And going down...
The reasons why it took so long:
1. Our backup system for the assets is a bit on the slow side. An expected "couple of hours" after I shut the services down ended up finishing sometime in the middle of the night.
2. The system runs on a different network than where all our install infra is on, so I had to go in and patch the other port in to the right switch.
3. I've spent most of today with $dayjob, poking the server now and then when not so busy.
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