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RBN -- Please try later

  • From: Jeffrey Payne
  • Date: Wed Jun 10 00:46:25 1998

Okay, here's what's up -- we just had a blow-up in our Seattle NOC, where
the encoded streams are being routed.  Given our Albuquerque experience, we
thought it would be good to use ISDN to get back to the top-level servers in
Seattle.  From there, the streams are sent out to a half dozen second-level
servers spread out around the country.  Unfortunately, one of our operators
noticed smoke (!) coming from one of our Cisco 2926 switches at around 3pm
(Detroit time) & was forced to take it down, dropping the NANOG feed.  Don't
say it, I know, we shouldn't have any single points of failure, sometimes we
play the odds & get burned, so to speak.

The "please try later" message was/is coming from the second tier servers
which think their stream was taken down because we've hit a limit & they're
not supposed to serve any more.  That message has been popping up
sporadically over the last few hours & I think this may help explain what's
been happening.

About 5 minutes in to the 12 minutes that we were down we decided to just
stay offline & just archive Mark Kosters & Guy Almes locally for later
playback (it was 3:03 & we they wanted to get started).  The archives are
all intact, & we'll get them all up for demand play soon.

Jeffrey Payne
GM, Broadcast Operations, RBN

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