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Move them servers two by two. Meet Noah.

While I’m battling insomnia (coming off a nasty medication) I’ve been hard at work with our newest server to handle Church Hosting as a whole – Noah. I still have some sense of humor, but at the same time it seemed like a good fit, rescue from the flood of new pricing from cPanel + lately a number of hiccups from our current data center which has had issues with cooling, network, and hardware – it’s time to move.

So to that end, Noah should be actually completed in the next 2 hours if my energy holds – so what does that mean? That everything will be ready for 6pm on Friday (9/20/19).

Why the rush? Well Sunday is coming and so is billing – so two fold I want to stabilize things before Sunday if at all possible on the new hardware which has a lot more in the way of resources than pretty much all the other servers combined – my hope is that this move adds Stability + Speed = Happy FlockHosters! (and keeps it affordable for me during all the Cancer stuff)

So what do you need to do? In most cases? Absolutely nothing, I just did a fresh spot check of Fellowship and found that 90% of customers are using FlockHosting DNS – thus you get updated instantly once your account is moved. If you are using the hostname of the server that too will be updated so you can continue to utilize:

  • fellowship.flockhosting.com
  • church.flockhosting.com
  • matthew.flockhosting.com

These will all be adjusted after the last account moves off the server to redirect to Noah’s IP so trying to make this as pain-free as possible.

If you are doing your own DNS to point to FlockHosting services the new IP is:

This change will need to be made on Friday at or around 6pm – now this can result in some downtime if data takes longer, but I’d honestly prefer you guys pointing to the new server sooner than later so we can deal with as little migration time as possible!

To manage storage on Noah there are actually multiple drives which manage several storage locations, if you have any software which relies on a path please log in to cPanel to see if your path has changed – if so it will likely be /home2 or /home3 – like I’ve said before, I might over overbuilt things! But trying to make it stable and able to handle growth while I’m down for the count in Chemo/Shots/etc.

A note about Paul. It’s not moving. The Church Email Service is not moving at this time, it will give me a slight increase in cost, but storage wise, and migration of email only can cause some issues as it’s all about updating external DNS – not a move like standard Church Hosting which handles both in most cases via FlockHosting’s DNS servers – so that’ll come in time, but for now, Paul will remain where it is.

One Last thing…..

If you are no longer using Church Hosting, domain expired but you never canceled – please try to request a cancelation by Friday – if we can make it easier on churches still using the service to not have to move dormant accounts that would make my life 1,000,000 times easier. Less data to move, and we can continue to be the best stewards of what Church Hosting offers.