Due to a configuration problem, we had a very serious issue with the VPhot server this afternoon. The server crashed, hard, and we are in the midst of rebuilding it. This will take a day or so, and the crash on the Cloud did incur some data loss.
According to VPhot Designer and Programmer Geir Klingenberg, who is spearheading the restoration effort, this is what we can expect:
1) Users will have to "re-register" their telescopes.
2) Saved sequences will need to be redone.
3) The Analysis Logs were lost.
4) We should be able to retrieve about 80-85% of the images and put them back into your directories.
We do have two bits of good news. First, due to weather, we expect the AAVSONet's telescopes are down for a part of this week, so this should be a slow time. Second, since we had to rebuild the server in any event, we are taking the opportunity to rebuild it so that it is FIVE TIMES more powerful!
We believe that this new VPhot will be available again by Thursday afternoon. This wasn't exactly how we were expecting to pull off a VPhot upgrade, but we hope that, in the end, it will be worth it.
We very much apologize for the unexpected downtime, and offer many, many thanks to Geir for expertly spearheading the restoration effort, Ken Menzies, and all the rest of VPhot's users & AAVSO members and contributers who have made it, and AAVSONet, a stunning success over the last couple of years!
If there are any questions, please ask!