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serveme.tf - free server reservations
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#121
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ArieTonight's TF2 update came right at the time a lot of people launch their EU matches (21:00 CEST), the update was large and the steam servers for server downloads slow or at least varying wildly in performance. This caused the update to take anywhere between 2 and 20 minutes. These long update times were experienced on servers from all the geographical regions we provide.

Since people are used to <5 second server boot times, many people ended their reservations within a few minutes (while the update was still running), and made new ones. This didn't help the situation as this had a chance of triggering a bug in Valve's steam server update tool causing the update process to freeze while trying to shut down, this left a handful of servers in this frozen state.

Luckily it seems everyone managed to get a working server within 15 minutes or so, but I'm not yet sure how to improve this situation. If an update drops close to match times, is big, and steam is slow, we're going to have a bad time.

luckily this can only happen once every couple years ;-;

[quote=Arie]Tonight's TF2 update came right at the time a lot of people launch their EU matches (21:00 CEST), the update was large and the steam servers for server downloads slow or at least varying wildly in performance. This caused the update to take anywhere between 2 and 20 minutes. These long update times were experienced on servers from all the geographical regions we provide.

Since people are used to <5 second server boot times, many people ended their reservations within a few minutes (while the update was still running), and made new ones. This didn't help the situation as this had a chance of triggering a bug in Valve's steam server update tool causing the update process to freeze while trying to shut down, this left a handful of servers in this frozen state.

Luckily it seems everyone managed to get a working server within 15 minutes or so, but I'm not yet sure how to improve this situation. If an update drops close to match times, is big, and steam is slow, we're going to have a bad time.[/quote]
luckily this can only happen once every couple years ;-;
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#122
serveme.tf
5 Frags +

Two things, first, for EU players, please use the anti-DDoS servers for official/casted matches and TF2Center games.

Second, for NA players, our long term sponsor Tragicservers (<3) is changing their infrastructure, so while that's happening we're down on capacity in NA. Once the move is completed I'll have to try and integrate their new gameserver control panel with na.serveme.tf.

This might prove to be difficult, even though I have used their new control panel software succesfully before (TCAdmin at Simrai), that was thanks to the exceptional access granted to me by SimRai, because TCAdmin at the time didn't allow you to restart servers (through an API) without extensive administrator privileges.
So bear with us while we wait for this move to be finished.

Two things, first, for EU players, please use the anti-DDoS servers for official/casted matches and TF2Center games.

Second, for NA players, our long term sponsor [url=https://tragicservers.com/]Tragicservers[/url] (<3) is changing their infrastructure, so while that's happening we're down on capacity in NA. Once the move is completed I'll have to try and integrate their new gameserver control panel with na.serveme.tf.

This might prove to be difficult, even though I have used their new control panel software succesfully before ([url=https://www.tcadmin.com/]TCAdmin[/url] at [url=https://www.simrai.com/]Simrai[/url]), that was thanks to the exceptional access granted to me by SimRai, because TCAdmin at the time didn't allow you to restart servers (through an API) without extensive administrator privileges.
So bear with us while we wait for this move to be finished.
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#123
serveme.tf
8 Frags +

We're still waiting for our tragicservers to come back, so in the meantime we're adding some new servers and locations to na.serveme.tf to have some more options and capacity. Also, one of our machines from our Kansas location is having more and more issues, so we're looking to phase that one out soon.

First of all, 8 new gameservers in Chicago (NFOservers), these are live right now. We'll also be adding 8 more Chicago servers from a different company/datacenter soon. That server is paid for, but out of stock at the moment.

Also live now from a different datacenter/company in Kansas City, 16 gameservers running on a 12-core machine, a bit like Kroket/BolusBrigade in EU.

We're still waiting for our tragicservers to come back, so in the meantime we're adding some new servers and locations to na.serveme.tf to have some more options and capacity. Also, one of our machines from our Kansas location is having more and more issues, so we're looking to phase that one out soon.

First of all, 8 new gameservers in Chicago (NFOservers), these are live right now. We'll also be adding 8 more Chicago servers from a different company/datacenter soon. That server is paid for, but out of stock at the moment.

Also live now from a different datacenter/company in Kansas City, 16 gameservers running on a 12-core machine, a bit like Kroket/BolusBrigade in EU.
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#124
3 Frags +

shoutout new chicago servers

shoutout new chicago servers
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#125
serveme.tf
15 Frags +

Yeah, it took a while, but we added a second Chicago-based machine providing 8 gameservers in addition to the 8 NFO-Chicago gameservers. Due to tragicservers going away we had to get a bunch of extra capacity in NA on short notice. This has resulted in having too many machines right now (compared to the amount of money coming in from premium), so we're planning to get rid of the Dallas and North Carolina locations as these are the most expensive, and the least popular we think. Let us know here or on Discord if you disagree.

