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[Rooting around under a desk looking for a spare power socket to plug a desk lamp in.]
"What's that one? Ah, it's the fan heater isn't it? I'm not using that."
[Unplugs the fan heater]
Half a second later: "Why has the server cupboard gone quiet?"

Bad: I unplugged one of my office servers, the one that handles incoming email and web and various other external services.
Worse: The (admittedly rather old) system disk decided it'd had enough and refused to spin back up upon reapplying the power. Always a risk when you power down a machine that's been running constantly for years.
Annoying: I accidentally breathed in loads of dust when I pulled the disk caddies out (I'm allergic to dust).
Good: I appear to have a spare blank disk.
Better: All the data is safely stored on a separate RAID 5 file server that is still running fine.
Great: I also have a full nightly backup of the dead disk stored on the other server.
Fantastic: The disk that I thought was a spare blank was actually a RAID 1 mirror of the dead one. All I had to do was install Grub on it to get it to boot.


Oh, I hate the socket dilemma. And the accidental oopses. Last time we killed the power on my server (deliberately, for some rewiring) it too decided to die. Reminds me, must buy a new server before the cobbled-together rescue fails.

Glad you got it fixed.
Ditto. I've given up playing socket roulette by labeling the plugs. Looks stupid but stops me from unplugging the computer by accident.
I mostly label mine, but then I sit under my desk on a very hot day trying to work out what to sacrifice to a fan.

I labelled the fuse boxes recently after we did the aforementioned rewiring (of course, the fuse we wanted was the last one we came to) and they ended up as "Lounge and hall light" "dining room and kitchen light" "cooker" "downstairs sockets" and "every bloody thing upstairs". Which is great - if we want to fix the bathroom light, we have to turn all the servers off too. Sigh.

I also noticed the sticker on the fuse box. It will have its 50th birthday next year. I'm thinking of having a party in its honour. Perhaps a wiring check would be more appropriate.
I've now gaffer-taped the server cupboard power extension to the wall socket.
That was fortunate! Mind you why didn't you have a ups in the server cupboard? On the farm we tend to get 'microcuts' of a few seconds - just long enough to lose any data! sometimes it can be months then a blizzard of the damned things.
No good reason really except the power is pretty reliable here. At some point I'm going to replace all three ancient servers with a new and more efficient one with several VMware instances on it, and I'll probably get a UPS at the same time.
I too get microcuts, in west London, and the UPS I bought (25 quid from Maplin) has been a fantastic investment. It UPSs two sockets and filters four more, and I have the plug from that brightly marked so it doesn't get pulled when I'm looking for a spare socket (but then all the plugs are marked now, though a rewiring a while ago got confusing when I swapped several IEC leads around and so the monitor was on a plug marked cable modem etc. :-)

great news about the backups etc.