I just received the latest SIB (service information bulletin) e-mail message from my corporate helpdesk. We get these messages anytime there’s a planned upgrade, planned (or unplanned) outage, or any number of other technology-related shenanigans. In typical IT fashion, they’re usually heavy on the “geek speak” and short on information that’s actually useful to the average end-user; most recipients just delete them outright without even bothering to read them. This one, however, made me chuckle (contact info omitted):
Event: Microsoft Active Directory Schema Extension.
Time / Duration: We will be extending the Microsoft Schema at 8:00 pm EST, Saturday January 31, 2009. These updates will be transparent to all TH employees and systems and will not require any user action.
Who is affected: No impact.
Who to Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the HelpDesk at xxx in Notes, or by telephone at xxx.
So, it’s completely transparent, and there’s absolutely no impact to end-users. What they’re essentially saying is, “we just wanted to let you know that while you’re at home enjoying your weekend, we’ll be here working on Saturday night.”
At least I can rest assured that when I return to the office on Monday, my AD schema will be suitably extended. Thanks, guys.