-TONIGHT- Major Server Upgrade

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by melbo, Feb 8, 2011.


  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Sometime over the next few days tonight we are moving from a VPS to a Dedicated Server. (y)

    7 years ago, SM started on a shared host. Our next jump in '06 was for a better shared host. (Shared means that a couple hundred sites are installed on the same computer). In early '08, we moved to a VPS (Virtual Private Server) and we were 1 of 25 on the box. Last year we moved to a new VPS where we were one of 8 on the box. 2 storage upgrades and 2 RAM upgrades later, we're outgrowing the VPS and moving to our very own dedicated server. (This means that only SM will be served from this server without having to share any resources with other websites)

    Today we have 20 GB storage and 2 GB RAM
    Later this week, we'll have:
    3 hard drives and 4 GB RAM.

    The new server is being prepped and readied for the move now and I already like what I'm seeing ;)

    When we do make the move, we'll be getting new IP addresses and those can take a few hours to a day to populate the various DNS centers. This is a heads up that you may get Page Cannot be Found errors during this time.

    Bear with us during this transition.

    Maybe we'll need more server in a couple of years...
     
  2. CANDY fISHER

    CANDY fISHER Monkey+

    awesome !!!!!
     
  3. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    10-4 good to hear of the upgrades. I couldn't tell what we were posting on.
     
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    We've tweaked the VPS for optimum performance. It basically came down to room and memory; to add more was going to be cost comparable to a dedicated server anyway.

    The main problem is that with all the caching we have running (memcached and APC), We're having to flush the caches daily or we start to slow down after a couple of days. We keep 5 days of database backups but we're running out of room for them by day 3 now.

    We've worked within 5/10/15/20 GB for so long, I don't know what we're going to do with 250 GB of main space... Well, actually I do: We're going to host every survival and back to basics pdf you all can find! By moving the MySQL database to it's own drive, large downloads won't jam up the regular forum calls.

    We're moving from CentOS to Fedora so I don't think the learning curve will be all that steep. We're also testing Varnish-Cache as well so things should be pretty snappy when we're tuned.
     
  5. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    [bow] You ROCK!
     
  6. jungatheart

    jungatheart Beginner's Mind

    Thanks for all you do. We appreciate it.
     
  7. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Sweet, good luck with the upgrade.
     
  8. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

  9. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

  10. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Much appreciated, Melbo

    Thank you for the heads up. I know that Survivalmonkey is not a one man band, but your hands are notable on the tiller, Thank you for your dedication and commitment on what is a superlative survival site.

    My regards go to all those who contribute to making this site a pleaure to visit. There are many prepper and survival sites on the net, but this is one of the best. I am happy to make this site my home.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers from Chello
     
  11. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+

    Thank You Melbo; You guys are doing an awesome job......
     
  12. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Looks like this may happen this evening. Will likely close the forum around 10:00 PST and you may not be able to access the site for a number of hours after that.
     
  14. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

    Way past my bedtime anyway. Thanks for the heads up though
     
  15. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    OK, we are on the new server. Please bear with us as we tune and optimize this place for the new home.
    Also, let us know if you find anything not working.

    Thanks
     
  16. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Speedy Gonzales! The difference is obvious
     
  17. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

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  18. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

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  19. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

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  20. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

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