Electronic Death

Last Update: September 17, 2015

It all started Wednesday afternoon... A massive lighting storm hit Brisbane QLD, any by the purest worse luck of all a lighting strike hit our Office Building :-)

This is where everything started to go down hill very fast --- actually immediately. The lighting strike fried out UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), at least it saved all the servers and network equipment.

Well yesterday morning it was scramble time. the UPS was dead, had a horrible smell to it - "Electronic Death" and I had to think fast on the feet how on earth can I get all our servers up & running we only have a few wall GPO points and yet we are looking at 60 + power cables to feed.

Thankfully we have a local cable supplier that had adapter cables and power rails that could be used, the tricky part was sharing the load across several power points and mixing it between 10Amp & 15 Amp outlets. It looks like a dogs breakfast and is not the best / safest cabling but its temporary.

Now roll onto today, we have 2 new UPS units being delivered, new cabling and we will be covered with redundancy by having the 2 units sharing the load. At least today wont be a long day like yesterday. Only a few hours to go now before I can start tidying up our cable mess.

O' the joys of being in IT....


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Judy-B Premium
Wow what a mess, I'd be tangled up for sure. Glad you are getting it sorted. :)
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PaulDG Premium
Yep it certainly was, but now all tidy :-)
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Mark1957 Premium
Hohoho....looks like my masterly cabling!!

Glad you got yourself back into online civilisation quicksmart.

Mark
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PaulDG Premium
Yeah we had to get everything back online as fast as possible as we supply communications to a few very remote locations where we have staff. All good now though.
Paul
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Mark1957 Premium
No pressure then..lolssss!!
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PaulDG Premium
:-D
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KatieMac Premium
Not good glad you have got it back on track hope there is no more mishaps..
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PaulDG Premium
we had one more storm go through but thankfully all was fine with that one.
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KatieMac Premium
glad to hear that hope all is running smoothly once again
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Pisquali Premium
Oh that looks so familiar. Precision cabling.
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PaulDG Premium
It was only temporary precision cabling, now everything is back to the way it was and even a little more tidier :-)
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allchristie Premium
Brisbane never does it by halves. I applaud your fixing major problems. Our storms here in Utah over the last two days dropped first snow on the mountains, and chilled the rest of us: it was summer last week. As I have interests in both parts of the world, WA appears to be the way to go for news. Larry
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PaulDG Premium
Yep I recon WA lets you get up to date news from around the world :-)
So true about Brisbane not doing things in halves... I am dreading this coming summer, in the long range forecasts there is high possibilities in some pretty bad storms.
Stay worm in Utah hey.
Paul
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