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ForumGarden is moving to its fallback server in an attempt to stabilize the system's performance. We've had two outages over the last week and two failed backups, so we're taking action before matters get any worse. At the same time we're removing the ModSecurity "Internal Server Error" which has bedeviled the site recently.

I would hope to complete the server transfer in a six hour window. The work involves closing the old system, redirecting the nameservers to the new location, copying the database and bringing the new system online.
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This wouldn't have happened if Anastrophe was still the admin.

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And what is "this", Snooze? The server move? The length of the downtime? The provision of advance notice to the membership?
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Yes.
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Last week (or whenever the problems began), a few hours before I was here & my Kaspersky kept popping up with "DANGER", + some message. It happened a few times & I left FG & the messages stopped. Do you think this is connected somehow to the troubles?
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AnneBoleyn;1390232 wrote: Last week (or whenever the problems began), a few hours before I was here & my Kaspersky kept popping up with "DANGER", + some message. It happened a few times & I left FG & the messages stopped. Do you think this is connected somehow to the troubles?


Webservers are capable of serving injected malware. I've had no indication until now that the FG server has been compromised in that way, and I'd have thought that if it were so then many members' virus checkers would have flagged the infection. Perhaps anyone else with a similar experience will be so good as to mention it in this thread.
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SnoozeAgain;1390228 wrote: Yes.


I'll do a deal with you. If you can persuade him to come back, he can replace me as admin and I'll step aside to be a supporting member. How's that.
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AnneBoleyn;1390232 wrote: Last week (or whenever the problems began), a few hours before I was here & my Kaspersky kept popping up with "DANGER", + some message. It happened a few times & I left FG & the messages stopped. Do you think this is connected somehow to the troubles?


Unlikely. We were being hammered by a search engine from Finland that took all the resources that were available to us.

That should not flag danger to an anti-virus - just give time outs and connection failures.
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spot;1390233 wrote: Webservers are capable of serving injected malware. I've had no indication until now that the FG server has been compromised in that way, and I'd have thought that if it were so then many members' virus checkers would have flagged the infection. Perhaps anyone else with a similar experience will be so good as to mention it in this thread.


It is possible, I haven't seen any problem though, could anybody with the same trouble let us know.

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Bruv;1390238 wrote: It is possible, I haven't seen any problem though, could anybody with the same trouble let us know.

(Modified Spot speak)


I thought that was what he said?
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Bryn Mawr;1390240 wrote: I thought that was what he said?


He obviously hasn't heard about the cutbacks
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Bruv;1390238 wrote: It is possible, I haven't seen any problem though, could anybody with the same trouble let us know.

(Modified Spot speak)


Why use 18 words when you can use 60?
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spot;1390222 wrote:

I would hope to complete the server transfer in a six hour window. The work involves closing the old system, redirecting the nameservers to the new location, copying the database and bringing the new system online.


good luck! :guitarist
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Thank you to spot and Bryn.
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SnoozeAgain;1390223 wrote: This wouldn't have happened if Anastrophe was still the admin.

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:wah: Drop the sharp stick, Snooze, and stop poking the dog.
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Accountable;1390286 wrote: :wah: Drop the sharp stick, Snooze, and stop poking the dog.


Ah, go ahead and poke. I'm just surprised he hasn't blamed America yet.
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YZGI;1390526 wrote: Ah, go ahead and poke. I'm just surprised he hasn't blamed America yet.


Where is the server ?
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Bruv;1390527 wrote: Where is the server ?


LOL..Good point.
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Even worse, it's in Tornado Central. We're all doomed!
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That was dreadful. The membership has my apologies for dropping the system for so long.
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spot;1391357 wrote: That was dreadful. The membership has my apologies for dropping the system for so long.


A perfect example of the old adage - no battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.

The practice run a couple of weeks ago went without a hitch. This time it fought with tooth and claw from the moment we started until we surrendered and backed all the changes out - even then it tried to prevent us reactivating the existing service.

Lessons have been learnt, next time will be different (I hope).
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Bryn Mawr;1391360 wrote:

Lessons have been learnt, next time will be different (I hope).


There is going to be a next time ?
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spot;1391357 wrote: That was dreadful.


Are you referring to the down time or the "How to offend the non Brits Notice ?"
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Bruv;1391362 wrote: There is going to be a next time ?


There really has to be - sad as it is the reason for doing it hasn't gone away.
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Bruv;1391363 wrote: Are you referring to the down time or the "How to offend the non Brits Notice ?"


I do admit that the phrasing did leave room for improvement.
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Bryn Mawr;1391366 wrote: There really has to be - sad as it is the reason for doing it hasn't gone away.


Can we have some therapy in place to combat withdrawal symptoms ?
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Bruv;1391369 wrote: Can we have some therapy in place to combat withdrawal symptoms ?


Do I get hair replacement therapy first?
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Thank You Spot (John) and Bryn for taking the time and stress to restore FG.:)

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Bruv;1391369 wrote: Can we have some therapy in place to combat withdrawal symptoms ?


Wow Bruv....I thought you had more of a life then this!!!

I meant you sounded like you had. :-3
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Lady J;1391380 wrote: Wow Bruv....I thought you had more of a life then this!!!

I meant you sounded like you had. :-3


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A huge thank you, spot, for all the time and effort you have put into this (don't know what to call it :-5)
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theia;1391417 wrote: A huge thank you, spot, for all the time and effort you have put into this (don't know what to call it :-5)


Cock up ?? :wah:
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theia;1391417 wrote: A huge thank you, spot, for all the time and effort you have put into this (don't know what to call it :-5)


I think your chum just called it bang to rights, to be honest. I should have called quits a good twelve hours earlier instead of thinking I could force things.
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spot;1391422 wrote: I think your chum just called it bang to rights, to be honest. I should have called quits a good twelve hours earlier instead of thinking I could force things.


Chum???

I haven't heard that word for years!
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FOUR-ZERO-FOUR is the culprit. It`s not downtime it`s the countdown. From FOUR ZERO ZERO to FOUR ZERO ONE, FOUR ZERO TWO, FOUR ZERO THREE & FOUR ZERO FOUR. KABOOM!!!
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??????? ????????

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Exploding chum.
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That indexing stuff is no easy task. However, you do know the average American with very little computer experience or knowledge would have had this completed within an hour, don't you, Spot?
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Ahso!;1391461 wrote: That indexing stuff is no easy task. However, you do know the average American with very little computer experience or knowledge would have had this completed within an hour, don't you, Spot?


Tut tut !!

A Boston tea party moment.................
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Ahso!;1391461 wrote: That indexing stuff is no easy task. However, you do know the average American with very little computer experience or knowledge would have had this completed within an hour, don't you, Spot?


Bruv;1391494 wrote: Tut tut !!

A Boston tea party moment.................


I think it was closer to a Benedict Arnold moment.
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Ahso!;1391461 wrote: That indexing stuff is no easy task. However, you do know the average American with very little computer experience or knowledge would have had this completed within an hour, don't you, Spot?


That'll be the Following The Manual Flowchart approach, I expect.
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