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Scheduled Server Maintenance

Hey everyone! Most of you will remember the outage we had back in January caused by the simultaneous failure of multiple drives in a RAID array. It set us back a good amount, but over the last 5 months, the community has responded overwhelmingly and BeyondUnreal continues to be the best Unreal and Unreal Engine related fan site on the internet. We really appreciate all of your support!

Also since January, we have been running the entirety of the site off of our main server with everything else that we run. This has put a considerable strain on this box and may have resulted in the site seeming somewhat unstable over the past few months. Finally, we have secured new drives for our separate database server and set up our RAID again. We are scheduling the migration of our current database back to the database server for May 18, 2008 at 1:00am Eastern Time (GMT-5). Yes, this is essentially tomorrow night. We anticipate being down for no longer than two hours while we get the database back up and running.

We certainly want to reinforce to everyone that we have had two levels of backup security on Ginger since January, and we will be moving to a three level backup system when we move to the new box. A catastrophe like what happened in January has been reduced to the most miniscule chance, and I will continue to do whatever I can to prevent it from happening again as long as I am adminning the site.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments about the scheduled downtime or our backup system, feel free to post in the comment thread or send me an email directly. We take the opinions of our users very seriously, and try to reduce the amount of downtime we have as much as possible. Thank you for your continued support of BeyondUnreal!!