The Sysops Log!
"The daily (or whenever) mutterings of a frantic Sysop"
OK, so I should have started this a long time ago as it's been a very
interesting last 12 months.
- Thursday 27th February
Final stage of GIST relocation means we will be without Inet until tea time - depending when you have tea.
- Wednesday 26th February
Brief power outage! The Email database was corrupted, restored from Backup Server and a full re-index of all data files.
Upgrades at GITS cause loss of Internet connectivity for the rest of the morning, expected to be back around 02:30pm.
- Friday 21st February
Mainly spent on Linux, learning and testing for future enhancements to Ace.
Lots of problems getting RAM for a couple of systems.
- Thursday 20th February
Installed upgrade to M-TCP/IP - supposed to improve performance a bit.
News server is working well, tested the auto-redial - all working fine.
- Wednesday 19th February
Minor panic with the news server though it turned out the feed from Perth was down for a few hours.
Fortunately I didn't mess with the settings too much in the meantime.
Installed an upgrade to Mountain Mail.
- Tuesday 18th February
New news feed activated, though had to totally re-install the news server.
Ace now has access to over 9500 news groups and it seems to be flowing smoothly.
- Monday 17th February
Negotiated a new feeder for newsgroups, should be online in the next day or so.
Finally received the new key for MUD si it's back online again.
- Friday 14th February
Tidied the routes a little, discovered the proxy server had power management enabled tho it probably wouldn't get time to go to sleep very often.
- Thursday 13th February
Cut over to the new IP address's. Ace is now 18.104.22.168 and all the user IPs now come from the 22.214.171.124 network.
Reconfigured all the local servers.
- Tuesday 11th February
Re-Cabled part of the LAN as a precautionary matter.
Preporatory work for changing to the new IP numbers.
- Monday 10th February
Network crash :-( Spent 4 hours re-indexing, doing backups to spare server and putting in place more crash recovery procedures.
Entertained PG for a while after he lost the debate about Sex/Men with JM
- Sunday 9th February
Test run the news via WWW pages, works well, check the new "Read NEWS" item on the Ace home page.
It still needs a lot of work, mainly having to manually set it up for whatever groups we want to make available via the web.
- Saturday 8th February
- Friday 7th February
Messed around with NT multilink mainly.
- Thursday 6th February
Start serious work on a primary DNS server - thanks to AB.
Conversion planned for Monday, so will need to notify everyone of the new DNS n
- Wednesday 5th February
Full data re-index after a couple of crashes, took about an hour.
Also used the time to test NT as a gateway and router with much success, but no
t trusting it fully went back to Linux after an hour or so.
- Tuesday 4th February
Full backup onto spare Novell server.
Re-Install the old version of the kicker, change the load order and tested - OK
Couldn't think of a nicer person to test it on either! Thanks Joe :-)
If this works for a day or two, I will try the new version again, MP won't be too impressed :-)
- Monday 3rd February
Testing to allow non-inet callers to have access to Ace Web pages, looks promising, but will need a bit of fiddling still.
Installed a Linux news server, running pretty well, though a couple of parameters seem to be missing compared to the NT version.
The news server should now be fairly permanent (ha!) at news.ace.net.au
Tidied up the backup Novell server.
- Sunday 2nd February
Tested a new setup that will allow Ace callers to use the Quake server without needing Internet access.
Installed 2Gb drive into backup Novell server and started transferring files.
- Saturday 1st February
The life of a sysop is not all PC's. Replaced water pump in Assist sysops car. Many thanks to PG for doing all the dirty work :-)
OK, so I only criticised and held a spanner.....
Assembled a new PC for more Linux functionality.
Recieved some network cards and cables courtesy of StIg.
Mobile phone courtesy of MB - thanks :-)
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