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Title: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 25, 2016, 15:42:39
All,

Today I completed a major site upgrade. There are some outstanding issues that I am aware of, and likely a whole lot that I am not aware of. Please use this thread to report any issues.

The Wiki is not working at the moment, for example. :)

Thanks for your patience, we will be back to "normal" as soon as possible.


Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on November 25, 2016, 16:44:20
My ability to get in has been sporadic over roughly the last forty-five minutes (at least) on either MS Edge or Firefox, Mike. I keep getting "Forbidden" messages.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Flavus101 on November 25, 2016, 18:33:10
army.ca is not working for me (On a Mac using Safari - not tech savvy enough to get all the build numbers, etc...).

However milnet.ca is working without any issues.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on November 25, 2016, 18:46:35
PC, Win 10, Chrome browser.

Doesn't appear to be any problems.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 25, 2016, 19:14:13
There were definitely some stability issues earlier on. Likely some still to come, but I think I have a few of the big ones worked out.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on November 25, 2016, 20:48:39
Getting a lot of errors:

Quote
The army.ca page isn’t working

army.ca is currently unable to handle this request.

HTTP ERROR 500

There are other error msgs as well:

======================

PC running Win 10 with Chrome


Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Kat Stevens on November 25, 2016, 20:50:02
For the past week or so I've gotten sporadic "server stress" messages that were such a pain in the butt a few years back.  Been okay the last few hours on my iPad .
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 25, 2016, 23:38:17
OK, after much ado, the upgrade has been reverted. There should be no data loss or issues at the moment.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on November 25, 2016, 23:50:03
 :endnigh:

Well, I thought so...... :D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on November 25, 2016, 23:52:58
Mike,

Is it really that bad you had to remove it?. I don't think anyone will complain if we have a better platform in the end.

Pretend you're Microsoft, force the next version on us and wait til we complain about glitches and bugs, then you fix them.😉

When it's bug free, you stop supporting it and make us work like slaves testing your new project. 😎
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 25, 2016, 23:57:59
Maybe next time. ;)

For now I wanted to get some stability back and I will inch forward instead of conducting a full on frontal.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 26, 2016, 00:03:12
Silver lining: our backups are confirmed to work. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on November 26, 2016, 10:09:32
OK, after much ado, the upgrade has been reverted. There should be no data loss or issues at the moment.

....but the order of the Forums has changed......I now have RECRUITING at the very top.....then The Quartermaster's Stores........
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on November 26, 2016, 13:44:40
....but the order of the Forums has changed......I now have RECRUITING at the very top.....then The Quartermaster's Stores........

Me, too ... Mac/OSX Sierra 10.12.1 running Chrome.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 26, 2016, 17:00:51
Fixed. At the end of the day I rolled back all changes and then re-applied some. I'm finding that middle ground where fewer things are broken. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Blackadder1916 on December 01, 2016, 17:26:34
For the past few days there have been several occasions when the site wouldn't display, however it usually did come on-line after a few re-tries.  Today however, it seemed to not want to display at all.  For a couple (or more) hours, all I got is this message when I tried any army.ca page (or the other branch versions).

Quote
This page can’t be displayed

Turn on TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2 in Advanced settings and try connecting to https://army.ca again. If this error persists, it is possible that this site uses an unsupported protocol or cipher suite such as RC4 (link for the details), which is not considered secure. Please contact your site administrator.

The advanced settings as suggested were already turned on.  I was wondering if this could be due to the recent upgrade.  I use Explorer as my browser.  During the same period my security program (McAfee) has also occasionally popped up a warning about blocking some of the content on the homepage as unsafe.  That had never happened before.

Thankfully, I was finally able to access the site.  Was starting to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 01, 2016, 17:29:45
For the past few days there have been several occasions when the site wouldn't display, however it usually did come on-line after a few re-tries.  Today however, it seemed to not want to display at all.  For a couple (or more) hours, all I got is this message when I tried any army.ca page (or the other branch versions).

The advanced settings as suggested were already turned on.  I was wondering if this could be due to the recent upgrade.  I use Explorer as my browser.  During the same period my security program (McAfee) has also occasionally popped up a warning about blocking some of the content on the homepage as unsafe.  That had never happened before.

Thankfully, I was finally able to access the site.  Was starting to experience withdrawal symptoms.


 :ditto:

I didn't keep track of the time, but two hours is a good guess. Nor did I try e.g. milnet.ca or navy.ca ... just clicked on the "reload" button every now and again and, eventually, less than five minutes ago, it came back.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 01, 2016, 18:05:55
Thanks, I have been attempting to tackle that issue over the last couple of days. Still some demons here in the server but I'm making progress. Hopefully in the right direction.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PuckChaser on December 01, 2016, 18:39:51
Are we on the new upgrade, or sorting out gremlins from the restore from backup?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 01, 2016, 22:19:59
We are half way upgraded. Server OS was version 23, I went straight to 25 and it was messy... so I went back to 23 and then up to 24. Turns out that's still messy.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Flavus101 on December 02, 2016, 11:46:27
We all appreciate the work!  :nod:

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: mariomike on December 02, 2016, 11:52:42
We all appreciate the work! 

We can all show our appreciation for the work!  :)
https://army.ca/subscribe/
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Sandyson on December 02, 2016, 19:33:31
For what it's worth, I am using Fedora Linux with Firefox and have had no problems.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Chris Pook on December 04, 2016, 21:33:07
Mike

Please confirm that the slow responses I am experiencing with this site are a result of your heroic efforts and not the result of government agencies reacting to subversive activities on the part of Milnews.ca.

You know what I'm talking about Tony.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 05, 2016, 14:14:45
Hahah, I confirm nothing. :)

Except that I have been making changes and the slowness is likely part of that. (Should be less and less as I make more fixes).
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 06, 2016, 17:23:09
Sorry for the long day without green (and blue, etc.), the server was rebuilt from a new OS install, which took some time.

With this, I can *guarantee* some problems, please report them here. Hopefully they will be easier to fix than under the last server.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 06, 2016, 17:43:45
It's a bit slow, and I got one "Server too busy, please try again in a few minutes..." message when I tried to navigate to a new topic abut 10 minutes ago.

