As some of you might have noticed all my sites where down for the last three weeks. I want to thank everyone who contacted me (or at least tried to) in order to find out if I'm alright - fortunately there was no problem with me - only my server had a serious one:
After more than two years of smooth running it decided to take a permanent nap right on the evening before I started into my holidays. After several failed attempts to reanimate it the support person told me that the only way to get it running again was to reinitialize the whole machine - which means that all data gets overwritten. And as there is more to my server than just the websites I had to download all important things. And even with DSL this took almost all night. So in the morning all I could do was to press the red "reinitialize" button and install some emergency mail accounts - there was no time to setup all my domains or reupload the websites as my train was due to leave.
So right now I'm trying to make everything work again - which is a hell of a work as the internal structure of my server is now very different from it was before and lots of tweaks or libraries that I had installed over the course of the last two years are now gone. So if you find anything that does not work as it should feel free to tell me.Posted at August 22, 2005 05:53 PM | Further reading