• Jeremy Lincicome posted an update in the group RasLink 1 year, 2 months ago

    Scheduled Maintenance Of AllStar Link Network

    Hello everyone,
    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.

    Detailed notes

    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.

    Additional information

    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
    is completed.

    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.

    – —
    Bryan Fields”

    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.

    Jeremy W0JRL

    • 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
      3. exit
      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.

      Jeremy W0JRL

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