Author Topic: Forum downtime coming October 5  (Read 2557 times)

Offline ethercat

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Forum downtime coming October 5
« on: October 01, 2014, 18:20 »
Reaching for the Tipping Point is moving to a new server this weekend.  I'm giving everyone a head's up now so no one will fear the worst while the site is unavailable.

So that no posts or PMs will be lost during the migration, I will put the forum into maintenance mode on Saturday night (October 4).  The regularly scheduled and automated database backup will run that night, as usual.  The site will be moved on Sunday afternoon (October 5). 

During the "wait time", there will be a forum message shown to tell visitors what is happening.  While the site is actually being moved, the server will probably not show the message.

I'll take it out of maintenance mode on the new server on Sunday evening, provided the move happens without snafu.  The move is being done by our spectacular host, Jason, of Charlottezweb.com, who you should contact if you need good shared hosting with a personal touch.

The new server has the following specs, which should be a noticeable improvement in speed:
Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2
32gb of RAM
4 SSD drives in RAID 10

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The current server we're on is named Monsoon.  The new server we're moving to is named Landslide - which I hope will be prophetic with regard to all the bad weather that's heading Narconon's way now and in the future.   :D
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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 18:37 »
^^^
Good news!
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Offline ethercat

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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2014, 18:37 »
The move is complete!  The server seems really fast to me. 

We're on newer versions of MySQL and PHP so let me know if you encounter any problems.
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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2014, 19:49 »
Thanks! Good work, ethercat!!
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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2014, 20:47 »
The move is complete!  The server seems really fast to me. 

We're on newer versions of MySQL and PHP so let me know if you encounter any problems.

Nice! Thanks for your work on this.
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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2014, 06:54 »
Way faster. Thanks for the work.
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Offline ethercat

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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2014, 21:49 »
I guess maybe I'm the only one who noticed (and I just now noticed), but the search quit working after the move, so I've just turned it off for everyone, instead of having it spit out an error message. 

For now, you can use google's advanced search, with "forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.n et" as the site or domain to search within.

It must be the upgraded PHP or MySQL, so at some point before long, I'll have to update the forum software.  I can't do it right now, though.   :( 

I'll give a head's up before I do, and it will probably look a bit different, too.  I'll try to keep the super-duper coolio logo I made myself, though.   :D
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Re: Forum downtime coming October 5
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2014, 22:55 »
Thanks for the heads-up.
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