I was literally on my way to the GPIP board meeting when my pager started going. I turned around, assessed the situation from home, called the GPIP Pres. with my regrets, called the Boss with status information, and headed in to Hartford.
Getting things back in service was as basic as commanding the UPS to startup in 'bypass' (meaning it's not running as an UPS, it's just feeding raw street power to the equipment). It's probably a combination of age and being run dry, but all of the batteries in the UPS had failed.
So, tomorrow I need to:
- Triage the power situation in the computer room and get some temporary small UPS units in place
- Look into my budget and see what I have left to get some new batteries (it'll probably cost just under two grand to get four new batteries, and I don't even want to contemplate overnight shipping on 4 x 65 = 260lbs of lead and acid)
- Also, find some other money somewhere to get the f*cking air conditioner in that room fixed (long-term, the excessive heat probably had a role in frying the batteries)