Thanks for all you do for us, Mike.  :salute:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Rifleman62 on December 06, 2016, 20:10:55
Very slow and lots of times cannot connect.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Technoviking on December 06, 2016, 22:49:20
Extremely sluggish.

As stated, however, thank you for all you do in order to keep this site up and running!

:salute:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: AbdullahD on December 07, 2016, 00:19:34
Extremely slow and error codes when trying to browse today, barely able to make this post, takes 30-45 seconds to load a page...

Abdullah
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: mariomike on December 07, 2016, 00:38:38
Extremely slow and error codes when trying to browse today, barely able to make this post, takes 30-45 seconds to load a page...

Abdullah
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 07, 2016, 07:16:36
Still very slow at 0615 Hrs (EST), but thanks again for all you're doing for us Mike  :salute:  ... your wife is a saint!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on December 07, 2016, 09:12:37
Still very slow at 0615 Hrs (EST), but thanks again for all you're doing for us Mike  :salute:  ... your wife is a saint!

And then there's the putting up with the army.ca thing.  Oh wait,......is that wh,....umm,...never mind, carry on Mike. ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Technoviking on December 07, 2016, 22:19:19
The connection will often time out.  It will then put up a blank page saying that "army.ca failed to load" or some such message.

Actually, it says:

This site can’t be reached

The connection was reset.
Try:
Checking the connection
Checking the proxy and the firewall
Running Windows Network Diagnostics
ERR_CONNECTION_RESET
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: NFLD Sapper on December 08, 2016, 13:09:40
Like Techno, I too am having issues:

This site can’t be reached

army.ca took too long to respond.
Try:
Checking the connection
Checking the proxy and the firewall
Running Windows Network Diagnostics
ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT

Using CHROME 55.0.2883.75 m and Windows 10 ver 1607 OS Build 14393.447
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Larry Strong on December 08, 2016, 21:32:27
I have just found out I could not log in or even access the page with Internet Explorer. Instant on with Google Chrome....

Hope this helps a bit


Cheers
Larry
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: FJAG on December 08, 2016, 21:49:56
Like Techno, I too am having issues:

This site can’t be reached

army.ca took too long to respond.
Try:
Checking the connection
Checking the proxy and the firewall
Running Windows Network Diagnostics
ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT

Using CHROME 55.0.2883.75 m and Windows 10 ver 1607 OS Build 14393.447

Same here intermittently for about a week now right up to the last few minutes. Problems both logging in to the site and changing pages within the site. Also running Windows 10 ver 1607 OS Build 14393.447 with Chrome Version 55.0.2883.75 m. Tried it on Microsoft Edge 38.14393.0.0 with same problems.

 :subbies:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 09, 2016, 06:40:16
Still, at 0530 Hrs, the same as the other are reporting ...

     + First, not connection at all, then intermittent and slow response; and

     + Using OSX Sierra and Chrome, both up to date.

But this is a report, not a complaint ... we all thank you, Mike, for all you do for us.  :salute: and  :subbies:

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 09, 2016, 10:10:43
Folks,

Sorry about the roller coaster ride over the last week or so. Some of it was just poor server performance, and other times it was me tinkering. Unfortunately new ground for me (and apparently, the entire technical expertise of the Internet!) so there was a lot of trial and error, often going backwards before making small progress forward.

As of this moment, the last set of changes made seem to be positive. Performance is where it used to be, and the server is not kicking out errors. (At some points, it was throwing hundreds of error messages a second. There was some Machiavellian comedy that occurred when - on top of everything else I was fighting - the server disk ran out of space due to the torrent of error messages.)

I like to jinx myself, so I'm going to call this 'fixed' at the moment. Please report any issues and I will tackle them as soon as I can.

Thanks again for your patience, I realize how frustrating it is when things aren't working!


Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on December 09, 2016, 10:18:10
Please report any issues and I will tackle them as soon as I can.

Thanks again for your patience, I realize how frustrating it is when things aren't working!
If you have time now that this is 'fixed' could you have a look at my Brigade HQ; it's really not working well -- you have no idea the frustration level.
     :pop:


Echoing ERC's post, many thanks; the site is addictive.   :nod:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: kratz on December 09, 2016, 13:54:07
Thank you for providing the site and all your hard work Mike.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 09, 2016, 16:13:19
I like to jinx myself, so I'm going to call this 'fixed' at the moment.

 :facepalm:

Still a work in progress, folks...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 09, 2016, 17:27:21
:facepalm:

Still a work in progress, folks...

 [:D  :rofl:   :salute:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Dan M on December 09, 2016, 23:38:59
The connection will often time out.  It will then put up a blank page saying that "army.ca failed to load" or some such message.

Technoviking doesn't log into the site, the site seeks out and connects with Technoviking!

PS: Thanks Mike, for the site.

Cheers,
Dan.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on December 09, 2016, 23:46:00
:facepalm:

Still a work in progress, folks...

Hmmm.....that's my line.....


 ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Technoviking on December 10, 2016, 00:08:17
2307 EST 9 Dec 2016. Running quite well.

:salute:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Technoviking on December 10, 2016, 00:09:07
Technoviking doesn't log into the site, the site seeks out and connects with Technoviking!

