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Upcoming Server Migration


We will be migrating Galaxy to new hardware. The hardware acting as the ‘head node’ is reaching End-of-Life and needs to be decomissioned.

We plan to execute this migration on Monday, 2018-11-12 at around 13 CET. This migration should be completely transparent to all end users.

Migration Plan

We have deployed the new head node and have been testing it over the past months, correcting issues as we have come across them. We had an internal hack day where team members tested the new server heavily and identified issues.

Timeline

Date Notes
November 7 We freeze configuration changes and any tool installation in both Galaxies. Automated tool installation has been disabled.
November 8 We swap the beta backend server from our testing database to our production database, and run some testing against it.
November 12 We update our proxy to direct traffic to usegalaxy.eu to the new backend server
November 19 We stop the Galaxy processes on the old head node, retaining it for another few weeks to ensure we have not missed anything

Backout Plan

An extremely important part of any big migration with far reaching impacts is the backout plan. What will we do if something goes wrong? For this migration, the backout plan is extremely simple: we reconfigure the proxy to use the old server as the backend for usegalaxy.eu

This gives us a safe fallback position in the face of any complications. Traffic will temporarily be split between the instances, but since Galaxy maintains session state in the database, this should not present any issues.