Time to give Lorelai the other gigabit NIC.
Since I'll lose my uptime (going on 18 days) anyway, I ran windows update.. it both amused and irked me when at the end, after I chose not to immediately reboot, there was a note at the bottom saying something akin to "to reboot manually, click start, select blah blah and so on".. initially I thought "Jeez, whoever knows how to run windows update manually knows how to reboot the computer."
Then immediately afterwards it hit me.. "Start menu? Ha, I can't shut down using those instructions, I don't have a start menu"
I less than three litestep.