Once again, my sites have become so busy that the servers are overloaded, leading to slow response and the occasional crash. I’ve done what I can to optimize MySQL, Apache, and so on, but definitely reached the point of diminishing returns.
So for the next few days I’ll be working on moving sites to a new leased server. The new server is a dual 2.4 GHz Xeon machine with 2 GB of memory and dual SCSI drives, which should be substantially faster than the single-processor 2 GHz IDE machine it’s replacing.
One great thing about this server is that it includes a remote access card that has its own IP address and power supply and can be reached via secure HTTP. I can access the card even when the server is powered off, shut it down or reboot it, and access the console for debugging. It makes it much easier to deal with problems despite the server being in another state.
This site is the first to move—so if you’re reading this, you’ve reached the new server. Let me know if anything here doesn’t work the way it should.