Thursday, 12 January 2012

Server downtime phase #1 [UPDATED] 24 hour notice



UPDATE: Due the server issues and random 503s today, I don't think it's fair for any of us to have to sit through a whole weekend with it, so we have decided to move the server upgrade date closer. See below.

Update 2 : The reason for the time of the day is because that is when it's out of office hours here, so the server guys can dedicate 110% of their time to us uninterrupted. 


 I posted some information on the last blog about the upcoming structure changes, and I have good news, we're commencing phase #1.

There is a total of 2 phases, the first is a complete re-design of our server structure, the second is hardware upgrades. Phase 2 may not be needed depending on how much the server improves with the new optimised setup, but this phase needs to be done regardless of any improvement, just for efficiency, optimisation and keeping things running as fast as possible.

More on phase #2 if we need it next week.

The downtime will be FRIDAY 13th JANUARY 2012 evening at 7pm server time (UK time). The downtime will be between 4 and 8 hours.

The server guys will setup a separate server which I will be updating so you can keep an eye on our progress (instead of getting the "SERVER NOT FOUND" error message).

Thanks for your patience as I try my best to get RoB as fast as possible for all.

(I am also aware it's Friday the 13th we're doing this, not superstitious are you?)

Ash

39 comments:

Lydea Mey said...

Thanks Ash. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

The 'heads up' is most appreciated, Ash. Especially for those that might be planning to war during that time! Ask them to at least put up the 'Hamster Dance' to replace the Error 503's. That would be mildly entertaining at least. You could even put a scroll across the bottom of the page to give us updates on progress.

Boudica_Iceni_Queen said...

Cheers Ash! Hope everything goes smoothly for all of us! :)

Audrey said...

8 hours of downtime? We'll need medical treatment for the withdrawal! LOL

Sounds like a great plan, Ash. Thanks for taking care of us so well.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I can go 8 hours without blood!

Tweetly Blissfully Durkee said...

Good Luck Ash, Upgrades are wicked beasts. They usually have some surprises in store, I hope this one goes with relatively little problems for you.

Tim (Necko) said...

Finally a day off work and no RoB. That's how life has been rolling for me lately. :(

Kyle Nitas said...

lol. I live in the u.s. I wont be on during that time anyway.

Blackwidow Tsu Michaelis said...

Good luck on the upgrade Ash. It will give me some time to work on some edits for my profile as well. Tally Ho!

Mr Jonathan Teatime said...

I hope the work goes smoothly. Eight hours, my goodness, what will we do? Certainly worth it be rid of these damned 503s though.

NemesisAlien said...

Do pause 2 as well, might as well, you'll need it sooner or later.

DarkAsh said...

It probably won't be 8 hours... hopefully be closer to the 4 mark :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are really in charge of the situation :-) Hope you don't need to invest in extra hardware ... but if you do I guess it means more and better RoB sales ... YEH!!! ... TYVM for the advance notice :-)

Anonymous said...

why couldnt u do it durning the morning time like when im at work?

Kyle Nitas said...

Wow friday 13, figures.

Gabriella said...

Thanks Ash! Even though we all will go through withdraws, it will be worth it to have a smoother running game, making the game that much better. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, hell. I guess this will give me some time to watch a few old scary movies they put on TV every time there's a Friday the 13th. Thanks for the notice. War plans have changed. :D

Anonymous said...

Long ago I decided Friday the 13th would be Very Lucky days for me ... so far they have ... Loaning you some Good Luck this Friday :-)
Don't be shy about Starting very early & having several Valentine Day Specials to help pay for all of this .... half lol

Anonymous said...

Long ago I decided Friday the 13th would be a Lucky Day for me ... has been ever since ... Loaning you some of my luck !!! AND don't be shy about starting early Valentine Day Specials to pay for all of this ... have a Trio of Specials even ... :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ash for working hard to make RoB better for everyone. Will we still accumulate turns and stamina/energy or does that all stop while we are down?

Shar MysticBlade said...

8 Hours without you guys in RoB... OH NO .. But thanks Ash I hope it all goes well for us all ..

Elena Magnus said...

I agree why not update the software anyway considering your going to have to do it sooner or later anyway saves the time later on. Also thanks for the heads up Still disappointed I'm going to have to degrade myself to playing the b grade games. The poor wannabe rob games haha. See you all when The sites up and running again.

Koas the Klown said...

I'm very superstitious.

Nathanyall said...

Friday the 13th... A day of pure evil and bad luck... Good luck to the server tech's and to ash :)

Nathanyall said...

Friday the 13th... A day of pure evil and bad luck... Good luck to Ash and the tech's! :)

Anonymous said...

The pagans believed Friday 13th auspicious and lucky. Romans changed it. So I think its a lucky day. Good Luck Ash.

Sunshine said...

The sooner the better, and I far prefer the moved up start date. Thanks Ash for expediting the upgrade.

Anonymous said...

new to the game and loving it. hope you can really get ridd of the 503's, they are a head ache.

Anonymous said...

Its good that you are updating the server but im sad to hear that RoB will be down for a while. On the bright side it will be better when its back up and running, hopefully.

Anonymous said...

I cnt go 10mins without blood so good luck

Jehan de Phuri Dae said...

Good luck Ash, Hope this goes well and smoothly for you.

kaneblood said...

4 to 8 hours with RoB is insane -dies-

Anonymous said...

All I can say is... Thank the Goddess!! I've been having so much fun with the 530's that I was unable to do anything important, but once this is up and running I think I'll celebrate by buying some plasma!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up Ash :). We know you are doing your best so good luck. =D

Anonymous said...

I HATE THIS DOWN TIME

Anonymous said...

thanks for letting everyone know ash :)

Anonymous said...

This down time should have been over by now!

Anonymous said...

Dang it's still not done lol. i can't take much more please hurry.

Fallen AD said...

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Dam it, was that a black cat that crossed your path Dark Ash

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