Time to Upgrade?

This was just fired across the bow at work:

“Heads up – I tossed your name out there as someone who might be a “qualified” candidate to help with this”

Followed by the request:

Here’s the specific problem re the Sun box in DN1

We can’t connect the network management port; it needs a 10Mb/s connection – the switches don’t support it. Therefore we need someone in DN1 on a laptop connected to the serial port for any work, until the server gets on the network.

I find myself lacking the words to effectively respond to them.