Server Upgrades Taking Place This Week

By Rich Stone, 1 month ago
Happy Monday folks!

Last week we carried out some initial maintenance as part of a complete replacement of all of our servers.

We will be completing that work this week and wanted to give you a heads up on when it will be carried out.

Monday 21st - Web Servers

12pm UTC — we'll be switching to two new load balanced web servers with faster CPUs, four times as much memory, and brand new SSDs.
Expected downtime - None
Possible issues — Missing images or styling/script failures — please post in this thread.

Tuesday 22nd - Database Server

10am UTC - we'll be moving to the most powerful server I've ever seen — 40 super fast CPU cores, 512GB RAM, and 20TB of RAID 10 SSDs. It really is a monster.
Expected downtime - The site will be in read-only mode for 2 hours while we back up, transfer and restore the database to the new machine.
Possible issues - hopefully none, but please post in this thread if you see anything strange or lose any data.

Wednesday 23rd - Email and Scanner Servers

10am UTC - we'll be switching to 2 brand new servers for the scanners and email systems. Again, faster CPUs, four times as much memory, and brand new SSDs.
Expected downtime - Email will be offline for about an hour. Scanners will be offline for around 10 minutes.
Possible issues - hopefully none, but please post in this thread if you see anything strange.

Hopefully disruption will be kept to a minimum and we'll have a much faster site at the end of this process.

Thank you for your patience during this time!

Rich
Rich Stone
Written by Rich Stone
Creator of TrueAchievements, TrueTrophies and TrueSteamAchievements. Writes site news and still finds time for the odd game here and there. Loves Racing games and Shooters, yet to be convinced that any RPG is worth the time investment!