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Update 10-11-07

Discussion in 'Paid Membership System' started by Eric, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Jan 1, 1970
    Hi folks. A lot has been happening lately. Here is a quick update:

    I have secured webhosting in a new location in Phoenix. I will be going down tomorrow to set up the new equipment I purchased there. I will then come back here and transfer everything to the new servers. Then, it is back to Texas, to retrieve the old equipment. I will be refurbishing four of the newest servers there and deploying them at the new site as well.

    There will be some downtime this weekend, while I effect the change. The downtime will be limited to the amount of time it takes me to transfer the GT database to the new location and set it up. To facilitate this change, I am going to prune back posts quite a bit, prune all file attachments older than two weeks, delete the search index table and I am asking that everyone voluntarily go in and prune old Private Messages. The smaller the database is, the fast I can transfer it and bring the site back up.

    Then DNS information for the site will change, when we transfer. It is possible that if you have visited the site recently before the transfer, your computer, or your ISP's servers, may have an old lookup for the site once things change. If this occurs, you will not be able to see the site until that cached information is cleared. If the lookup is cached on your system, simply rebooting your computer will clear it out. If your ISP is caching it, try visiting the site at an alternate URL. also points to GT. If you normally use the regular GT address to visit the site and it isn't functioning for you after 6pm on Saturday, try the Aritah URL. If you normally use the Aritah URL, try the GT address. I will have a 'We Moved' message up on the old servers once I have made the transfer, so it will be pretty obvious if you are showing up at the old location. No matter what, all DNS caching and propagation issues should resolve themselves by the end of the weekend.

    Once I get things up and stable at the new location, I have to drive back to retrieve the old equipment. It will take me about a week to get there and back, although I will be working on the site during the day, while I am there. I will probably upgrade the site software while I am there, so that should happen by the middle of next week. We are getting close, folks.

    The site changeover should go smoothly, but there may be some disruption in email notification services for a day or two. Bear with me.

    So we will have some downtime this weekend, which should be limited to four hours or less. We will also have some downtime next week, probably Weds, which shouldn't last much longer. This should be the last of the downtime related to the changeover and upgrade. My new ISP has a 100% uptime guarantee, so once we get past this point, we should have some smooth sailing ahead of us. I will post more info soon. Thanks again for everyone's support. Eric
  2. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    If you don't mind too much, what are the old IPs and the new IPs for those of us who run DNS servers and have GT set up with "other than GT" names :supergrin:

  3. PeterJasonMN

    PeterJasonMN ****

    Sep 3, 2001
    Duluth, MN
    Never question Sharon's ability to crash GT.
  4. AZBob

    AZBob 0-60 < 2s CLM

    Sep 25, 2002
    Chandler, AZ

    Just set the TTL of your DNS server entries to a low value so you don't need to worry about propagation time.

    I'm curious. What kind of bandwidth does GT use up on a monthly basis, what's the total user account count, and how big's the database?
  5. geekboy

    geekboy Glock Lover

    Mar 24, 2006
    Tampa Bay, Florida
    Exactly what I do. I have my maximum TTL set to 60 (seconds) right now. You may want to use a value of 600 starting today, so that when you make the change later... it will only take the current master servers (and other caching DNS servers) only 10 minutes to "see" the change (purge the cache). You need to do this sooner rather than later so that within the next 24-48 hours, all DNS servers which have cached the values will now re-check every 10 minutes!
  6. Reyn

    Reyn Times Up

    Jan 25, 2005
    Good grief im computer illiterate. Yall might as well have been speaking in Spanish.
  7. Bogey

    Bogey The Mouth® CLM

    Sep 11, 2004
    Raleigh, NC

    They weren't???
  8. geekboy

    geekboy Glock Lover

    Mar 24, 2006
    Tampa Bay, Florida
    Hola, yo no hablo INGLES! :)
  9. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Jan 1, 1970
    The TTL's are set low, but there will always be a bit of propagation lag. The bigger issue is people with cached lookups though. Some people's local computers or ISP DNS caches don't clear as often as they should. For most people, this will be a smooth transition, but as always, I will have some orphaned puppies to round up.:supergrin:

    I don't know what the new IP numbers will be yet. I've been assigned my subnets, but there is some confusion concerning them. I will know for sure tomorrow.

    Right now, GT is using about 1.5TB of bandwidth a month, with throughput that averages in the neighborhood of 9mbs outbound and 2.5mbs or so inbound. The GT database is currently around 7.5GB, but I am hoping to prune it down to around 3GB for the move. Even so, that amount of data will take a bit of time to bring across. Eric
  10. TTL = Time To Live :banana: Shouldn't that be in the Caliber section?

    How appropriate for a conversation on GT. :rofl:
  11. js_gresham

    js_gresham Where am I? CLM

    not that i need 'em but i'll take one for the team and have a couplea margaritas here in cabo for you. . . then i'll duunrkn text mrs. vr for you, too.


    keep up the good work, Eric.

  12. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

    Nov 17, 2006
    God's Country (Texas)
    Oh crap, get ready for some GT withdrawal symptoms.:supergrin:
  13. Branspop

    Branspop Daddy X2 CLM

    Jan 25, 2000
    In search of...
    I'm callin' Greek...
  14. freepatriot

    freepatriot Retired GT Mod Moderator Moderator

    Aug 8, 2002
    South FL
    Delete your PM's, doods

    Use the pulldown to change "Past 30 days" to "The beginning"

    Clear out Inbox, Sent Items and Message Tracking

    ...every little bit helps, yeah?
  15. geekboy

    geekboy Glock Lover

    Mar 24, 2006
    Tampa Bay, Florida
    Good idea to clean up to help Eric with the move.

    Eric, is that 9M Bytes/sec or 9M bits/sec? Also, I know what you mean... Microsoft Operating Systems love to cache! Drove me crazy when I changed my IPs about 2 months ago. My stupid desktops had cached the addresses! I had to remember to use the old "ipconfig /flushdns" command!

    I also use a local DNS server on my home network which caches... so I have to remember that one too. :)

    My CISCO 3620 router has been up for 1 year 51 weeks!
  16. RIPPED


    Jul 1, 2004
    thanks for the heads up Eric
  17. Sidhe

    Sidhe Girl w/a Glock CLM

    Sep 22, 2006
    Texas, baby!
    Wasn't Greek either, something else perhaps?? LOL
  18. so just tell me,,is the Internet address going to be the same, and if not when I go to the old one will it tell me where to go? Besides ...well you know
  19. Reyn

    Reyn Times Up

    Jan 25, 2005
    Me neither when it comes to computer jargon. I can prune my messages though. :thumbsup:
  20. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    He more or less answered that question in the first post :animlol:

    I'm wondering if an index.html redirect page to the new IP would work. That one is a good idea.