Tech alert: Hot Air server migration tonight; Update: What to do tomorrow

posted at 8:09 pm on April 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

As Joe Biden might say, this is a big f***ing deal. We’ve been cruising along on Michelle’s server since the Salem acquisition in February, but as of this morning our tech wizard (and new dad!) Mark Jaquith has the virtual U-Haul packed and ready to roll. The good news? Salem’s servers should make the site load twice as fast and will guarantee stability as traffic gets heavy in the fall. The bad news? In order to shift us over to Salem HQ, Mark has to unplug parts of the site tonight — including comments. Things should be fine until 9 or 9:30 ET, but after that everyone’s posting privileges will shut down (including mine and Ed’s). So don’t get nervous when you see the “you are not permitted to leave comments” message. You haven’t been banned; that just means that Mark has the U-Haul on the road.

We’ve also got a minor redesign in the works which should be visible soon. Everything will be in its familiar place — Headlines, Top Picks, the Blog, the Greenroom — but things should look a bit tidier on the front page. Stay tuned.

Update: A word to the wise from techies who are e-mailing: If you find yourself still unable to leave comments tomorrow morning, try clearing your cache. And please be patient. For some readers, it could take a full day before the migration is complete and you’re able to see new content on the site.


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Well, if you must. I suppose you have my permission…

trubble on April 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Change. Where have I heard that before….

Wethal on April 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

The good news? Salem’s servers should make the site load twice as fast and will guarantee stability as traffic gets heavy in the fall.

Could give a fig…I miss Michelle.

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

So what’s Michelle going to do with all that extra memory she’ll have? I’m sure she already has something in the works.

pugwriter on April 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Big question: is there likely to be a cookie issue, as has happened in past times, where people have to delete their cache in order to either comment or log in successfully?

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Okie dokie.

tru2tx on April 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

As long as I can post on HA, y’all do whatever!
L

letget on April 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

We’ve also got a minor redesign in the works which should be visible soon.

Oh no…. I don’t like change

El_Terrible on April 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Why does it take so long to migrate a virtual machine?

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Couldn’t you wait until like the middle of the night!

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Things should be fine until 9 or 9:30 ET, but after that everyone’s posting privileges will shut down

Crap. There goes my night o’ fun. Look forward to seeing the new site. Hope you don’t go too changey on us.

Weight of Glory on April 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Town Hall inherited this. This is Bush’s fault.

InterestedObserver on April 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

If my log in is refused after ‘migration’ is that some sort of Nazi -like law to make me illegal and force me back home to AoS HQ?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 29, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I HATE CHANGE!!!!!! Especially when it has to do with evil corporate profit mongers..You should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to make things easier for us… You are really driven by simple greed… To loosely quote the “O” haven’t you made enough already??

kringeesmom on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

So when it’s back online will the topics be a bit more up to date too?

katy on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Dannnnnnng. ^^^^^^ Charlie Crist ad right up there. ^^^^^^^ That’s cold, HotAir.

/JetBoy hardest hit

hoosiermama on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

How long do you figure to be down?

heshtesh on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Why does it take so long to migrate a virtual machine?

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

It’s actually a few steps:

- First, there’s a lockdown on changes to the site (i.e. no new comments or posts).
- The data gets moved from one server to the other.
- The lengthiest step is to tell the Domain Name Servers that hotair.com should resolve to the IP address of the new server.

That last part means that if your ISP is slow on the uptake, you could be looking at old content for up to 48 hours.

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

things should look a bit tidier on the front page

uh oh

John the Libertarian on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Does this have anything to do with why some videos won’t load the past few days, even after reinstalling the latest Adobe Flash player?

(Jihadwatch and Gates of Vienna need more commenters, for those Jonesing after 9:30 PM.)

profitsbeard on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

This is how nazi germany began, with change…

the_nile on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Big question: is there likely to be a cookie issue, as has happened in past times, where people have to delete their cache in order to either comment or log in successfully?

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

There shouldn’t be, but you never know. The ‘tubes are very fickle.

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Crap. There goes my night o’ fun.
Weight of Glory on April 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Guess we’ll all be drinking alone tonight.

