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All posts tagged "server down time"


Friday, April 9, 2010

Server Down Time on Saturday Night

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 05:00 PM

We're doing some upgrades to our server on Saturday night (Eastern US time), so expect some down-time for 2-4 hours. Have a great weekend everyone!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Down Time for Server This Weekend

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 04:24 PM

Just a quick FYI: we need to do some optimizations on our server this weekend (for greater speed and uptime) that will result in us having to take the Web sites offline Saturday morning 6 AM to 8 AM EST. That's a rough estimate of course, but if all goes well they'll be back up before 9 AM. Thanks for your patience as we work to smooth things out.


Friday, May 9, 2008

We're Moving Servers, Expect Some Down-Time Tonight

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 11:00 AM

What's that? Another server move? Yes. The long and the short of it is that when we moved to our new server back in December, I was focused on the CPU and RAM capabilities of the new server – and didn’t think at all about the hard drives because, hey, we were going from five-year-old SCSI hard drives to modern SATA drives, so they should have been at least as fast, it not faster right? Nope.

Some blame for that can be shared around, especially with The Planet (who's advising sales person didn't bother to point out that issue to me), but it doesn’t change one fact: the SATA hard drives we have on our current server are incapable of the throughput needed to run full site backups whilst still keeping the sites themselves running. Ultimately the blame for this falls squarely on my shoulders since I'm the one with the credit card renting the server. We’ve had sporadic down-time over the past month for exactly this reason: anything that’s disk intensive has the ugly side-effect of bringing down the sites.

You’d think the solution would be to simply upgrade the hard drives, right? Well, The Planet is unfortunately completely inflexible in this regard, and they say the only solution is to order a new server with the hardware we need, and move everything to that. So that’s what we're doing: our new server is an Intel Kentsfield 2.13 Ghz quad-core machine, the same as our current server, and it also has the same 8 GB of RAM, but we’ve gone from two 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA drives in RAID1 to two 300 GB 15,000 RPM SCSI drives in RAID1 – the fastest and biggest they have. If we run into disk throughput issues after this upgrade...then we have a different kind of problem.

Sometime this evening (Eastern Standard Time), we'll be initiating the move. You can expect all our sites to be down, but we’re hoping this will be a relatively quick process. By Saturday AM everything should be back to normal. And I swear by Thor’s Hammer this will be our last server move for quite a while…I hope. ;-)


Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Major Server Woes: Sorry for the Down Time!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 01:57 PM

We're now back from some of the worst down-time I can remember us having. Long story short, our main Web/database server ran out of hard drive space, and my own attempts to correct what I thought was a different problem may have resulted in database corruption - and it was all down-hill from there. Thankfully, Jorj came to our rescue and managed to get everything working again. Things should be back to normal now, other than my blood pressure that is (I didn't think things could get any worse). If you see any strange things going on, please let us know. Otherwise, back to our normally scheduled programming of Zune goodness!


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