Possible server and email disruptions.

The ISP which supplies my DSL connection is changing the IP addresses assigned to its customers. The upside of this is that my ISP (and therefore customers like myself) will be less dependent on a certain unnamed <cough>Telus<cough> monolithic telecommunications corporation. The downside is that I have to change IP addresses on several live servers, including the one which handles the Newted Community web site and the associated member accounts.

What does this mean to you?

It means that if you have a Newted Community account, access to your Newted Community email and ftp accounts may be temporarily disrupted. I say ‘may be disrupted’ because… if you are using the newted.dyndns.org domain to access the server and as your primary Newted Community email account, you’re in the clear. However, if you are using the newted.org, newted.com, newted.net, or newted.info domains to access the server or for your email account, it will take longer for these domains to be associated with the new IP address.

Please note that the newted.dyndns.org domain always has been – and always will be – the default address for the Newted Community server and its services.

When is this going to happen?

I would like to start the changeover to the new IP address within the next 24 hours.

Ok, so what’s the bottom line?

Never fear. With enough good fortune on our side, this change should occur with a minimum of fuss and very little disruption. In situations like this, outages are never completely unavoidable. However, I will make sure that the downtime is kept to an absolute minimum and that it occurs during non-business hours.

If you have any questions about this change or how it might affect your Newted Community account, please let me know.

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted July 25, 2005 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Why does your ISP change?

  2. Posted September 1, 2005 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    My ISP is reassigning IP addresses to a new subnet that they are able to control themselves. They are moving away from being reliant on a larger telecom company for their own services and connections. They will now be able to offer additional redundancy of connections and hopefully more reliable uptime for all of their customers, including me. The unfortunate side effect of this service improvement is that the static IP addresses for many of their customers must change.