David Moisan’s IT Resumes BloggingPosted: October 19, 2013
It’s been a year since my last post, Hac-Man Won the Retrochallenge! I’ve been very busy at SATV and with the Salem Commission on Disabilities. SATV is coming up on our franchise renewal year; the current contract runs out 11 months from now, in September 2014, and we started the planning process a year and a half ago.
My part of the process is to determine, for a 10 year contract cycle, what IT we need. Keep in mind that it’s practically impossible to determine technology trends more than a few years out. Rather than even try doing that, I just made estimations based on our current technology, our equipment refresh schedule (which varies by the technological area) and our unmet needs, pain points and so forth.
It was a very exhausting process that I can’t fully get into here, but let’s just say from September of last year until September this year, I and our executive director, had our heads down in this. I also had to refresh our network server sooner than we had anticipated as our backup Dell 1800 server was 8 years old and showing ECC memory errors. It was also the last 32-bit Windows server in the building long after Microsoft moved to 64-bit only server OS’s. That machine had a good life.
Our newer Dell 1900 was running good, but it was also running SBS 2008. As many readers know, there was a major disturbance in the SBS world last year. Microsoft discontinued SBS! The operating system I had been certified on twice (SBS 2008 and SBS 2011) was dead. SATV had been an SBS shop since the old BackOffice 4.0 days and I knew we would have to find a replacement head on.
I can’t get into any more detail about this either, but I like to quote an old phrase all the time, “The cobbler’s children go barefoot”. Between SATV’s franchise preparations, my own research into a life without Small Business Server, and numerous other personal circumstances, I had no energy for blogging or much of anything else.
I even missed the screaming about Windows 8. I had tried the developer preview, so I knew it was going to be a very different experience, but I had no time whatsoever to even try it out thereafterwards I finally got to use it after all when I convinced SATV to get me a staff laptop with Win 8 on it. (After using Win 8, oddly enough, I dislike Win 7 now.)
I also spent the past three months of summer and early fall migrating from SBS 2008, and Windows Server 2008, to a new server that is running Windows Server Essentials, Exchange and Sharepoint in a virtualized box hosted by our new Dell T320 server in the picture.
That was work.
The absolute low point was spending my birthday (July 24th and do-not-ask-please) with a very sick new Windows Hyper-V server that would not stay running (due to corrupted everything, as it turned out. Plus a Windows servicing stack that lied to me about what was and what was not installed, another story.) That afternoon I only remember staggering to my favorite takeout joint in Salem, going home in a daze, nomming down steak tips, and then falling into bed. The topper was me remoting into that same server four hours later because I could not sleep! (!!)
I am extremely stubborn and hyperfocused with computer problems. Now imagine 12 months of this. I’m surprised I’m even still here.
I’m just in time for Windows 8.1, though, and I did get new server hardware at home to write about. I’m catching up on my gaming, too, and I have no shortage of topics now.
Stay on the channel.