Scheduled Maintenance Of AllStar Link Network
As you may know, RasLink relies on the AllStar Link network infrastructure for tasks such as registering nodes, and downloading node lists.
On Sunday August 12, 2018, there is planned maintenance for two hours.
Via the AllStarLink app_rpt mailing list, located at:
Bryan Fields wrote:
“AllStar Network Maintenance Announcement
10 August 2018
During the evening on Sunday August 12, 2018 between 0400 to 0600 UTC,
the AllStar Operations Team will perform a migration of registration and
nodes servers. During this time, registration may be unavailable, and/or
the portal may be unavailable via the website and via phone.
We expect this migration to be completed in two hours time or backed out.
AllStarLink is committed to the availability of our core network
services. That’s why we are migrating registration onto a modern server
system. Our current server is about 9 years old and while we’ve seen no
failures of hardware, prudent engineering dictates it must be replaced
with newer hardware.
The current server does much more than IAX registration of nodes; there’s
database, web portal, SIP access, proxy, nodelist generation and more.
Many of these functions are not core network functions, meaning if the
function is down, users can still register nodes and connect to other
nodes. An example of this is the stats server, or the web portal. Either
can be offline, but the network will still function.
The Operations Team has built and tested a new registration server and
new nodes servers which serve up the extnodes database files. Our team
has been testing this for the last few months internally, and believes
it’s ready for production. We expect a much faster convergence time for
node registration due to our new faster servers, better scripting and
lighter load the servers.
Our testing includes all major and historical AllStar versions, dating
back to limey linux and ACID. We know many users have older hardware
installed on a mountain or other inaccessible site, and requiring a node
upgrade is not feasible.
Any users requiring un-interrupted service between AllStar nodes are
encouraged to use permanent linking and/or statically define nodes in
their rpt.conf [nodes] section.
A MOP or Method of Procedure is in-place for this maintenance with clear
go/no-go steps and a back-out plan should we find any insurmountable
problems. An update will be posted to the app_rpt mailing list once this
The AllStarLink app_rpt mailing list provides a discussion forum and
access to the admin and development teams. We encourage all users to
join and participate.
Status of this Notice
This notice provides information for the community. Distribution of this
notice is unlimited.
Copyright (C) AllStarLink, Inc (2018). All Rights Reserved.
I will post a message in this group when I’m told that maintenance is either complete or aborted.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Maintenance was completed on the AllStar Link servers on August 12, 2018.
If you are having trouble connecting to nodes, please check your registration status.
You can check this via the command line, by doing the following from your server’s command prompt:
1. asterisk -vvvr
2. iax2 show registry
If you see a “Y” and the word “registered” in the output, then your server is talking correctly to the AllStar Link servers. If the node(s) on your server are registering, but you still can’t connect to any nodes, type:
service updatenodelist restart
This command will make your server grab a new copy of the list of available nodes.
If you’re still having trouble, please post your issue here.
My apologies for not updating the maintenance status earlier, but things have been a bit crazy.