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Pedersen 01-18-2011 02:30 PM

Site Migration Plan / Status
We finally have the pieces in place, and were going to hold off until the end of month. However, after yesterday's extended outage, we're forced to move things forward a bit.

We have four separate forums being hosted on the server. Each one will be moved during the week, one per night. I'll be posting the announcements to each of the forums today.

The schedule is as follows:
  • Tues, Jan 18: Testing forum
  • Wed, Jan 19: Devils Panties Forum
  • Thur, Jan 20: Fratching Forum
  • Fri, Jan 21: CS Forum

The moves will be happening overnight, and as late as possible. I am working a new job, and my sleep schedules are affected, so it won't be able to be any later than midnight, Eastern time, when the move occurs.

Expected downtime is about 30 minutes. During this time, the current server and the new server will display a "maintenance mode" message. You are also invited to join us on to get status updates as they are ready to be announced.

Once the migration is complete, DNS changes will be made, the forums reopened, and life can return to normal.

Note that is restricted to using CS logins. If you are using one of the other forums, and wish to join us on cschatter, please create a CS login immediately, and post a reply to this linked thread to have your account set up for chat. This step is important, as new users are on moderation, and moderated users (by default) are not allowed in CS Chat at all.

I apologize for the short notice. I really did want to wait, but the current server is getting worse by the day. We have to make these changes as rapidly as possible.

If you have any questions about this, please either post here or contact Pedersen. The mods might have the answers, but they might have to ask me. Better to go right to the source, I think.

Der Cute 01-18-2011 03:23 PM

I hear about server migration a lot @ owrk, and I keep seeing these little 1s and 0s marching to a new home. LOL

curious. is the reason for this migration a SQL db getting corrupted..or OS upgrade...or drive space being eaten by logs??

Rapscallion 01-18-2011 03:43 PM

Several issues, the main one being that the server hardware is no longer suitable for the amount we're asking of it. Every so often, it decides to belch.


Pedersen 01-18-2011 03:44 PM

The long and the short of it is that we've outgrown this server, and even outgrown the capabilities of most single server setups. The machine only has 2G of RAM, and almost all of that memory is in use all the time. Once the machine starts hitting swap, or doing other disk intensive work, everything comes to a halt.

The new setup will see us on two separate servers, and give us better control of everything in the event of failure. For instance, part of the problem yesterday was due to having to ask webfusion to reboot. With the new setup, we're always going to be able to login. We can even remotely access the console, so one way or another, we can log in and reboot the server.

Much better. Surprisingly enough, cheaper, too.

Rapscallion 01-18-2011 03:52 PM


Quoth Pedersen (Post 854216)
Much better. Surprisingly enough, cheaper, too.

Me likey everything. Me really likey this bit :D

All done and said, though, it's a far better system. We've got the new servers up and running, and they worked well under a good slapping.


Dave1982 01-18-2011 03:56 PM

Also, lest anyone forget, there's the issue of the current server having been hacked, so even if the current server was adequate, it would've needed a reformat to wipe out whatever was done during the hack.

Pedersen 01-19-2011 03:24 AM

The first forum has been moved successfully. Slight glitch with the database configuration, but that is done and gone, and won't come back for the others. The next ones will be even smoother.

Tomorrow night, the Devil's Panties forum will be moved. If you want to keep tabs on things while it's moving, please read these directions if you're not on CS.

Once you're on CS, you can visit us at CS Chatter, and follow the links for jwchat, to be kept in the loop while the move occurs.

Pedersen 01-20-2011 03:08 AM

So, the Devil's Panties forums got moved tonight. vBulletin, though, has kind of irked me.

Tech Talk: With version 4, they enabled protection against cross-site scripting attacks. This is a good thing. However, by enabling this protection, they've also disabled an easy migration to a new server. The only way for people to access the server is to have their DNS servers update.

I've done the best that I can to mitigate the effects, but the forums will (effectively) be read only until DNS changes go all around the net. If everybody else is configured properly, this should be cleared up within the hour.

To any DP posters, I apologize for the inconvenience. I just don't have any way to fix this.

Rapscallion 01-20-2011 03:18 PM

For those interested in a more layman's version of VB4, it's a bag of wank.

Zero instructions. Had Pedersen not been online when I updated the DP forums, we'd have been screwed as to what was going wrong. Current skins won't work on it, and they released something as pretty much a beta test on their customers. 3.8 is a stable release and we're planning on sticking with it for some time.

If it's any guide, I went looking for skins for VB4, and most suppliers out there started to work on this and then refused to go further.


Pedersen 01-21-2011 01:51 AM

Fratching is now on the new server. You'll all be amused to know that it took me an extra five minutes because I forgot to restore the database on the new server. Copied the files over, but forgot to actually load them.

Anyway, it's done, happy, and things are looking good.

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