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  • jarbenne 9:10 pm on February 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Some Changes to File Storage 

    We’ve instituted a change to how we store files on Commons. We’ve done extensive testing on a staging server, but there are always scenarios we may not foresee in our testing, so I’m hoping you’ll let us know if you run into issues with imagery in the next few days.

    This change should allow us to provision a larger storage capacity to all of you avid photo-bloggers out there. Please let @jarbenne know via the comments below, or via email, if you are seeing any strange behaviour with uploaded files.

  • jarbenne 2:30 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    We moved the Commons over the March break. When we started this journey back in June 2011, the only server option we had was an internal Windows server here at the board. Of course it was a big win just to be able to launch our own blogging platform, so we weren’t about to quibble about server flavours.

    Those of you who know the server landscape, will know that running WordPress on IIS (Windows) is not a popular option. Traditionally the open source community has embraced Linux as the server of choice. Google runs on Linux. Facebook runs on Linux. Invariably in the discussion forums where we lurk to sort out issues and glitches, suggestions abound for how to fix something on Linux, with little to no information on how to sort out the issues on IIS. Although there have been improvements in how IIS handles PHP code, we always knew there would come a time when we would need to move to Linux to serve our growing user base more effectively. That day has come. With more than 18 000 users, and more than 5000 blogs, often the Commons was the most frequently visited server in the board.

    We’ve moved to a Linux, running NGINX on SSD servers. We are now on the cutting edge when it comes to server infrastructure. We trust that this move, which also includes a redundancy solution that should make server downtime an incredibly rare occurrence, will help us grow to continue to meet the needs of all of our HWDSB bloggers. We are very excited about this change. There are improvements and functionality additions that we couldn’t make on the old server, that we will be able to provide here.

    That said, for the next few weeks we will need your support as we sort out all of the implications of moving the server. Any irregularities you find, please don’t hesitate to post them here in the comments, send an email to @jarbenne, or connect with the IIT Help Desk.

  • jarbenne 1:26 pm on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    WordPress 3.8 & BuddyPress 1.9 

    We’ve just updated to the latest versions of the main software that holds the Commons together. As always a big thanks goes out to @rfowler for his deft hand at the controls.

    As with every update, respond to this message or @mention @jarbenne with any issues or hiccups you encounter.

    Happy Holidays.

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