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.

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