The Great Server Crash of 2006

Last week was a FUBAR. That is the only way to describe it. Without going into detail, and boring the hell out of all you, our file server crashed -- hard.

I had to replace the internal drive that had the operating system. I also had to use DiskWarrior to resurrect the main firewire drive. The only way to salvage data off of one of the other external drives was Data Rescue II (DiskWarrior could not even help me with that one.

Props is required for Data Rescue II, I was able to get close to all 60 GB of data off of a really messed up firewire drive.

I also must bring attention to Super Get Info. Even with the nicer admin tools in 10.4 Server, it still cannot fix permissions worth a lick.

Tiger Server sets the permissions on the share points fine, of course, but it does not handle permissions through the enclosed files/folders.

You can do this in the Finder, but you run into "you do not have permissions to do this," even if you are logged in as the system admin, or even root. Which makes no sense whatsoever.

Super Get Info will go through gigabytes of data and set permissions. It slices, it dices, and dang does it work well. I bought Super Get Info when it was first released, and I am glad I did.

The server is back up and everyone is back to working normally (temporarily working on a 10-seat simultaneous connection 10.4 Tiger Client install sucked) there are numerous little problems. All my intricate aliases are messed up, for example.

Back to normal, and hopefully back to posting a little more regularly here at BW.

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