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AllStar Link Maintenance followup

Our maintenance was completed successfully.

AllStar Link is now running a geographically redundant registration cluster!
This removes any single failure point from core AllStar services; a major 
advance in network reliability. Should any node in this cluster go offline, 
it will be removed and registration will fail over to another server.

Most users have registered on the new system without issue. Some older 
installs may need to restart asterisk or their server to pickup the new IP 
address of the servers. After some late night debugging, the phone portal 
is working too.

Should you still have issues, please drop a reply on list or to 
helpdesk@allstarlink.org and the admin team will look into it asap.
We'd also like to announce a system services front end
/grafana.allstarlink.org/
This is a public view of the core systems we run and their real time status.

73's

The AllStarLink Operations Team
AllStar Network Maintenance Announcement

10 August 2018

Summary

	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 insurmontable
	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.

	/lists.allstarlink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/app_rpt-users

Status of this Notice

	This notice provides information for the community. Distribution of this
	notice is unlimited.

Copyright

	Copyright (C) AllStarLink, Inc (2018).  All Rights Reserved.

Welcome to Allstar Link!

We organize and administrate a network of publicly-accessible (license required) Amateur Radio repeater and remote base stations accessible to each other via Voice over IP on the Internet.

Our Administrative and Web presence and methodology has been completely re-vamped and vastly improved.


The implementation of this system and its monthly upkeep is very costly. Any monetary help that you can and wish to give will be much appreciated. A PayPal donation button is provided below if you wish to do so. Thank you very much..



Click Here to see the list of all AllStar Link Network nodes

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Downloads

ASL: ASL is used on a "conventional" computer system (one with a hard drive, SSD, or Flash card) and involves a full installation of Debian GNU/Linux. The x86 version supports modern motherboards and hardware, unlike its predecessors (ACID, etc), and now there is support for the Raspberry Pi 2 (other ARM platforms coming).
 

Download ASL for x86/AMD and the Raspberry Pi from
AllStalLink WiKi - Downloads

Old/Obsolete Distros (no longer supported)

ACID: ACID is used on a "conventional" computer system (one with a hard drive or SSD) and involves a full installation of Centos. ACID should be relegated for use only in a manned installation, where a reboot or similar recovery can be done easily being that is has significantly more "fragility" (as opposed to Limey Linux which is virtually indestructible, being that it runs from a Ram Disk and, therefore can not be permanently damaged).

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Limey Linux: Limey Linux is a specialized embedded distro, which boots from a flash card, and runs ONLY on several specific Mini-ITX motherboards. A Limey Linux installation (and associated hardware) would be used for a more "industrial" type of installation, where reliability is key, especially in an un-manned location.


Limey Linux Distribution for i686 processor
(870) 609-8573


Pickle: 7186702692 is a specialized embedded Linux distro designed to operate on a (912) 553-7305 (and DMK Engineering 9208919959). The LOX and Beagle Boards (along with "Pickle" Linux) make a great low-cost, low-power, low-footprint package that is appropriate to use in virtually any installation including those where reliability is key, especially in an un-manned location.


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If you allready have a ASL install CD-ROM that is recent, you can just use it, since all the files unique to the particular distribution are downloaded, and not on the CD.