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Maintenance coming Thursday; site will be unavailable during maintenance window

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Posted: October 19, 2009, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

Please be aware that on Thursday, October 22, Lottery Post will be unavailable in the afternoon for a period of between one and two hours.

Unfortunately, I will not have the precise time when the site will become unavailable until right before it happens, so the best I can offer at this point is that it will be sometime after 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Once the site is unreachable, it will be offline for between one and two hours.  Naturally, I will do my best to finish up and get it back online as quickly as I can.

I'm mentioning this now (Monday) to provide as much advance notice as possible, so our members and visitors can plan accordingly.  You should plan on positing predictions, blog posts, daily forum posts, etc., in the morning on Thursday, so that you are not interrupted on Thursday afternoon when the site becomes unavailable.

The maintenance is part of an upgrade in which I am moving the Lottery Post servers and other equipment to a brand new data center, complete will new power backup and redundancies that should prevent some of the nagging downtime issues we've faced a few times this year. 

There are actually two independent power feeds to the building, with 2 utility transformers and an in-building switchgear room.  The main feed surge supression is rated for "life services", similar to what a hospital would use.  It is supposed to eliminate voltage irregularities and brown-outs.  Automatic transfer to backup generator will continue feeding power in complete black-outs for 15 hours without refueling.  The building has a 60 million volt lightning strike and grounding system.

Of course, all of the Lottery Post equipment will also be on its own independent UPS system, so even if a rare power spike were to happen, the battery and voltage regulation of the UPS would ensure it did not impact the servers.

Also, the network redundancies at the new facility are far superior to the old one (which were pretty good to start with).  It houses a redundant routing infrastructure, redundant IPS, dual fiber entry points, a DWDM network that is connected diversely to 4+ IP carriers, a new DNS infrastructure, etc., etc.

Overall, reliability should be increased significantly, with fewer outages and a more reliable network.

Since I'm taking the time to work on the equipment, I'm also setting aside some time to work on the disaster recovery.  In addition to the general backups that I have in place now, I plan on laying the groundwork for additional hot-swap backup servers to minimize the loss and amount of downtime in the event of complete system failure.

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    Posted: October 19, 2009, 6:05 pm - IP Logged

    Thumbs UpThanks for the heads up Chief!!!!

    *pls*

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      Posted: October 19, 2009, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

      Type :  so noted on my calender......Stooges

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        Posted: October 19, 2009, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

        Thanks for the early warning, Todd!

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          Posted: October 19, 2009, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

          Thanks Todd ! keep it running smoothly

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            Posted: October 19, 2009, 9:06 pm - IP Logged

            Thanks Todd...good looking out!

             

             

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              Posted: October 19, 2009, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

              Thank you Todd. On Thursday when things are not working. I'll remember you post. :)

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                Posted: October 19, 2009, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

                Thanks.

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                  Posted: October 19, 2009, 10:08 pm - IP Logged

                  THANKS

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                    Posted: October 19, 2009, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

                    Thumbs UpThanks for the heads up Chief!!!!

                    oh cool I love you photo u using :-)

                    Oh Thanks Todd PLS that av is cool

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                      Posted: October 20, 2009, 12:43 am - IP Logged

                      Todd>> a real mouthful for computer stuff, sure glad you're at the helm! Great work indeed, I think I understood you up to your 8th paragraph because of my design work in Architecture ie...total building energy requirements and some other sophisticated integration for offices and the like, but computer equipment itself as you pointed out has got to be the latest tech for this LP adventure!

                      WOW...good luck on the exchange.

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                        Posted: October 20, 2009, 10:15 am - IP Logged

                          Thanks a bunch for the heads up, Todd. I hope the maintenance goes smoothly for you and I appreciate everything that you do to make this site what it is!!

                        Thank You Very Much

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                          Posted: October 20, 2009, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

                          Thanks for the advance notice...

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                            Posted: October 20, 2009, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

                            thanks boss !!!! Thumbs Up


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                              Posted: October 20, 2009, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

                              Thanks ......See Ya!