How Stuff Works Relatively Smoothly Here At The Tabletserver Site. Just a Bit of Insight.

Originally posted 2017-06-12 21:48:11.

In case you were wondering just how I manage to keep an up-time of about 98% running a server off of a tablet, here are the secrets. Actually most of it involves a whole lot of common sense and just a bit of forethought.

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First and foremost is that ANY tablet or laptop I get my hands on gets tested as a server. That means that normally I have about 2 tablets on hand and occasionally more if I am in possession of a laptop/notebook.

This also means if everything goes to hell in a handcart on one device I can easily switch to the other and lose at most a post or two that was created after the last backup.

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So an average day here at HiBook Labs begins when I get home from work and generally plug in the HiBook to recharge it. Most days that doesn’t take long at all and while that is happening I will run a backup using a plugin called Updraft Plus which is easily configured to send the files up to Dropbox. Surprisingly, a full backup only takes up about 550mb.

Next, I merely fire up the Hi12 or any other device I may have on hand, and start up the Virtual Machine. In less than 1 minute I have a server up and running and then I merely change my port forwarding over to the recently fired up server IP.  These IP addresses are reserved and I know them by heart.

Next, I go into the dashboard in WordPress, go to the Updraft Plus plugin and re-scan remote storage. The latest update will be there, I click restore, tell it to do everything and after downloading and processing and restoring I am rewarded with the same identical site that the HiBook was showing.

Lastly I change the header image to let folks know which server they are actually hitting. Yeah, it is that easy.

Occasionally I will run into a corrupt file and that can sort of blow up the server. Not a big deal, go into the Linux Webmin page or phpmyadmin, and drop the entire database. Then dump the config file, re-install WordPress from the setup menu, activate Updraft Plus which should still be on the drive, configure it and either try the same backup once more, or change forwarding back to the previous device, run another, and then restore.

So as you can see, it ain’t rocket science kiddies. It is all about planning a few minutes or perhaps an hour ahead and then keeping track of what you are doing.

That is all for now,

Tim

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