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9-02-2009 @ 8:04AM
I'm on Staghelm. When the servers came up last night, that was one of the things I tried. I managed to get into Deadmines, but then couldn't get into Gnomer, or Zul'Farrak later on. So the problem hasn't gone away just yet. However, a bunch of the servers (including Staghelm) were going through rolling restarts this morning, so perhaps that might help.
9-02-2009 @ 8:09AM
I quit doing heroics because of it. But now that its being fixed I think there will be even more people trying and it will be just as bad.
9-02-2009 @ 8:48AM
i'm on staghelm too and i hope they fixed it - haven't been able to get in anything the last 5-6 nights that i've tried!
9-02-2009 @ 9:04AM
First thing I tried to do last night when they came back on was go in to Stocks and got the damn message. So looks like they spent all that time yesterday then gave up and rolled back because my server is down again today!!!
9-02-2009 @ 10:12AM
I noticed on Laughing Skull that all of the dailies were the same as the day before... I thought that was kinda fishy. I wonder if they did have trouble getting the updates to work properly and went back to the backups...hence maintenance/restarts today...
9-02-2009 @ 10:18AM
When my realm was upgraded it took extended maintenance for two weeks in a row before we saw the upgrade working. As with any kind of major roll-out schedule they learn from their mistakes and improve for the next one.It may be that the amount of work they're doing actually takes TWO maintenance days. I wouldn't assume that "it didn't work and they rolled the changes back" just yet.
9-02-2009 @ 11:01AM
Im on staghelm too. its not just a problem of additional instances cannot be launced, but the fact that they were having this problem befor 3.2 and then made there biggest server problem so important to get top end gear.If you cant support it befor its mandatory why would you make it so everyone and there mother (yes my mother plays), has to do it?
9-02-2009 @ 11:09AM
Let me tell you why 3.2 still came out despite the instance server problems. The Team that makes and releases new content is NOT the same team who maintains the hardware. Simple as that.
9-02-2009 @ 11:31AM
@Jon Do:"1) Why did Blizz release 3.2 with emblem changes that were sure to INCREASE the number of instance runs without a fix already in place?"Management: We're keeping our release cycle. Catalysm is coming. Keep it on schedule!Hardware Architecture Group: We need upgrades to support all of these new players that came back to the game.Put bluntly they refused to let hardware limitations slow down their production cycle. The patches just keep coming regardless of whether the servers can take the load or not. In a nutshell it's a poor management decision."2) If they are conceding now that it is just a matter of a hardware upgrade, why wasn't this done a long time ago given that they have ~11 million paying customers, more than any other MMO?"(*these are all hypothetical numbers for the purpose of illustrating a point*)If you have 5 million "active players" that balloons to 11 million every time a new patch drops that can create a huge issue for hardware capacity. They can add capacity for more players (over time). Once you've made the investment in hardware you can't just tell Dell to take it all back when people leave the game until the next patch. It boils down to having the right amount of capacity for the users without spending too much on unnecessary upgrades. They may have estimated a bit on the lower side, and now they're paying the price with emergency upgrades.I think all of this can be summarized with one sentence: Blizzard is a victim of its own success.
9-02-2009 @ 11:33AM
I fail at replying to the right thread =(
9-02-2009 @ 11:44AM
I heard problems getting in on Laughing Skull last night - but assume that's what the hours upon hours of maintainence this morning is for - the same realms listed last night seem to be listed this morning.In other words, F Blizzard. F them in the A.
9-02-2009 @ 12:44PM
Also on Staghelm - later in the evening the server wasn't letting us into instances again - level 80 heroic ones no less.
9-02-2009 @ 1:59PM
The extended maintenance yesterday was to prep the hardware, install the hardware, hook things up, and install needed programs onto the new hardware.Today's downtime was to integrate the new hardware with the old & fix settings and do some fine-tuning. The other 2 datacentres which have been completed also had this same 2nd day of maintenance.
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