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

change is gay

happyfeet on April 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

excuse me but I’ll believe the speed claim when I see it…. the site already loads a lot faster than Townhall…

phreshone on April 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Will this be change we can believe in?

SoulGlo on April 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

How will I sleep without a QOTD?

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Hey new dad Mark Jaquith, congrats on the addition to your fam!

visions on April 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

happyfeet on April 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Can this homophobe please be banned?

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

So when it’s back online will the topics be a bit more up to date too?

katy on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

*snicker/smirk*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Dannnnnnng. ^^^^^^ Charlie Crist ad right up there. ^^^^^^^ That’s cold, HotAir.

/JetBoy hardest hit

hoosiermama on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Don’t make me put the adblock on…lol

May has well get this in before the crash: Charlie Crist is a lowlife piece of **** ***hole m****r-f****r.

Go Rubio!

(Just in case Mark “drops” the servers during the move)

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Movin’ right along! Footloose and fancy! Getting there is half the fun, come share it with me!

/road trip song

Sarjex on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

OMG! MY PAPERS! WHERE THE HELL ARE MY PAPERS?!!!!

ThePrez on April 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Guess we’ll all be drinking alone tonight.

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

I don’t get off that easily. I’m out of everything. Nothing but ginger ale, orange juice, and milk. Not. a. fun. night. Guess I’ll read a book or something.

Weight of Glory on April 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Nice to see you hanging your hat here, JetBoy.

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

*Morpheus voice*

Welcome to the real world.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Sarjex on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Sarj…you should do a cartoon animated .gif of Allahpundit and Ed for the new front page. Paper bag with smiley face on it for AP of course ;)

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM

CHANGE WEE KEN BEELEEVZ IN?

Good Lt on April 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM

What about open enrollment?

txag92 on April 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Can this homophobe please be banned?

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Can this annoying, anti-homophobe, know-it-all too?

Don’t get me wrong. happpyfeet’s a pain in the butt, but you’re running a close second.

katy on April 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

What about open enrollment?

txag92 on April 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

We have enough trolls already.

BacaDog on April 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Things should be fine until 9 or 9:30 ET, but after that everyone’s posting privileges will shut down (including mine and Ed’s). So don’t get nervous when you see the “you are not permitted to leave comments” message. You haven’t been banned; that just means that Mark has the U-Haul on the road.

Ohhh….just effing great. I just made a beer run–gots me a glass full o’ frosty Guinness right here, sit down at the laptop all ready to respond to snarks, exit questions, and video clips, and we’re moving the server….wonderful.

Ok ok, I kid I kid. I’m surprised AP gave the “you ain’t been banned warning”…I think he likes it when some of us sweat for a few hours when stuff like this happens and fire him “i’m sorry!” emails till he finds it in his tender heart to offer forgiveness.

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Noooo! Think of the disproportionate impact on women and minorities! Please no!

Mason on April 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

As long as Hotair doesn’t pick up Townhall levels of ad and popup clutter on the way, this should be good thing…

doubleplusundead on April 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Sarj…you should do a cartoon animated .gif of Allahpundit and Ed for the new front page. Paper bag with smiley face on it for AP of course ;)

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM

hehehe, and Jetboy nearby with a half-eaten hat and a bad tummyache!…..

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

tech wizard (and new dad!) Mark Jaquith

There’s a little Paulnut now? Aww.

We’ve also got a minor redesign in the works which should be visible soon.

Does this minor redesign include pop-up ads and enough flashy to make Liberace wince?

The bad news? In order to shift us over to Salem HQ, Mark has to unplug parts of the site tonight — including comments.

Party at Ace’s!

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

“Keep the change you filthy animal”

See you tomorrow!

alohapundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Well i guess we should thank Allah for the last two nights of lame QOTD, apparently he was just preparing us for this inevitable moment.

heshtesh on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Sarj…you should do a cartoon animated .gif of Allahpundit and Ed for the new front page. Paper bag with smiley face on it for AP of course ;)

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Cox and Forkum did the original, BTW.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

We should start a pool on how many emails Ed & AP get about not being able to comment.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Dannnnnnng. ^^^^^^ Charlie Crist ad right up there. ^^^^^^^ That’s cold, HotAir.

