PS:141 Monday.

Monday’s are never easy. Fresh schedule this week as it is summer break and thus means the Mrs. has her few months break from teaching the future minds of Merica. So a new mix up of time, may not be the final schedule for summer, but it’s a start.

Writing is short lately, tired. Been pondering some video recording for FH, and starting off walking vs. running fro TFH, really just grow it with some Q&A and get it rolling, sounds workable. Right?

PS:137 – 20+ Servers

So as I posted earlier in #135, the data center I’ve been using for a few years has had issues. It’s located in Atlanta and with summer month’s coming I’m weary about power. To that end, I’ve got 2 bits of hardware ordered which will replace not one but two VPS servers into one HUGE server.

I originally considered just making it out and building two again, but then after looking at things, 2 was the better option, as the accounts on this server are not heavy hitters, more light-weight email servers, and a few minor shared hosting servers.

So with that said there are over 20 servers which need to be migrated to new hardware and in a new data center. Now there are a few tools which are supposed to help make this easy, and to some degree, sure thing – easy, but then you must bear in mind DNS, IP Switches, TB’s of data to move, not GB or MB, but TB. The never ending worry of customer IP caching sucks too.

I hoped this would be ready for Friday, but let’s be honest, I’m going to set it for next weekend, sleep and rest up this weekend and ensure the hardware is golden, make some test runs and have a solid plan on this process ready to go for a mid-week reminder to clients.

Thankfully one such move is super easy, the migration of cPanel boxes, fairly simple – of course some folks who do external DNS always a hangup lately. All in all, I hope it will go super smoothly, tonight my test is creating a dummy VPS and moving it to another. Fingers crossed.

Another thing been working on RBL’s and getting them cleared, upgraded my subscription to a service to do checks nightly for all servers against URI and IP based lists – tells me with my pre-purchased credits over 700 days of checks, that’s almost two years of service with the current server list! Woot! So things are in motion, a lot going on, hate spending money, but better to spend it, fix it all and have a business, then things going south quickly and creating a loss of money at all!

For now going to get a few more things done here, and then hopefully crash out long enough before my 11 AM call.

PS:135 – Power Outages Again?!

I set up shop with a data center years ago called D. Now D is a fair enough company, they had older-ish hardware at a decent price point, some great sales deals I worked out due to some servers, and it was okay for the most part, till D had a power outage.

Now as a data center you don’t normally think power outage unless it’s been days on generator, natural disaster, that sort of thing – like the old EV1 days when Texas had some serious weather and various issues, but this – never makes sense.

Well after earlier this year having a multi-day outage, I moved a majority of my assets off-site, left the remainder in an OpenVZ configuration behind to function fair enough until today. 10 minute outage, but to get every VE on the node back online about a 45 minute window of outage during the middle of the day, and the cause? Power outage.

So I’ve already been in talks with 2 other companies regarding hardware to build my OpenVZ into a LARGE system vs. two smaller, and another company I manage wants to merge two of their VE’s into a phsyical server (as we did with 2 others of theirs a month or so ago).

So busy week is ahead for me, but I’m still dragging and trying to feel better and feel rested, so far hasn’t come – but thankfully Lilly is feeling much better! Ms. Energy! So off I go to get the ball rolling on hardware requests.