What does an IT guy do when the power is out at the office? Not a lot aparently.
Yesterday morning, a construction crew cut the main power line to the area where I work. The buildings that I work around aren't part of the normal power grid like the surrounding areas are. So while the rest of the base is back up, our area's going to be down til they re-patch the power back together.
The server room is in my building so we had a diesel generator providing emergency lighting in the office space and full power where the servers are. So while all of our workstations are down, the servers and the network are still going, as long as the diesel fuel keeps coming. We're expecting to be on the generator until Monday, at least.
Normally, I would expect that it would make for a pretty slow couple of days. No calls because the users aren't in. I can't do anything from my workstation, but I can work from the server room on some housekeeping projects...filesystem cleanup, maybe an upgrade here and there, then knock off early.
Nope. Spent the day running cable and setting up office equipment. We created an office space for the organization's VIP's that is running from the network and power in the server room. Was kind of an interesting project. Didn't do me any good (won't do me any good when I have to tear it down either) but the mucky-mucks appreciated the support.
They're say that we might not have power on Monday either. Maybe I'll get to get some more of my selfish work done and then knock off early.
Yeah, Glen, this was because of your email. :P