[Update July 17 - 12.45]
Folks - DoD 2 Lythium and DoD Epoch have been moved to their new server. Everything seems to be working including the database move.
Please update your Arma lanuchers! The new server information is:
Epoch by DoD: 22.214.171.124:2402
DoD 2 Lythium: 126.96.36.199:2502
Exiles - Vistor and myself are in the process of consolidating DoD1 Altis, DoD2 Lythium and DoD Epoch onto one server. The new server is a dedicated 7700K OC'ed to 4.7GHz with 5.0 GHz under turbo boost, 64 GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM and software mirrored 450GB NVMe SSDs.
There are a number of reasons for this:
- We have two servers partly because we "inherited" Lenny's old Chenarus server and Vistor also had a server. The layouts (where files are, how they are arranged, etc.) between the two servers would have made it difficult to merge the two servers. Over time, the layouts have merged.
- When both servers were maxing out at 60 players each there was the potential that with the orginal hardware there would be performance issues (lower level CPUs).
- The upgraded server for DoD2 Lythium / DoD Epoch did not provide us with the performance we were looking for when moving from i7 to Xeon.
- And, not to be understated, frankly it is expensive to run two dedicated servers and donations are way down.
We will be migrating the databases from the two original servers so there will be no loss of respect, pop tabs, vehicles, territories, etc. We've actually become quite good at this (for some good and some bad reasons).
The second item is around DoD 2 Lythium. DoD 1 Altis has a good (not great, but good) "core" population of regular players. I do not see any reason to change Altis to another map. Lythium is another matter. There are a few, hard core Exiles on Lythium but not enough really to sustain a population. Personally, I really like Lythium when there is a 40+ player level on the server. Lythium is big so there is the opportunity to either engage in PvP, just do missions, scavenge, build, etc. but with only a couple of players on at one time the map is, for me at least, quite boring. Thre is a poll below to get player input into what the new map may be - Vistor and I also need to look into what missions are available, traders, etc. before committing to a new map. One thing that we will keep in mind is compensating the few long-term Lythium players if we move to a new map (e.g., pop tabs, respect migration, compensation for bases, vehicles, etc.).
Vistor and I will be monitoring server performance. Some Exiles may have concerns on server performance especially given the number of missions, roaming AI, etc. We have added the occupation missions and roaming AI to give some excitement with a low server population. These will be adjusted when player level increase. (Although, the parachuting AI onto bases seems like a great fix for players who simply stay in their bases and do missions next to them...)
Finally, we would like to let everyone know that we have a good backup system in place that ensures that the databases and server configurations are automatically backed up every 12 hours onto a seperate partition (also mirrored) and remotely far off-site (like over 2000 miles/3200 km). This means that recovery from a failure (as happened in February when both SSDs crapped out on us) will be both rapid and with a minimal amount of database loss.
I have left the comments open on this post for feedback. I will commit to reading the comments but we may not implement all suggestions.