I'm currently sitting in my office (14 hours after I came to work) babysitting a server migration, anticipating being here at least another 4 hours. Why am I doing this on a tuesday evening, you ask? Because said file server had the poor manners to begin its death spiral earlier this week... so instead of a nice, leasiurely weekend to move data over, all of it has to be done by 8AM tomorrow morning. This would not normally be too bad, but the hot backup machine I'm pulling data off of is a 150MHz Pentium with 64 megs of RAM. Compounding this technical hurdle is the poor management of files by the departments involved. There are two directories that I've found so far that have over 20,000 files each (no subdirectories, no sir!) It's quite saddening to sit here and watch a 3KB file take about 750 miliseconds to copy over a 100MB ethernet segment on its own VLAN. It's amusing to note that mutli-megabyte files take about the same amount of time. It's downright terrifying that there are over 200,000 discrete files on this box. Once the files are copied, I get to reset all the permissions, verify the RAID array is good, make sure the UPS is working, provision a backup device and make sure I can make a good backup. I'm wondering if I'm going to be done by 8AM. At least I get to skip work tomorrow. ;g Console me! ;f Wanna kill these ads? We can help!