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22nd February 2009
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.
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.
13th January 2009
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.
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.
8th January 2009
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.
6th January 2009
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.
20th December 2008
Power hits, murkworks north
We're experiencing power drops here at Murkworks North; we'll stay online if we can, but if we lose power, we'll be offline pending restoration. Consider yourselves warned.
4th October 2008
Wind advisory, Murkworks North
There's an early-season windstorm here at Murkworks North today (4 October 2008), and power outages all throughout the Puget Sound region, so be prepared for possible sudden system shutdowns and other anomalous behaviour through the evening.
3rd July 2008
Unstable weather, Murkworks North
Last night (2 July 2008) we started experiencing locally-severe thunderstorms in the central and northern Puget Sound region, along with the predictable power fluctuations which usually accompany this kind of weather. We're seeing more such activity today; there is currently a storm cell directly overhead. Accordingly, be prepared for possible power outages throughout 3 July.
29th April 2008
Power failure over, Murkworks North
Murkworks North lost power sometime around 5 : AM
in the morning on Tuesday, 20 April 2008; power was restored and servers brought online around 8:30AM
. Checks are ongoing but there is no early evidence of data loss; however, some email may be delayed.
2nd February 2008
mail server software upgrade completed; hardware upgrade problems
Murknet mail services are back online; pop3 restored; new services supported include pop3s, imap4, and imap4s. Please use SSL (encrypted) channels for mail downloads if possible. (Most email clients support this.) On the problematic side, the server is ignoring the RAM we added, and we don't know why. More investigation will follow.
1st February 2008
Downtime tonight for mail services upgrade
Mail services will be offline tonight probably after 8pm PST for a scheduled server upgrade - unless this timing is a problem, in which case let us know : right now
. Other services should remain unaffected.
30th January 2008
MurkMUSH back online
Anna got the MurkMUSH backup extracted; it's from 14 January, so if you've done anything since then, it's lost. Sorry - but at least we're back up, yay.
MurkMUSH is temporarily offline due to database corruption. We'll be pulling a backup of the database online later today, but can't get to it right now for time. ETA for recovery sometime this evening.
24th January 2008
Web services restored.
murkworks.net web services : restored
23rd January 2008
Attempt #2 unsuccessful
Well, we had a very nice offer of a replacement server machine (dual PIII 600 - old, but more than we'd need), and we tried installing it tonight - but, sadly, it won't support more than one IDE/ATA drive, and if you put a master/slave pair on, it gets confused and won't boot. So tomorrow I buy a little bunch of new hardware :( and give it another go.
22nd January 2008
Update; murknet web server still offline
lodestone suffered significantly more damage than originally hoped; we're going to be building a new box off the (we're pretty sure) still-in-good-order hard drives tomorrow. sadly, this costs significantly more dollars, as we can't just pop in a new power supply (or even new power supply, motherboard, and possibly processor). we can't even use the same : case
- we're hoping for the drives and net card. and yes, we are quite unhappy about this, but, well, we need a web server. eta for restart unknown, hopefully tomorrow evening.
murkworks.net web services offline; power supply failure
murkworks.net web services are offline; we just had a power supply failure, or, more specifically, a power supply : fan
failure, and we overheated. I'll be off to get a replacement fan in a little bit. ETA on return probably 4h.
21st December 2007
newmoon (mail.murkworks.net) online 19:00 PST (on schedule)
Mail services are back online, but while I did wire the new fan into the power supply, the software report about the RAM on the motherboard, like the cake, was a : lie
. So the RAM upgrade is on hold until we can get more RAM that actually fits into the @#*$&(!!! machine, as is the round of software installs we'd planned tonight. OH WELL!
newmoon (mail.murkworks.net) downtime tonight
All Murknet mail services will go offline at 6pm tonight - Friday, 21 December 2007 - for RAM upgrade and cooling fan replacement. Downtime should be approximately one hour, but we'll try to do better than that.
11th December 2007
Upcoming downtime for murknet mail server TBD
We know what kind of RAM we need; now we just have to buy and install it. If you have a specific time you absolutely need mail services, please let us know in email; we'll be scheduling downtime for the RAM upgrade sometime within the next week.