Sitting at my desk this afternoon and the power went out for the entire house.
The power here is really good, barely a flicker even during the worst thunderstorms, so I sat for about 15 seconds staring at 2 blank monitors before deciding that something needed to be done. I wasn’t worried about any computers. All have a UPS or they are laptops with a built-in UPS. No immediate worries.
Since the entire house was out of power, I thought it could be the circuit breaker and walked to the garage to check it. Oops. No lights. I need to find a flashlight. Found one, checked all the breakers – none were thrown. Is that good news or bad?
The entire time, a 1500VA UPS has been diligently beeping. It has been 3 minutes and the power doesn’t appear to be coming back. I should start shutting down systems. Remember that power issue last month – I still haven’t found a replacement UPS for the right price, so a switch and router aren’t on any UPS. That means the laptop screen that I’d planned to use to cleanly shutdown all the virtual machines and hosts wasn’t going to work wihtout some power reconfiguration. The best laid schemes of ….
Just as I was considering the next steps to be taken, pulling connectors out of the laptop to take it to another location where it could be opened and typed on, the power came back on …. and stayed on. After pressing the display button on the UPS, it said 10 minutes of power left. Bullet dodged. Life is good.
I really need to get another UPS. I really do.