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  1. Daniel

    Daniel I'm sure you've heard the rumors. Founder Staff Contributor

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    Server and Software Upgrades; Scheduled Downtime

    Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Daniel, May 27, 2016.

    Scheduled Downtime

    We are migrating to a new web server since our current server is severely dated. This process should be nearly seamless, but there may be some downtime tomorrow, Friday, at 1 a.m. CST.

    Xenforo 1.5 Software Upgrade

    We recently upgraded to the latest version of Xenforo. This release offers more features, stability, and security. In the coming days I hope to highlight some of these after I take care of other maintence. If you notice any potential bugs, please report them.

    Server Hardware Upgrade

    We've been running on the same server software and hardware since 2008. Our server's software is still supported, but we're running very old versions that may be inefficient and will reach end-of-life within the next year. We are running a server with old specs, including a SATA hard drive, and our host no longer offers anything similar to what we are using. Our server's a legacy server.

    In reviewing hosting options, I found a few options that give us much better server hardware for similar prices. For about $20 extra per month, we can run an up-to-date Dedicated server ($185/month), rather than an outdated VPS ($167/month).

    This new server is a huge improvement and should keep us running efficiently without the need to upgrade again for several years. It has a better processor, much more RAM, and an SSD drive. These improvements should translate into a secure, stable, efficient, and faster website.

    After the server migration process is complete, I will examine our server's software applications and likely make improvements there as well.

    Edit: 2am EDT, 1am CST
     
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  2. Lewdog

    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

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    I did notice a slight blip earlier this morning (UK time), but it indicated that 'stuff' was happening on the site, so I didn't do my usual panic. And sure enough ...we're back. It's always nice when things slide into place with upgrades. Cheers, @Daniel .
     
  4. Daniel

    Daniel I'm sure you've heard the rumors. Founder Staff Contributor

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    It actually hasn't happened yet, but that was probably the web host running tests.
     
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  5. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Thanks for the update and warning. If I can't open the forum at least I'll know why. Is it going to interfere with the short story contest? Should I extend voting an extra day?
     
  6. Daniel

    Daniel I'm sure you've heard the rumors. Founder Staff Contributor

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    @GingerCoffee Voting ends Monday, correct? If so that should be fine. Downtime should only be about three hours unless we encounter any issues.
     
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    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Sunday, but if it's only 3 hours, it'll be fine. If downtime ends up being longer [remembers past estimates :p], I'll extend the voting deadline.
     

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