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    I was thinking more Data Protection Act, but that could work

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    ive heard of one organization losing an nt4 server (still worked) and eventually finding it in a bricked up cubby hole.

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    Who said the ICT dept couldn't work out of a stationery cupboard? I've been doing it for years - and with two other people in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    ive heard of one organization losing an nt4 server (still worked) and eventually finding it in a bricked up cubby hole.
    lol ive heard almost the exact same story, either an urban legend or its just spread throughout the IT world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    lol ive heard almost the exact same story, either an urban legend or its just spread throughout the IT world!
    About 5 years ago the story was it was edinburgh university found a Novell server bricked up in an old cupboard still working that had been missing for 8 years! From what I can remember it was in a computer magazine.

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    My google-f00 is strong

    http://www.ucs.ed.ac.uk/bits/2001/may_2001/bits.pdf

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    *chuckle*

    Jems workplace had similar...we were asked to look at it, as it was "a bit slow".
    1 old Poweredge SC, sat on the floor, no UPS etc, surrounded by mess with a CRT on top.
    8 port router/switch by this providing internet to entire company
    wires coming off this like spaghetti, taped to carpets, run round floorboards etc to office PCs
    one wire pushed through a hole drilled in the wall to the office next door (studio)
    This wire ran to another 8 port switch, supplying more PCs in the studio..then it joined to ANOTHER 8 port (not sure why). More wires taped to the floor etc.
    One wire was worn down to the twisted pairs.

    We ripped it all out. there were loopbacks, "dead" cables, we even discovered a headless XP box sat under/between 2 desks, acting as a print server to a LAN enabled Printer/Fax/Scanner.

    The funniest bit? The whole place was structured cabling enabled, even down to a wallmount rack! They've just ignored it.

    All got recabled, switches consolidated, excess removed, wifi point added, server stripped down to find hard disks just held in with 1 screw, lots of dust etc. All sorted.

    Then we asked about backups..."erm..maybe, at some point.."..so we sent the boss out to buy 2x500gb USB disks. 1 batch backup script later on a schedule, and both disks contain the server data..one taken off site, 1 in place at all times.

    Still no UPS or surge protection mind you, and it's iffy power down there...

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