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Old 06-04-2004, 02:24 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Join Date: 23 Jun 2000
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 12,409 server downtime [Jan 29, 2004 - Apr 7, 2004]

Status: Apr 7, 2004:

Well it's been a stressful 10+ week downtime due to factors beyond my control I've been trying to sell off some of my computer gear to raise some funds but since that wouldn't be enough, I been looking at arranging other temporarily hosting accommodations for and sites.

Luckily, Pete and Alex of (a Werner Technologies company) has come to our rescue and has graciously offered to host temporarily on their very beefy server setup below

2 server setup consisting of a dedicated web server + dedicated mysql database server:

Web server:
Dual P4 3.06GHZ Xeon
Raid 5 SCSI disks

MySQL database server
Dual P4 3.06GHZ Xeon
Raid 5 SCSI disk
This is only a temporary solution for now. I helped Pete and Alex fine tune their company and forums' servers in the past so I guess it's good karma Please thank Pete and Alex of for their help!

Forum updates
  • I've moved's DNS management over to so that I can in a moments notice point domain to any server when necessary. It's what I've been using to allow me to post updates on domain for the past couple of weeks downtime.
  • I also taken the time to update the forum software to the latest stable release, vBulletin 3.0 Gold which included new default images/icons as you can see on throughout the forums
  • Also, be aware that attachment thumbnail feature is current disabled since this server's PHP configuration hasn't been compiled to support GD library as yet. I'll be recompiling PHP for Pete and Alex to support GD and other required functions for vB3.
  • I've also added Sponsor of the Month links to top of forum home page as one of the ways for to again start generating some income to support itself eventually.
  • The style, colour schemes etc are a work in progress and will be continuely changing with the help forum members' feedback and suggestions

Status: March 24, 2004:

Still waiting on the outcome of the bad SCSI drive as it could be a false alert by server or could be real. Reminder, Daniel is sponsoring our server/hosting for free, so without pouring additional $$$ to make things go quicker, we'll have to be patient and wait for the final outcome to the solution to the problem (as outlined below). Unfortunately, right this moment I'm also financially very tight at the moment due to paying my taxes due + prepaying in advance next years tax on a quartely basis (arrrgh!!!!!!), so can't even afford to fork out to rent a temporary dedicated server (would cost ~US$300-400/month) to reopen on's current server hardware specs are as follows:

2U Rackmount
AMD Dual AthlonMP 2400+
1x 18GB IBM 10k SCSI hdd - OS drive (one that is reporting failure)
1x 18GB Seagate 15k SCSI hdd - MySQL data drive
1x 80GB IDE backup drive - not mounted right now
If you AB members and visitors have any questions, suggestions or thoughts on this server crisis, please let me know. I've setup a contact me email form here.


Status: March 17, 2004: Not again!

Well the server must be jinked, as that niggling problem I mentioned below turns out to be another SCSI hard drive failure probably a result of the original motherboard failure. Daniel has gone down to the datacenter, which houses the server to check it out personally. The server is setup to email alerts to me and this was the last email I received from the server.

IMPORTANT: Do not ignore this email.
You should backup all the data on the hard drives listed below and replace them as soon as possible.
S.M.A.R.T has detected that they are not peforming within normal operating paramaters.

Disk Failure soon on /dev/sda

Device: IBM DDYS-T18350M Version: S96H
Device supports S.M.A.R.T. and is Enabled
Temperature Warning Disabled or Not Supported
Current Drive Temperature: 42 C
Drive Trip Temperature: 85 C
Current start stop count: 131206 times
Recommended start stop count: 2555920 times
As you can imagine, this may take a while so I have edited domain's dns nameservers again via and pointed the domain to a temporary web space again so as to be able to inform visitors and AB members about what is going on.

Hopefully, the tech guys will be able to back up and transfer the data from the failing IBM scsi hard drive. The failing drive holds the OS, apache, and web files portions of the web sites while as far as I know, the other scsi hard drive which stores the forum and mysql database data is safe and unharmed.


Status: March 7, 2004:

Finally! After 6 weeks of downtime,'s original server motherboard has be replaced and the server is back up. There's a few niggling problems to be worked out. But I have updated the DNS name servers for the domains back to the original server (you're viewing this page from an alternate server) which means in 3-7 days time, visitors should be able to view forum on the original server again.

Why down for so long ?

Before anyone says why it took so long to get a replacement dual cpu motherboard, may I remind AB members and visitors, hosting and sites costs alot of money - easily AUD$8,000+ per year if you're renting servers which themselves if purchased would cost between AUD$4,000-6,500+. Since July 14, 2002, our friend, host and sponsor, Daniel @ had specifically purchased the original dedicated server (which cost back then AUD$6,000-7,000) and hosted and sites for free where it would normally have cost me AUD$800/month if I was renting!

Thank you for your continued sponsorship. So folks, if your looking for paid hosting check out's hosting plans here.


Technical difficulties:

The web server experienced a severe hardware failure when the Tyan dual AthlonMP motherboard died. According to the web host and sponsor, a replacement is being ordered in and the server rebuilt. The is a temporary site notice until then. I'll update you folks with the progress.

best regards

George / eva2000
be afraid... Admin cap is back... !

Last edited by eva2000; 18-04-2004 at 11:23 AM.
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