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Heads up: Imminent kernel and OS upgrades on murkworks.net

Hi folks, annathepiper here. Debian 5.0 has come out so we'll be working to upgrade the murkworks server core to the new release. This means we also have to upgrade the system kernel on both newmoon and lodestone.

All the current backup files are being burned down to DVD so nobody should lose any data over this. But there will be reboots of servers today, with hopefully minimal downtime. I'll be emailing the users mailing list before these happen, and will also send out system notices. So if there's any particular time you don't want this to be happening, please drop a comment on this post or send me mail.

More bulletins as events warrant.
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Downtime this afternoon for kernel upgrades

Mail and web services will both being going offline briefly this afternoon for kernel upgrades as part of preparation for a second round of upgrades coming soon. Please be aware that both web and mail will be offline at time today with relatively little notice. Downtimes should, however, be short.
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MurkMUSH back online

MurkMUSH is back online; we gave up on today's DB and rolled back to the (very recent) previous backup. It's safe to log on and hopefully nobody lost anything important.
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MurkMUSH offline

Yep, the MUSH is offline; a bad character got written to the DB and we're rebuilding the database now. It'll be back up once the database is rebuilt.
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Not affected by flooding

Here at Murkworks North, we're near the top of a giant hill (we own the top, actually, but I digress) and are accordingly not generally affected by flooding. Power has been stable, as well. We expect normal operations during the flooding.
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Wind and power flickers

Okay, so we've got high winds again at the Murkworks, and power has been flickering enough to trip UPS alarms a lot of the afternoon, so be warned that we might have to power down the server cluster with very little warning.
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Severe windstorm alert for Saturday, 20 December

There's a Severe Wind Watch in effect for the Puget Sound area this Saturday and Sunday, with forecast sustained winds as high as 75mph, and gusts up to 90mph. We're on the edge of the area and should be shielded from the worst of it, but if this watch turns out to be real - they're saying to stock up with food(!) - we will expect a multi-day power outage and will be just glad we aren't killed by falling trees.