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Server Update
2008-07-01 | ivc | Updated 2008-07-01

Yesterday, I finished an update I've postponed a little too long. Upgrading the disk drive and adding more space.

For the last few years the webserver has been running on two WD 40 GB hard drives in RAID1 mirror. Lately both the /usr and /var partitions filled up causing the Apache and Mysql server to crawl to a halt. In addition, one of the RAID drives went bad some weeks ago, leaving only the external USB backup hard drive as a safety net.

The new replacement drive candidate had to be a single platter drive (less things that can go wrong) and from a brand with a good track record. The Seagate 160 GB IDE drive seemed to fit the criteria perfect.

The migration from the old drives to the new took a little longer than anticipated due to forgetting to update the initramfs-image. But in the end the new drive set up works perfectly, maybe even slightly faster and better I/O throughput.

Other related updates, I finally found a secondary mail exchange (MX) backup in case (or when) the server or Internet connection drops. The backup MX will keep track of the incoming e-mail messages while the main host is down. As of now, I'm satisfied with the service provided by rollernet.us.

That's it for now.




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