/JetBoy hardest hit

hoosiermama on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

ooohhh that’s funny right thar yo. Turn them screws slow, lotsa pain. Kinda like a Drano IV drip….*make it stop* please…!?

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

“… Mark has to unplug parts of the site tonight — including comments. Things should be fine until 9 or 9:30 ET” – SKYNET

We are all going die a horrible death…!

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

May has well get this in before the crash: Charlie Crist is a lowlife piece of **** ***hole m****r-f****r.

Go Rubio!

(Just in case Mark “drops” the servers during the move)

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

You know, someday you’re gonna learn to trust us wingnutty wingnuts on these things. Told you that Bob Barker/giant Oompa Loompa lookin’ freakshow was no good.

doubleplusundead on April 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Well i guess we should thank Allah for the last two nights of lame QOTD, apparently he was just preparing us for this inevitable moment.

heshtesh on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Really, even in the wake of BoobQuake—an event of seismic proportions that actually resulted in an earfquake somehwere. We got gay stuff with huck and rosie, some other gay stuff, some high school lesbian stuff, but…..still…no boobquake.

what are we coming to…?

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Party at Ace’s!

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Somebody better get the open thread post up quick – trackbacks go off-line in under an hour.

Heck – Party at Amerpundit’s!

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Server migrations, server upgrades, software upgrades never go as expected.

So expect the unexpected.

Skandia Recluse on April 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

By the way, I love the sidebar sign-up box.

Hot Air Free Delivered to Your Inbox

Free blog content? An innovation! Why, this will revolutionize the internet!

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

We welcome the changes from our new overlords.

csdeven on April 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM

heshtesh on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

ha

katy on April 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

“… Mark has to unplug parts of the site tonight — including comments. Things should be fine until 9 or 9:30 ET” – SKYNET

the night is always darkest….just before the dawn….

this will go down in history as “The Night The Lights Went Out on Hotair”

kinda reminds me of…..Scotty B’s election night. When legions of Hotair commenters went without, yes without, the gratuitous red font, nuclear explosion juxtaposed with copious videoage of Humpbot…..

yes, it does still hurt….

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Heck – Party at Amerpundit’s!

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

No way. Last time I had you folks over you left the place a mess. Cups everywhere, couches overturned…and don’t get me started on Ed Morrissey’s beer bong activities.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Ahhh the memories of the good ol’ days…

alohapundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Not to mention the overwhelming stench of reefer.

Really explains all the pot-related threads.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Well i guess we should thank Allah for the last two nights of lame QOTD, apparently he was just preparing us for this inevitable moment.

heshtesh on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Well Ed can rerun one from earlier this week. His retreaded last night’s and their still going at it. Allah got 90+ last night and at last count it was 800+.

thomasaur on April 29, 2010 at 8:41 PM

S/b they’re
sheesh

thomasaur on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Before the old server goes off-line, I do have to stress one thing:

If it is midday Friday, the last thing you see is from Thursday, and you can’t post a comment, complain to your Internet Service Provider and tell them to update their Domain Name Servers. Don’t blame AP, Ed, Salem, Mark, or the Boss Emeritus.

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

kinda reminds me of…..Scotty B’s election night. When legions of Hotair commenters went without, yes without, the gratuitous red font, nuclear explosion juxtaposed with copious videoage of Humpbot…..

yes, it does still hurt….

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

You got that–we was cheated. We do need fresh servers and a rejuvenated humpbot for November.

hoosiermama on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Don’t blame AP, Ed, Salem, Mark, or the Boss Emeritus.

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Do blame Obama.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

I need my beauty sleep anyway. It’s my b-day tomorrow and I need to rest up for the heavy drinking. Special added bonus: 80 degrees and sunny!

JammieWearingFool on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Okay, the Charlie Crist ads are starting to make me vomit in my mouth.

Enoxo on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

I think there comes a point where too many hits for one site gets obscene, anything over 250,000 needs to be shared for the collective.

rob verdi on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Party at Ace’s!

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

I’m out of pudding!

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Do blame Obama.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

If I hadn’t already passed out the Comment of the Day™, I’d do it now.

