Following is a literal transcript, the names have been changed to
protect the innocent.
Me: can you please switch the other server back on ? Otherwise your data won’t be backupped
Coworker in abroad office (CAO): hi, does you means that all of us must switch off outlook?
Me: no need, just turn the computer on
CAO: then I need to turn on all computers in our office?
Me: no. There is a second computer, next to the server in the small closet. THAT computer is turned off since the blackout. You need to switch that on
CAO: Is the one ‚CompaQ‘ that is next to HP net server? If yes, how can I turn off? Just press the power button?
Me: for all we know, it is already turned off. we need it to be turned ON. And yes, it is the compaq computer. just press the power button
CAO: I came back, only turn off ‚CompaQ‘. Is ok now?
Me: I suspect that you turned it on, instead of off. but that’s ok
There was actually a phonecall in between this, where I really stressed the fact that the computer was switched off currently, and should be turned on. A few times. In the end, the computer really was turned on, and can now again start to backup data.