Getting WordPress to see your UW Groups An item that’s been on a lot of wishlists of a lot of people for a long time now is the ability to have WordPress and the UW Groups Service communicate with each other. Most of my own pursuit of the issue revolved about using the groups REST… Read More
It is with great joy that I inform you that we have finally shut off the aging and somewhat cantankerous ovid21, which lived its life as the host of a great many MySQL servers. Our replacement systems are more powerful, robust, and allow us to scale more easily as loads increase on these systems. Congratulations everyone!
Update: This has been resolved and a fix implemented. The transition from the older filesystems to the replacements has started with faculty/staff web publishing directories. We’re seeing reports that certain SFTP clients, including Filezilla, will sporadically fail when transferring files to or from these directories. This is due to the client automatically closing the connection… Read More
After analysis of recent system loads, an additional CPU core was added to each of the Shared UW Web Hosting servers over the weekend. This should result in improved performance during peak hours.
We’re lowering our Apache timeout values to 60 seconds on the depts/faculty/staff/courses servers, effective immediately: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/core.html#timeout This may be decreased further as required. This change will improve availability and responsiveness during high-traffic situations by more quickly clearing out Apache threads which are not serving data or awaiting a TCP response from a client. This should… Read More
As some of the last vestiges of 32-bit uniform access computing are swept away in the face of the brave not-so-new future of 64-bit computing, this is a friendly reminder that you may need to recompile any binaries that are still linking to out-of-date or disappearing 32-bit libraries.
It should come as no surprise to anyone at this point in the game, but we are indeed going to shut off ovid21.u.washington.edu at the end of the month. October 31st, 2012 to be exact. This is the real deal. The out-of-warranty aging ovid21 is just about to take a very well-deserved rest from reliably… Read More
Introduction I’ve never really fully fleshed out why I’ve shied away from web design, but my leading theory has to do with control: one can tightly grasp how frameworks and code interact with the servers, and when handing off this work to a browser, you can never fully predict how it will react. I’ve never liked… Read More
[This message is being sent to members of the mysql-users-ovid mailing list, as you wished to be notified of MySQL server updates and reboots. ] Outage Information —- There will be a brief outage to restart ovid01.u.washington.edu on 09/11/2012, as outlined below: System: ovid01.u.washington.edu Planned date of outage: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 Time: 07:00am Estimated outage time:… Read More
As I’ve written before, shepherding cron on our shared UW hosting systems is one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I had a question today from someone who noted that they had @reboot for some mysql.starter scripts, and */5 or */15 for others. Here’s my response: The */5 (every five minutes) and */15 (every 15 minutes)… Read More