As of this post the server is offline for its battery replacement. Once the replacement is complete this post will be removed. Thank you.
EDIT:// Maintenance has now ended, there were some complications with the battery replacement due to out of spec manufacturing and thus we are now running without a battery backup until a new one can be shipped to us. Sadly the cost has exploded but I’m sure it will all get covered over the course of the year.
When the QuickShop plugin we use broke and we had to change to a newer version it had the unfortunate symptom of wiping our prior QuickShops due to an incompatible database format. This left not only your shops wiped but also the Admin Head & Banner shop at /warp shop
But that is the past because <3 Daloria has spent some of her time yesterday fixing all of the shops for us so you can once again purchase all the decorative heads and banners you love. Thank you Daloria!
Later today or early tomorrow the server will be taken offline for around an hour so I can change the batteries in our UPS unit. The current batteries have been in use since December 2013 and are nearing the end of their useful life with diminished run-time.
The new batteries I’ll be fitting should last us until 2020 and they are a bit of an upgrade offering an extra 12.5% capacity over the original batteries we were using which will translate into an extra 2 minutes and 50 second run time on top of the 23 minutes we had before when our current batteries were brand new.
The UPS we use is a high end model from Cyber Power Systems which is able to produce a pure sine wave and has active voltage modulation, features not found on low-end UPS. It was an expensive investment in 2013 costing $470.85 USD but luckily the batteries are much more affordable at only $49.33 for both including shipping and tax, your donations this year so far have fully covered this and other early 2017 expenditures.
If you’re wondering why we need such a device to begin with it’s because if the power cuts out it can cause a lot of problems with the server such as corrupted files and could even cause our disk arrays to fault. And the reason we use one with active voltage modulation is so that it can produce clean stable power for the server under the event the power company has a big problem. So our UPS not only protects against the loss of power but also if the voltage spikes or drops which can kill electronics instantly.
I hope you’re all having a great January, maintenance like this isn’t something I like to take the server offline for, I recently swapped a faulty fan in our pfSense router while it was still running so that I didn’t have to take our game server offline but for the uninterruptible power supply it cannot be “hot-swapped” so I have to power everything off to do this battery swap over safely.
Thank you for your patience.
Yesterday NVIDIA released a new driver, do not install it on your computer as it stops Minecraft from opening.
If you’ve already installed it you can get the previous driver here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx
At the moment we are currently experiencing a power outage, we are expecting things to be back online in 2-3 hours time.
Don’t worry, nothing has been damaged our battery backup system was able to safely shutdown the server 5 minutes after the power cut occurred so there is no loss of data or damage.
EDIT:// Everything is back online, we were down for just over 4 hours. A high voltage cable had become damaged in some way causing a wide outage. The power company were quick to replace it and we’re back online.
As I said above the server was able to shutdown normally thanks to our rigorous backup procedures which includes an automated shutdown sequence initiated by our battery backup system. There was no damage or loss of data as a result.