The Nightmare Before Go Live: A Modern Christmas Miracle

December, 2019

Is your Windows 10 Transformation going to need a miracle to get it delivered?

‘Twas the night before “go live,” when all through the SAN

Not one app was running; things weren’t going to plan;

The incomplete test plans all stored here and there,

In hopes that no one would ask where they were;

The techies were restless all running around;

Hoping that soon a fix would be found;

And User Support, and I – prepared for a beating,

Had just settled down for an awkward Teams meeting,

When out in the bullpen there arose such a clatter,

We ran from the room to see what was the matter.

When what to our wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be @St.Nick.

More rapid than solid-state disc drives they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Docker! Now, Azure! Now Redmond and Linux!

On, Vista! On, Cisco! On, Redstone and Citrix!

From server to rack! From rack to firewall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

And then, in a twinkling, they came to a halt

And he stepped down and logged in to the enterprise vault.

He was dressed in a pair of old jeans and t-shirt,

with an event stickered laptop and SSL cert,

And a bundle of discs in his backpack,

He looked like a whitehat ready to hack.

But a wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave us to know we had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

Rebooting and patching; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

Rebooted once more, and a gentle hum rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, as apps started to run,

One techie muttered, “Well, that was fun!”

And I heard him exclaim, as we headed home for some rest —

“Happy Go Live to all, and next time, please test!”

 

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INSPIRATION 

Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, for his family on Christmas Eve in 1822. It was not until 1844, however, that Moore himself acknowledged authorship in a volume of his poetry entitled Poems, published at the request of his children. One hundred and eighty years later it is one of the most-published, most-read, most-memorized and most-collected books in all of Christmas literature.

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