Web Server / Kernel Upgrades / Dial Access

     This note covers several topics, web server crash, kernel upgrades, and 56k dial service.

     The web server crashed today shortly after 9AM but nobody called until 1PM and it was in a mode where it was still consuming CPU and appeared up to the hypervisor, but not talking to the network so I remained unaware of it until I received that call.

     This affected all Eskimo North web services including webmail, https://friendica.eskimo.com/, https://hubzilla.eskimo.com/, https://nextcloud.eskimo.com/ and virtual domain hosting.

     Also, a small aside, unlike our previous attempts at social media, friendica has been largely successful and has acquired an active user base so far of 566 users and is growing at a daily rate of 1-2%.  It is part of a federated network of almost four million users and sports some fairly interesting discussions.

     This is the second time it has crashed since the last kernel upgrade but the first time it just locked without logging anything, this time I did get good logging of what happened.  I will be doing an upgrade on the kernel of this machine tonight in hopes of addressing this but I am not 100% sure if the issue is with the virtual host.

    So the next major kernel upgrade affecting all servers will be on September 24th between 11PM and 12AM.  I will be reverting Iglulik, the machine that hosts ftp, www, ubuntu, debian, and mint to the latest 5.13 kernel since the 5.14 appears flawed and did not fix the Intel E1000 chipset issues they said it would.or the physical host.  Tonight’s upgrade will only be of the virtual host.

     The physical host has not shown any errors however this kernel had been stable on the virtual machine until I upgraded the kernel on the physical machine.  Confusing I know.  But the bottom line is this, it is safe for me to boot a virtual machine remotely because I can control it remotely even in a crashed state, a physical machine I can’t, so the latter will need to wait until Friday the 24th of September (they are re-striping the parking lot this weekend so no parking at the co-lo when I  usually do these).

     So the next major kernel upgrade affecting all servers will be on September 24th between 11PM and 12AM.  I will be reverting Iglulik, the machine that hosts ftp, www, ubuntu, debian, and mint to the latest 5.13 kernel since the 5.14 appears flawed and did not fix the Intel E1000 chipset issues they said it would.

     Then the last note is I do not anticipate 56k dial service continuing after the end of 2023, this per my one remaining wholesale provider that only has large      So the next major kernel upgrade affecting all servers will be on September 24th between 11PM and 12AM.  I will be reverting Issumataq, the machine that hosts ftp, www, ubuntu, debian, and mint to the latest 5.13 kernel since the 5.14 appears flawed and did not fix the Intel E1000 chipset issues they said it would.contracts lasting through that date.  This could change if  one of their larger customers renews their contract but at present this is the plan.

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