Thursday, December 27, 2007

"Annual" Maintenance - Dec 28th, 2007

Friday, December 8th, 2007 will be our "annual" datacenter day.  This means that Ask and I will go down to the colocation facility, swap drives, rewire things, upgrade BIOSes, upgrade operating systems, and reaffirm our frustration with hardware. (Our Cyclades Console Server means we hardly ever have to physically visit the machines.)

Starting at around 12pm PST (20:00 UTC) some services may be unavailable.  Email to,, and other hosted domains may be delayed.  Some websites including PerlBug, CPAN Ratings,,,,, may be unavailable.  We have a plan to minimize downtime for each service.

We expect the maintenance period to last less than six hours.  Otherwise, we'll be ordering some pizza.   

One of the biggest projects on our list for tomorrow is an upgrade to Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.  Many of our boxes are currently running RHEL3, which is getting a little long in the tooth.  We're looking forward to the newer kernel and more modern utilities.

We'll post here if there are any outstanding issues. 

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