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Thread: Where we are with the server move....

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    Default Where we are with the server move....

    As a lot of you know, this has been on the cards for quite some time and the whole database error thing has only been getting worse and worse as you've all seen lately. Even when I wasn't on the forum for a number of weeks I could see when there were problems as I would get times where I had a deluge of database error e-mails.

    Doing the move during the show season was never going to be ideal, hence why we didn't so that we didn't have down time that affected the planning of any shows/meets etc.

    Once the show season was over, the problem became the time that I had to commit to the server move! Given all that I've got on at the moment with running of business/home life and of course a, now six month old, baby it was always going to be difficult to spend a lot of time setting up the new server, testing it and then doing the move with the minimum of downtime.

    Soooo, I soon realised that the only way that it was realistically going to happen was with some additional help and I considered finding a person/company that we could pay to do a lot of the work to just leave the final tweaking of the vBulletin stuff to me.

    I'd been discussing this with Justin (JuzzyD) i.e. the 'problems' faced with the server move and he offered to help anywhere he could. So I have to say a huuuuge thanks to him as he's come up trumps!! He went off and did the legwork, looking at different hosting companies and came across one that really impressed us both. They are hosting a lot of vBulletin sites - some of them huuuge - and their services, service and speed to reply to Justin's e-mail queries also impressed.

    So the news is that of this afternoon I've signed up with the new host - and here's the best bit. They will actually move the forum for us onto their servers and set up the software and even upgrade it all to the latest version once they see that the current version has transferred with no problems (all as part of the service) - so saving me a huuge amount of time and making the move soo much quicker and hassle free. Now am I a happy man or what?! It did mean I had to give them the master log-in details of the current server (gulp!) but I think I can trust them!

    So, the test server is being set up and the forum in it's current state will be transferred over for me, Graeme, and probably the Mods, to look at and check that everything looks okay and functioning correctly. Once we're all happy that it's fine then we'll shutdown the forum to allow the domain names to transfer to the new server and for them to then upgrade the software to the latest version. I've been told that this downtime will be kept to a minimum but obviously I'll keep you all updated as to where we're at and when we expect to flick the switch.

    So, we can kiss goodbye to all these database errors as we'll no longer be on shared hosting.

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    Result finally D,thanks for letting us know.....

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    Thats great news

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    great news, keep us updated. Thanks for your efforts.

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    Well done to all involved

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    Happy to be of service!

    Although I was looking forward to a bit of

    Just hope it all goes according to plan now...

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    There may well still be a bit of for us to do, but nowhere near as much as there could've been!

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    Spot on.... !

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    hopefully it all goes smoothly for you

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    Great result there D. I'm sure i speak on behalf of every member in this forum when i say "Really appreciate all the effort by the admins, mods in the time and dedication taken to make this site work to its best ability" be good to see the end of the database errors. Big thumbs up from me

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