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When it rains, it pours! I am aware of the current issues with the file servers for both TESNexus and FO3Nexus. This is a completely unrelated issue to the down-time and work that went on yesterday and revolves around a financial move by myself to consolidate the current servers.
Several ISPs are currently in a price war with their 100mbit unmetered services that has brought prices right down. As a result TESNexus and FO3Nexus are being taken down to 1 file server each, along with an addtional premium server, but with a higher throughput than originally available. The current issue lies with the ISP incorrectly locking the network connection at 10mbit rather than 100mbit (so there's some major congestion going on!) and is being looked into as we speak.
The London based servers are being taken offline; bandwidth in the UK costs about twice as much as the US at this time, and what with being in a recession and all it is important I consolidate the available resources and save pennies where-ever possible, even if it's at the expense of some user comforts. A site that works, but is slightly slower, is better than no site at all! This also includes the premium server, which will be taken offline some time next month and replaced by a server in Texas. The Texas premium server will be available within the next week, so for a month or so premium members will have two servers to choose from!
It's important to point out that these are preemptive measures in light of the economic climate and I'm not taking a negative approach to expanding and supporting these sites.
The forums have now been moved on to their own server and I have now entered the phase of tweaking the new setup to better accommodate the situation. Please be patient if problems arise, I am monitoring all the servers in real-time and will be performing various tweaks over the next 24 hours to improve the current setup further.
As part of plans to stop the recent spate of "IPS Driver" errors I will be moving the forums on to their own dedicated server. As a result all the Nexus sites, including the forums, will be offline tomorrow from 12pm GMT to 6pm GMT while the move takes place. Please be patient during this process; I will update the sites throughout the process should any potential issues arise that require me to leave the sites down for longer.
It has come to my attention that my main web server provider is having some quite major issues, so much so that even their main website is down for me. For those with a technical mind I haven't gotten around to setting my own name servers up since the site move a couple of weeks back and so my domains DNS reside at my server provider. Since they've gone down the domains no longer route to where they should.
Sites affected include the file servers and Fallout 3 Nexus. TESNexus and the forums, interestingly enough, still seem to be operational.
Hopefully this issue will be resolved by the server provider as soon as possible. To make matters worse I'm booked in with the girlfriend tonight and will not be at a workable PC until tomorrow.
I apologise for the issues but for once it's not my fault and, of course, yet again, it has come at a bad time.
I'll update you all tomorrow but in the mean time, please direct people who haven't read this announcement (especially on the official forums) to this news post if possible. Thank you.
I've just checked up on the sites before hitting the sack and they all seem to be working again. Hopefully that's good news and there will be no further problems.
It's milestone time again, and a couple of days back TESNexus (and now FO3Nexus!) reached the 750,000 registered members mark. The last milestone of 500,000 members was reached on January 2nd 2008, the 250,000 member milestone was reached on October 13th 2006 and the 100,000 member milestone was reached on the 30th of March 2006, so registration rates are increasing.
The recent launch of FO3Nexus helped to more than douple the daily registration numbers from 800 new members a day up to 1800 new members registering each and every day and thus speed up the march to this latest milestone. The next one is a biggy, the big one million!
Sadly I missed the actual milestone date because I was busy sorting out all the server move issues, that are now resolved, so it's a nice "trophy" to top off a successful and worthwhile server move. Thanks everybody.
There is an underlying issue with the network infastructure of the two new servers that needs to be resolved. Work will be taking place some time today for approximately two hours. During this time the site may be offline or you might see "IPS Driver" errors and other similar mysql related errors.
Please be patient while I continue to weed out the teething issues of the server move. Thank you!
Edit@16:40GMT: This work has now been completed. No more expected down-time o/
There is currently an issue with accessing all the file servers as a result of the domain switch yesterday. While a fix has been made that should sort the issue the problem will not actually be resolved until the name servers have updated, and then your ISP's DNS cache has propogated. This can take anywhere from 1 to 72 hours.
I apologise for the inconvenience and recommend you check back regularly, making sure to try the different file servers available. Also please note that some people will be able to access the servers earlier than others; this is due to the dynamics of how the internet infastructure works and there is no "quick fix" to speed things up.
Files smaller than 2MB in size are unaffected by this issue.
Welcome back! If you're reading this message then you're browsing The Elder Scrolls Nexus at its new home on a new server. I pulled both TESNexus, FO3Nexus and the forums down at 14:20 GMT and as of 17:00 GMT the site is back up and operational, an hour earlier than expected. Thank you for your patience while the site was unavailable.
There are still a few issues to iron out in regards to the name servers the domains use that might mean over the next few days you get limbo'd about between the old and new server. If this happens you'll get sent to the "We'll be back soon!" page so that you know that you're looking at the old server and not the new server. These are typical teething issues of any server move and should sort themselves out between 12 and 72 hours.
As the Nexus sites are now on new servers there might be a few glitches and slow-downs. If you see error messages anywhere on the site please report them via the contact form on the site or on the forums; there's a big chance I won't have noticed the error message and reporting it will speed up the fixing process. In regards to site slow-downs this is something that gets fixed over time as I monitor the server loads and gradually tweak the server configuration files to suit the changing environment.
So please remain vigilant to error messages and remain patient if the site becomes unresponsive. The server configuration files are highly specialised to my sites and take time to get right, especially when the server hardware and software has changed.
Lastly let me once again thank the supports of TESNexus and FO3Nexus whose monetary contributions help to keep this site not only running, but fully backed up from disaster.
As a follow up to my last news article on FO3Nexus in which I detail the reasons why the two Nexus sites are performing slowly I have hammered out a deal with my main server provider for a new rack provisioning that should better accommodate both sites while providing me with ample room for expansion in the future.
In order for me to make the transition into this new server rack I will need to bring both sites, as well as the forums, down during the move. This is to insure that the versions of the sites on the new servers are not out-of-date compared to the current sites. All your files and information will be safe during this period.
I have set aside a very liberal 8 hours for this down-time that should provide ample room for unforeseen circumstances to get ironed out, with a 4 hour expected down-time should everything go according to plan. As the sites will be moving server this time may increase depending on your ISP and how quickly their DNS caches update their information for the sites. During the down-time a catch-all redirect will be on all sites to insure everybody is aware of the situation.
As the servers are still being setup at the data centre I cannot give an actual time for the down-time starting, but I want to get this done as soon as possible. Down-time could start anytime over the coming few days, depending on my lecture schedule and when the servers are fully ready for the transfer.
As always all files and databases are backed up on 4 servers in three different data centres on two seperate continents, so I like to think your files are hardware failure/fire/tornado/tidal wave/zombie invasion safe.
Apologies for the inconvenience, but fingers crossed this shall be the last of the issues for the Nexus sites for the foreseeable future.
According to GamesIndustry.biz Bethesda are potentially looking to release a new Elder Scrolls game around 2010. This comes from a chat with Paul Oughton, publishing executive for Bethesda:QUOTEAt the moment we've got Fallout 3 for this year and potentially there's a new Elder Scrolls title in 2010," said Oughton. "At the moment we're not that interested in the Wii. We're going to stick to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. We'll continue to pursue three or four titles a year and go for big titles," he said of the company's publishing plans for the future.
Not quite a grand announcement, and I'm sure Bethesda will be quick to clarify the remark. Watch this space.
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