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Site History and Updates

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20-Jan-2021 Once again this site has been offline for a long period in 2020 for which I apologise. I was working abroad for a long period and in that time my wife moved house, so all my computers were packed away for a long period. As my new house does not have very fast internet, I have temporarily installed the database and web site on Azure.
08-Nov-2019 The site is now back online after a long hiatus. I was forced to shutdown the site in April this year owing to the fan problem in the main database server. As I discovered the issue on the day I was due to cross the Atlantic, I was not able to fix it until my return a few weeks ago. I am really sorry the site was down for so long, but I am very happy that we are now back up and running now :) I have replaced the server fans that were causing the problem.
10-Sep-2018 Removed all Google code Adsense and Analytics code from site.
05-Sep-2018 I have now finished the vast majority of the changes that were intended for my windows client, so I have recently started adding paging and filtering logic to the website. I hope to publish some of the changes soon!!
16-Mar-2018 It has been a while since I updated here!! I was abroad for a few years and since my return have been busy upgrading my servers' hardware and software. This is now complete. I am now working on enhancements to my update software application, which will then allow me to update this website to add paging (which should improve performance for some queries). I have now restarted adding data as well, so please keep your eyes on the site!
27-Jul-2015 Site is now back up, finally!! Many apologies for the long period of downtime!! This is perhaps the longest time period that the site has been down since 2005!! Problem was caused by a failure in the Domain Server. As I was working abroad, it had to wait until I could fly home and fix it. I have now built an additional Domain Server to prevent future issues like this!
24-Nov-2014 Am currently upgrading the Database Server. Website is now running off the backup database server while I upgrade the main database server. The new version will allow me to store image files in the database. I hope to port all my war diary photos to the database and modify the website to make them visible. This process will take a long time as I must rename all the files to have meaningful names and link them up with their associated Unit records. However the basic code and design for this now complete and all I have left to do is modify the website and migrate the data.
30-Aug-2014 It has been quite a while since I wrote an update!! The site was down for a short period in the last month due to server changes, but things seem to be fairly stable now. I have been doing a lot of re-organising on the server side, both in IIS and SQL Server, to create a "standard" build. I hope to return to doing more data input soon, but at the moment I am trying to catalogue and organise all the photos I took in the National Archives in Ottawa of Canadian War Diaries. I still have 20,000 to do!!
31-Aug-2013 Site is now back up after being down for two days!! Caused by failure of network hubs for some reason. New Hub has been installed today so we are back up and running! Many apologies and thanks for your patience.
21-Nov-2012 Re-arranged adverts and added ads for Naval and Military Press. Source and Unit Source titles may now link to either NMP or Amazon depending on which supplier sells the appropriate book. Users may use the links to find out more about the book and, if so desired, purchase the book which will help support Ordersofbattle.com! Started setting up hyperlinks for some sources.
21-Oct-2012 Returned home from overseas for the first time in a while. Will now be working on restoring my Virtual Servers and rebuilding other servers as necessary, in between looking for a new contract to pay for all this!
22-Sep-2012 Managed toi restore the site after a week's downtime. Problem caused by a Domain Server failure in a storm which prevented access to the site. After a bit of work remotely, we have managed to get the backup Server up and running. Please accept our apologies for the downtime.
13-May-2012 The site is now back up after being down due to network problems since the beginning of April. This was due to the failure of both my router and my modem and also occurred while no one was at home to install new kit! I am very sorry for the extended delay in getting the site back online. The new modem and router are now installed and configured and all machines are back up and running. I have a new version of the website 1104 which I hope to deploy soon.
19-Dec-2011 Deployed version 1103 which fixes the Links in the Links page and fixes the bug in the CorpIndex page. I still have to fix all the links in the text pages however.
