New Tools for SharePoint Repair

Well as my nickname states I pride myself on being creative, especially in times of pressure.  This morning i got to prove it once again on a SharePoint Farm for a small non-profit firm.

Let me set the scene, SharePoint WSS Farm 2007, running on some classic Compaq Servers.  Yep I said Compaq. Running…..ready for this…2 gb of ram, with a whopping 18gb of storage.  Back in its day this rig cost $18,000.00, now good luck finding parts.

It decided to go down at 9am, 1 hour after the doors opened.  As I like to offer my services to a lot of non-profits that cannot afford IT, or even new/used equipment the first person who got the call was me of course after the in-house techie….”Chippie” got his fingers in and could not solve it.

So I drive down, and the servers are running except the DB server…nothing, no power, no signs of life.  Crack open the case, and clean out the 4 lb. dust bunny.  Did I forget to mention they have the server room in an old closet, semi-renovated 1895 house.  Well after digging around and doing all the usual Hardware Support tasks we find that a detent clip holding one of the power connections has decided to die after 18+ years of abuse.

Creative thinking and well I ended at back performing a Paperclip repair with some superglue.  You got it right I fell back on an Old MacGyver trick.  Back up and running, for less then 1 cent.  All Hail Digital MacGyver, miracle worker with a bag full of junk.

So for everyone looking to buy the next $10,000 server, or new fangled gadget, just keep in mind when it dies, how are you going to fix it.


3 Replies to “New Tools for SharePoint Repair”

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  2. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Thank you so much!

    1. Elijah,
      Thanks for dropping a comment on my blog. I am trying to add more solid blogs and links in by Roll Call area, and linking. I have a project to try and identify 50 SharePoint resources everyone should have linked. Think I might have that ready in a week. Keep checking back. Also if you are wanting me to put an article on a specific challenge, let me know.

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