Things That Go 'Bump' in the Net

Welcome to the server room, comfortable 65 degrees at 11:00 at night.
Believe it or not, you can sweat bullets at 65 degrees standing completely still.

Oh, and this is kind of how things look to me when I'm not wearing my glasses.

Sometimes detail is distracting.

This is the hard drive as the computer sees it. Hardly any space left.

Backup tape and emergency repair disk.
These are things you never want to have to touch, let alone use.

Roughly 60 e-mail accounts, corporate anti-virus software, a few thousand dollars worth of hardware, and a quiet Sunday night with the opportunity to completely trash everything.
Are we having fun yet?

First a "Ghost" image of the existing disk written to tape.
"Ghost" stands for "General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer."
It takes a while.

What to do in the meantime... ?
This is a bowl of mini-"Snickers" chocolate bars.
I hit it several times.

Ghost is finished. Now to back-up the necessary "Exchange" files.
Need a computer on the network with space.
Which one?

Manual back-up over the network takes a little over an hour.

Time to get into it.

This is a Dell PowerEdge 4400 Server completely naked.

Trust me.

I think I know what I'm doing.

This is the where the hard drives are kept in a Dell PowerEdge server.
Out with the old, in with the new -- Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) -- pronounced "Scuzzy."

After restoring the Ghost image from tape and attempting to power up, a very good sign.

The server room never looked so good.
Just another "Snickers" or two and I'm out of there.

Self Portrait.
Or is this how the computers see me?