Installation of SUPERFLICK
We are carrying out a series of updates in IDC (Invermay Data Centre) to install SUPERFLICK. To learn what SUPERFLICK is click here.
Maintenance is being carried out between 10:00pm and Midnight over three nights; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, November 13 - 15. During this time some services will be unavailable for 5-10 minutes as they are moved. We are moving services between servers. This draws upon work done previously when we shifted to IDC. Your connection online will not be affected. A number of services will be delivered from our Christchurch network point as well while maintenance is underway.
Order of events
Tuesday - 10:00pm to midnight:- We will move from our primary storage to our secondary storage at IDC. Once that is done we will relocate a number of public facing servers over to different hardware. This frees up one of the chassises to then be moved. We will then verify operations.
Once confirmed it is out with spanners, power down the chassis and relocate it further down in the rack. The chassis is brought back up and selected services moved back. We will continue to run on the secondary storage server for a few days as this gives us an opportunity to continue with another project. More on this later.
We then move on to another chassis which holds various internal servers. Power down, remove, shift lower in rack, power up and check. Time pertmitting we may relocate a third chassis, but it is likely this will be done on Wednesday night instead.
During Wednesday we got SUPERFLICK into a temporary spot to enable first checkout tasks to be done. We reviewed the next steps and had a choice between undertaking some on Wednesday and the balance on Thursday, or do the lot on Thursday. The latter option is lower risk and has greater support available so we opted for that.
We are finalising plans for this evening. The first stage will cover the Wednesday steps of relocating some server and service assets. We will then move on to the originally plans Thursday steps. The Thursday plan below will be updated later in the day.
Equipment was relocated to make way for SUPERFLICK to be fitted. Power delivery had to be rearranged as well. This was enabled by using standby equipment onhand. To keep services up as much as possible we utilised 'walking' them between locations. This and the additional time taken due to issues along the way mean we will be patching and tidying out of hours over the next week. This will result in brief outages of 1-2 minutes on services affected.