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The Life and Times of Unclesocks

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98 copies of Windblow$, or the actual OS? I don't really get it, but anyway, Windows 2000 Advanced Server is still fun -- or no?!?? :)


I probably have more than 98 copies of Windows floating around here... No I could think about using Windows 2000 again, but all these computers need to be relatively up to date, as far as OSes go. Then again, I don't have the time for that either.
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I typically do not update this too much regarding hardware changes or interesting stories. I should actually go and take out the systems I do not have any more. Anyways, Uncle Socks was the idea for this thread so here we go!

7Server and Uncle Socks have been off for a few weeks because they weren't needed. Well I've been working with my lackey on a new project, mostly discussion of, how to bring back the old Linux imaging via WDS idea. Well we got to the point where we wanted to try some things out. The original project hit the shed because I couldn't get WDS and AD to work together to pre-qualify systems to boot into the Linux bootrom vs WDSNBSP. Because I am fairly confident on my ability to recreate WDS servers, as well as the stability of our existing systems, I did not see a reason why we can't just convert 7Server to natively use the Linux bootrom.

But things are not so easy just like that. So I had pressed the power button on Uncle Socks but it did not turn on! I took the system out and tried another PSU. The computer would then boot. Great! I say, except that the chassis it is in is severely EOL to the point where finding a replacement PSU to fit the custom form factor would be impossible. So I went on a journey into the warehouse and found a 5 bay chassis that would fit the board and a new PSU. I also was able to find a brand new motherboard layout sticker to put inside the new case.

I started rebuilding it at about 9am, went into a meeting for 1:30 and then was able to finish it in about 30 minutes. So with the meeting in the middle, it felt like it took 4 hours to rebuild it! I also went and got the label maker to print 2 new "Uncle Socks" and "Chinese Warlord" stickers for the front of the new system. As far as labels go, all I need to do now is get a new Asset Tag printed for it, but that will have to wait until next week.

Next, I go hook it all back up to the KVM and turn it on. The system boots! It gets up to the "configuring network" part of Windows and I realise that since it has the Infrastructure FSMO, it is probably looking for the 7Server. Hit the switch and (unlock) turn on 7Server. It boots, sees all the ram, has a healthy RAID5 and boots into Windows. I log into the system, then switch back over to...

Uncle Socks is not on anymore. Go press the power button, the motherboard makes a wacky beep... Thermal Errors! Oh no! Try to go into the BIOS and system powers off. Everythings plugged in. I had a (real) builder look at it, seems fine.

Its lunch time now, so after wards I will see what else I can do to make it work.

Uncle Socks will live again!

Update: The CPU paste was all old and crumbly. In the process of reseating the fan, I busted the pins. So a fan replacement fixed it.

Edited by Tripredacus, 20 October 2010 - 01:46 PM.

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It's the end of an era friends! In the middle of last week (sometime past last Thursday, no joke) the company I work for announced that it was closing up shop. All of the systems listed in this thread are located there. I am still technically employed, but on a day-to-day basis. As a result of this event, the future of these systems are in serious question! Seeing how I will not be working there much longer, I will eventually roll my personal systems into this thread when I get a chance.

Let the funeral commence!

Decommissioned today:
- Uncle Socks
- Lioncash
- Lockercheck

Everything else is in limbo at the moment.

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I've since stopped writing a diary about my computers, but felt like I should mention...

Uncle Socks brought back to life. :w00t:

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So did the company you worked for come back to life as well, or did you acquire Uncle Socks when it shut down? And butwhy.com does not seem to exist, so I assume that is an internal domain name? Just curious.

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So did the company you worked for come back to life as well, or did you acquire Uncle Socks when it shut down? And butwhy.com does not seem to exist, so I assume that is an internal domain name? Just curious.


My current company bought parts of my old company and I was retained. The actual Uncle Socks hardware might still exist in one of our other locations, or maybe it was recycled. This one is in name only... BUT it is housed in the chassis from the PC called "Aaron Rules" (now named Stickers) in the first post. The motherboard from Stickers met an unfortunate kaboom a couple months ago and I had saved the chassis which was quite fortunate since I needed one to build the Server 2012 test system. The hard drive from Stickers had been transferred to a new motherboard and chassis.

Oh and butwhy.com is not a real domain (you probably should go buy it now lol) and is the internal testing domain name that server sits on. I should probably have called it shark.attacksyou like the old one but oh well.

I'll try to take a picture of the chassis that "Stickers" had been in an "Uncle Socks" is in now... so that you know why it was called Stickers. :lol:
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