About an hour later, the link went down again, so I grabbed the keys and proceeded to the network closet for the 15th time that week. I pulled the power cords from the modem and the firewall, waited the obligatory 15 seconds, and plugged it all back up. Fixed!
When I got back to my desk, I had an urgent email from Tom in my Inbox titled, "ISSUE WITH EMAIL!!!" The message started with the words, "There is something wrong with email! Please see the attached." In the message, he had pasted a screenshot of the Outlook send-and-receive failure message, as well as the warning message in the lower-right corner that Outlook could not connect to Exchange.
I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry -- it was funny yet sad in so many ways. It was also a prime example of why drinking buddies are not always the best choice when staffing senior management for a new company.
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