Account Management System

I finally got all of my PHP code working. In fact, everything on the new web server appears to be working now!  I just finished all of the database code changes in the Account Management System today.  The new database server appears to be working well!  Now, I want to see if I can bring up/upgrade all of the game servers. Been There Game is starting to come back alive!

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Database Server

The database server (SQL Server 2016 SP1 Express) is on newer hardware, and back up and running again!  All of the databases were successfully restored.  It amazes me how many technologies that have to come back together to make all of this work again!  I have to be a DB Administrator, Linux Administrator, Windows Server Administrator, Multi-Platform Programmer, Web Developer, Repair Technician, etc.!

I’m trying to get my old PHP code to connect to the new MSSQL server.  Looks like PHP7 doesn’t include support for my current method anymore.  So, I’ll have to re-design the account management system.  I hope the game servers don’t have any trouble connecting!

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Current Status

The web server is obviously back up now. It’s been upgraded to Fedora 25 Linux with the latest Apache.  The Gatekeeper server is back up as well.  I’m currently working on bringing the Team Foundation Server source code repository back up.  The hardware is pretty old, so I think I’m going to upgrade to a newer server, with SQL 2016 and TFS 2017.

Once I have all of this working, I’ll start on a new server for the game’s SQL database.  Then finally, I’ll start bringing up the game servers again.

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Been a Long Time

Well, it’s been a while since my web site was up and running. Like 5 years or so? LOL.  I miss the Orion Engine, I still think it has great potential! Sometimes life gets in the way, and you simply stay busy surviving. I’m ready to bring this project back from the dead! Stay tuned!

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Still Here and Kicking

I recently moved all of the servers into their own room.  And yes, I brought the source code server back up.  I’ve been eagerly reviewing the engine code.  The Orion Engine is one heck of a massive code base.  There are certainly some really great gems in there.    I finally have some time, and the funds, to get back into some serious development again.

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Message Forum Spam

It amazes me how people are so aggressive at spamming my message forums with their bots.  Guess I’m just going to have to disable all of the forums for now, until I’m actually ready to use and moderate them.

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Team Foundation Server Back Online

The Team Foundation Server ended up having some bad memory.  So, I replaced all of the memory.  I went ahead and upgraded it from 2 GB to 4 GB while I was at it.  It’s back online now.  Development has resumed again on the engine.  I’m finally making some progress with the attribute sorting methods!

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TFS Drive Failure

My Team Foundation Server suffered a hard drive failure recently!  I hope to get the system back up and running again soon.  I need it in order to resume development on the engine.

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Team Foundation Server – Up & Running

The new server hardware is up and running now.  It’s a Pentium dual-core system with 2GB of RAM.  This box will be used as the new source code repository.  It’s running Team Foundation Server 2010.  I used to use the database server to host Visual Source Safe 2005.  But now, the existing database server is just going to be used for the game databases only.

All of the Orion Engine solutions and projects are now converted to Visual Studio 2010.  Also, everything has been successfully added to Team Foundation Server 2010.  Once the source code tree grew really large, Visual Source Safe just became too slow and cumbersome for remote developers to use.  I’ll be able to use my new Team Foundation Server to allow outside developers/partners to easily access portions and/or all of the local source code repository.

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Upgraded to Fedora 13

I finished upgrading the operating system on the web server/gatekeeper server today.  I installed a fresh copy of Fedora 13 Linux.  Everything seems to be working fine so far.

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