Ha, well that would tempt providence!
There was a message saying the DB was open and it was pinned.
There were reports of some people having access issues, most likely stale DNS info and that is now fixed. The DB did run gruesomely slowly for a period but that seems to have fixed itself.
From my tests, the actual DB engine is much, much, much faster than before. The web server (the bit you all interact with) seems slightly slower than the previous version. But, and I stress but, there is probably a lot of behind-the-scenes work taking place as other customers are migrated.
From my point of view… automated backups are working. I have them being fetched again. AM reports and summitslist.csv generation is running and the daily temp files clean up is working.
As we stand, the DB should be consistent up to 0600Z 24-jan-2018 and from 0800Z 28-jan-2018. That is 98 hours missing by my book. I still have to confirm what data I can fetch from any backups I may have for that window.
Can you use it? Yes. And maybe it will work UFB
As always it is your responsibility to ensure you have backups of your logs. For info, the backup I do runs automatically every 0400Z. That backup and the backup from the day before sit ready for immediate restoration on the server. At 2000Z another computer (different OS, different host, different data centre, different continent!) fetches today’s backup and deletes yesterday’s backup. This means I always have a backup no more than 24hrs old ready for restoration. And can copy any backup from the last 30 days or so for restoration. On top of that I have end-of-month backups for every month over the last 18months plus end-of-year backups dating back to 2012.
Finally, a number of people have been in touch essentially saying “I get great enjoyment from SOTA and after the DB problems, I’d like to donate some money to ensure everything gets funded”. The aim of SOTA is to remain free at the point of use and funding comes from selling merchandise and awards. However, if you want to donate the facility does exists, using it is entirely up to you.
At the top of every page is a line of links, one of these says “Shop” (https://sota-shop.co.uk/) and on the shop site you will find a donations page (https://sota-shop.co.uk/donations.php).