Exactly ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PuckChaser on December 16, 2016, 12:34:15
Just got a bad certificate error when trying to award milpoints. I trust you Mike, so I stored an exception.  [:D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Big Spoon on December 16, 2016, 17:07:26
Good day,

I keep getting errors when I try to search anything on the site.................... Perhaps it is the fact that I am searching for Borden  :rofl:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Larry Strong on December 18, 2016, 09:55:50
Same here "Unable to access the search daemon"


Cheers
Larry
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PMedMoe on December 20, 2016, 10:30:40
Is there a new layout, or is it just my phone?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on December 20, 2016, 10:56:58
Is there a new layout, or is it just my phone?
Why only the two options, ruling out self-medication?   :whistle:

ps - site looks fine from here.    :cheers:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PMedMoe on December 20, 2016, 12:19:44
Why only the two options, ruling out self-medication?   :whistle:

ps - site looks fine from here.    :cheers:

Ha ha. Self medication has been limited since New Orleans...have to give the liver a break...  ;)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Old Sweat on December 20, 2016, 13:44:25
Ha ha. Self medication has been limited since New Orleans...have to give the liver a break...  ;)

That must be quite a shock to the poor, battered organ.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PuckChaser on December 21, 2016, 13:08:42
The Army.ca mirror is down for me. Milnet/Navy/Air-force all work fine.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on December 21, 2016, 14:36:56
The Army.ca mirror is down for me. Milnet/Navy/Air-force all work fine.
As of 1336 Eastern, same here.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 21, 2016, 17:39:34
As of 1336 Eastern, same here.


Ditto for me at 1635 Hrs EST.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on December 21, 2016, 17:54:50
As of 1336 Eastern, same here.
Army.ca's still blank screening for me as @ 1654 Eastern - milnet.ca OK
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Technoviking on December 21, 2016, 17:56:17
1655 EST I had to delete the "s" from https in order to log in.

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 21, 2016, 18:07:21
1655 EST I had to delete the "s" from https in order to log in.


That worked for me, too: 1705 Hrs EST.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on December 21, 2016, 20:25:50

That worked for me, too: 1705 Hrs EST.
Not for me - logging in from home ~1925EST
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: NFLD Sapper on December 21, 2016, 20:27:26
Same here, had to use the milnet.ca address...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 21, 2016, 21:43:20
Some weird stuff happening with the server, Army.ca seems to suffer outages while the other sites (Navy.ca, Air-Force.ca, Milnet.ca) are OK. And odder still is that either the HTTP or HTTPS version goes out but the other is unaffected; then it flips.

I have been working on this issue as much as possible, but a solution has eluded me so far. Probably unrelated that IPs from Russia have been hammering the site all week...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 21, 2016, 21:43:25
OK, it all seems to be fine now (2040 Hrs EST) including the https://army.ca/for ... and so on.  :nod:

Mike: thanks for all you do for us ... and thanks to your family, too, and know that we all wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  :christmas happy:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 21, 2016, 22:01:34
Thanks Edward, I have to admit it's been a challenge to devote the time needed without putting work/family on the back burner. Here's hoping for a slow down in the tempo soon! ;)

(P.S. Search is now working again.)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on December 22, 2016, 08:27:13
Mike: thanks for all you do for us ... and thanks to your family, too, and know that we all wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  :christmas happy:
What he said, boss!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PMedMoe on December 22, 2016, 14:13:37
Layout has improved somewhat (maybe it's data vs. Wifi?). Some emoticons and stuff showing as broken links...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Blackadder1916 on December 23, 2016, 16:26:40
When drafting a post, no smileys or BBC shortcut icons appear.  Attached image is all I get.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on December 23, 2016, 16:34:42
When drafting a post, no smileys or BBC shortcut icons appear.  Attached image is all I get.
Because there's nothing to smile about in that thread?    :whistle:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: SeaKingTacco on December 23, 2016, 20:48:33
Because there's nothing to smile about in that thread?    :whistle:

That is just harsh... :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on December 24, 2016, 08:59:54
I think the missing smileys/BBC happens when accessing the site from some secure networks. Used to happen from the DWAN but I took some steps to resolve it years ago. Might be back again.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: mariomike on December 24, 2016, 10:42:38
Makes a great last minute Christmas gift!  :subbies:
http://milnet.ca/subscribe/
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on December 31, 2016, 19:35:31
Seems all the different fonts, font sizes, font colours, etc. have disappeared from the site (army.ca).....along with all the smileys.

Modified this post while on milnet.ca and the same 'problem' exists there as well......No selection of fonts, font sizes, font colours, etc.....Nor the Smiley options.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on December 31, 2016, 19:39:16
Seems all the different fonts, font sizes, font colours, etc. have disappeared from the site (army.ca).....along with all the smileys.


Not for me.  :nod: [:D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on December 31, 2016, 19:54:03
I guess Mike is working on the site, as I now have all those missing bits again...... :gottree: :gottree:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Kat Stevens on January 01, 2017, 16:39:27
Lots of "server under high stress" errors with desktop, laptop, and IPad when attempting to load the site.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: NFLD Sapper on January 01, 2017, 17:28:39
On a positive note it appears that https for army.ca seems to work with chrome 64bit.....
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on January 05, 2017, 08:28:12
I am posting this from Navy.ca: neither Army.ca nor Milnet.ca will open from about 0600 to 0725 Hrs.

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on January 05, 2017, 08:44:40
I am posting this from Navy.ca: neither Army.ca nor Milnet.ca will open from about 0600 to 0725 Hrs.
Same true for me as of this post (0744EST).
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: paleomedic on January 05, 2017, 10:01:00
Same for me as of 0900hrs EST.
Neither army.ca nor milnet.ca will open.
Chrome says connection is unsecure and all I get is a blank page.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on January 05, 2017, 11:12:18
Same with Firefox on my computer, but chrome on my iPad works fine
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on January 05, 2017, 11:21:29
Army.ca & Milnet.ca now working for me w/Firefox as of 1021EST.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PMedMoe on January 05, 2017, 11:35:08
Posting from army.ca.  Milnet won't load...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on January 05, 2017, 12:15:34
Posting from army.ca.  Milnet won't load...

 :ditto: at 115 Hrs EST
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: the 48th regulator on January 06, 2017, 01:36:30
army.ca
Milnet.ca

Kaput for last 60 minutes plus.

Navy.ca working.  I will need a shower after this experience....

 ;)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on January 06, 2017, 10:21:24
Army.ca & milnet.ca still working via Firefox as of 0921EST
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on January 06, 2017, 14:44:36
not as of 12:44pm today
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: ModlrMike on January 06, 2017, 15:32:32
No army.ca for me. milnet and navy.ca work
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on January 06, 2017, 15:50:22
I'm kind of liking the colour scheme on navy.ca for reading purposes actually...........as long as my estrogen levels don't rise too high I might stay awhile.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: ModlrMike on January 06, 2017, 17:10:47
I'm kind of liking the colour scheme on navy.ca for reading purposes actually...........as long as my estrogen levels don't rise too high I might stay awhile.

