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Preparing to Move

Upgrades, a mini-migration is all it takes to take you from 2 Cores to 8 🙂 The last few months of looking lead to this newest deal, and after reading up on the data center, reading up on things, over a year of positive feedback and reviews, so thus the move.

So the question for those of you new to hosting, new to migrations is probably How do I prepare? – Honestly a lot of this is automated now, after years of doing this for other companies, personal projects, etc. I have worked hard to give a good window with both servers running so if there are any data problems, the old copy is still there – so things should be pretty straight forward.

  • Maintenance Mode: As noted in the Newsletter, one big suggestion is disabling your forum / comments systems on your website, most have a “Maintenance” mode which can be turned on, it will prevent your visitors from posting data to a database, thus you have the most recent version, if you do decide to go this route, open a ticket, let me know the location of your forum/script which is in the maintenance mode and once your account is moved over 100% I’ll adjust it so once your DNS updates – your online and good to go!
  • DNS Freshness: Sometimes your browser can be your worst enemy in a move like this, or worse your ISP has old DNS settings, so the quickest way is to try a few things like OpenDNS – and rebooting your computer, be it Mac, PC, or Linux your computer will traditionally refresh DNS settings when rebooted, so any cached settings are cleared.
  • Email Client: If you use a email client like Outlook, Outlook Express, Apple Mail, or Thunderbird (a few of the most common clients) turn off your email client before the transfers begin – this will make it so in the morning, your download email from the correct sever and not having a problem getting/sending email.
  • Backup: While there will be an active mirror of all your files, a good download of your site/databases are always handy to have no matter what, while I make backups – they may not always be the freshest and I can’t always guarantee it’s validity, but all in all consider for working with a HTML based website to simply work on the site on your home computer and upload changes so the latest is always on your computer. More backup tips will be coming soon for various applications.

Stay tuned for more, and if you have any questions about the migration, do open a ticket or send me a email, I am always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Faith to PHP5

The date has been set, a newsletter will go out Monday to confirm, but Faith will be migrating to PHP5 on Friday (01/11) at 11:45PM – the last upgrade went very smoothly so I am doing it a little earlier, downtime like last time will be under 30 minutes as services are backed-up and re-compiled to migrate the systems to PHP5 and Apache 2.

If you have not done so already, please ensure your applications are up to date – out of the entire server we only had 2 tiny blips, so Praise the Lord! Thanks to everyone for their prayers, and their promptness to upgrade applications to ensure compatibility.

The new year is getting started, some minor rocky spots, but God is Good. So stay tuned, once all servers have migrated to a PHP5 configuration, other upgrades are coming, and some server migrations as well, over a year, and I like to keep the hardware new, fresh, and giving you the best stability/speed as possible. If you have not been getting the newsletter, do let me know, and I’ll get you added ASAP! A sign-up will be eventually added to the new homepage (coming soon!).

Lots coming, lots to do, prayers are appreciated! Happy New Year Everyone!

PHP5 & cPanel Updates

Over the weekend and into this next week some things will start rolling out, one being PHP5, another is cPanel upgrades some of which have already hit the servers, also the migration to the X3 template which offers a little more “flash” to the cPanel interface, and adds wizards to simplify some tasks.

If you have not already done so do make sure your application is PHP5 compatible, if your unsure please open a ticket for further assistance.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and safe travels as we head into the Christmas season, hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Network Maintenance (11/8/07)

On November 8th @ 12:00AM(CST) there will be a brief outage (or so our upstream tells us), they will be performing some upgrades to the software and hardware for the network, they expect it to be “brief” as each device updates and reboots, usually in the past this is only about a 5 minute outage, and is even usually less than that.

If anything changes, or I get updated with more information from the upstream, I’ll update this post ASAP.