If it was a planned shutdown, why wouldn't they have it staffed? There's also remote management that the IT Director should have been automatically notified via SMS or otherwise if the server went down unintentionally.
Sorry, I'm not coming down directly on you. I've had a similar situation where the Main offices of a company I was working for was on the East Coast & housed all of the company servers. A power failure there at 5pm caused the systems to reboot & sit at a friggin login screen (Lord knows why the auxiliary power didn't kick in either, but that's a whole nother story). All while that is happening, the offices in the Central US & Pacific Time Zones are left to twiddle their thumbs because they couldn't do their work.
I was just totally unimpressed with these server issues @ Stanford. Some form of control (Load-Balancing) should have been a priority in setting up a system where there are millions of remote PCs reporting their work units. Stanford isn't some lowly technical community college. They can afford the top people to manage their systems. Also, given the tools that are available to them, they still failed.
You'd also think that they would have looked at the Rolling Blackouts that were due to system problems the East Coast had a couple years ago & taken steps to avoid these issues.
Wow, that was a rant! Sorry, I just hate when people don't think things through! The worse part was people had to dig through their own forum to find out *** was happening.