Server upgrade completed

The original server is a tiny VM, and I need to double it up so it can take the next Discourse upgrade.

The monthly cost will go from 3.01 to 5.93 EURO per month. But we’ll have double RAM and double disk space, enough to see coming for the next round of updates this year and hopefully the next one.

I will proceed to the upgrade tonight so it does not disrupt our usage. It should be a short downtime. I will make a banner announcement so people know what to expect.

20:50 UTC – The banner is in place, announcing downtime at 22:00 UTC.
22:27 UTC – The service will be read-only during backup…
22:36 UTC – Rescaling the service from 2 to 4GB RAM, from 20 to 40GB SSD.
22:48 UTC – Service restored and upgraded.


Oh wow, couldn’t you upgrade Discourse with the 2GB mem VPS? I am happy I’ve chosen 4GB from the start for my own installation, but I hope to run some more services from this VPS besides Discourse.

No the RAM was fine, it was the disk space that was short. I had the choice between adding a volume or making the machine bigger. I preferred the second option since it gives more power as well for a similar cost. 2GB of RAM is plenty. Here’s the current usage:

socialhub:~$ free -m
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:           3850        1528         287         282        2033        1803
Swap:          2047           2        2045

In comparison, another Discourse running with 2GB RAM:

@nsl:~# free -m
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:           1947        1360          67         115         518         290
Swap:          2047         147        1900
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Thanks! That looks like I’ll have no problems then.

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pretty responsive and speedy now