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Recent Server Problems

My host Webhostpython began performing a server upgrade on November 27, replacing the server I’m hosted on with a new, more powerful one. There were problems. Here’s a copy/paste from some of WHP’s e-mails to me, the gist of what’s been going on:

Moments before the final data transfer was to occur, the old DA71 server began to have issues. This caused the server to go down multiple times. After getting the old server up, we then ran the last data transfer which now took longer to complete.

And:

The server migration for DA71 had been completed 2 days ago. However, shortly after investigating the migration we found that many of the databases that had come over were corrupted. We began trying to repair those databases as the tickets would come in for customers. As the ticket queue continued to grow with these issues, we found that there were far too many issues for us to be able to repair 1 by 1 and that the employee in charge of importing databases did so incorrectly. This morning about at 9am eastern standard time, I authorized the shutdown of the entire database server so that the entire database system could be repaired as almost all of the databases were corrupted and leaving the database server online while doing this would cause more damage.

I’m sorry for the downtime and weirdness! The problems should now be resolved.

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Server Upgrade on November 27, 2022

My host WHP will be performing a server upgrade and replacing the server I’m hosted on with a new, more powerful one on next Sunday, the November 27th:

There will be very minimal downtime. We will migrate all of the accounts over ourselves to the new machine. When the migration has been completed, this is where the downtime will occur and last about 5 minutes while we swap the IPs out and activate the new server while powering down the old one. The exact time this will occur unfortunately is unknown since it depends on when the migration is completed.

So if you notice any of my sites being down on Sunday, this is probably the reason and it’ll be back up ASAP!

 

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Today

One of the RAID arrays failed and my host worked to restore accounts as quickly as possible, but it took some time. So that’s why the site was down. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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PHP Upgrade

Support for PHP 7.4 is ending in a month, so I’ve upgraded to current stable PHP release and everything appears to be working! I don’t see any errors. If you see any errors that don’t get fixed in a day or so, please let me know so I can look into it!

Feels like I just upgraded everything to 7.x… I remember that there were a lot of little eFiction and Coppermine code changes that I needed to make, and for the themes and plugins as well, after the upgrade to 7. Feels like all that was just yesterday! Funny how time goes.

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Server Upgrade On Friday, July 1st

My host Webhosthpython will be upgrading the server my account is on Friday (July 1, 2022) to a new, more powerful one:

There will be very minimal downtime. We will migrate all of the accounts over ourselves to the new machine. When the migration has been completed, this is where the downtime will occur and last about 5 minutes while we swap the IPs out and activate the new server while powering down the old one. The exact time this will occur unfortunately is unknown since it depends on when the migration is done.

So if you notice any of my sites being down on Friday, this is probably the reason and it’ll be back up ASAP!

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