@Wensleydale Re: Offline?
"Good old fashioned shoe leather, retrieving the rapes from another building does the trick."
As Colonel Potter used to say: Horse Hockey. You know as well as I that the server described in the article has a network connection and it's intended to function with it.
Sure, we used to cart tapes around from server to server, but I don't think that's been realistically done for at least a decade.