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Potential Server Downtime - Hurricane Irene Info

PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:21 am
by EagleRock
Hi everyone!

Just a brief heads-up regarding the status of Delorean and the upcoming hurricane that will be hitting the Tri-State Area. Hurricane Irene is expected to hit New Jersey between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. While I do not live in a flood-prone area and do not expect any form of major damage to occur to my home (or the server hardware within), loss of power is definitely expected due to the storm. Therefore, it is possible that Delorean will be down for a period of time during and after the storm until power is reliably returned to the area. As a result, the EGB forums will not be available as long as my home does not have power.

Note that this will NOT affect the safety of the server data at all, but will most likely affect server uptime. If the power does in fact go out in my house, my server's backup battery has enough juice to keep it alive for about 25 minutes. When the battery has about 5 minutes of power left, it will initiate a graceful shutdown of the server, safely shutting down the disks and other hardware, keeping all forum information safe. If the server is in fact shut down, I will be unplugging the power supplies for all server hardware, keeping them extra safe from power surges and the like, and will not restore power until I am convinced it is safe to do so.

Please note that if the power DOES go out, it could be for several days. Therefore, it is entirely possible the EGB Forums won't be available for up to a week, depending on how badly the power is damaged in the area. Obviously I will bring up the server as soon as it is safe to do so and ensure the Forums are back online as soon as possible.

Please feel free to ask any questions in this thread pertaining to the potential downtime. Cheers!

Re: Potential Server Downtime - Hurricane Irene Info

PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:52 pm
by EagleRock
Just a quick update: Obviously, power is still on. The eye of the (now) Tropical Storm Irene is north of us, but we are still in the windy Southern half of the storm. This part of the storm has only lighter winds and no rain. Therefore, I do not believe we will lose power at this point. However, since the river near me is continuing to rise and won't crest until tomorrow, we aren't 100% out of the woods. So, Delorean stays alive for now, but I'll keep giving you updates regarding the server status.