That would only be a problem on the other blue site, which is also not working... thankfully.  >:D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on January 06, 2017, 17:17:48
I know there are known problems with TapaTalk; might that be rearing its head?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on January 08, 2017, 07:05:46
The three day old problem has reappeared: No Army.ca but, today, at 0600 Hrs EST I can use Navy.ca and Milnet.ca.  :gloomy:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on January 08, 2017, 09:01:45
I have a recurring issue, and a 'fix':  Army.ca will not load from my bookmark, but if I go to Google and type it in, it works fine (although my user name and password aren't remembered and I have to be typed in).
:dunno:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on January 08, 2017, 10:05:30
I have a recurring issue, and a 'fix':  Army.ca will not load from my bookmark, but if I go to Google and type it in, it works fine (although my user name and password aren't remembered and I have to be typed in).
:dunno:


Bingo! Worked for me, too ... it even remembered me. Thanks, JM.  :salute:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: the 48th regulator on January 08, 2017, 16:42:03
I am beginning to like Navy.ca   Shudder.

It always loads, and the colour scheme is good on my aging eyes!

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on January 18, 2017, 10:51:23
Good news, this morning I found and fixed what I believe is the source of much of our heartburn. Moving forward I'm confident we will see "less" issues than before. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: MCG on January 18, 2017, 11:13:18
Thank you.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on January 18, 2017, 13:30:51
Good news: The fix definitely cleared a site bottleneck.
Bad news: With the flood gates open, the server is seeing increased load.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PuckChaser on January 18, 2017, 18:58:53
Boards are loading super quick, almost faster than before all the changes.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: NFLD Sapper on January 22, 2017, 22:04:17
Getting lots of server under high stress errors .....
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on January 22, 2017, 22:35:22
Same here. I've only just been able to get on, finally. I could not get onto either Milnet.ca or Navy.ca, which I have been able to when Army.ca won't work.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on January 23, 2017, 07:39:56
Same here. I've only just been able to get on, finally. I could not get onto either Milnet.ca or Navy.ca, which I have been able to when Army.ca won't work.

Ditto

Couldn't get on from 2000 hrs last night - "Server stressed out - Try again"
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Dimsum on January 23, 2017, 08:21:25
Ditto

Couldn't get on from 2000 hrs last night - "Server stressed out - Try again"

Same here.  Thought it was just my VPN.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on January 24, 2017, 19:32:03
Server too busy, please try again in a few minutes...


....Seems to the the norm lately.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on January 25, 2017, 02:06:18
I've had no problems over the past few days from either Ottawa (until 19 Jan) or from Hong Kong (20 Jan and beyond). Whatever Mike did seems to work for me using Chrome on an older (2013) Mac.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on January 25, 2017, 06:23:53
There are still some server load issues to be tackled. Please bear with me while I work through those, and hopefully things will be back on track shortly.
Just because I like to challenge myself, I completed a major upgrade of the database server last night.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on January 29, 2017, 18:21:16
I guess Mike is working on the site again......

Quote
Server too busy, please try again in a few minutes...





Or the site does not like my IP very much.

Then again:

Quote
System Load is High: 29.39
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: milnews.ca on January 29, 2017, 18:27:01
I guess Mike is working on the site again......





Or the site does not like my IP very much.

Then again:
Methinks it's loads o' folks wanting in - not liking my IP much, either, at this hour.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on January 29, 2017, 19:15:35
Sometimes it leads to:

(https://external-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQB9eX4R4WkV8ohW&w=284&h=149&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fads%2Fimage%2F%3Fd%3DAQI2DavSUWE-RCKThm2KA4o50gKo7VJRuCAgrIDAknNvFgFFL_0uAtVoY5f2MAr8qoqOBtGwVgA_KX1FZ9QHKZaIyHN5pRXEW4vkXCBr1UPnWW5AePy7UUVXFWmZWr2RocqiYPBWNGyalA5FGkQ_ABjT&cfs=1&sx=0&sy=65&sw=1000&sh=525&_nc_hash=AQBNJqIZqi2OqVUw)


 [:D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Dimsum on January 30, 2017, 00:49:54
Sometimes it leads to:

(https://external-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQB9eX4R4WkV8ohW&w=284&h=149&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fads%2Fimage%2F%3Fd%3DAQI2DavSUWE-RCKThm2KA4o50gKo7VJRuCAgrIDAknNvFgFFL_0uAtVoY5f2MAr8qoqOBtGwVgA_KX1FZ9QHKZaIyHN5pRXEW4vkXCBr1UPnWW5AePy7UUVXFWmZWr2RocqiYPBWNGyalA5FGkQ_ABjT&cfs=1&sx=0&sy=65&sw=1000&sh=525&_nc_hash=AQBNJqIZqi2OqVUw)


 [:D

Weird, that's the most clothing I've seen Miley Cyrus wearing in a long time.   :bowing:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on January 30, 2017, 09:05:17
Weird, that's the most clothing I've seen Miley Cyrus wearing in a long time.   :bowing:
So you've been forced to browse....other...sites when you can't get on here?  :whistle:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: lacqui on January 30, 2017, 12:01:17
So you've been forced to browse....other...sites when you can't get on here?  :whistle:

Like MTV?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PMedMoe on February 02, 2017, 15:06:47
Milnet saying server is busy but Army.ca is good to go....strange....   :orly:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: ringo on February 03, 2017, 02:27:09
server busy server busy server busy
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Scott on February 03, 2017, 08:31:16
server busy server busy server busy


Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

Folks, some of these issues can be helped with subscriptions and/or donations. Help us out.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 03, 2017, 09:22:11
Sorry folks, I've been working on some performance tuning... which for me is usually a process of:

1. Tinker.
2. Did it make things worse? Then go back to 1.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: mariomike on February 03, 2017, 14:27:17
Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

Folks, some of these issues can be helped with subscriptions and/or donations. Help us out.

