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TOPIC: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010

Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7254

Just a reminder to all that GeekPlanetOnline will be OFFLINE between midnight tonight and approximately 07:00 Sunday, GMT. This is to allow us to correct the last few problems with the server and move forward with a 100% working site.

Please note that our podcast feeds should largely be available throughout this process, but you won't be able to access the site or the forum. We would also ask our Podcasters to ensure that any new episodes are added to their feeds before midnight, otherwise there's a small chance that they will need to be re-added when we're done.

Cheers.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7255

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The scheduled maintenance on saturday evening went to plan and we added 80G to our fast host account and all appeared succesful. Until 4hours later when the Volume we had recently increased in size decided to start issuing buffer errors and drive read errors. This is similar to the issue that took the site down a few weeks back. Unfortunately the service provider at the time ( Fasthosts ) were not exactly prompt in their response times to our downtime caused by hardware/volume errors.

So what did we do ?

We moved the site to Amazon WebServices and pointed GPO away from Fasthosts for now.

What have we still to do then ?

1. Re run a new backup of the whole machine
2. move the mp3s to the cloudfront content delivery network ( making them faster to recover for listeners ) and reducing our bandwidth costs
3. move the database from the server into Amazons RDS installation speeding up the data access and increasing the amount of backups we take
4. image the whole installation so that we can recover the site with the click of a button.

uhm thats it for now. Matt has been up what looks like 20 hours in a row and has lost another weekend of #matthard productivity to the support response times of Fasthosts and I have drunk more coffee than was probably useful.

Well done Matt and thank you all for your patience.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7256

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That's awful, good work on getting it all back up.

Are you sticking with Amazon web services? Can't imagine you'd want to stick with Fasthosts for long after all this.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7258

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Great work gents.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7260

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Well done guys, hope you're all having a well deserved catch up on some sleep.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7261

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well done guys!

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7262

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You guys rock, well done!

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7263

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Aye, well done awesome technical people - it all seems a bit speedier too.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7264

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Very well done guys. Everything is running really smoothly and quickly, which is nice.

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Re: Scheduled Maintenence 02/10/2010 6 years 10 months ago #7265

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Good work everyone :)

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