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ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« on: September 18, 2015, 07:59:45 am »
I need to do a major update to our server before the end of the month to avoid a number of things no longer working correctly with other parts of the Internet and to do some security updates. This will be a major update because some of it will have to be compiled specially for our server instead of simply downloaded and installed. This will take time (and be somewhat error-prone). This has to be scheduled around LyricFox's many doctor's appointments.  So here is the current plan:

This weekend: TC will be down for somewhere between 30 minutes and several hours to resire a partition on the server drive. This will give us enough from to clone the server's drive right before I start the upgrades (which will should allow a complete recovery if things go drastically wrong with the upgrade).

Monday morning: The server will be shut down for our upgrade. The backup board will be activated. Status updates will be available on twitter (if I remember to make them). And the upgrade will start. It might take as little as 3-4 hours, or it might take all of Monday and part of Tuesday.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific as to how long this will take, but I really have no idea.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2015, 08:39:52 am »
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This weekend: TC will be down for somewhere between 30 minutes and several hours to resire a partition on the server drive. This will give us enough from to clone the server's drive right before I start the upgrades (which will should allow a complete recovery if things go drastically wrong with the upgrade).

This is planned for sometime this morning.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2015, 10:05:48 am »
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This is planned for sometime this morning.

The disk has been resized. Chat is still down as it does not want to start cleanly -- for once it is NOT the security server for the Flashchat client... I will look into that later today.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2015, 10:58:36 am »
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I need to do a major update to our server before the end of the month to avoid a number of things no longer working correctly with other parts of the Internet and to do some security updates. This will be a major update because some of it will have to be compiled specially for our server instead of simply downloaded and installed. This will take time (and be somewhat error-prone). This has to be scheduled around LyricFox's many doctor's appointments.  So here is the current plan:

This weekend: TC will be down for somewhere between 30 minutes and several hours to resire a partition on the server drive. This will give us enough from to clone the server's drive right before I start the upgrades (which will should allow a complete recovery if things go drastically wrong with the upgrade).

Monday morning: The server will be shut down for our upgrade. The backup board will be activated. Status updates will be available on twitter (if I remember to make them). And the upgrade will start. It might take as little as 3-4 hours, or it might take all of Monday and part of Tuesday.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific as to how long this will take, but I really have no idea.

Sounds like hard work.  May I just say on behalf of all us Cauldron users: thank you for all your time and effort in establishing and maintaining the site.  I've only been a user for a short while but already I find this site invaluable.  And best wishes to LyricFox for those doctors appointments.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2015, 11:30:48 am »
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Sounds like hard work.

It is, but part of it in my fault. I kept putting off doing it in the hope that someone woyk make a set of binary packages I could just install instead of having to manually compile a lot of stuff do do the upgrade. No one did and the deadlineis here at the end of the month.


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And best wishes to LyricFox for those doctors appointments.

Back issues, newly diagnosed MS, etc. Just the normal stuff but every three months she has a lot of doctor appointments and this is one of those third months. And since she can no longer drive, I'm her transportation.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2015, 02:37:13 pm »
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The disk has been resized. Chat is still down as it does not want to start cleanly -- for once it is NOT the security server for the Flashchat client... I will look into that later today.

Chat is back. My apologies for the extra chat downtime.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2015, 08:40:33 am »
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Monday morning: The server will be shut down for our upgrade. The backup board will be activated. Status updates will be available on twitter (if I remember to make them). And the upgrade will start. It might take as little as 3-4 hours, or it might take all of Monday and part of Tuesday.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific as to how long this will take, but I really have no idea.


It's Monday and this will be starting in 30-60 minutes. The board and websites will be done. Updates will be available on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thecauldronforum (not twitter as more people here use FB)

If it looks like it is take a very long time (more that 4-5 hours), I will also open the backup message board at: http://ecauldron.smfforfree4.com/index.php
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2015, 11:43:11 am »
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If it looks like it is take a very long time (more that 4-5 hours), I will also open the backup message board at: http://ecauldron.smfforfree4.com/index.php

Initial updating is done. Now I have to do a lot of checking to make sure everything still works AND the problems I set out to fix are actually fixed. I've reopened the board while I do this -- but the server may be up and down at times.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2015, 04:30:59 pm »
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Initial updating is done. Now I have to do a lot of checking to make sure everything still works AND the problems I set out to fix are actually fixed. I've reopened the board while I do this -- but the server may be up and down at times.

I'm done for the day -- everything should be back up and working, including chat. Tapatalk may have issues, I'm not sure. I will have a bit more to do in the morning, including checking tapatalk.
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Re: ADMIN: Major Downtime Coming Early Next Week (21-22 Sept 2015)
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2015, 09:49:18 am »
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I'm done for the day -- everything should be back up and working, including chat. Tapatalk may have issues, I'm not sure. I will have a bit more to do in the morning, including checking tapatalk.

I'll be back to work on the server this morning.  I don't think it will be nearly as disruptive as yesterday. The board may go away for a few minutes at a time as I play with the database config. I'll try to update tapatalk and a few other board things which may have me turning off the board for short periods of time. I don't think I will not to restart the actual server, but I may be wrong.  If everything is down, you'll know I was wrong. :o
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