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ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:06:55 pm »
I've just heard from Linode (the folks we get our virtual private server from).  They are raising prices 5 cents a month (to make the prices even  dollars) but are doubling the amount of RAM we have access to (we'll have 3 Gigs instead of the 1.5 we have now), giving us  access to 8 CPU cores instead of the 4 we have now, and upgrading their  network giving us 5 times the outbound bandwidth (250 Mbits/sec from 50  MBits/sec) and giving us 10 times the outbound bandwidth (6000GB from  600GB in our case). I think this is worth the extra 5 cents a month. :)

The upgrade (when it happens) will take TC down for 60 to 90 minutes while it is migrated to the new hardware. But when it comes back up TC should be faster, especially once I have time to tweak things for the larger RAM.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2013, 09:53:05 am »
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The upgrade (when it happens) will take TC down for 60 to 90 minutes while it is migrated to the new hardware.

When it happens will be sometime very soon. Like this morning. Perhaps in the next few minutes. Sorry for the lack of warning.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 11:46:40 am »
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When it happens will be sometime very soon. Like this morning. Perhaps in the next few minutes. Sorry for the lack of warning.

And it is done. Successfully by the looks of things. The Mux should be back up and the Flash client working.
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ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2013, 11:48:21 am »
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And it is done. Successfully by the looks of things. The Mux should be back up and the Flash client working.

Yep, Mux is back up.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2013, 01:03:00 pm »
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Yep, Mux is back up.

 
It went BOOM! :P

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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2013, 01:20:00 pm »
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It went BOOM! :P

It should be back now. There was a server security update that affected the kernel so the server had to be restarted. First update to require that in almost 90 days.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 10:51:15 am »
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The upgrade (when it happens) will take TC down for 60 to 90 minutes while it is migrated to the new hardware. But when it comes back up TC should be faster, especially once I have time to tweak things for the larger RAM.

We are going to have another server migration today (24 May), starting "over lunch" -- I'm not sure if this will be eastern time lunch or central time lunch. I believe this will be the move to the fast Xeon E5-2670 server. I have no idea how long it will take once it starts, but I'd guess a couple of hours max. I may end up having to manually restart the server a few times for config changes once it is on the new server so don't be surprised if it is up and down this afternoon.  

As usual once we are truly back, the Flash MUX client will be down until I am lucky enough to get the silly flash security server to actually work.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 10:54:24 am »
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We are going to have another server migration today (24 May), starting "over lunch" -- I'm not sure if this will be eastern time lunch or central time lunch.

Remember, if it is down for hours longer than expected, check http://sitestatus.ecauldron.org/ for updates. (It's on a Google server.)
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 01:14:06 pm »
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We are going to have another server migration today (24 May), starting "over lunch" -- I'm not sure if this will be eastern time lunch or central time lunch. I believe this will be the move to the fast Xeon E5-2670 server.

It did not take long at all. We are now on a fast Xeon E5-2670 server. That's a good thing.

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As usual once we are truly back, the Flash MUX client will be down until I am lucky enough to get the silly flash security server to actually work.

The MUX is up. I'm still fighting the flash security server, however, so the Flash client is done until it decides to start correctly.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 01:27:18 pm »
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The MUX is up. I'm still fighting the flash security server, however, so the Flash client is
done until it decides to start correctly.

Which it finally did. The chat client is back up now.
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 08:47:50 pm »
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Which it finally did. The chat client is back up now.

 
Thanks for getting it done. :)
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2013, 07:49:13 am »
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Thanks for getting it done. :)

Actually you should probably thank it for finally starting correctly -- perhaps if it got some thanks it would start correctly more often.

I don't do much. I just try start it, then check to see if it actually started correctly. If it did not, kill the partially started security server.  And repeat until it finally works. Sometimes I get lucky and it starts correctly on the first or second attempt. Sometimes it takes 15 or 20 attempts. :(
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Re: ADMIN: Server Hardware Upgrade Soon
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2013, 09:18:48 pm »
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It did not take long at all. We are now on a fast Xeon E5-2670 server. That's a good thing.

I can really tell the difference. Except improvements and new features for our forum and web site to roll out over the summer.
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