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UMSF - Server Switch 10th & 11th May
djellison
post May 8 2008, 03:53 PM
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After the great 'server drive' fund raising by UMSF members, we have our dual 3ghz server up and running. I have another domain hosted on it already. It has been fast, and 100% stable ( touch wood ) for 2 months.

Thus, the intention is to move UMSF to the new server this weekend.

At approx 1200UT ( 1300 my time ) UMSF will be 'turned off'. The database is rather large, and can not be moved in an instant - nor can the 4Gb of attachments.

After the forum is switched off, a full backup will begin, sending the entire forum content to the new server ( this has been tested just now - and takes 2-3 hours )

Only once the full backup is successfully completed, will the DNS settings be changed, pointing the domain to the new server.

Once the backup is completed, the database must be repopulated on the new server, the attachments moved to the right place, the settings updated and checked - and only once the forum itself is up and running will it be turned 'on' again. At that point, it will take a couple of hours ( potentially significantly less ) for the domain-name shift to propagate across the web to your own ISP.

The move is scheduled for what is the quietest days of the week, and the quietest hours of that day for UMSF - to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Things might not go perfectly, so you'll just have to hold tight.

To keep everyone up to date - I will use a new external blog ( http://umsf.blogspot.com/ ) with news of the transfer - once UMSF is down, check there for details!

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dvandorn
post May 10 2008, 05:14 PM
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Response times for pretty much all functions are noticeably faster here, Doug.

This joint is jumpin'!