This would leave NA with these locations/servers:
Kansas City 1: 4 gameservers
Kansas City 2: 20 gameservers
Chicago (NFO): 8 gameservers
Chicago 2: 8 gameservers
Los Angeles: 8 gameservers

In EU we had to cope with a price hike for one of the datacenters we use (i3d), but we did that by getting a better deal on the servers in France. So you might've noticed 2 new French DDoS-protected machines (BaguetteBrigade/CroissantBrigade) that are taking the place of the 2 machines we had before.
We're also looking to retire the aging FakkelBrigade machine (hosting EU serveme.tf and some gameservers) after almost 8 years of service and replacing it with a modern 6-core machine.

Yeah, it took a while, but we added a second Chicago-based machine providing 8 gameservers in addition to the 8 NFO-Chicago gameservers. Due to tragicservers going away we had to get a bunch of extra capacity in NA on short notice. This has resulted in having too many machines right now (compared to the amount of money coming in from premium), so we're planning to get rid of the Dallas and North Carolina locations as these are the most expensive, and the least popular we think. Let us know here or on [url=https://discord.gg/0s38RdItLiCmARMm]Discord[/url] if you disagree.

This would leave NA with these locations/servers:
Kansas City 1: 4 gameservers
Kansas City 2: 20 gameservers
Chicago (NFO): 8 gameservers
Chicago 2: 8 gameservers
Los Angeles: 8 gameservers

In EU we had to cope with a price hike for one of the datacenters we use (i3d), but we did that by getting a better deal on the servers in France. So you might've noticed 2 new French DDoS-protected machines (BaguetteBrigade/CroissantBrigade) that are taking the place of the 2 machines we had before.
We're also looking to retire the aging FakkelBrigade machine (hosting EU serveme.tf and some gameservers) after almost 8 years of service and replacing it with a modern 6-core machine.
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#126
serveme.tf
8 Frags +
ArieWe're also looking to retire the aging FakkelBrigade machine (hosting EU serveme.tf and some gameservers) after almost 8 years of service and replacing it with a modern 6-core machine.

The EU serveme.tf site is now hosted on a shiny new machine, the site might feel a little faster :)

Donations have been solid for NA, so we're looking to maintain the North Carolina machine in addition to the locations from my previous post.

[quote=Arie]We're also looking to retire the aging FakkelBrigade machine (hosting EU serveme.tf and some gameservers) after almost 8 years of service and replacing it with a modern 6-core machine.[/quote]

The EU serveme.tf site is now hosted on a shiny new machine, the site might feel a little faster :)

Donations have been solid for NA, so we're looking to maintain the North Carolina machine in addition to the locations from my previous post.
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#127
serveme.tf
15 Frags +

Lots of DDoSes recently in NA, so we're trying to get DDoS mitigation on more machines. A total waste of my time and budget for this project, but unfortunately it's necessary once more.

Like in the EU, the NA servers with Anti-DDoS are now marked, please use these for your casted matches. A total of 24 servers with DDoS protection are available right now (LA and Chicago), we're looking to add a central location soon, probably Dallas.

Lots of DDoSes recently in NA, so we're trying to get DDoS mitigation on more machines. A total waste of my time and budget for this project, but unfortunately it's necessary once more.

Like in the EU, the NA servers with Anti-DDoS are now marked, please use these for your casted matches. A total of 24 servers with DDoS protection are available right now (LA and Chicago), we're looking to add a central location soon, probably Dallas.
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#128
serveme.tf
7 Frags +

The DDoS protected added to 8 of the Chicago servers did not work correctly during peak hours, causing packet loss. It's been disabled.
A similar anti-DDoS system added to the Dallas servers appears to have functioned without problems, so that's staying enabled for now.

The DDoS protected added to 8 of the Chicago servers did not work correctly during peak hours, causing packet loss. It's been disabled.
A similar anti-DDoS system added to the Dallas servers appears to have functioned without problems, so that's staying enabled for now.
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#129
12 Frags +

anyone who ddoses a tf2 server has baby dick

anyone who ddoses a tf2 server has baby dick
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#130
serveme.tf
8 Frags +

Still looking for better DDoS protection in NA, suggestions welcome, let me know here or add me on steam. NFOservers anti-DDoS takes a couple of minuts to kick in, which is too long in my opinion.

Also offering a reward for information that will lead to the identity of the DDoSer of NA matches.

Still looking for better DDoS protection in NA, suggestions welcome, let me know here or add me on steam. NFOservers anti-DDoS takes a couple of minuts to kick in, which is too long in my opinion.

Also offering a reward for information that will lead to the identity of the DDoSer of NA matches.
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#131
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Does the CS one not exist anymore? :(

Does the CS one not exist anymore? :(
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