Lessons Learned from the Massive Westhost Outage this Week

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

If you didn’t know, this has been a tumultuous week for clients of Westhost, my internet service provider. Their Primary data center is located in Utah and they share that space with a sister brand VPS.net. The datacenter is a Tier IV center managed by Consonus. Saturday afternoon there was a yearly fire equipment/alarm/suppression system [...]

Strange Outage

Monday, October 27th, 2008

We’re back up after a very strange outage. The 500 internal server error was because our .htaccess file was sideways. What I mean by sideways is that part of a line had been truncated which led to an incorrect htaccess rule and all sorts of error pages thrown up. Interestingly the only thing happening prior [...]

Your own wikipedia….

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

I’ve made quite a bit of use out of the wikipedia in recent years. I know it has it’s flaws (I’ve run across some first hand), but I’ve found typos in textbooks as well. However that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a very useful reference. In fact, in some of my browsing I’ve gone [...]

Apache2 not starting because of ssl_scache file

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

I mentioned this a while back, but I didn’t go into much detail on a long term solution. Let me re-set the situation. Linux server running apache2. It’s Mandrake (now Mandriva) (an older version.) When the system has suffered abrupt outage (power loss). Everything starts up normally with the exception of httpd2. It claims that [...]

Dejavu for worldnic dns servers….

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

It’s been a long day out and I didn’t have but a few moments to check mail this afternoon. I did happen to check stats and saw a lot of people visiting an old article (November 28th) on a Worldnic DNS server outage. I thought it was a bit odd and this evening, now I [...]

Bellsouth mail.lig.bellsouth.net server phasing out?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I haven’t had much time to look into this, but one of the mailservers I administer is typically configured to relay through mail.lig.bellsouth.net, with mail.averyjparker.com as a fallback. Sometime overnight, mail.averyjparker.com started getting heavy use and on checking this morning was getting all of the outbound traffic. So, I did a bit of investigation mail.lig.bellsouth.net [...]

Connectivity issues

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Our ISP here was out this afternoon. (Cable and internet) for a bit before I had to run to an appointment, so I got a bit behind in entries. It’s interesting though, Charter has been really pushing their new telephone service lately. Which is all well and good, but I’ve thought many times, if I [...]

Worldnic DNS server outage teaches lesson…

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Incidents.org has a post on a DNS server outage for Worldnic. Which effects a number of Network Solutions customers. Apparently they’re aware of the problem and are working on a fix. It doesn’t affect EVERY Network Solutions customer, there are some specifics… To clarify the impact to the casual reader: Not all customers of Network [...]

Cogent cut takes down major internet backbone

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Cogent has suffered a major outage of one of their main internet backbone connections. It appears that this link is having a big affect on the “internet health”. Comcast seems to be relatively hard hit with connectivity issues from this. It appears that the Northeast US and Southeast may have sporadic outages depending on the [...]

Server Outage

Friday, August 5th, 2005

There is one domain that I host which are on a server that has had some major “issues”, backups are in the process of being reloaded and the current estimate is that they will be back up in about two and a half hours. It appears as though there were some data corruption problems, possibly [...]

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