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- djellison   UMSF - Server Switch 10th & 11th May   May 8 2008, 03:53 PM
- - Stu   QUOTE (djellison @ May 8 2008, 04:53 PM) ...   May 8 2008, 04:04 PM
- - ngunn   Good luck Doug. Hello Stu . .   May 8 2008, 04:37 PM
- - nprev   Give 'em hell, Doug, and thanks!   May 8 2008, 11:59 PM
- - ElkGroveDan   Perfect. I am also moving my home this weekend so...   May 9 2008, 02:40 AM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ May 9 2008, 03:40 AM...   May 9 2008, 07:32 PM
|- - Stu   QUOTE (djellison @ May 9 2008, 08:32 PM) ...   May 9 2008, 07:57 PM
||- - djellison   QUOTE (Stu @ May 9 2008, 08:57 PM) The BE...   May 9 2008, 08:24 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (djellison @ May 9 2008, 11:32 AM) ...   May 10 2008, 03:25 AM
- - nprev   Have fun, Dan...(sorry; I know how bad moving suck...   May 9 2008, 02:52 AM
- - Tesheiner   QUOTE (djellison @ May 8 2008, 05:53 PM) ...   May 9 2008, 07:49 AM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (Tesheiner @ May 9 2008, 08:49 AM) ...   May 9 2008, 08:19 AM
- - remcook   good luck!   May 9 2008, 07:58 AM
- - climber   Not as scary as an EDL but good luck anyway! I...   May 9 2008, 11:17 AM
- - nprev   Speaking as a current LA dweller born & raised...   May 9 2008, 08:15 PM
- - nprev   Huh. There are 4 or 5 new condo towers going up ri...   May 9 2008, 08:30 PM
- - djellison   This one's a few decades old. A really really...   May 9 2008, 08:48 PM
- - nprev   Ah, yes, developers...everybody's favorite peo...   May 9 2008, 08:54 PM
- - Zeke4ther   Dan, good luck on your house move. I will envy yo...   May 10 2008, 04:47 AM
- - dvandorn   Yes, good luck to you, Doug on the transfer. I ha...   May 10 2008, 05:15 AM
- - DEChengst   After firing "dig" at several nameserver...   May 10 2008, 03:41 PM
- - djellison   Well - the transfer is done. Currently, the DNS h...   May 10 2008, 03:42 PM
- - DEChengst   Just add the new server's IP address to the lo...   May 10 2008, 03:50 PM
- - dvandorn   OK -- it's about ten minutes since I noted in ...   May 10 2008, 04:20 PM
- - dvandorn   Must be propogating out pretty fast -- control pan...   May 10 2008, 04:28 PM
- - Tesheiner   Got it! First attempt half an hour ago pointed...   May 10 2008, 04:35 PM
- - Stu   All's well here too... good to be back!   May 10 2008, 04:38 PM
- - Greg Hullender   Wow. I'm impressed how snappy it is now! ...   May 10 2008, 05:05 PM
- - djellison   Yup - if you can post, you're on the new site....   May 10 2008, 05:05 PM
- - dvandorn   Response times for pretty much all functions are n...   May 10 2008, 05:14 PM
- - djellison   Page process times show on the bottom of the admin...   May 10 2008, 05:27 PM
|- - elakdawalla   QUOTE (djellison @ May 10 2008, 09:27 AM)...   May 10 2008, 08:33 PM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (elakdawalla @ May 10 2008, 09:33 P...   May 10 2008, 09:51 PM
- - nprev   Got it...and it's rippin'!!!...   May 10 2008, 05:54 PM
|- - DEChengst   QUOTE (nprev @ May 10 2008, 07:54 PM) I r...   May 10 2008, 06:26 PM
- - djellison   That will be one of the steps taken by my server m...   May 10 2008, 07:02 PM
- - nprev   Thinkin' we should call this a success...damn,...   May 10 2008, 08:39 PM
- - nprev   Just for testing purposes, a noted member & I ...   May 10 2008, 08:58 PM
- - nprev   Sometimes probability doesn't suck, by definit...   May 10 2008, 11:22 PM
- - Zeke4ther   Nice and fast!!   May 11 2008, 12:42 AM
- - stevesliva   Wow, this is indeed MUCH faster. Thank you Doug...   May 11 2008, 08:43 PM
- - mhoward   I'm impressed. I thought my mediocre Internet ...   May 11 2008, 09:01 PM
- - Shaka   Amazing, but I'm concerned about one thing. D...   May 12 2008, 12:52 AM
- - dvandorn   Well, after a full day of using the forum on the n...   May 12 2008, 01:43 AM
- - nprev   Second that as well; this is a quantum leap. Gonna...   May 12 2008, 02:17 AM
- - edstrick   I'm not sure that what's important is that...   May 12 2008, 02:59 AM
- - nprev   It just loads at lightspeed for me no matter what....   May 13 2008, 02:04 AM
- - Tesheiner   I'm pretty sure the server is located quite fa...   May 13 2008, 07:47 AM
- - climber   Significantly faster for me too, in South of Franc...   May 13 2008, 04:09 PM
- - djellison   We've got an issue on the new server with regi...   May 14 2008, 11:03 PM
