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Titus to Solomon

Earlier this year Titus was setup, it was a move in how hosting “could” be done using a 64bit platform – for the most part things have gone smoothly but in the realm of upkeep, security, and issues like modules, backend support etc. have made me have to re-focus and stick to a 32-bit setup.

So to that end Titus will be de-comissioned this Saturday after a migration of data to Solomon, all customers on Titus should have received a email with this information – but for those who may not of, this is being cross posted here on the blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter. Read the email that was sent out below.


As the subject notes, there is a migration coming! Friday Night (12/04/2009) all data from the server Titus will be migrated to the server Solomon.

This plan has been off and on for a while now, I have tried several attempts to firm up the 64bit version of software, and there are still issues, and security concerns in the setup, that long-term may have ill effects on hosting websites safely, so a move has been set.

When will this take place?
Friday Night at 11:30PM Pacific (http://flockurl.com/1t) - the data will be packaged and migrated to a new server.

How does this effect my web site?

Impact should be minimal, with most companies refreshing DNS routes the change for most will be max of 2 hours - for shorter time frame I encourage you to reboot your computer (goes for Mac, Windows or Linux - reboots flush DNS caches and make sure you see the latest version) - also FTP will be disabled during this time to avoid new files being uploaded to one server and miss moving to the new one.

What do I do if ________ Happens?
If you find something missing - open a ticket - all data will remain on Titus for 3 days after the migration then it will be de-commissioned.

What can I do to prepare?
If you have a message board/guestbook or any type of database driven application or process, be sure to disable/maintenance mode the system so users are not submitting data - if you check your email using POP3/IMAP from a client such as Outlook, Apple Mail, etc. please be sure to disable your email client from checking overnight as it can sometimes cache the old server addresses.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to open a ticket with as many questions as you may have - the move should be quick and painless, but I encourage you to ask questions if you have them, I want to be sure folks are informed of what is happening. So please feel free to drop me a line!

Take Care & God Bless
Chuck Brown