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Brad
Selfish Heathen
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
 
2008-04-09, 19:05

This thread serves as a notice that AppleNova will be moving to a different server and hosting solution this weekend, probably on Saturday April 12. Because we are moving to a new IP address and we will be updating our DNS, AppleNova's new server may not be accessible to you for a day or two as the DNS propagates to various servers around the world.

We will be keeping the old server up for a few days (until April 15) with a notice that we have moved in case your DNS provider does not update promptly.

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turtle
Lord of the Rant.
Formerly turtle2472
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tidewater Virginia
 
2008-04-09, 20:26

Woo Hoo!!!

You gonna post the new IP address so we can manually enter it in the address bar for easier access during the change? Also, mind telling us who the new server is gonna be? I learned a lot about our current host from here.

Louis L'Amour, “To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
MineCraft? mc.applenova.com | Visit us! | Maybe someday I'll proof read, until then deal with it.
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jdcfsu
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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Florida
 
2008-04-09, 21:04

Hey cool. What are the chances we see that swanky new AppleNova design you teased oh so long ago with this move?
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Brad
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Join Date: May 2004
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2008-04-09, 21:12

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Originally Posted by turtle2472 View Post
You gonna post the new IP address so we can manually enter it in the address bar for easier access during the change?
Will do once the move is official.

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Originally Posted by turtle2472 View Post
Also, mind telling us who the new server is gonna be? I learned a lot about our current host from here.
linode.com -- I've been testing a setup independently with Linode for the past few months and I've been quite impressed.
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709
¡Damned!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Purgatory
 
2008-04-09, 21:12

Sounds good!

It's almost summer and I've started whoring myself a bit recently to get back into the swing of things...so I have a few extra dollars laying around at the moment.

Let us know what we can do.

So it goes.
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Brad
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2008-04-09, 21:12

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Hey cool. What are the chances we see that swanky new AppleNova design you teased oh so long ago with this move?
None. Vaporware.

Besides, the setup, move, and initial maintenance is more than enough to be keeping me busy for a while.
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Jerman
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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Siloam Springs, AR
 
2008-04-09, 22:06

Never heard of them before, but they look great! AN is currently on Dreamhost, correct? I have been thinking of moving (from Dreamhost) to Media Temple, but Linode looks quite appealing too...
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Wyatt
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Near Indianapolis
 
2008-04-09, 22:07

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Originally Posted by Brad View Post
None. Vaporware.

Besides, the setup, move, and initial maintenance is more than enough to be keeping me busy for a while.
Good. I don't want you guys trying to do both at once, either. That would be too damn much.
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thegeriatric
geri to my friends
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Heaven
 
2008-04-10, 19:20

Nice one Brad. hope it goes smoothly, and is not to much work for you.
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jdcfsu
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Join Date: Jun 2006
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2008-04-10, 21:45

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None. Vaporware.
Oh well. That design was pretty wicked looking.

Here's to hoping the move goes smoothly for you at the very least.
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Schnauzer
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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Arizona
 
2008-04-10, 23:12

Sweet Brad! Can't wait for the new speed!
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Brad
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
 
2008-04-12, 04:14

The move is official! We're now on a totally different setup.
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chucker
 
Join Date: May 2004
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2008-04-12, 04:43

Woot!

Good work.
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Brad
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2008-04-12, 04:45

Just curious, chucker: did you edit your hosts file or did your DNS already update?

I only submitted the DNS change at 5 AM EDT and its just 5:45 EDT now, but it seems the DNS has already updated in some places because I already see a Google spider crawling us.

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2008-04-12, 05:33

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Just curious, chucker: did you edit your hosts file
Yeah. My DNS is rather slow.
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Brad
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2008-04-12, 05:46

Woot! OpenDNS finally has its five big caches pointing to the new address.

*removes own hosts file modification*

I OpenDNS.
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thegeriatric
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2008-04-12, 06:07

All good here, nice one Brad.
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Brad
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2008-04-12, 06:22

Excellent. Well, since it looks like you and a few others are finding your way to the new server without much trouble, I think it's time for me to catch a little sleep.

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Brad
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2008-04-12, 06:47

By the way, I'll be tweaking some settings on the new server over the next few days for (hopefully) better performance. So, bear with me if we have some brief outages or other weirdness occur.

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Fahrenheit
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2008-04-12, 07:04

That was relatively painless, from our end at least!

Cheers, B.
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Mugge
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denmark
 
2008-04-12, 07:06

OpenDNS did the trick.

Thanks a lot Brad!

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curiousuburb
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Join Date: May 2004
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2008-04-12, 08:29

Thanks, Brad.

Instructions most helpful.

Have a well deserved cookie.

And maybe a Beer.
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Banana
is the next Chiquita
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
 
2008-04-12, 09:33

Brad,

Can you please help me out? I seem can't to find the server.... I keep getting a error message saying that it's no longer at the old address.
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jdcfsu
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2008-04-12, 09:38

That was pretty quick for a server move. Impressive.
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turtle
Lord of the Rant.
Formerly turtle2472
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tidewater Virginia
 
2008-04-12, 10:40

Yeah, I'm surprised it went so fast with the DNS change. Then again, I too use OpenDNS.
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Schnauzer
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2008-04-12, 10:58

WOW. This site is very fast now! Great work Brad!
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Brad
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Join Date: May 2004
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2008-04-12, 13:00

A few hours nap later...

I just noticed a configuration issue that was causing all post attachments to be broken. They should be working now. If you find anything else broken, please post about it here.

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Brad,

Can you please help me out? I seem can't to find the server.... I keep getting a error message saying that it's no longer at the old address.
How'd you get here, then? hosts file? Global DNS propagation can take up to 72 hours (3 days); so, your ISP might still have the old data cached. As mentioned above and on the notice page, I use the free OpenDNS service at home (on my router, applying it to all computers) and it updated relatively quickly. You might want to give OpenDNS a try, at last temporarily, if your ISP isn't updating.

Also, for what it's worth, I've only made the switch official for the primary applenova.com domain and not any of our parked forwarding/testing domains.

If you're still having troubles, shoot me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll try walking through some solutions offline.

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chucker
 
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2008-04-12, 13:05

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How'd you get here, then?
I think he was kidding.
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Brad
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2008-04-12, 13:18

Bah! The move has not only deprived me of sleep but also my sarcasm detector! I guess I need to eat some lunch and recalibrate.
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Banana
is the next Chiquita
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
 
2008-04-12, 13:36

Brad,

I hope your detector will be in working order shortly- Chucker caught it.

Have fun lunching and btw, good job!
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