About a week ago, we noticed some drive failure errors on the ph03 server here at PurgeHosting.com. We immediately took the initiative to make plans and take care of this before matter got worse. Thanks to our server cluster, we were able to successfully migrate over 900 websites with little to no downtime.
After running diagnostics on the server’s main drive, it was determined that a new drive was needed, which also meant doing an OS Reload on the box. This is always bad news, and no one enjoys dealing with this, but luckily, thanks to ThePlanet the whole process went very smoothly.
It took a total of 21 hours to transfer the accounts to another server in the cluster. We rerouted all traffic appropriately, and 24 hours we took the server down for the reload. Less than 2 hours later, the server was back online and reconfigured with the PurgeHosting network. 24 hours after that, we transferred all the accounts back to the ph03 server, which took another 21 hours.
In the end, we had successfully reloaded over 900 accounts in just under 4 days on a server with a failing drive, since replaced. A big thanks goes out to the staff at PurgeHosting, and of course, ThePlanet.