Notice: Server Migration / DNS Changes

Discussion in 'News & Updates' started by Hentai, May 24, 2017.

  1. Hentai

    Hentai Forum Theming Guy Administrator Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    Just a heads up. With summer around the corner, I am doing some changes to the server that powers UtaForum. You may notice a bit of server instability in the coming 24-48 hours and posts made after I clone the database / move the site may be lost in the intermediary.

    I thank you for your patience, I hope to get the site running better than ever in the coming days.
     
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  3. Hentai

    Hentai Forum Theming Guy Administrator Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    Server Migration Complete.

    If you can see this post then your DNS is updated and you are loading the new server!
     
  4. Mougeki Mero

    Mougeki Mero Defoko's Slaves Defender of Defoko

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    Not trying to bother, but all the posts from more or less this week seem to be gone, will they possibly be (or appear) back soon?
     
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  5. Pupuomena

    Pupuomena Defoko's Slaves Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    I agree with @Mougeki Mero

    TBH, this all feels weird. Like... it feels like someone has invented secretly a time machine and reset all what happened in last a week. Kinda spooky
     
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  6. Fanicom

    Fanicom Suami's Istri Defender of Defoko

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    Welp... I was already on Ruko's ruffians too! And nau to buy change user title twice but the utabucks don't come back from before the server crash w e l p
     
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  7. Tomato Hentai

    Tomato Hentai dont call me a veggie Defender of Defoko

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    Dude, what hosting were you using? I'd never expect a site like UtaForum to be taken down that fast. Or at all, really.
     
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  8. Haichou

    Haichou Teto's Territory Defender of Defoko

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    I don't know how UtaBucks work, but I think I lost mine? It isn't a problem since I have no idea what they are, but it's just really odd.

    Putting that aside, is anyone sure of what happened? Was it a cyber attack of some sort?
     
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  9. Tomato Hentai

    Tomato Hentai dont call me a veggie Defender of Defoko

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    I think what happened was that UtaForum somehow went against the rules of the shared hosting that was being used, causing the account to be removed.
     
  10. Damien

    Damien Wannabe Worker Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    oh my. Well lets just hope that the people affected dearly don't have it too rough. @FeatheredFinch
     
  11. _caustic_

    _caustic_ Very Gay in a Straight Way Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    Why didn't you just migrate the latest database to the new server?

    surely your database isn't that large where it takes more than a minute.
     
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  12. Tomato Hentai

    Tomato Hentai dont call me a veggie Defender of Defoko

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    OH, I guess I misunderstood what happened lmao
    I thought it was moved, then the new hosting account got deactivated. I thought that because the tweet Hentai made about the move was from the 23rd, I think. Maybe I read the date of the tweet wrong.
    Even if it was, what I would've done was shut the forum down temporarily so nobody could post (ACP > Options > Board active) and then move the database and make it active again.
     
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  13. kimchi-tan

    kimchi-tan Your local Mikotard Global Mod Moderator Defender of Defoko

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    I noticed that users who registered during that 1 week period are now gone from the Registered Members.
     
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  14. Hentai

    Hentai Forum Theming Guy Administrator Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    After doing some investigating during our transition between server it seems we had a bit of DNS desync. The old server was getting decommissioned so I setup a new hosting environment with new server names to match. For whatever reason name.com didn't propagate the new server details to everyone equally. Some were loading the old server, some were loading the new server, neither database was communicating with eachother from the desync fork point. I could attempt to restore the old server's DB but that will mean all the posts made on this DB will be lost not from the point of merge, but the original desync date on the 25th.

    Either way posts and data will be lost due to the unexpected name server difficulties. At this point, it is deciding what database we keep. It is something that must be decided soon as more data will be lost the longer we take to decide. That being said I am leaning toward leaving things as they are as it seems the least obtrusive and will require the least work from me. I really am not in a position to work on the server right now as I am in the middle of a 3 week trip to Japan and wifi access has been unreliable and my phone is unbearably slow, free data being limited to 2G speeds while roaming.
     
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  15. Hentai

    Hentai Forum Theming Guy Administrator Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    I am having technical problems with non-UtaForum sites on the new server and support on our new host isn't much help. In protest, I have decided not to renew our current service and will be migrating everything to another server. In order to prevent de-sync issues, I am going to put this forum in maintenance mode. If you see UtaForum outside of maintenance mode that means your DNS has updated and you are loading the newest server.

    I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This time the transition should be a lot smoother as the name servers aren't completely changing as this should be a simple IP swap and we won't have that additional step with name.com that caused so many problems last time. Also since UtaForum is the most active site I host I will transfer it last. The other sites are all transferring right now, I will put UtaForum in maintenance and transfer it later today, 12 hours after this post.

    Expected Server Maintenance @ 2PM PDT.
    Expected Downtime: 2-24 hours depending on local DNS.
    After maintenance Flush DNS for faster DNS updates.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017 at 2:22 AM
  16. Hentai

    Hentai Forum Theming Guy Administrator Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    If you can see this post then your DNS is successfully updated.

    If not then, well you need Flush DNS but you probably can't see this message can you?
     
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