 :goodpost:

http://milnet.ca/subscribe/
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 04, 2017, 12:38:03
Variety is the spice of life:

Quote
This site can’t be reached

army.ca refused to connect.
Search Google for army ca forums index
ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED


 [:'(
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 04, 2017, 13:23:11
army.ca refused to connect.
Maybe the software is making a personal judgement of your posts here.    :whistle:

 ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 04, 2017, 13:31:32
Maybe the software is making a personal judgement of your posts here.    :whistle:

 ;D

Clearly you're not a tech person.

That's not the software judging.

That's the whole internet judging.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 06, 2017, 06:52:24
I know it's been a frustrating few [days|weeks|months] however we are making progress, slowly. I'm optimistic that early this morning we managed another improvement, hopefully folks will be able to get on as a general rule instead of having to wait for the server load to go down.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on February 06, 2017, 08:23:21
Mike, we are all damned grateful for all that you do for us.  :salute:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on February 06, 2017, 09:08:29
Mike, we are all damned grateful for all that you do for us.  :salute:

:ditto:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Scott on February 06, 2017, 09:19:51
<another reminder that subscriptions, swag purchases, and donations help>
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 06, 2017, 09:21:10
Quote
System Load is High: 30.07

Back to the drawing board I guess...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Scott on February 06, 2017, 09:26:32
Maybe you changed permissions? I am not seeing the warning. Though the reply screen is taking a bit longer to load...

FYI, I did notice a difference once you took down the goddamned Christmas lights ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 06, 2017, 09:29:53
It spiked up to 30 and is now back down to <1 (where it should be). Sill seems an improvement, where we were often sitting around 15-30 and frequently spiking to 100+ which triggered a site cooldown (shut down until we got back down to a load of 3 or less).
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on February 08, 2017, 07:31:27
All that being said, I like the new NEW buttons.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 08, 2017, 11:04:12
All that being said, I like the new NEW buttons.

Now that the server crisis is behind us*, I figured it was time to tackle some of the long-standing critical items. :)

Chat is also working better (and green), with more site changes on the way.

* One more change this morning to help, overall server performance is much improved.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 08, 2017, 11:06:58
As an addendum, I almost went with the icon below, to make it clear that clicking on the "NEW" image brings you to the first unread post.  ^-^
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 08, 2017, 13:07:10
Right now, I can get into Navy.ca, but not Army.ca - and I do not particularly care for bodies of water bigger or colder than a hot tub.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 08, 2017, 13:14:32
Try https://army.ca instead of http://army.ca

The secure site works fine, I'll check into why the plaintext version is freaking out :(
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 08, 2017, 13:29:05
It does, yes. Thanks, Mike.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 08, 2017, 13:42:12
I've also redirected http to https for now, to reduce the impact to users. There may be a few brief outages while I try to track the source.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 08, 2017, 18:01:58
https Army.ca no longer works for me, http Navy.ca still does.

Do you still have any hair left, Mike?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 08, 2017, 19:39:57
Same here - Navy.ca works - though I get a certificate error; army.ca presents a blank screen - not even an error.

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 08, 2017, 20:11:54
https Army.ca no longer works for me, http Navy.ca still does.

Do you still have any hair left, Mike?

Still do, somehow, but it's turning 'arctic blonde' rapidly.

Because I jinxed it by saying "the server crisis is behind us" this morning, the server wanted my attention for the evening. Not being game for that, I decided that a good old fashioned database rebuild, software wipe and cold shutdown was a fitting response.

And here we are, so server 0, Mike 1.

It's your move, server.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 08, 2017, 20:39:26
And here we are, so server 0, Mike 1.

It's your move, server.

I know!  Let's start a discussion that gets put on the front page of Slashdot!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 08, 2017, 20:48:44
I see soothing green again...

Danke.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 11, 2017, 10:54:45
Try https://army.ca instead of http://army.ca

The secure site works fine, I'll check into why the plaintext version is freaking out :(

I am finding that the opposite is true for all my pages, except:

https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=recent;start=0

Even when I delete the "s" in the https, it automatically resets to https and I can not access the first page of the recent posts.

If I go to    http://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=recent     I have no problem.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 11, 2017, 12:32:59
That's a true statement, Army.ca via HTTPS is randomly no longer working. For now, use any other site (Milnet.ca, Navy.ca, Air-Force.ca) or use Amy.ca via HTTP (no security).

Sadly, this clinches it: the server build we are on is irrevocably broken. I'm going to have to rebuild from scratch once more, which means a fair time investment and lots of downtime while everything is pulled together.

Not sure when I will have the time to attempt this, so for now we live with at the mercy of the gremlins.  :-\
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: NFLD Sapper on February 11, 2017, 13:50:59
Told ya not to expose the mogwai to bright lights or sunlight which will kill it, do not let it get wet, and never feed it after midnight

 [:D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 11, 2017, 16:31:03
My sympathies, Mike.

Navy.ca works, Army.ca does not, again.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: deskjockey43 on February 11, 2017, 17:18:52
I am not getting anything but Canada in winter (white screen) for army.ca https:// or http. So I wandered over to Milnet.ca which is working fine but in shades of grey. I prefer the green.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 11, 2017, 17:38:04
Just how many Shades of Grey...?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 11, 2017, 17:44:07
Same here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SubpzqswJRE
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Baden Guy on February 12, 2017, 10:21:47
Accessing army.ca via Google presently works.  :D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Chris Pook on February 12, 2017, 12:36:17
I have been forced to revert to Senior Service mode - but it appears to work first time, every time (jinx, inx, jinx)!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Scott on February 12, 2017, 17:07:47
I was doing the same as Chris, now back to army.ca as I was having no luck on the other.

