Monday, September 5, 2022

Operating System Upgrades

Hello all. This is an announcement detailing some upcoming server downtime coming to the network soon. The cause of this downtime will be operating system upgrades.

In particular, network servers are moving from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. The latest Ubuntu LTS release has been out since April 2022, but only recently has it received its recent "point release" of 22.04.1, which generally means that it is stable enough to upgrade to.

The servers which have the most risk of extended downtime would be Ratchet and Clank, so I am taking special care with them. Ballista and Storm are client servers that have no other responsibilities for the network, so those are the easiest to upgrade.

I plan to complete this upgrade over the next few days. Ballista and Storm have been taken out of the connection pool until their upgrades are finished. Clank will follow, and then Ratchet will be last. There will be a disconnection event happening when Clank is eventually taken offline, but I will announce that ahead of time and perform it on a day when I know activity is low.

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