Ah, tahellwitchit – that’s the Comment of the Old Server™

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Last comment!

lowandslow on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

JammieWearingFool on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Congratulations! You don’t look a day over 60.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Ahhh the memories of the good ol’ days…

alohapundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

yeah, back when AP spent Monday night before election day running Palin snarks when he shoulda been sparking and soldering some extra bandwidth together. Insteand he snarked away while petting kitty, then we were left out in the dead cold of the “universe outside Hotair” for several hours.

kinda like floating away from your spaceship while on a spacewalk…..Noooooooooo…!!!

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I need my beauty sleep anyway. It’s my b-day tomorrow and I need to rest up for the heavy drinking. Special added bonus: 80 degrees and sunny!

JammieWearingFool on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Happy 70th Larry King!
/s

alohapundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I saw migration and thought hotair opened registration!

FontanaConservative on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Last comment! Again!

lowandslow on April 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM

JammieWearingFool on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Happy early birthday, JWF. I trust your blogging cohorts will pick up the expected slack tomorrow night.

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Last comment! (I’m prepared to do this for the next half hour.)

lowandslow on April 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM

We should start a pool on how many emails Ed & AP get about not being able to comment.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

We should all pretend we think we’ve been banned just for fun.

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM

steveegg on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

What?

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM

You got that–we was cheated. We do need fresh servers and a rejuvenated humpbot for November.

hoosiermama on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

yep, them beeotches better be like effing turbocharged and intercooled for top horsepower. I better be able to hit “submit comment” at least three times in 5 seconds on this new set of hardware or Townhall’s gonna get a piece of my mind.///

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

kinda like floating away from your spaceship while on a spacewalk…..Noooooooooo…!!!

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

That night, I thought I had been banned because I wrote the word “sh*t” in my final post before the blackout.

I went from high to distraught in .53 milliseconds until I found out the site was just down…

alohapundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Do you think there will be a lot of “Testing 1 2 3″ comments tomorrow?

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

I saw migration,and was thinking,like
the stupid SNL Videoes and Comedy Central
Hot Air won’t be available in Canada!

canopfor on April 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM

JammieWearingFool on April 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Will you be taking a break or drunk blogging? Great weather outlook, whatever you decide do it outside.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I’m manufacturing fake Outrage at this
temporary shutdown!!!!

canopfor on April 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

What?

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM

If it’s at a time when new posts should be publishing and you’re not seeing them, just contact your ISP and tell them to update their DNS. It’s not Hot Air management’s fault.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

That night, I thought I had been banned because I wrote the word “sh*t” in my final post before the blackout.

I went from high to distraught in .53 milliseconds until I found out the site was just down…

alohapundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

dude, I know—I think I was even on double dog ban hammer probation that week for some other nitnoy issue that Ed or AP had my nards up on the chopping block for….I had the cold sweat on the forehead—-kinda like a crack hoe once she goes a few hours without a rock….

I was triple dog disappointed that the site was down, but double dog relieved that I wasn’t banned for good…

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Gentlebloggers…

… It’s been a pleasure flying with you.

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2010 at 8:51 PM

thomasaur on April 29, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Not saying it was a boring topic, just enjoy when the topic gets everyone going at night, i don’t sleep much.

heshtesh on April 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM

just contact your ISP and tell them to update their DNS. It’s not Hot Air management’s fault.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Yes, that’s so much clearer. I’m kidding!!!

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Will send a short prayer that all goes smoothly–however I’m not sure that He pays attention to this sort of thing since wireless et al has always been the preferred mode of communication anyway.

jeanie on April 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

I tried to copy and past what you said to joke with you about still not understanding and it disappeared. It’s started already!!!

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Congratulations! You don’t look a day over 60.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I’m still in my 40s. I just look younger. Since I have the day off, I’ll be around. Going out for dinner with the family early evening.

I get to sleep in a bit, which for me means not getting up at my usual 5:30.

JammieWearingFool on April 29, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM
Do you think there will be a lot of “Testing 1 2 3″ comments tomorrow?

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Yes, it’ll be a riot.
Okay, this is what I think we should do. Send e-mails apologizing profusely for saying things we didn’t say!!!!!

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Why am I typing so fast?

Colorado Anne on April 29, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM
Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Never mind! I am so embarrassed.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 8:55 PM

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