|Posted: September 30, 2008, 1:03 am - IP Logged|
Thanks c & j. (Although far from perfect!)
I just wanted to wrap up this topic (and this event) by saying that I have finally finished the work that was the subject of the downtime today.
(That is, I have finished just about everything that will affect Web visitors and members. There is still a lot of work that I personally need to do over the next two days to wrap everything up, but I don't think it will involves any kind of substantial downtime.)
As there normally is with this kind of thing, there is a silver lining to this event.
First, I have built and installed another very powerful sever that will be helping to run Lottery Post over the long term. In fact, it is running most of Lottery Post right now, and it is performing beautifully.
What this means for everyone here is that the site will be much more stable when high traffic spikes occur, like the other day, following the big Powerball drawing. The site experienced a few huccups that will likely not occur now that this new powerful server is in the mix.
I also upgraded the database that Lottery Post runs on to the latest SQL Server 2008. It has a number of tremendous improvements to help me continue keeping Lottery Post at the forefront of all lottery resources.
Finally, I have upgraded the Web server technology that Lottery Post runs on to Microsoft IIS 7.0, which, like SQL Server 2008, is a substantial improvement in technology, and is already showing a really nice performance boost (not to mention being a joy for me to work with).
So, as painful as today's maintenance window was for you and me, I did take the rare opportunity that was presented to install a number of very important upgrades that in the long run will make us all forget about today.