cPanel & Snow…

Hi everyone! I know its been a while since i last posted I hope everyone is having a great new year so far!  I’ve been investigating the ever popular cpanel to see if I can integrate it into Watt Networks website hosting environment. I haven’t figured it all out yet but I got DNS and SQL working with our cluster. I’m just having trouble connecting cPanel Apache to my replicated web sever cluster.

We got more snow again today here in Edmonton as if we didn’t have enough and to top it off tomorrow is going to be -28 C! (without windchill)

Well off to bed.


Long Weekend is finally here!

Finally! Thanks giving weekend is here. The weather in Edmonton is getting colder, this morning was -2C! I’ll need to add that handy remote car starter back onto my key chain soon. I think I actually saw it snow for a few minutes the other day but I’m refusing to admit happened and saying it was Hale.

A computer update, I did go back to the data center and replace all the really long power and network cables on the servers! and in case your wondering why I never posted photos of the facility is its because we are not aloud to take video or photos of the location for security reasons.

Normally on long weekends I’m either camping or have some big computer project planned but this weekend is just going to be relaxing at home with Sarah and teaching her how to use WordPress.

Hope you all enjoy your turkey! I know I will :)

Data center Move

So the move over the weekend to the data center is finally completed. I still need to make some small changes as I used really long power cords and some longer ethernet cable that I would like to replace with shorter ones. I also would like to get some canned air and clean out some of the older servers.

Quick Update! & iPhone 5

It’s been a busy week so far! On Monday I went and visited the Primus Data Center here in Edmonton and got a tour of the state-of-the-art facility. I am really excited to say that I plan to colocate many of my company’s servers into this secure facility over next month.

Today Apple announced the new iPhone 5 which will be available here in Canada next Friday Sept. 21! I’ve held onto the the iPhone 4 from its original launch date 2 years ago and I am really excited to update to this latest model next Friday, launch day as usual.

MySQL Replication

So Yesterday I setup MySQL replication for databases. I used these institutions found here.  But I ran into some issues when trying to run “show master status;” as I determined that binary logging wasn’t turned on. Which is needed in order to track and replicated databases changes. So to enable that I needed to add

log-bin = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log

to /etc/mysql/my.cnf

But this line was already added to the file by following the institutions but didn’t work. My issue was that I added the line to the bottom of the file. It needs to be added higher up with  the following lines.

server-id = 1
log_bin = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log
expire_logs_days = 10
max_binlog_size = 100M

Other than that the instructions work great!

To add multiple databases to replicated.

On the slave in /etc/mysql/my.cnf just add another line replacing the “databases2″ with the name of the second database.


Well thats it hope that helps someone else out!

Server Colocation

So I’ve been looking into server colocation in Edmonton to get faster internet and cheap IP blocks for my VPS solution that I will be launching soon! And I think I finally found a good datacenter to host in! It’s a Primus data center here in downtown Edmonton. I will be going for a tour later this week and will post some photos for those who are interested. I mostly chose Primus because they offer 1/8th (5U) server rack cabinets with 100Mbps network connection for 300/mo. As right now I don’t need a ton of rack space as I virtualize most everything these days and I will still continue to host from my home office here in Edmonton as well.