- - nprev   There always has to be one damn bug, doesn't t...   May 14 2008, 11:10 PM
- - djellison   DO IT - I dare you.   May 14 2008, 11:11 PM
- - ElkGroveDan   chunked   May 14 2008, 11:12 PM
- - nprev   Ha-HA!!!!! Man has triumphed o...   May 14 2008, 11:25 PM
- - djellison   Ahh - our PHP compile doesn't include the GD l...   May 15 2008, 09:05 AM
- - Phil Stooke   Maybe Bob will be able to get back on now...? Phi...   May 15 2008, 02:23 PM
- - djellison   CAPTCHA now working with the GD library - I'll...   May 15 2008, 04:49 PM
- - climber   I had to enter my username and password again (nor...   May 15 2008, 05:50 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   If you are losing the password cookie, try using w...   May 15 2008, 05:56 PM
|- - climber   QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ May 15 2008, 07:56 P...   May 16 2008, 07:08 PM
- - djellison   I've switched to the stronghold cookie - which...   May 15 2008, 06:07 PM
- - Floyd   I'm having trouble staying loged in. Bumped o...   May 16 2008, 04:21 PM
- - djellison   I've switched back to the non-stronghold cooki...   May 16 2008, 07:41 PM
- - djellison   Just for those that like stats... CODEDay Number...   May 16 2008, 08:13 PM
- - nprev   Oooo...AWESOME new banner, Doug, thank you!...   May 18 2008, 08:22 PM
- - djellison   The latest in a series of 'Pimp my banner...   May 18 2008, 09:12 PM
- - nprev   Obviously. Astro0 is a Mac Daddy pimp then...well ...   May 18 2008, 10:30 PM
- - Astro0   PC Daddy actually. Photoshop Rules! Astro0   May 18 2008, 10:40 PM
- - nprev   PC Daddy it is then...nevertheless, thank you...   May 18 2008, 11:22 PM
- - nprev   Doug, I just dumped my entire cache (finally), and...   May 22 2008, 03:23 AM
- - djellison   You shouldn't, I certainly don't. Not a f...   May 22 2008, 08:23 AM
- - nprev   Yeah, seems to have been me; it's working fine...   May 22 2008, 11:57 AM
- - djellison   Well that was interesting. No idea of a cause for...   May 23 2008, 12:56 AM
- - nprev   #1: GO TO BED & READ THIS LATER!!...   May 23 2008, 02:13 AM
|- - centsworth_II   QUOTE (nprev @ May 22 2008, 09:13 PM) #1:...   May 23 2008, 02:20 AM
- - nprev   <grumble>...ya just gotta worry about the gu...   May 23 2008, 02:23 AM
|- - centsworth_II   QUOTE (nprev @ May 22 2008, 09:23 PM) ......   May 23 2008, 02:26 AM
|- - elakdawalla   QUOTE (centsworth_II @ May 22 2008, 07:26...   May 23 2008, 02:55 AM
- - nprev   Oh, yeah, THAT lasts forever... . My warranty r...   May 23 2008, 02:38 AM
- - nprev   Would you believe two tornadoes that skirted the s...   May 23 2008, 04:22 AM
- - PhilCo126   Just emphasizing that the new server switch couldn...   May 26 2008, 08:41 AM
- - nprev   Wondering that myself; we got 124 people on right ...   May 26 2008, 03:46 PM
- - Tesheiner   160 people right now. No doubt that we would have ...   May 26 2008, 03:57 PM
- - djellison   I'll give it a day or two, and then show the b...   May 26 2008, 05:00 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (djellison @ May 26 2008, 09:00 AM)...   May 26 2008, 05:07 PM
- - djellison   Forum time is BST (so 1810 right now ) - but the r...   May 26 2008, 05:10 PM
- - jmjawors   Speaking of time zones, I've noticed a problem...   May 31 2008, 06:42 PM
- - djellison   Thought people might enjoy this - UMSF over the pa...   Jun 10 2008, 02:13 PM
|- - climber   QUOTE (djellison @ Jun 10 2008, 04:13 PM)...   Jun 10 2008, 03:01 PM
- - djellison   Week 21 on '08 saw 39 registrations. That...   Jun 10 2008, 03:19 PM
- - nprev   Well, the server just withstood a 5.6 earthquake a...   Jul 29 2008, 07:33 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   I heard it was down in Chino Hills. I called a fr...   Jul 29 2008, 08:01 PM
- - dvandorn   I guess it's apropos to ask here, then -- ever...   Jul 29 2008, 08:02 PM
- - elakdawalla   All's fine here. I think anything under magni...   Jul 29 2008, 08:12 PM
- - nprev   Yeah, all's well here in downtown LA, but it r...   Jul 29 2008, 08:15 PM
- - djellison   FYI - still working from the donations pot - the s...   Nov 30 2008, 11:29 PM
- - Astro0   Hmmm, only until June '09. Time to start think...   Dec 1 2008, 03:23 AM
- - PhilCo126   Next time ( MSL 2009 ) I'll double my donatio...   Dec 1 2008, 07:50 AM
- - PhilCo126   With MSL being delayed, we'll need to find ano...   Dec 6 2008, 10:22 AM


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