And here we are hours later with not a whole lot to show for it. Seems like no one really wants to take ownership for the product. Can't say that I blame them. Not sure I would want to be the go to guy on this one.
After all is said and done I'm going to have to find someway to get this to work, but when black magic and voodoo seem to be the way that these configurations actually get registered I'm not sure how much luck I'm really going to have.
On the bright side I think I'm finally getting a grasp on how this thing is SUPPOSED to work. Not sure I would have done it the same way, but I always like to use the ThoughtWorks retrospective prime directive: "Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand."
Now if I can only gather my skills, abilities and resources and get some performance testing going!