16-Dec-2011 Deployed version 1102. This version has been completely rewritten using the MVC pattern (Model-View-Controller) using ASP.NET MVC. It is not quite complete as there are a few minor things missing as are both the oobweblog page and the tech-crm page. The new site has several new pages and lets users view Units by Theatre, by Force, by Corps, by Location, by Province, by Country. Locations are now separate records in their own right. Awards are also separate records as well, so users can now query an Award to see all the Officers in the database who have that Award etc. There are also additional pages for Unit specifically for German units. Unit and Person records (as well as Award, Corp, Force, Location, Wave, Province and Country) now have a Data page. This page has basic information and usually will have one or more links. These links will only appear of the parent record has data for that link. So all lists of hyperlinks in the datapage are now dynamic. I will add a new page soon documenting these changes in detail. Finally I have added logic to the server so that all incoming requests to the old pages will now be redirected to the equivalent new page. If you have any comments, please email me at rdanford@reify.ca.
30-Oct-2011 Deployed version 1101. This adds a new Web Page for Unit Sources for a specific Unit. It also adds support for separate Country, Province and Location tables which used to form part of the Unit Location. There are no new Web Pages for these yet; but in future users will be able to query Units for a specific Location etc.
27-Aug-2011 Deployed version 1100 which resolves a long-standing issue with the Index Page hyperlinks.
25-Aug-2011 This website is now operational on the new Hyper-V server which has just been built to complement my existing Hyper-V server
05-Aug-2011 The site is now finally restored!!!!!!!! Please accept my sincere apologies for the long delay, I was working abroad and was not able to return home to resolve the issues. The Hyper-V server OS has been reinstalled and all the VMs are now once again operational. I have also installed new UPS boxes to provide additional power-stability for all systems. I will be building a new Hyper-V server soon to provide additional protection against the chance of the entire server being out of touch. The problem was caused by an error in the Hyper-V Management Operating System which stopped it from booting properly. The VMs however were always safe and I have not had to restore them at all.
19-Jun-2011 The site is now operational again, thanks to the help of Ed, my wife's cousin!! Many apologies for the downtime over the last 10 days!! When I return home I will implement additional safety features to help prevent electrical damage from thunderstorms!
09-Jun-2011 A massive electrical storm caused the UPS to fail and took down the whole site. As I am away, I was unable to bring the site back up and had to wait for some external help to sort out the problem. In the meantime, I pointed the site to a temporary site in Google so that the url still works.
16-Apr-2011 Made some database changes and discovered that Unit Corps and Unit Force web pages no longer worked. Deployed version 1099 which fixed that problem but opened up another problem with the Corps Index! Fixed that and also deployed a new Web Page for Force Units to show all units associated with a specific Force record
27-Jan-2011 The webserver and database server have now been ported to run as Virtual Machines on a new Virtual Server machine. I am still sorting out a few teething troubles on certain websites etc, but most of the work is now complete. This change will give me the opportunity to assign additional memory to different servers as necessary and create backup machines etc much more easily.
26-Jan-2011 Unfortunately, both the databases and the web server were out of contact last week owing to a firewall issue. As I was away I was not able to resolve the issue until the weekend. This week there was a powercut and the server machine did not restart automatically and I was not able to restart it until lunchtime today. Please accept my apologies for this downtime.
08-Aug-2010 Version 1097 deployed. All database changes completed. Primary Flag no longer appears in Unit Corps and Unit Force pages.
08-Aug-2010 New version 1097 is being deployed today. As a result, some screens will not work properly because the database schema must be changed. These changes will also be made today. Thank tou for your patience.
29-Dec-2009 Finally updated the web site with version 1086. Changed the colour scheme, added filter text boxes to Unit Index and Person Index and added a new page, the Master Person Index, which will allow users to query Person records via a filter across the entire Person table so all person records for a specific set of characters can be queried. Let me know what you think.
12-Oct-2009 Finally! It's been a bit of a wait but version 1085 has now been deployed!! This version fixes the bugs with the text pages such as the Home Page and also the Unit Appointments Page. The website now uses LINQ which brings it into line with my other applications. This should now allow me to concentrate on creating new web pages and new ways of querying existing pages.
04-Sep-2009 We are back!! The site has been having problems for the last few days which meant that no data could be displayed. It was caused by a problem with the log file and has now been solved.
23-Jun-2009 The databases used by the site are now running on the new database server which has a more modern motherboard than the old one. Please see the web log for more details.
Number of Records Returned: 85
Number of Pages Returned : 3