Dave N5UP

Dave N5UP
Dave monitoring progress during the server migration June 17, 2010

Dell R710 server

Dell R710 server
A technician at our data center adjusts a rack of Dell R710 servers

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We are running on the new server farm!

Please do not report any errors for the next few hours.
Our volunteers who answer support email will have no idea how to respond, and I will be working diligently to track down all errors.

Your logger that does Real-Time uploads of ADIF logs will probably FAIL. This is because the eQSL.cc domain name will take up to 3 days to propagate all around the world. There is simply nothing that can be done, except to wait a day and try again until it works.

0145Done Take down QSLCard.com; Restore database backup of June 14
0200Done Take down eQSL.cc; Copy final Transaction Log to new database (6 steps)
0245Done Restore Transaction Logs through June 16 - Taking longer than expected to get this working properly
0400Done Implement recommended speed improvements in new database - Part I
0415Done Implement recommended speed improvements in new database - Part II (Took longer than last time we tested it, but did OK)
0600Done Bring up new server at QSLCard.com (3 steps)
0615We are UP! Redirect all traffic from eQSL.cc to QSLCard.com (4 steps)
0615In Progress Change DNS for eQSL.cc and other domain names to point to new server
June 20 Final propagation of new IP addresses: eQSL.cc and other domain names point to new server from anywhere in the world

The plan is this:

0200 UTC June 17 (which is 9pm Central Time Wednesday the 16th), I will take down the current eQSL.cc system and start the final backups, moving the last programs, files, and database records over to the new servers.

Both the new and the old servers will have to be down while the last data is being restored from the old servers onto the new ones.

During those few hours, any accesses to eQSL.cc, eQSL.net, or the QSLVia domains will either fail, get a warning notice.

As soon as the new servers are running, you will be automatically redirected to QSLCard.com which is the first domain name that will "come alive" on the new servers.

After the new servers are up and running, it will take up to 3 days for the eQSL.cc domain name to be properly redirected, and users in various parts of the world may see error messages occasionally during those 3 days.

Continue to watch this page from now on, as I will post frequent status updates during the transition tonight. Since I will be drinking a lot of coffee, they could be quite humorous.


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  2. Just logged in the website qslcard.com.
    It is flying! Wow the speed!


    Aart PA3C