We're done with our work. No downtime or network drops were detected! Happy! All your positive thoughts definitely helped out! Please tell us that the site seems faster (even if it doesn't), cuz you know, I get needy when I'm away from home. :D Seriously, if you see any problems that are out of the ordinary support is the best way to contact us.
It's that time again! In a little over 12 hours, I'll be heading to the airport, leaving on a jet plane, not quoting the rest of that John Denver song (bless his heart) and arriving in our frosty cold data center in Billings, Montana to do some NETWORK MAINTENANCE.
This maintenance window will be from April 4, 04:00 - 07:00 UTC. For the rest of us not in a zone that is even remotely UTC'ish, please check out this link and choose your city/timezone.
Though the window is 3 hours, I do not expect livejournal.com to be down anywhere near that time. Of course we'll be working during that time, and we will see network connectivity "blips" as well as potential slowness but the site should be up and functional.
- Swap our second internet router with the replacement that has already been shipped; FPU slot 0, PIC 2 doesn't work and since the FPU is built into the chassis, out goes the chassis!
- Upgrade our firewall OS to a newer version that doesn't have IPSEC bugs; our site-to-site VPN keeps dropping and we lose administrative access to our servers until I reboot BOTH firewalls. Yay.
- Redo small portion of our internal network to go over fiber gigabig (ok, gigabit). -- yes, we will embiggen a small portion of our network! Have I used this joke before? If I did, please bear with me because I'm old and this is the THIRD time I've scheduled this work and I tend to repeat myself.