It's a game!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 12, 2017, 19:37:10
Neither army.ca nor milnet.ca are working for me, and I am getting "not secure" for an https connection to navy.ca
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 12, 2017, 20:12:18
Finally got on with navy.ca.  It was offline for a bit there.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 13, 2017, 12:08:09
Everything should be back, for now. What really confuses me is that all the sites (Army.ca, Navy.ca, Air-Force.ca, Milnet.ca etc.) are just aliases. They run the same content off the same server, so it's not like one can goes down while the others are still up. Either the service as a whole is available or it's not, for all domains. Our server's inability to conform to reality is why it will be destroyed and rebuilt. Looking at late April for that. Apologies that it is so far out, but I am planning to merge in a network restructure and possibly platform upgrade at the same time, so it's a pretty big task.

Right now, only Army.ca has a secure version... in short it costs to get security certificates for each domain so there is only one for Army.ca at the moment. Plans are to address this come Sept.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dangerboy on February 13, 2017, 13:04:15
Right now I can only get on with Navy.ca. Milnet.ca and Army.ca are not working for me, have not tried Air-Force.ca.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Brihard on February 13, 2017, 15:11:26
Right now I can only get on with Navy.ca. Milnet.ca and Army.ca are not working for me, have not tried Air-Force.ca.

Same.

I feel... Dirty. (Sorry Brad)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 13, 2017, 16:32:42
Right now, army.ca is working, while navy.ca does not.  HTTPS connection.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 13, 2017, 17:28:16
Well that's a new one. Same over-arching problem though. In future, the general solution to the "white screen" is to try all of the following, until you get one that works:


The secure versions (https) will generate warnings/errors/be unusable for sites other than Army.ca. If you can accept/ignore these warnings it doubles your chances.

This is ridiculous advice frankly, and I will keep working on a solution, but I am convinced we simply need a clean slate.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 13, 2017, 17:39:05
Hmmm, progress. Please report when the issue happens again, and for which host(s). I have a tentative fix. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Brihard on February 13, 2017, 17:45:30
I just tried every one of those links, and they all worked. So whatever weird *** yoga position you're doing while holding the antenna, Mike, you'll need to keep holding it. We'll bring you water at some point this evening.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on February 13, 2017, 18:10:08
I just tried every one of those links, and they all worked. So whatever weird *** yoga position you're doing while holding the antenna, Mike, you'll need to keep holding it. We'll bring you water at some point this evening.

Hey Hey....he's got lots of snow now.....let him melt some, but don't put down the antenna!!



 :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 13, 2017, 18:12:01
I'll even spring for a beer...







What's that?  Something for Mike, too?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 13, 2017, 20:09:48
Everything should be back, for now. What really confuses me is that all the sites (Army.ca, Navy.ca, Air-Force.ca, Milnet.ca etc.) are just aliases. They run the same content off the same server, so it's not like one can goes down while the others are still up. Either the service as a whole is available or it's not, for all domains. Our server's inability to conform to reality is why it will be destroyed and rebuilt. Looking at late April for that. Apologies that it is so far out, but I am planning to merge in a network restructure and possibly platform upgrade at the same time, so it's a pretty big task.

Right now, only Army.ca has a secure version... in short it costs to get security certificates for each domain so there is only one for Army.ca at the moment. Plans are to address this come Sept.

So?  Are we now talking about "quantum computing" and no longer binary?   [:D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 13, 2017, 21:04:03
So?  Are we now talking about "quantum computing" and no longer binary?   [:D

We already are! I think it's the solid state spin qubits that are the problem!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on February 13, 2017, 22:17:43
Don't feed them .......they will slow down......
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on February 14, 2017, 00:29:16
I just tried every one of those links, and they all worked. So whatever weird *** yoga position you're doing while holding the antenna, Mike, you'll need to keep holding it. We'll bring you water at some point this evening.

Brian,

My dad made me do that when I was a kid. I'd get it perfect until I let it go. I grew up holding the rabbit ears while looking over the top of the set and upside down at the screen. 😵
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Old Sweat on February 14, 2017, 01:09:13
My dad made me do that when I was a kid. I'd get it perfect until I let it go. I grew up holding the rabbit ears while looking over the top of the set and upside down at the screen. 😵

That explains a lot.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: cupper on February 14, 2017, 01:13:41
Anyone else having problems with the html buttons and smilies not showing up? Also having issues with my avatar not showing up, and avatars of others seem to be randomly showing up.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on February 14, 2017, 01:51:06
That explains a lot.  :cheers:

You know me OS, I've always been upfront and open and readily admit I'm damaged goods. 😱

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 14, 2017, 09:32:52
Anyone else having problems with the html buttons and smilies not showing up?
Buttons haven't shown up in a while, and the smilies were periodic (I just typed in the key strokes or the :WHATEVER: ). 

Also, my log-in password always takes at least two tries.

I figured they were/are minor irritants compared to the "site unavailable" or white screen, that Mike didn't need the extra issues to address.   :nod:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 14, 2017, 15:52:38
Hmmm, I haven't seen the missing icon/smilie or double login problem before.

For the buttons, do they show as broken images or just not at all? If they appear as broken images, you can right click and select "open image in new window" or something similar. From there can you copy the URL from the address bar and paste it here?

Thanks
Mike
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 14, 2017, 16:19:14
I was having issues with the "New" icon, but they have cleared up.  Fingers crossed, the goat you sacrificed seems to have done the trick.

Accessing army.ca through https. 
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 14, 2017, 16:34:00
Hmmm, I haven't seen the missing icon/smilie or double login problem before.

This  time, just to be contrary, I logged in successfully on first try.  As for the buttons, one day they just disappeared (I'm not discounting that I ticked a wrong box somewhere).  The only thing I actually miss, is "Unread posts."  As it is, I just scroll through the forum looking for topics from "yesterday" or "today."

:dunno:   

No worries; you've got other things to worry about.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on February 14, 2017, 16:39:49
The only thing I actually miss, is "Unread posts."  As it is, I just scroll through the forum looking for topics from "yesterday" or "today."

Try: https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=unread

Or go to https://army.ca and you'll see a short list of the most recent posts - and at the top of the page once you're reading a post, you can click on "Show unread posts since last visit."
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 14, 2017, 16:40:04
Sometimes the "shrink header" button gets clicked automatically and it hides stuff until you click it again to expand.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 14, 2017, 17:37:00
Or go to https://army.ca and you'll see a short list of the most recent posts - and at the top of the page once you're reading a post, you can click on "Show unread posts since last visit."

