We have had several clients affected by the recent flooding here in the UK.

One, from Chelsea in central London, called us in a panic on Friday afternoon as water was starting to flood into their offices. Given that they are next door to the Thames we thought for a minute that the Thames flood barrier had failed but actually it was just storm water from the drains.

They wanted to know how to save the server in a hurry so we gave them an emergency shutdown procedure (i.e. stop the Exchange services and then Shutdown) and told them to lift it as far off the ground as possible. We also got them to lift up external disk drives and the brand new gigabit Switches we had just supplied.

Luckily the flooding only got as deep as three inches/7-8 cm but it has been enough to lift the flooring and no doubt there will be a lot of mopping up and drying to come.

Perhaps the lesson to come from this for any small business is to examine contingency procedures. What would you do if you had to relocate at short notice? Can you work from another location? What equipment would you need to take with you? Can staff work from home?

Actually much of the technology we sell aids this kind of contingency planning. If you can relocate your server to another location where you can get internet access the chances are, if you use Microsoft Small Business Server, you can carry on working to a greater or lesser extent. Todays smart phones can send and receive Exchange email, and using Remote Desktop employees can gain access to data and applications held on the server.

by hostadmin on Jul 24, 2007 at 8:25 AM

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