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Old 06-15-2003, 02:41 PM   #1
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Rivet Community Downtime Update

Wow, what a crazy series of events! Sunday June 8th, 2003 around 10:30 pm the server that runs our community had a hard drive failure. The next 2 days were spent restoring all the sites on the server so the 300+ email accounts and 80 other business that use this server could be back up and running.

Organic Hosting is a side business I started in 1999. I have donated the server resources for our community so my number one priority was to restore the "paying" client's websites and then get the forums working again. Of course my "real" job was also requiring 100% of my attention so it was hectic for me this week to say the least.

To tell you the truth, it was probably our community that crashed the server because we are getting so much traffic now. I plan on moving the community to a higher performance server at some point in the next couple of months.

When the hard drive failed the database became corrupted. In the beginning I was backing up the database on a daily basis. Due to the growth of our community I changed that to a weekly because the backups are so large.

I spent a couple of days trying to resolve the corrupt database so no information would be lost. I had to learn what to do, contact database administrators and try and fix it myself and I am not a programmer. It was very tough and frustrating. I tried everything possible and finally decided not to spend more time trying to fix it and just move forward restoring to a backup. It is one thing to make backups, but you need to know what to do with them in case of emergency. So back to the manuals and MySQL documentation. I sure have learned a lot!

Our backups are so big that it takes 3 hours to upload them using a cable modem. On top of that, storms rolled through Dallas this week that knocked out power at my apartment building twice. So just getting the backups to the server was a chore! Finally I was able to try and restore from the uploaded backup. That did not work! The backup was corrupt! I spent some time trying to fix the corrupt backup and finally gave up. So then I had to upload the other backups I had and restore to the latest one that was not corrupt. Once again, uploads took forever! Finally the May 20th, 2003 backup restored without any problems. So it was approximately 18 days before the meltdown.

So if you registered after May 20th, 2003 you will need to reregister. All posts, threads, etc. posted after May 20th were lost. I apologize for this and will revise our disaster recovery plan to include some quality controls to make sure backups are not corrupt moving forward (I will test them after each backup).

Once again, sorry for the downtime, I learned very much from it and I will post our disaster plan when I am done writing it. I am off to the Farmerís Market to get some fruit then go to the park and relax. After the week I had, it is going to feel soooooo GOOD!

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Old 06-15-2003, 02:47 PM   #2
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I know that I am not alone in being happy you are back. Are you saying that you donate your time/energy? WOW... Thank you. Personally, I think this site is worth paying for.

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Old 06-15-2003, 02:54 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Thanks Andy!

All your hard work is much appreciated

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Old 06-15-2003, 02:57 PM   #4
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thank you andy!!

thanks for sticking to it!

good job!

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Old 06-15-2003, 03:50 PM   #5
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You are the BEST Andy!

Thanks for all your time in getting everything back up. Your time is valued..
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:05 PM   #6
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Andy, I would like to add my sincerest appreciation for your sense of loyalty to us Airstreamers!!!!
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:05 PM   #7
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Good job!

Good job, Andy! I am a programmer, and I've been in the same situation with paying customers breathing down my back, the boss watching, and nothing going right. Better you than me :-)Thanks for the hard work!

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Old 06-15-2003, 04:06 PM   #8
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Thanks Andy, for all the work.. must have been a stressful week for you
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:17 PM   #9
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I can understand what your past week has been like having done
restores on both legacy and open systems.
good luck with the disaster planning. that can be a real trip also....

enjoy the trip to the park.
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:22 PM   #10
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My thanks as well. I relaized how much I enjoy this forum when it was unavailable. We all appreciate the time and effort you put into it.
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:32 PM   #11
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I didn't know what to do with myself all week. I must have played at least 200 games of FreeCell during the week. Check the forum ... play a couple of FreeCell ... repeat ad infinitum.

Anyway, I had a winning streak of 25 FreeCell games (my all time best is a 42 win streak).

Needless to say, I'm glad the forum is back.
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:36 PM   #12
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OK, Looks like some of us are hooked!

Thanks Andy for your hard work past your 'real' job!!

I went to the computer once or several times a day looking for the forum, .... so I guess that some of us are hooked ! !

It's great to have all of you back.

We all really appreciate the give and take of the vast experience available.

Take a well deserved breather and WELCOME BACK ! ! !

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Old 06-15-2003, 04:45 PM   #13
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Boy am I addicted to checking in on this forum....great work restoring what you could and personally I can't even tell you how much it means to have my had my favorite addiction restored. Thank you so much!!
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Old 06-15-2003, 05:15 PM   #14
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I, too, appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that Andy has generously given. Great job. My trips to the computer were frequent but only lasted for a few minutes at most. I am addicted more than I thought. Long live the forums.


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