I did, indeed, spend my day in the office instead of enjoying a very pleasant spring day out-of-doors. I was rewarded, however, with success in moving the DHCP service from one server to another, newer one. I'd failed in my first attempt –last night– but tonight's efforts paid off. Next I need to move user profiles and user personal file spaces off of the old server. The old machine has been very reliable but is getting up in years. Where servers are concerned it is best to replace them before they fail … there's much less pain involved! So I'll work on that over the next week or so and then try and figure out what to do with a big vintage Windows 2000 Server that has been in near continuous operation since just after Windows 2000 was introduced. Good thing I was in the Server Room, as it turns out… the air conditioner stopped working and the temperature was rising. Hot air in the Server Room is not a good thing.
As an IT practitioner I see a lot of strange things: Computers that behave in bizarre ways… users that behave in bizarre ways. I've never seen the like of the following, reportedly an actual error message that appeared on the screen of a printer at someone else's shop:
On the status panel of an HP LaserJet 4200tn printer:
WARNING: DEMON POSSESSED
After many years of doing this kind of work I can say that the message in question is possibly the most accurate one I've seen… if one believes in demons, anyway! So now we know who to call for help –not HP repair– an exorcist!