20 January 2019
Between 6:30PM and 7:30PM this evening, maintenance on the Apache webserver will require a few restarts of Apache. This will results in a few, short periods (not exceeding a few minutes) during which websites hosted on this server will be inaccessible.
15 January 2019
Between 8:30PM and 9:30PM this evening, maintenance on the Apache webserver will require a few restarts of Apache. This will results in a few, short periods (not exceeding a few minutes) during which websites hosted on this server will be inaccessible.
15:40PM The server Lannister has to be shut down in 20 minutes in order to replace a cooling fan which has failed.
The fan must be replaced urgently to prevent overheating of the server and to avoid the possibility of data loss.
16:00 Lannister has been powered down
16:05 The faulty fan has been replaced
16:06 Server is booting up now
Websites will be slow for the next 20 minutes or so as everything settles down. Thank you for your patience.
12:55PM The server Baratheon will be rebooted within the next 10 minutes to address a software error. We expect downtime to be no more than 30 minutes, unless the server requires a file check on startup, which could take up to 2 hours. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
13:16PM The server has booted successfully, and services are returning to normal. Websites will be slow until the server load drops over the next 10-20 minutes.
1:42PM Apache on this server needs to be updated and restarted urgently. Sites on this server might go offline for up to 5 minutes at a time until maintenance is completed. Apologies for the unavoidable inconvenience.
2:10PM Maintenance has completed successfully
UPDATE: The time for maintenance has changed to 17:30 The server will go offline at 17:25
The Hetzner datacentre has informed me that the RAID alarm for the server Arya is currently sounding.
This means that either one of the hard drives has failed and requires replacing, or that something has gone wrong with the RAID configuration.
I have scheduled emergency maintenance for 5PM this afternoon, 25 January 2017.
The server will go offline at 4:55PM and should be offline for no longer than 40 minutes while the technicians work on it.
I will ensure that a full server backup is made before the server goes offline, to ensure that no data is lost.
Your emails will not be affected in any way as they are hosted on a separate mailserver.
Please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.
10 February 2016
8:00 Arya is back online. Performance will be degraded (sites will be slow) while the RAID rebuilds for the next hour or so.
7:15PM The server is being shut down now.
7:10PM Backup has completed
5:15 Starting a full server backup now
5PM Hetzner has just informed me that the RAID alarm for the server Arya is sounding.
This means that either a hard drive has failed (and requires replacing) or there is something wrong with the RAID configuration.
I have given them the go-ahead to take the server offline to diagnose and fix the problem.
I expect up to 30 minutes of downtime while they do this, for which I apologise.