We are currently facing a large DDoS attack on the offsite DataCentre we use for our billing and ticketing systems, the incident is being treated as a priority 1 and we will post updates here as we get them.
We offload our billing and ticketing systems to a different DataCentre for redundancy so should our primary DataCentre be unavailable access to your billing and ticketing systems would be unaffected.
Update: This has now been mitigated and the issue resolved.
Due to the ongoing stability issues with XN10 we are migrating all VPS off this server as its being replaced, updates to the migration will be posted here.
XN10 has currently gone unresponsive and is being investigated, due to the history of recent outages on this machine it’s likely we will be replacing this machine in the next few minutes.
Updates will be provided here as usual.
Update: XN10 is now back online and all VPS up and running, the move to new hardware has been postponed for a couple of days.
xn10 has suffered a primary drive failure in the RAID10 array and is currently unbootable, it looks like everything in /boot is damaged.
We are currently waiting on remote hands to attach rescue media and will work to repair this and restore service as quickly as possible.
Update: The operating system is too badly damaged and will require a reinstall. Unfortunately it also looks like two drives are failing in the same RAID1 set. We will reinstall and may need to wait for the rebuild to complete before putting the server back in service to ensure complete recovery of customer data. Further updates will follow.
Update 2 (17:45 GMT): The server has been reinstalled and we have been able to recover the raid array, it’s now rebuilding and currently at 60%. Once it finishes we will reboot the server into Xen and run a fsck against each VM individually, as soon as this completes it will be booted. When all VM’s have been booted, solusvm will be reconnected and we will make arrangements to how-swap out the other bad drive.
Update 3 (18:05 GMT): RAID Rebuild at 72%
Update 4 (18:30 GMT): RAID Rebuild at 85%
Update 5 (18:50 GMT): RAID Rebuild at 95%
Update 6 (19:17 GMT): VM’s are now being checked and booted one by one.
Update 7 (21:29 GMT): 50% of VM’s are now online.
This is a notification of upcoming maintenance to our Xen host nodes, unfortunately due to recently discovered exploits we will have to perform updates to the host nodes in order to patch them. We take security very seriously and as such these updates will need to be done as a priority.
When are the updates happening?
We will begin Friday 18th December 2015 at 20:00 GMT
How long will it take?
We are aiming to have each machine completed with an hour.
Is there going to be any downtime?
Unfortunately yes, as we will need to update the Virtualisation System itself there will be downtime required due to a reboot of the node.
We will of course do our upmost to ensure these updates are completed as soon as possible with as little disruption to services as possible.
We are currently performing some emergency Xen Maintenance which has started now (19:30 GMT – Thursday 29th October), downtime should be less then 60 minutes per server.
More in-depth details will be posted once all systems have been patched.
Completed: xn10, xn22, xn23, xn17, xn13, xn12, xn9, xn3
Phase one has now been completed.
We are currently experiencing an issue with this server which we have now narrowed down to a faulty Power Supply Unit and is in the process of being replaced now, all updates will be provided here.
Update @ 15:51 GMT: This is proving to be more than just a simple PSU swap, the onsite team are still working on the machine and hope to have it back online within the next 60 minutes.
Update @ 17:07 GMT: An update from the onsite staff, it seems there has been a short inside the machine which may have destroyed multiple hardware parts, we are still investigating this but as of now there is no ETA when this machine will be back online however once we have reached a conclusion will obviously update here.
Update @ 02:00GMT: This has now been resolved after multiple hardware failures caused by a faulty Power Supply Unit.
We are currently facing an issue with XN17 which is affecting connectivity to all VPS on that node, we are working with on site staff to get this resolved as quickly as possible and all updates will be posted here as soon as we have them.
Update: This has now been resolved.
We can confirm that two drives in one half of the RAID10 array are failing. SolusVM access to this server has been disabled, and can we please ask that you avoid doing anything on your server which requires heavy IO e.g. Backups.
The server is now online but some VPS filesystems are having issues. For this reason we are stopping all VPS individually, running a manual FSCK over it’s filesystem and starting the VPS. Once this has finished we are taking live backups of all VPS to another machine.
Assuming this completes without a further crash of the host, we will replace one drive at a time. Should the RAID array fail again, we will replace all drives, reinstall the host and restore the backups we created.
We appreciate your patience during this time, rest assured we are doing all we can to ensure the integrity of your data.
Update: This has now been resolved. All customer data is intact, and we have fitted new drives to each half of the RAID10 array to restore full performance and redundancy.
Starting at 7PM GMT this evening we will be rebooting all Xen host machines to apply important security updates, as per the emails sent out yesterday.
Update (7.28PM): All Xen host machines have been updated and rebooted successfully.