Tue Aug 26 07:23:26 PDT 1997 — We’re having trouble currently with our primary authentication and DNS system, sonic.sonic.net. However, because we have backups for these operations, users should not notice an interruption of service if their software is properly configured. If you have trouble this AM, check that your mail server is ‘mail.sonic.net’, your pop server is ‘pop.sonic.net’ and your ftp server is ‘ftp.sonic.net’. Your nameservers should be 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. Some users may have older 199.4.118 type nameservers, and these will work as well. -Dane
Mon Aug 25 05:34:36 PDT 1997 — Quite a few upgrades this morning, including moving Ultra (our news server) to its new home: a 256Mb, dual-processor Pentium Pro. This is the first host in this round of upgrades, which will include Sub (inbound mail, pop3), Marine (outbound mail), Bolt (shell), and Thunder (www). Additionally, two more hosts will enter production: Afterburner (lists) and Lightning (www?). Correction – ssl (secure www) has been online for a few weeks and is not part of the planned upgrades.
Thu Aug 21 11:00:17 PDT 1997 — We will be doing a number of upgrades on Sunday the 24th starting at 2am PST. Upgrades include the news and web servers, and we’ll also be moving the news disk array and also the FTP server. Power is being re-routed for two terminal servers and our network switch. We should be finished with all of the changes by 7am, and service downtime should be minimal during the upgrades.
Tue Aug 19 15:42:26 PDT 1997 — As you may have noticed, some parts of Sonoma County are currently without power, and we had a minor power problem here. Coincidentally, we also had a problem with the yp/nis system on thunder.sonic.net, and it was down for a quick reboot. So, web and ftp services were offline for a brief period this afternoon. We’ve moved the FTP server to a really big neato UPS. -Dane
Mon Aug 18 12:35:59 PDT 1997 — On Thunder (our web server), we increased some resource values in the kernel, replaced HTTPd with a new build, and configured the system to run with more simultaneous web processes. It’s behaving much better now (knock on wood. 🙂 It appears that the problems began when our number of visits suddenly doubled: Yahoo selected www.conceptlab.com/simulator/ as a Site of the Week! (Congrats!) -Scott
Mon Aug 18 12:27:59 PDT 1997 — We’re having continued intermittent performance on the web server, and we’ve decided to reboot the system, as it’s been online for about two months. It will be back online shortly, it’s currently checking it’s massive filesystem for errors. -Dane
Sun Aug 17 22:16:50 PDT 1997 — The web server is again having problems, this time with odd memory segmentation violations. It’s status program has paged us with a number of brief temporary outages this afternoon, and it’s watchdog routine has restarted it quite a few times because of this problem. We’re currently seeking the source of the trouble. -Dane
Fri Aug 15 19:00:51 PDT 1997 — The web server had some problems with it’s internal socket communications, and was unable to serve cgi’s for a brief time. All’s well now. -Dane