RE: Microsoft Windows, will rule in the next 8 years in the marke t

  • From: "Goulet, Dick" <DGoulet@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Les.Hollis@xxxxxx>, <>, <BoivinP@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 10:12:23 -0500

Humm,  Seems I remember reading an article about a company that had gone
through some refurbishment of their facilities,  After the construction
folks went on their way they made an inventory of the servers that they
had.  There existed one server, Sun OS I do believe, that they could see
on the network, but could not physically find.  One of the hapless IS&T
folks was assigned the task of hand tracing the network cable from the
network switch to the server in an effort to locate it.  He found the
server boarded up in an old closet that had been sheet rocked over
covered in a good inch of dust.  Apparently the server had been there
for years without a reboot, patch, or any other attention and was
housing a mission critical application.  The CIO, as I remember, was
quoted as saying "Good thing it was not running Windows!".

Dick Goulet
Senior Oracle DBA
Oracle Certified 8i DBA
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Subject: RE: Microsoft Windows, will rule in the next 8 years in the
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Eight years ago, I had an account that the AIX server and the Oracle
database had been up for 540+ days.  It was basically forgotten and
burning electricity...but everything still was working as it was

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On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:31:35 -0400, Boivin, Patrice J
<BoivinP@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> It's amazing to me that they
> think it's normal.  Imagine if their toaster or their oven was like
that, it
> would be in the garbage in the blink of an eye.

I'm regularly faced by managers who can't believe that I have trouble
remembering the root password to our UNIX boxes.  They can't get their
head around the idea that it's just been sitting there doing what it
supposed to do for the last 6 months or more without human
intervention beyond changing backup tapes and checking the backup logs
(which are emailed to a central account).  I haven't needed to login
to reboot it or apply a couple of million vital security patches every
few days.  It  Just  Works.

> It's kind of sad because I like unix.

Me too.  I've worked with various flavours and every one has it's own
quirks and strengths.  I'm mainly working with Solaris right now.


It's better to ask a silly question than to make a silly assumption.

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