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Stories that document the ill-fated attempts of IT to fix something, but things go horribly, horribly wrong.

Oh hey, on your way out, can I have the root password please?

This story takes place while I was a consultant working for a firm out of Texas. For this gig I was sent to a training facility to be their SysAdmin.I arrive on site at the correct time, and am let into the building. The...

Colossal IT Fail: Accidentally formatting hard disks of 9,000 PCs and 490 servers

HOLY CRAP.  Here is an IT horror story from Rod Trent over at myITforum.com (a great site if you get the chance to head there):A bit of helpful information for the uninitiated: SCCM or (Systems Center Configuration Manager) from Microsoft is a tool IT administrators...

Even the best laid plans…

A while back I worked at a company that had a large number of satellite campuses. Each site had all their own equipment, staff, server, etc. The larger sites would have a part time staff member or a tech on payroll that was given...

IT Fail: This is why you don’t mess with Windows logon

Republished with permission from our friends at The Daily WTF:Companies beyond a certain size all follow the same basic pattern. Where possible, everything gets centralized in the global office- email, web servers, Active Directory, etc. They dictate policy and then leave it to the extremeties...

Printer Vs. Fork Truck [pic]

This was a Zebra label printer in another life.

Son, I Think I Broke The Computer [story]

My poor dad is as computer illiterate as a 50-year old Mexican immigrant can get. Growing up poor in Mexico, he didn't have access to much technology. When I started college I bought a PC and he was amazed at what we could do...

Too Many Bugs In This System [pic]

Random thought...I just had flashbacks to playing this game when I was young on our Tandy 1000...:via:

This just fosters bad behavior…

I was just at a local tech conference, and of course, there were the various vendors from GFI, VMWare, HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, etc. - So, I walk up to the HP table to take a look at the new ultrabook offerings (the commercial grade...

Bad start to the day for any server admin [pic]

 The only time I remember seeing something like this was when I was setting up a disk array and the drives were still initializing (or were not yet configured).  This?  This is not good.  My thoughts go out to you and your colon...via: