If some of you have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from WUWT it is because I’ve been working the last two weeks with Mr. Pete and JohnA to get the climateaudit.org server migrated to a new home.
We wanted off a single server box and onto wordpress.com where they have a distributed cloud computing system, gobs of optical pipe bandwidth, automated backup, automated code updates, and 24/7 support. I wish to personally thank Nick and Lloyd of WordPress VIP support who went above an beyond to manage the huge migration of files that spanned all the way back to 2004. WordPress.com has a great staff and a great product.
When Climategate broke, so did the climateaudit single box server. It was more traffic than any one server could bear. The datapipe to the box at our CoLo was also not sufficient to handle the load. I setup camirror.wordpress.com for Steve to use in the interim while the CA IT team figured out how to make this migration happen. There were lots of hitches. Some are still unresolved but the bulk of it is there.
Today, about 5PM PST 90% of the migration has been completed. Steve McIntyre made this announcement:
We have a new and hopefully final home. It has been a very big and complicated job moving climateaudit.org with its nearly 2000 threads, over 200,000 comments, plus images, data, scripts to wordpress.com, which has large enough facilities to prevent the chronic server problems that plagued climateaudit as a standalone server. camirror.wordpress.com was set up to deal with overthrow while our new “home” was being prepared and has been transferred as well.
What substantially complicated the move was our desire to preserve the very large number of links to existing climateaudit images and threads (which I’m told create a subterranean draw and which we didn’t want to disconnect.) Anthony, Mr Pete and John A all contributed to the move, which was accomplished during a period when I was otherwise occupied so to speak. I’m very grateful to them. WordPress.com went several extra yards to accomodate the move and I’m very grateful to their staff as well. We think the old addresses are all pointing to the new addresses – let us know if you have any problems.
A couple of caveats before you rush off to view it:
1) There may still be an occasional broken link or missing file, we’ll get to them all as time permits. Don’t overload Steve with comments about these.
2) DNS propogation may not have completed yet for your portion of the web. So if you visit www.climateaudit.org and you get nothing don’t freak out. The IP address/DNS server changes will eventually propagate to you.
3) Can’t wait? You can try forcing a DNS refresh if you own a PC with Windows by doing the following.
Open a command prompt and type the command in yellow below and press enter.
If you have a Mac, I have no idea how to do this, maybe somebody who owns one can leave a comment.
So within 24 hours or so, almost everybody should be able to get to www.climateaudit.org
Also, beyond the above, and maybe cycling your router/modem, I can’t suggest how to solve DNS propagation delays at your location, so just wait it out if none of that works.
We all look forward to Steve’s next big thing. Now CA can handle most anything we throw at it and Steve can drive CA “car” without having to carry a set of tools and a small army of mechanics jammed in the trunk.