Ghosts of Christmas past: Helpdesk horrors

Ghosts of Christmas past: Helpdesk horrors

Summary: The festive season is the right time to look back at those troubling manifestations that continue to haunt helpdesks, says Jack Wallen

TOPICS: IT Employment

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  • Night call

    4. The call in the middle of the night
    It's the witching hour and your special batphone rings to let you know the network is down. You can't remote in to check it out. Your only option is to get dressed and head out to the site to reboot whatever piece of equipment is at fault. Of course, you may be lucky, and a call to the provider will reveal a serious issue with your pipe, thereby sparing you a late-night trip.

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  • Server

    5. Server down and no backup
    The nightmare of nightmares for IT. Your server has tanked and there is no backup to restore from. That scenario puts you at the mercy of a broken drive or RAID array, and you'll have to pray that the data on those drives can be recovered. The lesson? Back up your servers and convince everyone around you of the importance of backing up theirs.

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  • Budget cuts

    6. Budget cuts
    In the present economic climate, companies are downsizing everything, including IT. Many companies are shifting from internal IT to outsourced IT. If you work in internal IT and you see the writing on the wall, this change is a nightmare you may not be able to avoid. Budget cuts are a certainty, so the only thing you can do to avoid this is to work efficiently, ensure everything you do and every decision you make is sound — and hope for the best.

Topic: IT Employment

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