Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:22 AM EST.
500EBoard.com is now OFF-LINE for a while......we are switching over from the vBulletin forum software to the XenForo software, hosted at a new site.
Realistically speaking, please expect the site to be off-line for anywhere from 8 - 48 hours. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at: email@example.com.
Please DO NOT freak out, go postal, or otherwise wig!
UPDATE 8:23 PM, Sat. March 9, 2019
The migration is continuing, and has necessitated the moving of nearly 50 GB of data from this forum's server to the new forum's server. This, naturally, is a very slow operation with this amount of data.
These are significant extra steps that were not anticipated in my original estimations of the migration time frame.
I expect the forum will be closed through Sunday night. I will continue to post updates as developments occur.
UPDATE - 2:32 PM EDT, Sunday March 10, 2019
The data migration/transfer from the old server to the new server is down to the last few GB out of a total of 50GB that needs to be transferred. I expect the transfer should be completed by around 7 PM EDT tonight.
At that point, the actual importation of the data to the forum can and will commence. This will go relatively quickly, because it is an automated process, and everything is in place. I moved the database to the new server yesterday, so it is 100% ready to import to the new forum. The database is the most singly important part.
I have been up since 5:00 AM Sunday morning, constantly baby-sitting the data migration process. 50 GB is a LOT of data to move across the Internet from one remote computer, to another remote computer. Fortunately we are close to being done with this.
This has been a full-time job this entire weekend, and we are no way out of the woods yet. Stuff can and probably will go wrong. I'll continue to keep folks updated on progress.
Bottom line is that things are moving, but slowly with the data migration, and it's required constant attention. I've been pretty glued to my desk in my office for the past 34 hours.
8:17 PM EDT Sunday, March 10, 2019
ALMOST DONE !!! Data import is complete and FINAL import of all information is happening into the new forum software as I type this.
The forum should be up either later tonight, or early Monday morning.
It's not going to look pretty, and banners won't be enabled, but hopefully all basic functionality should be working, and you should be able to use the forum.