, we have had network outages, power outages, and equipment failures at a far greater level than before. Many of the "planned outages" are over the weekend, and I have had to baby-sit most of them. At least today's YAPO is during my normal morning work hours, and doesn't involve a section with servers (we hope, that's what they told us, only two of our rows are affected by this maintenance). Baby-sitting involves:

- Gracefully shutting down all systems on the netowrk/power grid affected
- Waiting to see when the workers actually shut the network/power off
- Keeping an eye on their work, making sure the Doozers build more crystal lattice
- When they give me the "all clear," I power everything back up, make sure it's okay
- I write a report on what happened, and what excuses they gave for being late

Some "production" system.

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