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Seattle Server Project

Posted Sunday, July 15th, 2007 10:40 pm GMT -5 in Technology, Travel, Work

Part of the reason I haven’t been posting much lately is the project I completed today. In anticipation of the new Los Angeles school, I decided some of our server equipment at work needed to be repositioned and reconfigured. It sounded like a good idea at the time (and I think will be long-term), but it took a lot of planning to pull off.

In a nutshell, I moved two servers from St. Paul to Seattle, pulled a large network storage device out of Seattle to be sent back to Minnesota, reconfigured the remaining St. Paul server to match what I need to do for the new Los Angeles server and upgraded memory across the board.

Kudos to my favorite Minnesota airline, who not only were on time with great in-flight service, but also managed to get all my gear to Seattle in one piece. I panicked on Sunday night when the Anvil case I planned to use fit the two servers fine, but weighed more than 100 pounds (Sun Country’s stated limit).

My anxiety over getting the stuff to Seattle caused me to get very little sleep Saturday night and I woke up before my 5am alarm. I removed one server from the case and took it to the airport counter and asked if I could carry it on. The helpful agent didn’t think it would fit in the overhead, but she said to just put it back in the case and check it as oversized (for a $40 charge). I told her it had to be over 100 pounds and she said, “we don’t have scales here.”

Poor, poor ground workers…

Also have to give props to National Car Rental and their agent in Seattle who found the car with the biggest trunk and helped load that big, honkin’ case in there. I just love the National Emerald Aisle service–one less stressful thing in the travel world is something worth celebrating.

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2007 at 10:40 pm

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