Monday, June 15, 2009

why this blog is suddenly a spam blog?!

So apparently updating all of your labels to be consistent is enough to trigger the spambot logic. I apologize to anyone reading this blog and thinking its spam - honest, it's not. Really! Honest!


Saturday, June 13, 2009

New replacement hosting service - hosting-5


I've just deployed a new hosting server (hosting-5.) It's running on the new network setup, running CentOS 5.3 32-bit, and generally seems quite well-behaved.

I'm going to migrate everyone on the old Fedora Core 6 hosting server over to this over the next week and then finally retire it.

EDIT: I've migrated a couple of customer VMs onto it (with their permission, of course!) and it has fixed their stability. Even Ubuntu VMs, traditionally having been very unstable, are now stable once again. Success!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hosting-4 downtime

One of the VM servers, hosting-4, needed a spontaneous reboot this afternoon. It seems the Xen management software got very upset after only 360 days of uptime.

On the downside, it means those who are hosted on hosting-4 will suffer a 10-20 minute downtime. It should have been 5 minutes except that the box and VMs have been up so long that fsck is enforcing file system checks.

For example:

/dev/sda1 has gone 361 days without being checked, check forced.

So to make things run smoother, I'm manually starting each VM once the previous one has finished fscking.

On the upside, the server is now running the latest CentOS 5.3 Xen packages which have fixed a fair few bugs.

I apologise for the downtime. I have to say though, 360 day uptime is pretty good. I'll just have to make sure that further downtime is scheduled in advance.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Outage - interstate and international traffic

There's some issue with my upstream's upstream's interstate link provider. Its affecting interstate and international traffic for my upstream, my upstream's upstream and potentially other providers.

I'll post an update when the problem is resolved.

EDIT: I really should point out that I'll feed twitter updates:

EDIT: The service has been restored at 1:10am. I'll keep an eye on things for a bit longer.