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Author Topic: Forum maintainance/downtime later today [update: it's long over]  (Read 7108 times)

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Gozer has returned!
The Destructor will devour this puny world!


I have no idea how many people will remember the last time HE was approaching, but this will take a little longer than back then.

No idea what I'm rambling on about? Here's it again in plain english:
I'll try to shift the forum to our new server today, but I want to make sure everything is smooth and we won't lose anything in the transition. To do that I need to close down the forum while I copy all the files and the database. Don't panic, everything should be back up within less than an hour.

I won't copy the entire website yet, but I'll update the forum link to point to the new forum. A result of this is that you'll have to log in again, so try to remember that weird password you put in at when you registered, you're going to need it (probably twice over the next days).

Warning: Technical details and long sentences follow.

The reasons why we don't just move the entire site and then make ganggarrison.com point to the new server is that a domain transfer (DNS update) can take about two days. During this time the domain name ganggarrison.com will send some people to the old server and some to the new one, so if we had only one of the servers running the forum some people would not be able to reach it for up to two days. On the other hand, if we continued running the forums on both servers some people would continue using the old one for up to two days without knowing and their posts would be lost.

Also, I want to test how well the new server handles the load and if I need to tweak anything before we complete the move and actually update the domain.

Update: As you probably noticed it actually worked this time. Enjoy the new server.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2010, 05:24:06 pm by MedO »
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 01:54:17 pm »

We'll keep our postcounts and stats, right?
Okay, I'll remember my password, that I type in every day ::)
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 01:56:05 pm »

Hoo boy, here we go.
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 01:58:26 pm »

Everything will be kept. We'll also still have the old server around for a bit if something goes missing.

And some people opt to stay logged in by cookie. I was joking a bit, but it's possible to register and log in once and not type that password again.
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010, 01:58:53 pm »

As an admin, are you able to PM everybody in the forums at once? If you can, that might have more success getting them to retrieve their password/not panic etc.

I have mine stored in my pile of emails, sure, but some people delete emails
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 01:59:16 pm »

The time has come, see you at the other side... if you survive
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 01:59:42 pm »

wait wait how do i access the irc channel
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2010, 02:00:09 pm »

delete system32.
Click online chat, dunce.
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2010, 02:00:31 pm »

As an admin, are you able to PM everybody in the forums at once? If you can, that might have more success getting them to retrieve their password/not panic etc.

I have mine stored in my pile of emails, sure, but some people delete emails
"  Sent to: Entire Forums on: April 27, 2010, 16:04:12 PM "
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2010, 02:00:45 pm »

delete system32.
Click online chat, dunce.
im gay

no but seriously im not working right today. my bad. jackass.
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2010, 02:18:54 pm »

wait this isn't gonna be an smf forum anymore

or am i just retarded
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2010, 02:19:21 pm »

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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2010, 02:19:33 pm »

wait this isn't gonna be an smf forum anymore

or am i just retarded
you are just retarded :c1:
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2010, 03:45:18 pm »

Well, as long as posts and avatar are safe, im fine.
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Re: Forum maintainance/downtime later today
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2010, 03:49:16 pm »

This is gonna be fun.
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