Monday’s Server Issues – Friday’s Kernel Update

     Since the file server that crashed contained both home directories, a lot of the web applications, and MariaDB database, it’s sudden refusal to continue screwed up a lot of things which I’ve spent the entire evening fixing, so those of you who made payments today will see your receipts sometime tomorrow.  I apologize for the delay but I’m just too burned out to continue tonight.

     If there is a silver lining it is that that server and all the virtual machines on it now have the new kernel installed so won’t need to do those on Friday.  Also other machines that I needed to reboot to resolve NFS issues, etc, are also updated, so Friday’s upgrades should go faster than normal and have a relatively low chance of failure since failures almost always involve this particular machine both because it has more cores than the other and thus more parallel processes with potential to trip race conditions.