I just use:  https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=recent
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 14, 2017, 18:40:47
Just observed the "white screen" problem and confirmed the fix. I even took a "snapshot" of the problem before clearing it. Now to figure out how to prevent it...
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Loachman on February 14, 2017, 19:39:24
Today has been problem-free.

Very pleasant.

Thanks tons.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 14, 2017, 20:05:29
Glad to hear it! It's nice for me too! :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 14, 2017, 20:11:10
Had the white screen all day, figured it was all the snow that has dumped in the Maritimes...   ;D 
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: cupper on February 14, 2017, 21:43:54
Below are screen shots of the issues I mentioned.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 15, 2017, 09:53:11
Try: https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=unread
It says I have nothing unread, which is obviously wrong since there's a whole stack of threads I don't follow.

Anyway, it's fine;  I'm used to scrolling through the limited number of topics I care about.   :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: PMedMoe on February 16, 2017, 19:50:54
Missing the "Spell check" button on posts....   :dunno:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 16, 2017, 20:04:59
Spel check is back, thanks. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on February 17, 2017, 03:20:13
Spel check is back, thanks. :)

Sure about that?  :whistle:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 17, 2017, 11:12:49
Heheh, I saw that before submitting, shrugged and left it. Seemed fitting. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on February 18, 2017, 06:01:08
Just reporting that everything seems to be working very well for me ... I'm 12 hours out of synch with many (most?) users, so maybe that's why I have not seen many "overload" messages. I certainly have not had serious problems for the past several weeks although, clearly, many have.

Thanks, again, Mike ... we cannot say that often enough.  :salute:

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Larry Strong on February 18, 2017, 08:33:08
Every morning     "no new content".....



Cheers
Larry
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 18, 2017, 11:06:17
Just reporting that everything seems to be working very well for me ... I'm 12 hours out of synch with many (most?) users, so maybe that's why I have not seen many "overload" messages. I certainly have not had serious problems for the past several weeks although, clearly, many have.

Thanks, again, Mike ... we cannot say that often enough.  :salute:

 :christmas happy:

You are watching while we (and Mike) are sleeping....

 :subbies:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on February 18, 2017, 14:16:29
Just reporting that everything seems to be working very well for me ... I'm 12 hours out of synch with many (most?) users, so maybe that's why I have not seen many "overload" messages. I certainly have not had serious problems for the past several weeks although, clearly, many have.

Thanks, again, Mike ... we cannot say that often enough.  :salute:

Then you have the advantage of seeing our problems 12 hours before it affects you!  ;)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 18, 2017, 14:30:50
You are watching while we (and Mike) are sleeping....
Well that's  not creepy   :orly:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Kat Stevens on February 18, 2017, 16:21:50
Unable to log in on the https side.  Have to log in on the unsecured site, then it hops over when logged in. 
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on February 18, 2017, 18:03:58
Well that's  not creepy   :orly:

Sorta like he is Santa Claus and ensuring that you are a good little boy.   :christmas happy:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: E.R. Campbell on February 18, 2017, 19:45:18
Then you have the advantage of seeing our problems 12 hours before it affects you!  ;)


In a way, I guess, except that I have not had the https problem, and while I have seen a few "server too busy" messages ~ maybe a half dozen, even ten over the past month, and a tiny handful ~ two, three four ~ of "white screens," it appears that I have been spared 90% of the angst; I'm guessing it's because I log on at non-peak hours ...  :dunno:  ... or maybe it's because I'm such a good boy!  ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: GAP on February 18, 2017, 21:33:39
:dunno:  ... or maybe it's because I'm such a good boy!  ;D

Don't get carried away..........
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 20, 2017, 10:38:17
Every morning     "no new content".....

Can you expand on that? I don't have enough detail to go on... E.G. What links are you clicking? What are you expecting to see that you don't? A screenshot and copy/paste of the URL always helps too.

Unable to log in on the https side.  Have to log in on the unsecured site, then it hops over when logged in.

When you try to log in over HTTPS does it give an error?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Larry Strong on February 20, 2017, 11:05:45
Can you expand on that? I don't have enough detail to go on... E.G. What links are you clicking? What are you expecting to see that you don't? A screenshot and copy/paste of the URL always helps too.



Sorry about that Mike...might have solved my problem by re-saving the site in my favorites.

I could get my subscribed content but it would not show any new content. It would show the page as if you have just erased all the notices....


Cheers
Larry
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Kat Stevens on February 20, 2017, 19:11:31
Can you expand on that? I don't have enough detail to go on... E.G. What links are you clicking? What are you expecting to see that you don't? A screenshot and copy/paste of the URL always helps too.

When you try to log in over HTTPS does it give an error?

It just refuses to log me in, gives me the incorrect password message.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on February 20, 2017, 20:47:50
It almost never logs me in first attempt....."password incorrect".....always logs me in the second time.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 21, 2017, 08:56:42
It almost never logs me in first attempt....."password incorrect".....always logs me in the second time.

That's very fishy sounding (or maybe even phishy sounding). Some browsers pre-fill in passwords, and if you have changed passwords, they still pre-fill the old one causing a first-time failure. Are you manually typing the password each time? Could be good old-fashioned typos, though most folks find that inconceivable. :)

My recommendation is to never enter your password unless you see the "secure" notice in the address bar, as indicated below. Yep, that means always HTTPS/SSL and that implies always Army.ca (or accept the security warning when you use HTTPS with the other sites).

When you don't use HTTPS, the username/password you enter goes in the clear and you risk it being picked up by The Bad Guys.

If there's a problem with HTTPS then, I'd like to address it... but I can log in and out repeatedly with no rejections so I'm not sure what you're experiencing.


Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 21, 2017, 09:15:54
It almost never logs me in first attempt....."password incorrect".....always logs me in the second time.
That's still happening with me as well. I'm always on the Army version. The autofill dots are there, showing the number of character strokes, but I always clear and re-type (in case it's an old password).  98% of the time, it works on the second attempt.

