Monthly Archive for October, 2010

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We wish every member and every hackerboard all the best with their future endeavours.

The Global Underground Hacker Alliance will certainly be remembered.

Greetings to all members that like to take their password secrecy seriously. I would like to ask what members would think about changing validity period of passwords to make so you would have to change your passwords periodically?

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As you know the Halo 3 qualifying rounds are going on now. We are recoridng as much of them as we can and we’ll release them once we have them encoded.

Mad props to RAGE magazine for the coverage of the event.

Get a membership for only $4.95 CAD. It lasts for the duration of the ALPHA test.

Sigh, please excuse if this blog is a little on the short and tired sounding side. We’ve been up for a while now as you may have noticed upgrading the db hardware among other things. As of this writing the network is up again and so far so good. I´ll explain in more detail tomorrow but just thought I´d post a few lines to share some details on what happened. What we were trying to accomplish was replacing a set of hard drives with a Fiber Storage Server on the DB.

Which you like more as the name for this member only website:

A) Squidwolf Player Website
B) Squidwolf Insider

As several people have requested this data we decided to put it here and see if someone can make use of it. Those of you familiar with relational databases should have no trouble mangling the data. There is far more data available that we could perhaps release later if people are interested in using this, such as how everything fits together on our network.

Hello again, it’s been a while since my last post here. I wanted to let you in on what we intend to do next wednesday during the extended downtime. The DB size has been ever increasing since launch and with increased size and number of members comes increased disk I/O. At the moment this is a performance bottleneck so we have fully upgraded the server farm at PH Blue Shadow’s house to have a full FibreChannel network. This is a very scaleable solution and will allow us to grow well beyond the 120Gb limit the current solution imposes. Not to mention the performance increase which current estimates put at somewhere between six and tenfold. Unfortunately porting the db between disk solutions is easier said than done especially with a live system and hence the extended downtime. The way we plan to execute the migration is as follows:

On Tuesday we will be installing the fiber module cards into the Squidwolf SQL servers. Since this is a cluster we can do this without any downtime required, we will simply install in one machine, fail the cluster over during downtime and then install into the other machine.

On Wednesday we will do an offline backup of the db, bring the new fiber box online, partition and format, rearrange the drive letters and move the db data and logfiles over. We are also considering splitting the db up into several filegroups on separate drives to increase performance. Time is the limiting factor for that operation so depending on the success we have on Tuesday we may or may not do that.

If all goes well the cluster will be up and running again on a new much faster storage solution at two o’clock on Wednesday.

We are also using the downtime to bring 12 additional YEP!!! servers online, rearrange both electrical and network cabling, bringing extra power feeds into the cabinets as overloaded circuits were determined to be the cause for the two power failures we have had since launch.

So we are flying to Dartmouth early tomorrow morning and I will let you know how the preparations go.

Cheers, EMAID Plains.