August 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm #30966
We will be relocating to a new-and-improved server this weekend and there might be a few hiccups along the way. I'll post details here in the forum to keep you up-to-date on our progress.
Should be fun!August 29, 2009 at 2:48 am #175612Jeff HesterKeymaster
Here's a quick update on the server upgrade.
The server is setup and I'm in the process of configuring. Unfortunately, I ran into a little problem upgrading PHP, so we're stuck until that gets solved. My hope is that we'll fix that issue tonight, and be able to start migrating to the new server tomorrow (Saturday). This will involve setting up the site, configuring permissions, backing up and restoring the database, backing up and restoring the files and testing.
When everything tests okay, we'll close the site to new posts and replies (temporarily), and switch over the DNS entries.
The DNS entries are the “tricky” part, mainly because it can take up to 48 hours for changes to the registry to propogate to the other DNS servers around the world. So until the DNS server you use is updated, you'll see the “old” server (which will remain up, but won't allow you to post). We'll try to put up a clear message so you'll know if you see the old or new server.
By the way, if anyone knows any clever DNS tricks that will make this process go more smoothly, by all means, let me know!August 30, 2009 at 1:00 am #175611Jeff HesterKeymaster
Saturday night, and we're making great progress! I'm going to be breaking for the evening, but beginning Sunday morning, I'll be backing up the database, uploading the files and then changing the DNS name servers. If all goes well, you won't even notice. If Murphy visits… well let's just say we'll deal with it. 😉
One item of note to a few of you: our IRC server will be down for probably at least a week, possibly longer. Honestly, not many are using the IRC channel as much as in the past. I'm going to investigate alternatives. If you have a strong opinion for keeping irc.bigblueball.com alive, let me know!August 30, 2009 at 1:40 am #175615Doris KenneyMember
I'll cross my fingers it all goes well!!August 31, 2009 at 5:46 am #175613
The site will be going down in a few minutes, and we'll be back up shortly! Thanks for your patience.August 31, 2009 at 2:39 pm #175616Joe BallMember
So since the forums are working, does that mean the new server is up? Will I see any difference?August 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm #175614
@Joe Ball 241510 wrote:
So since the forums are working, does that mean the new server is up? Will I see any difference?
Yes, the new server is up (you're looking at it now). As for difference? Well, the old server is still online for a few more hours, but the forums are “closed” so if you did get to it, you wouldn't be able to post.
The actually migration went very smoothly!
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