I'm not sure when exactly it happened, but a week or two ago my server that hosts this site as well as bgpexpert.com and skatekalender.com went offline. This server has been running since 2005, so I wasn't too surprised. I assumed that either the server itself or the drive had finally given the ghost. So my plan was to collect it from the datacenter and see if could get the latest data from the drive.
Turns out, the people at Leaseweb removed and subsequently destroyed the server by accident.
So I took the long weekend to rebuild everything from backups. As is always the case, the backups turned out to be less comprehensive than expected, so I did lose some data, especially images. I'll be restoring some of those by hand, in some cases with lower resolution versions.
Everything is up and running on a temporary server now, but I want to find a good place to host a virtual server and then migrate everything there.Permalink - posted 2017-04-17
When I lost my previous server, I recreated my websites from a backup on a virtual machine running on an old laptop at home. After ironing out issues with the different software versions that worked well, but obviously this is not a great solution.
So as a permanent solution, I got a virtual private server over at transip. They're cheap and highly automated, so setting up and managing virtual server is really easy. I guess the fact that everything runs of off SSDs helps a lot, because my websites have never been faster.Permalink - posted 2017-05-07