During the weekend, amongst the other chores, the system will get an operating system upgrade. I’ll also be doing a general check for filesystem errors and look for stray files accumulating after its first 30 odd days of operation.
In theory, this should only result in a few minutes of outage. In practice it will probably have the usual unexpected issues and take a bit longer. So don’t get alarmed if the site disappears for a while on saturday midday (one of our lowest loading times in reasonable hours).
I was hoping to upgrade to WordPress 3.0 at the same time (the beta works great), but the final release hasn’t come out yet. So that will have to wait.
I have to say that so far I’m really happy with this new server. The only hassle has been some moron in San Antonio, Texas flooding us with ping backs. I’ve now blocked anything that has a similar profile, and barred some of the more persistent ping back offenders worldwide. By doing it when they touch the web server rather than after they access the sites code, there has been a noticeable reduction load.