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Administration => WXForum.net Announcements => Topic started by: saratogaWX on January 10, 2020, 09:13:58 PM

Title: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 10, 2020, 09:13:58 PM
I've configured up a new VPS (2 CPU, 2GB RAM, 60 GB SSD disk,  ‪CentOS Linux 7.7.1908, PHP 7.4, Plesk Obsidian 18.0.21, Apache/NGNIX) as a base for WXForum.net and the cumuluswiki.  I've pre-ported the software and configurations/databases to the new host.  The downtime will be used to catch up the database and attachment/avatar files with changes from my snapshot today.

I'll be setting the forum here to maintenance mode at 10:00am on Saturday, 11-Jan-2020 and hope to be back online by 12:00 Noon the same day (Pacific time).

Best regards,
Ken
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: miraculon on January 11, 2020, 08:52:25 AM
Thanks for the heads-up...

Greg H.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: NWROrg Team on January 11, 2020, 09:43:11 AM
Coincidentally, and un-related, NOAA Weather Radio Org (https://noaaweatherradio.org/) will be moving to new servers on or about January 13 ... see post elsewhere.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: galfert on January 11, 2020, 03:17:18 PM
And we are up on the new host!
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 11, 2020, 03:18:35 PM
Ok, Move completed (about 15 minutes late).  I had to do some repairs on the attachments directory and make sure all is working.

mail from the forum (for replies/PMs) is not yet filtering out, but I'm working on that.

Please report any errors you encounter with the new hosting in this thread.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: alanb on January 11, 2020, 03:31:32 PM
As always, thanks for your efforts.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: galfert on January 11, 2020, 03:40:19 PM
I noticed that IPv6 is not working. Nobody is login in with IPv6 addresses. Also nslookup only responds with IPv4 address. Is there no AAAA record for new host?
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: Waimarie on January 11, 2020, 03:41:09 PM
WooHoo
Just got my 4G internet running and first site I looked for was WXforum, only to find it down.  Then your back Huray!  Well done for such a quick and painless migration!
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 11, 2020, 03:48:27 PM
Tapatalk plugin updated to Version 4.5.7.  Hopefully this will fix those pesky issues.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: Silversword on January 11, 2020, 04:38:55 PM
Hi All,

All seems to be working fine on my end.

Thanks Ken for the heads up and all that you do for our weather hobby.

Mahalo Nui Loa and Aloha,

--Stan Y.
   Maui, Hawai'i
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: Intheswamp on January 11, 2020, 04:56:52 PM
[youtube]https://youtu.be/xos2MnVxe-c[/youtube]
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 11, 2020, 06:26:47 PM
I noticed that IPv6 is not working. Nobody is login in with IPv6 addresses. Also nslookup only responds with IPv4 address. Is there no AAAA record for new host?

'Tis true... only a measly IPV4 address is assigned to the VPS at this time, so I pulled the old AAAA records (as they pointed to the old host).  For now, we'll just have to stick with 'Old School' IPV4 space.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: WeatherHost on January 11, 2020, 06:40:28 PM
I noticed that IPv6 is not working.
'Tis true... only a measly IPV4 address is assigned

Good.  Leave it that way.

Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: galfert on January 11, 2020, 07:04:51 PM
I noticed that IPv6 is not working. Nobody is login in with IPv6 addresses. Also nslookup only responds with IPv4 address. Is there no AAAA record for new host?

'Tis true... only a measly IPV4 address is assigned to the VPS at this time, so I pulled the old AAAA records (as they pointed to the old host).  For now, we'll just have to stick with 'Old School' IPV4 space.

Okie dokie. The only problem I see is from an administration point there will be some users that will be coming through IPv6 to IPv4 ISP gateways and therefore possibly sharing IPv4 addresses. It will be more difficult to blacklist/ban/verify new and existing users. Many mobile networks already are IPv6 only (I don't get an IPv4 address on AT&T). Sure they fall back to IPv4 but it is a shared IPv4 address via ISP gateway. Not an emergency but something to consider when time permits.

I noticed that IPv6 is not working.
'Tis true... only a measly IPV4 address is assigned

Good.  Leave it that way.



