He admitted that he let the HQ guys take it, then I reminded him that he gave away a $30,000 server that our office had been charged for and that it was not an "extra" server but part of our fault-tolerance system.
To his point of view, my mirrored server was an "extra" because he never saw the system failing. In retrospect, I suppose I should have put just one server online at the start to illustrate to him why a backup was important. Seeing the reasons on paper sometimes aren't as effective as seeing the reason in action.
We never got the server back, so what ended up happening was that an additional server was bought for around $10,000. Then the company went bankrupt later that year, ending my worries about the whole scenario when I helped lock the doors for the last time on Oct. 30, 2003.
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