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  • Website downtime and server move

    Over the next few days I will be moving the website to our new server.

    With the move, we will be moving over to a newly designed website. The software running the site will not change - except for being the latest versions - so the site will navigate much the same.

    The main problem comes with trying to transfer all the modules and add-ons over to the new server. There are always bugs and, many times, they just won't function properly on a different server with upgraded server software.

    It looks as though I will be able to migrate the main forum database over without many problems. This will mean that the boards, posts, member accounts, etc. will remain intact.

    The casino, blogs, chat rooms, photo gallery, weblinks, and download sections will have to be built back up after the server move.

    I will be turning off this website in order to backup the database for upload on the new server. Then I will migrate as much of that database into the new website. The downtime will likely be several hours. I will try to do this in the late night/early morning hours to minimize user impact.

    After I have the forum up and running, I will redirect traffic from this site over to the new server while the domain name redirection propagates through-out domain name servers on the internet. The complete propagation can take 24 to 48 hours. After that time, the url YardLimits.com should then point to the new server.

    I may try and make the forum move tonight, after 10 pm central time.

  • #2
    better make a strong thermos of coffee. :tee: thanks for your work.
    -sigpicLet's All Hunch!

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    • #3
      Zeb, thanks for all of this. I used to run a large motorcycle forum and I know how much work is involved. I would be up till 3 in the morning some nights doing maintenance and such.

      What are the pro's of switching to this new server?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by RichmondVA
        Zeb, thanks for all of this. I used to run a large motorcycle forum and I know how much work is involved. I would be up till 3 in the morning some nights doing maintenance and such.

        What are the pro's of switching to this new server?
        The hardware on the server is the same - duo core, 2 gigs of ram, and 110 gigs of storage. The software is different though. The new server runs the latest version of CentOS (with all the updated php, mysql, etc) and has a different control panel for administration (saved us on cost).

        I started the move last night, but got tired around 3 am and went to bed. Had to get up at 7am to get the kids to school. I'll try again in a day or so.

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        • #5
          I somehow shrank my page last night while you were doing this & I thought the forum software did it...it was a bitch typing & squinting to read...finally figured it out, but it was weird...yeah, I was reasonably sober. :angel3:
          -sigpicLet's All Hunch!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hog&Tow View Post
            I somehow shrank my page last night while you were doing this & I thought the forum software did it...it was a bitch typing & squinting to read...finally figured it out, but it was weird...yeah, I was reasonably sober. :angel3:
            reasonably sober my ass.
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            • #7
              I agree, sober is an unreasonable state to be in.

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