Why???  :?
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 11, 2020, 07:07:51 PM
Another bonus with sticking with IPV4 addressing:
1) the StopForumSpam works on them (hit/miss on IPV6 addresses)
2) the logs now have all 4 octets in them.. the shared server forced the logs to have '0' for the last octet.. not so helpful in reporting abusive IP addresses to ISPs for spammers/harvesters.

So far, the VPS isn't even breaking a sweat.  Load factors < 0.4 most of the time, so 2 CPUs and current RAM look like more than able to handle the customary loading.  Also, PHP 7.4.1 is quite zippy with improved Zend engine.  I'm happy :)
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: WeatherHost on January 11, 2020, 07:15:25 PM
Why???  :?

I 'like' it.


I 'don't like' the other.

Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: Weatheroger on January 11, 2020, 08:44:27 PM
Happy to contribute to this project. Whatever it takes to prevent hacks and malevolent software from disabling this forum.  [tup]
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 11, 2020, 09:29:49 PM
I think we're more stable now on the VPS -- it's a smaller VPS than the one I've used for several years to host my site (and a bunch of the regional network sites) with no issues to speak of.  Tech support for VPSs gets a unix geek on the first call who can dig in and help, so that's a big advantage.

The site no longer depends on a shared mySQL server -- the service runs on the VPS and is inaccessible from the internet.. it's addressed as 'localhost' :)
Both our giant outages (November and December 2019) were due to a shared mySQL server that was only repairable by the mystical 3rd level support who always take a long time to respond to the supplications of the 1st/2nd level support for shared servers.

The 'container' that defines the virtual server has a firewall and we only open the needed ports for operation.  There is also a firewall service running on the OS that controls access (along with fail2ban, root-kit detector, Apache mod_auth, etc).  All software is at current levels (and will stay that way).  We're even running PHP 7.4.1 for the site, along with the latest SMF 2.0.17. 
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: WeatherEnthusiastNZ on January 12, 2020, 12:30:05 AM
We are back! :)
I missed the announcement and was confused when I couldn't access WXForum. Although someone replied to a post while it was still inaccessible for me, but I'm happy it's back.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: SlothRocket on January 12, 2020, 08:21:59 AM
Is it just me or does the site seem to be much faster? [tup]
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: vreihen on January 12, 2020, 08:24:45 AM
I 'don't like' the other.

Is it possible to change the forum's skin/theme to black & white for everybody please, since I 'like' my B&W TV set?  :lol:

Seriously though, +2 on supporting IPv6 again, for those of us boldly living the AAAA life with our own static /56 address pool at home.....
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: chief-david on January 12, 2020, 09:21:46 AM
Can't get my browser to find the new web set up. Only tapatalk.

Cleared cookies.

What else can I do?

Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk

Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: SteveFitz1 on January 12, 2020, 09:27:25 AM
Is it just me or does the site seem to be much faster? [tup]

It appears much faster to me.

Steve
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: miraculon on January 12, 2020, 09:33:11 AM
Is it just me or does the site seem to be much faster? [tup]

It appears much faster to me.

Steve

I have the same impression, but alas no data....

Greg H.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: chief-david on January 12, 2020, 10:13:09 AM
good now.  whew
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: saratogaWX on January 12, 2020, 10:18:41 AM
Yes, the website has a faster response.  The server is showing load factors < 0.4 while our old shared server cruised around 17 (quite loaded).  We aren't competing with other unrelated websites (likely 200+) for resources anymore.  Only 3 sites on this VPS: Wxforum.net, cumuluswiki.wxforum.net and the global hub for the regional networks (northamericanweather.net).  WXForum.net is the most visited of the three sites.
Title: Re: WXforum.net to be moved to new hosting - 11-Jan-2020 10am-12noon Pacific time
Post by: galfert on January 12, 2020, 10:21:14 AM
Can't get my browser to find the new web set up. Only tapatalk.

Cleared cookies.

What else can I do?

Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
Glad you are all fixed now.  For anyone else with same problem...

Clear browser cache:
https://refreshyourcache.com/en/cache/

Also restart your modem/router so that it forces DNS to refresh (old DNS should have expired already though...but can't hurt).
Reboot computer to do the same (clearing of DNS) or in Windows C: prompt do:
ipconfig /flushdns
for Mac OS X varies:
https://support.unblock-us.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000139313-How-do-I-flush-my-DNS-cache-