And again, it's very minor heartache; I'm just glad the site's up and running.   :nod:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on February 21, 2017, 09:29:22
Hmmm, that's me stumped. And you're starting from https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=login, not some other link?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Journeyman on February 21, 2017, 10:52:20
Hmmm, that's me stumped. And you're starting from https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=login, not some other link?
Yep, that's the start point.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on March 12, 2017, 11:31:03
And for me as well.  I have no pre-typed passwords.....it just give me an "password incorrect" message almost everytime.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: FJAG on March 12, 2017, 14:48:17
Hmmm, that's me stumped. And you're starting from https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=login, not some other link?

I've been having the "incorrect password" problem as well the first time I tried to log in. It almost always worked on the second attempt.

Your discussion about the https above had me look t things closer and I noted that the shortcut I had brought me to an "unsecure" version of the login page. I've now deleted that and replaced my link with the one above and so far it seems to log me in properly the first time. I'll keep an eye out.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Sigs Pig on March 19, 2017, 10:10:47
I've been having the "incorrect password" problem as well the first time I tried to log in. It almost always worked on the second attempt.

Your discussion about the https above had me look t things closer and I noted that the shortcut I had brought me to an "unsecure" version of the login page. I've now deleted that and replaced my link with the one above and so far it seems to log me in properly the first time. I'll keep an eye out.

 :cheers:

WOW!
I have not been @ army.ca in awhile and not using a shortcut, I typed army.ca in the location bar, hit enter and the page brought me to the "Guest" page and I thought I must have deleted my cookies, so I clicked on 'login'. It also gave me that the login username was not secure and sure enough at the location bar (Firefox) it indicated it was not a secure page. I did not attempt to login, but looked in the Admin folder and found your post.
Using the link provided gave me a secure Login page and here I am!
Something must be amiss.   ???

Stay cool
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on March 25, 2017, 16:56:18
It's this:

https://www.thesslstore.com/blog/firefox-chrome-warning-about-insecure-login-pages/

In a nutshell, use https://army.ca, not http://army.ca. Solutions for Navy.ca, Air-Force.ca, etc. are planned for Sept, when we have to buy new security certificates.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: tbendubois on March 27, 2017, 17:43:20
Not sure if update related but my password reset took a week to be emailed out.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Scott on March 27, 2017, 18:18:08
Reminder: subscribing or donating helps Mike keep the lights on, and the upgrades coming - much as we may cringe when that happens ;D
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on April 01, 2017, 09:05:28
Not sure if update related but my password reset took a week to be emailed out.

Sort of related. We had mail flow issues, and for a period of time all the mail just piled up until the log jam was fixed. The mall room got pretty messy! ;)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: kratz on April 09, 2017, 16:37:00
I'm love the site, enjoy sharing professional information, support of each other ....

I've been loath to mention this hiccup...lived with my work around instead.
But if Mike is looking at certificates, and Navy.ca upgrade issues I will support them.

My problem from the http:/navy.ca, (ACK issues), as a paid member, I can't enjoy
simple filtering services.

Example: The top screen "Show unread posts since last visit" will offer no posts.
yet there are multiple posts on the site. I work around this by going into each area
that I'm not interested in and clicking on "clear messages".

This item has been ongoing since last fall. I did not want to add to the list.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on April 10, 2017, 19:45:34
Hmm... if you click this link, does it show unread replies to your posts?

https://navy.ca/forums/index.php?action=unreadreplies

Or the non-secured version:

http://navy.ca/forums/index.php?action=unreadreplies
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: kratz on April 10, 2017, 20:53:14
Both links work, but did not show any unread replies.

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on April 15, 2017, 17:20:56
Is it my imagination or am I reading posts one day, "Yesterday", and then seeing them twelve or so hours later as posts time stamped having changed to indicate a post for "Today"?
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on April 17, 2017, 10:38:22
Both links work, but did not show any unread replies.

Is it possible you don't have any unread replies? :)

Bear in mind that unread replies to your posts (https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=unreadreplies) is different from unread replies since last visit (https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=unread) and different again from all unread posts (https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=unread;all;start=0).
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: paleomedic on April 20, 2017, 11:45:58
I've been having the same issue with "Show Unread Posts since last visit" never showing any posts.
I have tried logging out, making sure I am logged out of the various computers I read this forum on, and nothing changes.
Thanks for all the hard work you guys put into this site, btw! A wealth of resources!
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: dapaterson on April 20, 2017, 11:58:48
That happens rarely to me; usually clicking on "Show all unread" then works for me.

I think it may be related to Tapatalk (as I access the site both through a desktop computer and through my phone); do other people having that experience also use that program?

Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on April 20, 2017, 12:06:16
I don't use Tapatalk and I have the issue.
But only on my home computer....
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: recceguy on April 20, 2017, 14:06:34
I've had the same happen to me. Like others, I just click 'Read all Unread Topics'.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: George Wallace on April 20, 2017, 20:42:34
I just scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "RECENT POSTS" and click on that.  I have actually saved page 1 of RECENT POSTS on my Favourites Bar. -->  https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=recent
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: paleomedic on April 21, 2017, 10:03:40
I tried a variety of different ways, I don't access the site using Tapatalk, just IE and Chrome.
"Show" unread posts would show no new posts, no option to click to see all unread. "Show new replies" sometimes worked, but there were not always posts for people to reply to.

The problem seems to be fixed today, so crossing my fingers and going to read as much as I can.
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on April 21, 2017, 11:51:54
The problem seems to be fixed today...

Sadly, I can assure you this is coincidence and not through active fixing of an problem. :)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on May 15, 2017, 13:21:02
Made a change this morning to stop the error log from filling up. Side effect: nobody could post or possibly even log in.

Fixed, error log is back to growing fast enough to run us out of space in about a week. (I just have to remember to empty it, weekly, until I find a better way.)
Title: Re: Major Site Upgrade
Post by: Colin P on May 15, 2017, 13:39:22
thanks for the work