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Unread 02-24-2013, 06:01 AM   #1
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Server Upgrades Today

We are upgrading our servers today. Because of this, there will be intermittent downtime throughout the day, though we're trying to have most of the activity occur later tonight when user activity is lowest.

Please note that there are a few broken thumbnails on the front page of the photo gallery at the moment, those will clear up shortly. While preparing to upgrade the images portion of the site last night, the server that prepares thumbnails for our cloud service filled to 100%. It affected around 20 images. We've rebuilt those thumbnails, but it can take a few hours for the rebuilt thumbs to spread across the cloud hosting.

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A couple of items of note:

The databases and some image folders will be the most time-consuming portion as they are moving to a brand new server, and it would overlap the new site if people are uploading into the old version. Because we have to rebuild the database indexes after moving them, the site will likely be offline for 3-4 hours tonight. We will be doing this as late as possible to affect the smallest number of users.

We've also been fixing the broken older thumbnails (some thumbnails were showing as broken from uploads in 2002-2003 or so) in the background while preparing for the upgrade. Those will also finish sometime this evening as there are around 100,000 left to process.

Once the server upgrade is complete, we may need to tweak some internal settings, so you might see the site go offline for brief moments (typically just a few minutes at a time) on Monday.
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The site will be going offline some time between midnight and 1am central time, for around 4 hours.

While offline the site may become inaccessible for some brief periods.
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