It's not a every day occurrence that JR goes down. Since we started around 10 years ago our downtime has been at around 99% uptime.
That's pretty impressive and I'm proud of that number. I don't like our services going down and I strive to automate most things to make processes and services run better.
Recent Server Downtime
Last night and this morning our vaiken server was offline.
This server runs the following:
Just Cause Multiplayer 3
Left For Dead 2
Killing Floor 2
Unfortunately due to it been only me that is the server tech at JR I was in bed asleep ready for work and my normal buzzer to wake me up to say server has gone down. Did not... work.
Either way, I have got the server to boot up this morning. The issue was caused by a strange issue with our network configuration. It was completely wiped. I have resolved this and the server is now online
Other server happenings i.e. Website Migrations.
I have been quietly planning a server migration for our website server which also hosts a number of games. The reason is due to the older server was running for 2 years straight and the hardware was beginning to age and we needed a different kernel and system than we were using.
The other reason is I wanted something beefier in the processor department and wanted to upgrade from traditional HDD's to SSD's. While we have downgraded our RAM for this box (64GB wasn't been used) we still have quite a lot of RAM at our disposal (32GB)
I migrated the server successfully away from the old box last saturday between 11 PM and 6 AM. GMT + 0
While a success there still is a few services that need to be sorted on the new box:
c3d2 (Our discord bot)
Killing Floor 1 (we also are only sorting out 2 servers as the demand has weakened for this server)
JC3MP (Technically the first node. We had it working but it gave a fault after updating the kernel. We are working on figuring a solution for this)
That's it! For people are interested what our main box hosts:
Websites (Multiple for different clients of mine as well as JR)
Counter Strike Source + GO
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer
JR is working on a lot this year, we are moving all server controls to a single admin panel which will make server administration easier for our staff when I am not around. We are working on a better backup system, We are bringing online more exciting games and there should be a rewards system for our uses who play our servers coming soon too.
For people who have in the past doubted our survival. We are here to stay. 10 Years have past since I opened the website / forum and 7 years have past since I have opened our game servers.
Stick around and as they say, watch this space. More coming...
Can I help?...
Yes, yes you can! JR costs a ton to run. We'd appreciate if you could make any small donation to us. We are thankful for a dollar, a euro or what ever currency you have. JR costs on estimate 2300 euro a year. And 5/6ths of that comes out of my pocket.
To donate please visit here: https://jrnetwork.net/clients/donations/
Can I become a staff member?
Yes, we acknowledge our valued members with the possible opportunities of becoming a member of staff. Contact me directly with a PM on the website about why you'd like to become a staff member. If accepted you will become a community helper. If you show your worth you may become a moderator in time
Today due to community input I have changed the following:
Changed maturation multiplier from 25 to 20x to hopefully fix some of the issues been reported with baby maturation not working.
Installed 3 mods for a currency system:
Cleaned up the mod pack on the steam page.
We hope you like the new currency system we have implemented.
If you have any more suggestions please suggest items at: https://suggest.jrnetwork.net/
JR is always continuing to better it's services. We are always trying to make our services easier and better for users. We have recently created a few shortlinks for our services. You can use these links at any time to get to the relevant service. I'd also like to take the time to give a quick explanation of what is what.
https://report.jrnetwork.net - Report a server issue
As the name entails, this allows a user to quickly report an issue if one arises with a server. We try to watch all the servers we host, sometimes though we miss something because we are working with another server or away. Using this link it reports all admins and myself on the issue. It also texts me the problem so I can react as soon as possible. Please only use this with a problem with the server, it's not for suggestions or other problems.
https://clubs.jrnetwork.net - Community Clubs / Clans
Community is everything at JR. Clubs allow you to setup a hidden /private / public club to converse with friends, to start a community of your own, to blog as a team, share images and have your own discussions outside of the regular areas. This is handy if you want to have a gaming clan or other.
