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Heads up - Preparing to move the site
Feb 18th, 2008 at 12:36pm
 
Heads up. I'm preparing to move the site .. to a WiredTree ("fully managed") VPS .. in Chicago. See this blog entry for more:

http://mt4.radified.com/2008/02/think-i-mightve-found-our-new-web-host-wiredtr.h...

Any posts (including this one) made between now and when the new server is up are likely to be lost. So copy-n-save your posts in a local text file.

I'm backing-up the site now. Soon as that's verified, I'll place the order for the new VPS, and begin uploading the site .. extract the archive and begin configuring our new puppy. Fun city! The site at the new server should be notceably more responsive.

Wish me luck. This will be our first foray into the world of VPS. You can learn more about our new server here:

http://www.wiredtree.com/managedvps/index.php

http://www.wiredtree.com/managedvps/features.php

http://www.wiredtree.com/ournetwork/

http://www.wiredtree.com/ournetwork/datacenter.php

This is the nicest set-up I could find .. after considerable research. It has it everything I was looking for .. fully managed, cPanel / WHM, PHP5, MySQL 5 ... more memory (256 MB), bandwidth (300 gigs), and disk space (30 gigs) than we'll ever use.

I am pinging ~80ms to the WireTree site:

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NeoTrace Trace  Version 3.25  Results
Target: www.wiredtree.com
Date: 2/18/2008 (Monday), 11:06:26 AM
Nodes: 20

Node Data
Node Net Reg IP Address      Location            Node Name
  1   -   -                        Anaheim
  2   1   -                       Unknown            
  3   2   1                      Irvine
  4   3   1 67.114.50.1     Irvine              dist3-vlan50.irvnca.sbcglobal.net
  5   4   1 151.164.43.141  Irvine              bb1-g4-0.irvnca.sbcglobal.net
  6   4   1 151.164.40.161  Waterbury           ex1-p2-0.eqlaca.sbcglobal.net
  7   5   2 4.68.110.113    Los Angeles         te-3-4.car3.losangeles1.level3.net
  8   5   2 4.68.20.190     Los Angeles         vlan89.csw3.losangeles1.level3.net
  9   5   2 4.69.137.41     Los Angeles         ae-83-83.ebr3.losangeles1.level3.net
 10   5   2 4.69.132.9      San Jose            ae-2.ebr3.sanjose1.level3.net
 11   5   2 4.69.134.230    San Jose            ae-73-73.csw2.sanjose1.level3.net
 12   5   2 4.69.134.213    San Jose            ae-72-72.ebr2.sanjose1.level3.net
 13   5   2 4.69.132.58     Denver              ae-3.ebr1.denver1.level3.net
 14   5   2 4.69.132.38     Denver              ae-1-100.ebr2.denver1.level3.net
 15   5   2 4.69.132.62     Chicago             ae-3.ebr3.chicago1.level3.net
 16   5   2 4.69.134.61     Chicago             ae-78.ebr2.chicago1.level3.net
 17   5   2 4.68.101.98     Chicago             ae-21-54.car1.chicago1.level3.net
 18   5   2 4.79.208.66     Chicago             cwie-llc.car1.chicago1.level3.net
 19   6   - 8.7.209.10      Unknown            
 20   7   3 208.75.148.102  Chicago             www.wiredtree.com

Packet Data
Node High Low  Avg  Tot  Lost
  1    0    0    0    1    0
  2    4    4    4    1    0
  3   15   15   15    1    0
  4   18   18   18    1    0
  5   17   17   17    1    0
  6   16   16   16    1    0
  7   17   17   17    1    0
  8   19   19   19    1    0
  9   28   28   28    1    0
 10   37   37   37    1    0
 11   36   36   36    1    0
 12   31   31   31    1    0
 13   65   65   65    1    0
 14   70   70   70    1    0
 15   83   83   83    1    0
 16   77   77   77    1    0
 17   76   76   76    1    0
 18   79   79   79    1    0
 19   80   80   80    1    0
 20   79   79   79    1    0
_____
NeoTrace Copyright ©1997-2001 NeoWorx Inc

Funny how they list node #6 as "Waterbury, Connecticut" (I been there. Not a fun place.) .. with a ping result as 16ms. Uh, 16ms to the East coast .. I don't think so. Must be mis-labeled.
 
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Re: Heads up - Preparing to move the site
Reply #1 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 1:35pm
 
Well, not quite as good as my 13ms tin-can line to LP, but feels fine:

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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\John>ping wiredtree.com

Pinging wiredtree.com [208.75.148.102] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 208.75.148.102: bytes=32 time=83ms TTL=52
Reply from 208.75.148.102: bytes=32 time=80ms TTL=52
Reply from 208.75.148.102: bytes=32 time=80ms TTL=52
Reply from 208.75.148.102: bytes=32 time=79ms TTL=52

Ping statistics for 208.75.148.102:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 79ms, Maximum = 83ms, Average = 80ms

C:\Users\John>tracert www.wiredtree.com

Tracing route to www.wiredtree.com [208.75.148.102]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  ...
  2    20 ms     7 ms     *     ... oc.oc.cox.net
  3     9 ms     8 ms     *     ip68-4-14-9.oc.oc.cox.net [68.4.14.9]
  4    11 ms    10 ms     *     ip68-4-14-53.oc.oc.cox.net [68.4.14.53]
  5    18 ms    15 ms     *     ip68-4-14-89.oc.oc.cox.net [68.4.14.89]
  6    11 ms     8 ms     *     rsmtdsrj01-ge600.0.rd.oc.cox.net [68.4.14.253]
  7    12 ms    11 ms     *     so-4-0.hsa2.Tustin1.Level3.net [65.59.168.1]
  8    11 ms    12 ms     *     so-0-1-0.mp2.Tustin1.Level3.net [4.68.114.17]
  9    79 ms    79 ms    79 ms  as-2-0.bbr1.Chicago1.Level3.net [64.159.4.225]
10    81 ms    80 ms    80 ms  ae-21-56.car1.Chicago1.Level3.net [4.68.101.162]
11    80 ms    79 ms    80 ms  CWIE-LLC.car1.Chicago1.Level3.net [4.79.208.66]
12    91 ms    82 ms    81 ms  8.7.209.10
13    80 ms    82 ms    81 ms  www.wiredtree.com [208.75.148.102]

Trace complete.
 

