Ben Blake, California

Server Move – status update

March 11, 2008
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We previously announced, on Daffnet, that we were moving the server hardware that runs Daffnet http://daffseek.org and the ADS web site http://daffodilusa.org.
Other daffodil sites on the server are the NCDS web site http://daffodil.org, and the DSM http://daffodilmn.org site.

The server was removed from it’s original location on Saturday morning, March 8, at 10 am PST. Tonight, Monday March 10, about 4 pm PST, the server was rack-installed in a datacenter owned by ColoServe.com, which is part of the larger company called ServePath.com. The datacenter is located in San Francisco, California, USA and has a very good record for continued operation during power outages. Other advantage is very good Internet connectivity.

By 6 pm, I had been assigned Internet IP addresses and was able to update the hardware with them. There are a number of adjustments that need to be made, but the bottom line is the server is operating now. I will do more adjustments during the next few days and will have to shutdown and reboot the server several times.

DaffSeek.org is now up and operating. Most of the web sites are working correctly too. Two web sites are not yet operational due to needed name server changes, which I am sure will be competed in a day or so.

The mail server that runs Daffnet will need adjustments, but appears to be delivering mail correctly to Daffnet members. I will have to study the mail server logs to see if anything is rejected that should not be.

Last, the official name server theory is that it takes 24 to 36 hours for Internet Domain Name Servers (DNS) all around the world to update their addresses when we change our particular addresses. These days, DNS servers seem to update faster, so I am hopeful. But if you browse to http://daffseek.org/ and do not seen anything, you may be in an area that has not been updated yet. If you get this response on your browser, be sure to try “Shift+Refresh” your screen. Some browsers such as IE6 can be refreshed with a “right-click +menu refresh choice”, or a “Control +R” key combination.

Let me know how everything works for you,

Regards,

Ben

One response to “Server Move – status update”

  1. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover says:

    Many thanks, Ben and Nancy, for all you do for us. I suspect you didn’t get a lot of sleep over the past few days. We appreciate all your hard work. And congratulations on the award from The Daffodil Society. It’s well-deserved.
    Mary Lou