Last Monday until Tuesday I went to Sukabumi in a family event, also in relation to school holiday. We got ourselves a nice villa in the middle of nowhere, and started enjoying the break. The kids were running around and screaming as loud as possible. The parents enjoyed the gentle mountain breeze… until,
Suddenly my phone rang, and then came the news about the death of my client’s main server. The resulting crisis needs to be handled immediately.
The on-site staff unfortunately are not knowledgeable enough to handle this situation. And it takes too much time to go back to Jakarta.
So I quickly opened my laptop and try to connect to the Internet using my Pro XL subscription. The signal was pretty weak, only about 3 bar. Then I remember, that if I changed my phone’s orientation, sometimes the signal’s strength will change. So I started looking for the right place to put the phone, and finally got full signal when the phone was placed pointing to the corner of the room.
Don’t ask me why, I was just happy that I got full signal. Internet access became pretty fast, enough for me to access the office remotely.
I’m still quite surprised by the signal’s strength, considering my location. Thanks XL.
I quickly worked to restore the services originally hosted on that server. The main one is the company’s ERP – with the available backup, I managed to get it up and running again in another server.
Then I started looking to resurrect the dead server.
Unfortunately, the dead server seems to have its motherboard fried. With help from a friend, my staff managed to secure a SCSI card, plugged it into another server, plugged the SCSI hard drive – and voila, it runs. That temporary server booted from the SCSI hard drive just fine. Debian detected that it’s now on different server, did a few auto detection, and then everything runs as before. Every single bloody thing. Even when the servers are totally different – different motherboard, memory, processor, etc.
I can’t help but to fell in love again with Debian.
So I turned off the services on the other server, and redirected the users to the server running on the original hard drive. My staff then sent the dead server to the vendor for repairs.
Expecting a sad ending? Thankfully, that’s not the case here 🙂