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Guest, I have a big favor to ask you. We've been working very hard to establish ourselves on social media. If you like/follow our pages it would be a HUGE help to us. SoSH on Facebook and Inside the Pylon Thanks! Nip

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Discussion in 'SoSH Support & FAQ' started by AlNipper49, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    I hate to give such a broad window but sometime today, Friday or Saturday I need to take the site down for about three hours.

    The server we are on has a bad hard drive and need to move the data off to a new server. The issue is that since the server is so large that I'll only be able to move the database and core files. Since the hard drive is in a state of degradation it makes moving data slooooooooow, so even just the database will probably take an hour to transfer.

    What this means is that it's going to a server without years of tweaks we've made to it. This might be good, this might be bad, but nothing we won't be able to fix reasonably quickly.

    Some things that I think might not work 100%:
    - avatars and uploaded images. There is a complex product behind the scenes handling this.
    - spam. given our size we attract lots of spam. We stop 99.99% before it hits a thread. Historically I also block bad stuff at the firewall and since this is a new firewall I'll need some time to move over some rules. This is kind of a fourth line of defense, so it's not like we'll have no defenses, but you may see more.
    - logins MAY be weird (like you will be forced to login each visit. Again, a complex thing that copies that cookie amoungst four or five webservers.

    We are in no danger of losing data. We take a backup every night. That's how I first noticed the problem, the backups started taking much longer due to the bad HD.

    Anyhow, if the site is down for a few hours go do some work or go outside and play.
     
  2. mikeot

    mikeot Member SoSH Member

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    Maybe after game 4 of the NBA finals? Just a suggestion, Al.
     
  3. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    The odds of me being awake and/or sober then is 0%
     
  4. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    This should be complete - please report any new issues here. I *think* that I got most everything sorted out
     
  5. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    one thing to look out for is getting logged off automatically more than you used to. That was something that I had to mess with a ton on the last server and pretty sure it may happen again
     
  6. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Just saying thanks for taking care of us.
     
  7. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    might be a little slow during the next 30 minutes, testing backups.
     
  8. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks, Nip. I am afraid to ask just how much you had to lay out for all this hardware. It's a good reminder to people like me that a place like SoSH costs a lot of money to run, and it's on all of us to contribute toward the upkeep.
     

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