[MUD-Dev] ADMIN: (IMPORTNANT) Server down time and possible service interruption

J C Lawrence claw at under.engr.sgi.com
Mon Dec 7 17:56:40 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998


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To: coder at kanga.nu
Subject: ADMIN: (IMPORTNANT) Server down time and possible service interruption
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 17:56:40 -0800
From: J C Lawrence <claw at under.engr.sgi.com>


Writing variously as the list owner or list host (this is being sent
to multiple lists), or as the Kanga.Nu postmaster/HNIC:

  Kanga.Nu is about to be moved over to new hardware.  While this
was originally intended to be an unremarkable and carefully staged
evolution with every step carefully tested and retested to ensure no
service downtime; the current box that hosts Kanga.Nu, in seeming
jealousy of the gleaming new AlphaStation sitting right beside it,
has suddenly become erraticly unstable (initial inconclusive
indicators are a bad SIMM and/or a dieing SCSI drive).

  I don't have the time right now to fully debug and re-stabilise
the current Kanga.Nu host which has served us so well.  Even if I
did, it would not be an effective use of my time.  Instead I'll be
moving everything over to the new box more rapidly than initially
planned.  Quite possibly this means that the entire transition will
happen this week.  Certainly it means that there will be periods
when all of the normal Kanga.Nu services will not all be available.
I'll attempt to keep these later as short as possible.

  Kanga.Nu has multiple backup mail servers ("secondary MX'es" in
DNS parlance).  I have verified that they are online and are
appropriately configured.  It is possible that mail to Kanga.Nu will
generate bounce messages during the transition due to the mail not
being able to be rapidly delivered to Kanga.Nu.  Do not worry about
these bounces -- they are merely warnings that the mail could not be
delivered in a timely manner, not indications that the mail was
lost.  It is extremely that unlikely that mail will be lost (I can't
guarantee).

  I will post further updates/warnings here as they pertain.

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J C Lawrence                              Internet: claw at kanga.nu
(Contractor)                             Internet: coder at kanga.nu
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