More FurryMuck Status Reports
FurryMuck is indeed up, but their temporary lines are being overwhelmed by addicted muckers. No folks, FurryMuck cannot be run on much less than a dedicated T1 or equivalent. :-) Read below for a couple of updates from the site admin, S'A'Alis.
As we've posted here before, here is the situation:
On Thursday, May 10 at approximately 2:38pm CDT, the regional internet
provider for FurryMuck (SM) declared insolvency. While we had redundant
this cut *both* services as this was the largest DSL provider in Northeast
Wisconsin and it took down all others related to it. Further, our routes
were lost, as our IPs were also removed due to this situation.
Our team worked late into that evening getting the server put up on a
temporary network address. We are still having problems with DNS and
websites due to technical issues stemming from the methods used to
get FurryMuck (SM), itself, back on line. So we have opted to, for the time
being, get FurryMuck (SM) running again on an IP address and worry about the
websites and DNS later.
Yesterday, Friday, we declared the FurryMuck (SM) server available at noon
CDT. The current address is:
This morning, we are working to restore DNS, mail and web services as
Three weeks ago, we started work to have installed two new lines from
different (completely separate) providers using completely separate
technologies, to insure this does not happen again.
Unfortunately, due to "lead times", the soonest the installation of the
first of these could be completed would be Friday, May 18, 2001. We have
contacted that provider and are trying to expidite that installation. A
site survey is occurring Monday morning and we *hope* to have installation
by Wednesday, but they can't guarantee us of that.
Because, however, of the amount of work involved in changing to a completely
new layout and scheme in order to use our temporary solution for FurryMuck
email, web and DNS, and then another completely new scheme on the new
installations (due to the fact that they are disparite technologies), we
decided to prioritize our services. That is, we will make sure the Muck
itself is running. Then we will work on DNS, then email, and finally web.
If some of these don't get done by the time installation of the new lines
at our home site begins, we will not continue to work on those services but
will wait for installation to be complete so that we can focus completely
on our new lines.
The upshot is this -- we are focusing ALL our efforts to keep the Muck
up and running and as available as possible.
We have had to do this temporary measure with alot of haste and it is not
the best possible solution, but it DOES insure that FurryMuck is at least
available, if a bit slow.
We would like to thank the crew at FugaTek for their assistance and donation
of their site, services and expertise to push this through post haste.
We will continue to post messages here and, via the wizzes, to other boards
and Mucks until this situation is completely resolved.
The second of our new lines is due to be installed in early June.
We apologise for these problems and hope you understand that the
were completely beyond our control and that we *are* trying to do everything
possible to get all services back as quickly as possible and with a minimum
of "pain and suffering".
And from late Saturday morning:
The temporary lines are so overwhelmed, currently, with people trying to
get into the server, that NO ONE is able to function on FurryMuck (SM) at
IF YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR TIME ONLINE IN ORDER TO ALLOW OTHERS IN TO CHECK
THEIR PAGEMAIL, ETC., PLEASE DO!
We are working to get all functionality restored, but the temporary lines
can't handle this load. Please be considerate of others and help us out
We're working as fast as we can and would appreciate your cooperation