downing and upping


A couple of nights ago I migrated another – very light traffic – website on to the NAS.

The only reason I did this was to document, in bullet-points, the process.

I’ll post the process on to the Synology Forums, because the step-by-step documentation for the Diskstation is pretty scant (and next to meaningless).

I’ve just updated phpMyAdmin (being a firm believer in keeping products up to date).

But I think that I’m just about done with hosting on the NAS.

I think it’s time to up my game.

My next step is to get the racked servers installed, configured, and get CentOS and some RAID products spread across the hard-disks.


Time to up my game.

I’m going to down the NAS tonight.

Just a simple down.

But I have an eye on that phpMyAdmin upgrade I implemented earlier, and I’d like to bed it in properly with a cold start.

I’m just an oldschool Unix nerd, huh?


So, downing the NAS in an orderly fashion and bringing it back up delivered no discernible difference.

All services successfully restarted themselves, the four websites, php instances, MySQL databases and mailserver profiles all mounted correctly.

CPU is at 2%, RAM is at 30%

It’s all a bit anticlimactic really.

But also…

Very good.

practising hosting/email; aiming for a hosting metric

This evening I migrated my primary (top level domain) website and the associated blog from the established hosting servers in Arizona to my NAS.

This was slightly more complex than anything I’ve attempted before; each set of content (TLD and subdomain) runs against their own MySQL databases. I debated amalgamating both in to one database, but eventually decided to keep the products apart.

I also set up an associated email account for that self-hosted domain.

The aim of this migration is to act as a crude stress testing/load measuring exercise. I want to know what kind of volumes of internet traffic the NAS can comfortably handle.

The only snag I hit along the way was a temporary memory lapse where my brain melted, when I  couldn’t get the DNS to resolve to the content.

I took my mind offline for an hour and then it came to me, that I hadn’t configured the virtual hosts file.

Three minutes of VH config and hey presto, both the website and the subdomain were up and running.

Then I configured the associated email account for the domain in my phone and yep, that worked first time.

Maybe I should document all these things in bullet points?

But I’m turning out the light now, feeling a little bit smug.

moving house, forwarding ports and ISP garbage


I moved house from down there to up here. My ISP (Plusnet) said I’d have the same FTTC broadband service up here that I had down there. Except they were sooo not right about that. And the fallout/issues that ran out of me having to step down in my broadband to ADSL from the FTTC service I used to have in my former house, were… pretty massive.

However, we live and learn (or we’ve stopped living)…

Because of the degraded broadband service (and yes, stepping down from 80Mb/s download and 20Mb/s upload FTTC, to 5.3Mb/s download and 0.3Mb/s upload is a huge degrade in service!) I had to change modems.

And that meant having to learn how to configure port forwarding on a Technicolor TG582n.

It wasn’t, frankly, without its issues. And those issues came with a steep learning curve – and, together with Plusnet’s less-than-shiny internet provision, kept this little website offline for almost three weeks.

I’ve only just figured out (because what documentation?) that the port forwarding config file needed a from and a to port range – even if you only want to open just one port (which is what I have been trying to figure out how to do). That’s a bit bonkers, in a very twisted kind of logicish sort of way.

Anyway, I worked it out and now we’re back online.

The port forwarding issues, the router swap issues, the steep learning curve issues and the two week broadband outage courtesy of my ISP (while Plusnet unknotted their knickers and eventually delivered some kind of a – degraded – service), all combined to keep me away from the next project that was on my list…

Domain-related email!

That’ll come soon.

Oh yes.

The other thing to note is that I went on eBay and bought an HP server for £19.99p.

It has 4x hard-disks fitted, none are a decent size by today’s standards, but it does have a significant amount of RAM (ten times that of my NAS). And for less than £20 I think it will do as the first real base server for my experimenting/learning, when I need to migrate the self-hosting environment off my NAS on to something more scopey.

And that means getting something like CentOS and learning how to install and configure that.

I seem to be in geek heaven right now.

post the first

This is my (test) geek blog.

I am a geek (as I said in a job interview today), but not a professional geek.

And I have a spread of tech skills, but not to any significant, developery kind of depth.

But I have ambitions to learn many things, and I am delivery-focussed, in a combination of OCD/highly self-competitive kind of way.

So I need a place to document stuff (where stuff = the successes, the failures, and the not-decided-which-of-those-this-is) from the geek side of my life, and this is going to be that place, for now.