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Jason Perlow

Server Upgrade This Weekend

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This weekend, eGullet will be moving to a more powerful server at a new data center hosted by Invision Power Systems.

We will be copying over our database to the new machine, and thus you may see some slowness while we do this and some of you may have some difficulty reaching the site for a day or so while we update our DNS entries.

We apologize in advance for any downtime that may occur.

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The database will begin copying to our new server late this evening. The procedure takes at least an hour, and eGullet will not be accessible at that time. After it is completed, and access is restored, an indexing process will begin that will adversely affect site performance for several hours (4+). After this is done, the eGullet site will be split between 2 computers -- the web server and the database server, which will be communicating with each other over the Internet (between Texas and Colorado) and this will result in slower overall performance than what you are used to. This 2-server situation will be required for at least a few days as we transfer all the web sites eGullet comprises to the new server.

Once all data is copied to the new machine we will be redirecting our DNS to point the web pages to the new server -- some of you, depending on how quickly your ISP's react to the name server changes will undoubtably experience outages, but we will attempt to minimize this by automatically re-directing the traffic to the new server.

Thanks for your cooperation and patience in this matter, and we'll keep you updated as this progresses.

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The server move is complete and we've pointed our DNS over to the new DNS servers at Invision. Some of you are probably completely using the new server already, some of you at less-quick-to-react ISP's will be using the old server with the new server in tandem, which will be somewhat slower.

We have not configured MailScanner/Spam Assasin/CLAMAV on the new server yet, so you may get some annoying virus emails for a few days until we get that sorted out.

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Due to some unforseen compatability problems on the new server, ImageGullet was non-functional for about 2 days -- its now working. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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