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Reply #2 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 1:39pm
 
Hmmm. Only 13 hops for you. 20 for me.

Folks around the rest of the country should like the closer server, being centrally located.

Back-up complete. Downloading now.
 
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Reply #3 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 2:02pm
 
Rad wrote on Feb 18th, 2008 at 1:39pm:
Hmmm. Only 13 hops for you. 20 for me.
Folks around the rest of the country should like the closer server, being centrally located.
Back-up complete. Downloading now.

I think the oc.cox... tracert id stands for orange county, so the routing should be similar.

Personally I don't think the problems before with LP were network related, but were/are server related (just my guess).
 

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Reply #4 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 2:20pm
 
I placed the order. Waiting for verification phone call.

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Your order has been successfully submitted. Thank you for your business!

Virtual Private Server 256

Support Services
Fully Managed
24x7 Phone and Helpdesk
24x7 Proactive Monitoring
Proactive Updates
ServerShield Hardening

Even found a coupon online (Google rocks) for 128 MB free RAM upgrade + 10% off:
FREERAM+10PERCENTOFF
($44/month)

http://www.retailmenot.com/view/wiredtree.com

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You will receive soon a verification call from one of our reps to confirm your order.

Once your account has passed fraud checking, it will be placed in our setup queue. Most VPS accounts are provisioned within a few hours.

Soon as your account has been provisioned, we will send you a welcoming email. The email will contain your server address and login information as well as login information for your client portal. Please read this welcoming material carefully.


Here we go.
 
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Reply #5 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 2:40pm
 
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*Change is good, change is good, change is good......!

Hope all goes well--and see you on the *other side*!
 

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Reply #6 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 2:44pm
 
Well *this* change should be good (growth).

Email from WiredTree:

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The 128 RAM upgrade is an internal upgrade which isn't reflected on the invoice. It will in fact be applied to your account once we get it setup. On a side note we need to call you to verify your order. Is now a good time to do so?

I feel like I did good. Lots of research. Good deal. Everything I wanted (plus an extra 128MB RAM).
 
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Reply #7 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 3:05pm
 
Okay, they called to confirm the order. Said current que time is "1-2 hours." I'm all ready to change the domain name servers soon as I get their welcoming email .. already logged into my registrar's site. Currently making another back-up of the site.
 
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Reply #8 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 3:09pm
 
Rad wrote on Feb 18th, 2008 at 12:36pm:
Funny how they list node #6 as "Waterbury, Connecticut" (I been there. Not a fun place.) .. with a ping result as 16ms. Uh, 16ms to the East coast .. I don't think so. Must be mis-labeled.

The hop called Waterbury is between Irvin and Los Angles, so I think that this particular Waterbury is in CA, not the East Coast.
 
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Reply #9 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 3:13pm
 
The line on the map-view traces out the Connecticut. Looks weird. More email:

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It was a pleasure speaking with you over the phone. I just got word from our Datacenter techs that we are getting a brand new hardware node online this evening for new accounts.  This might delay your setup by a few hours.  Just a heads up.
 
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Reply #10 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 3:32pm
 
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Well, didn't take too long this time--Radified has overwhelmed your new ISP and forced them to add capacity already!!!!  Hmmmm....great start to a *long*, friendly working relationship   Wink  !!!
 

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Reply #11 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 4:13pm
 
Thanks for making me laugh. I needed that. Here's an answer to my question:

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Hardware node is the term we use for the parent server that hosts all of the VPS plans.  The specs are detailed out on our website under the VPS section.  Its been stress testing on the rack since last Wednesday to burn in the hardware.  So far after 5 days of getting the crap beat out of it by our stress testing apps we figure its stable enough for customers.  =)

Being first on a new node should help with responsiveness, I would guess.
 
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Reply #12 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 8:15pm
 
Quick note to say it's 6:15 here and I still haven't heard anything from them.
 
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Reply #13 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 10:51pm
 
9PM here on the Left coast. I have account log-in info.

As they say in the 'hood, "We up outta here."

VPS here we come.
 
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Reply #14 - Feb 19th, 2008 at 8:46am
 
It got to be midnight last night and my eyeballs fellout from reading all the "New account set-up" PDFs they sent me .. so I feel asleep. Back at it now. Here's interesting email I received:

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We upgraded to CentOS 5 today.

The first problem I had was that the password I created for the account was "not secure enough". So the software would not create a default cPanel account for me in WHM (web host manager).

The first thing they have you do upon account log-in is to create a new password. A slider/bar turns from red to yellow to green as you add letters, capital letter, numbers and special charaters such as #$%@!

In the Welcoming email, I was surprised to see this paragraph .. listed under heading "Informational Emails from your Server"

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If you receive an email about a "Brute Force Warning" it means that the security systems in place on your server have detected someone trying to brute force, or guess, logins and passwords of users on your server. This happens quite frequently and isn't anything to be overly concerned about. There are many internet worms and hijacked 'zombie' computers on the Internet which do automated scans and brute force attempts all of the time. The email is letting you know that the system has detected such an event and firewalled off the attacking computer.
 
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