https://suggest.jrnetwork.net - Suggest a feature / service
JR always wants to better itself. We do this by allowing the community to suggest and request features. You can do this here. Please make your suggestion as detailed and easy to read as possible. Suggestions are all looked at, but are also voted at a staff and a public level. Please do not feel bad if your suggestion wasn't used. It may be used in the future or it may not be wanted or be suitable for the servers.
https://rules.jrnetwork.net - Our server rules
Every community has rules, this link shows all our community guidelines. Please have a quick read. But always use your brain on our community. If you don't think what you are about to do is allowed, it generally isn't.
https://img.jrnetwork.net - JR Image Hosting
JR has a powerful image system that allows you to have private and public images / videos hosted at JR. We don't currently have a limit on how much you can upload. But we do limit the size of each photograph at 8MB. Please note images and videos hosted may be removed or taken down if they are against our rules and this may incurr your account with a warning or suspension of service.
https://blogs.jrnetwork.net - JR Blog Hosting
We allow users to blog as a team or on their own. Every user has access to a blog and you can use this to create a gathering of followers on any topic(s) you wish (that is within the rules)
https://support.jrnetwork.net - JR Support / Help Centre
JR believes in great support, whether coming from the community or from staff we want to make your time here as happy as possible. If you have an issue with any service please visit our support centre so we can help you in anyway possible
https://servers.jrnetwork.net - JR Gaming Servers
Did you know we have 23 Gaming servers running on 2 powerful dedicated servers currently in operation at the time of this posting. Specs aside, these servers have very little latency to anywhere in the EU. Join our gaming servers with your friends and play together!
https://donate.jrnetwork.net - Donate?!
JR relies soley on donations, advertising revenue and my pocket. We really appreciate any donation, no matter how big or how small. All proceeds go to pay for the servers to keep us gaming and conversing for the future.
https://wiki.jrnetwork.net - Gameserver Wiki
JR is currently building a wiki for it's game servers, if you'd like to help please give me a shout as we are looking for help all of the time.
https://discord.jrnetwork.net - Discord
JR has a discord server for live chat and voice comms, Join us any time using this link
I hope this explains a bit more about JR, what we do and what our services entail.
Last night the admins at JR had a discussion about ARK amongst many other things. There will be removals of mods and maps, but we have set a fair date for removals so some users can move their stuff to another server. We do not like to have to remove one's work but to continue progressing we have to carry out changes like these at times. Due to the following post we will put putting through a few changes soon.
Removal of mods - Date of removal: 20/12
eco's Tek Decor
Removal of Maps - Date of removal 7/01/18
We have decided to keep at least 1 island server to keep the main map around, if we continue to see a quiet trend we may still remove the new island server. Reason it was kept going is some new players have joined recently and don't want to remove the map they just started on right away.
We will be having another community vote on other mod suggestions put forward to the team as well as a vote on changes to rates.
We hope you enjoy the fact that it's not just us staff making the decisions it is us as a community of gamers.
So JR, does quite a few giveaways in discord. We thought that we'd do things a different way.
Answer one of these questions in the comments correctly and you could win a free game. The first 10 users to comment and get a question right will win.
Please note, if a question is already answered the prize is claimed from that question! Only one prize can be claimed per person on this particular giveaway.
P1 - What manufacturer. Greenheadguy won Grid 2 + DLC
Bugatti Chiron - How many were produced? @Mackan - won Grid Autosport and season pass
Does the Lamborghini Huracán stock have a turbo? @Emma Won Toybox turbos
How many seats in a F1 Car? @Red Mustang Won F1 2011
Micro Machines were originally manufactured by? @Zaranza Won Micro Machines World Series
What's the longest F1 Track? @drhaze2000 Won F1 2016 + Career Booster DLC Pack
What type of transmission does a F1 Car use?
What type of brakes are used in a F1 Car? @LouisM Won F1 2012
Who developed F1 Racestars? @mutly614 won F1 Racestars + Season Pass
What is capable of going 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) and back to 0 in less than five seconds @toxic won F1 2015
To enter, post a answer in the comment section. We will try to keep the post as up to date as possible by crossing out and writing what prize has been won by who. Prizes are claimed in order of comment date.
Good luck to all that enter !