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      7th Mar 2010
We've had a few problems with the server over the past 6 months, so I've taken the plunge and gone for a new server with a new host. This should make sure that the server is much more stable, but the site should also be faster (the new server is twice the speed, has twice the RAM and much newer software).

I'm hoping to move the server in the next few days, and I'll update this thread when I know more. I'm going a test upgrade before that, just so that I can make sure everything works as it should.

This move requires much more work than past moves, so there will be a period of up to several hours where the database will have to be frozen. This means that I'll need to take a snapshot of the old server before getting it moved to and running on the new one. During these hours, any new content added to PCR won't be moved over - however I will make a notice appear on every page to alert to this fact. I'll also try and do it when the site is very quiet.

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      7th Mar 2010
Thank you for giving us all the heads-up Ian, and good luck for the move, hope all will go smoothly for you
 
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Yowsah!

Here's wishing for a prob-free switchover

 
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I'll also try and do it when the site is very quiet.
3AM?

 
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3AM?
Maybe not that early - 6am perhaps
 
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The server move is underway The forums will need to be locked in a moment though, but I expect the move will be all finished by lunch time if things go to plan
 
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The server move is almost complete - the DB server has now been setup, so there will be a gradual transition over to the new webserver over the next 24 hours.

The databases are now in sync, but you may notice the site is a little slower if you are still browsing on the old server. All the posts made from now on will appear on both sites.
 
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The server move is now fully complete!

By tomorrow, most people will be on the new server so hopefully it will be faster. It takes a little while for ISPs/Computers to notice the DNS change.
 
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Yay! Very well done Ian excellent work, quickly accomplished. Reckon we all owe you a pint
 
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You've done a great job, Ian.
As usual.

I notice the smilies are in a different order.

 
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