What if Gotdotnet had a deployment and nobody noticed?

You might say this is tempting fate. You might say, Betsy, on a regular basis you spit into the wind, scratch your armpits at the mighty, laugh and try to drink Diet Coke at the same time.You walk the razor edge of sanity on regular basis. Why the heck would you want to risk the wrath of supernatural forces by saying what you are about to say?


Gotdotnet had a deployment today. All the apps moved. DNS changed a bit. We went to screaming 64-bit Web servers.


Hear that? That’s the sound of NO  angry emails hitting my inbox. That’s the sound of NOBODY NOTICING. 🙂

Now, every deployment won’t be like that – we have one coming up that will result in some site downtime we can’t avoid. And, this one wasn’t actually painless – the mscom ops crew and the GDN team slaved literally for most of January to make this so boring. And yes, if you see something broken, do tell us. GDNFEED is the right email and we check it every day. It may be that folks overseas will have some difficulty because of DNS propagating more slowly across those servers. We had that happen when blogs.msdn.com moved to new servers as well. 🙁

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuure, you say. That pm Betsy could be making this stuff up. She could say “Hey, we deployed today!” and be completely lying. Pretending stability she doesn’t have.

Believe me with the bad rap GDN has gotten in the past, if I were that kinda person I’d have done that already. But, I ain’t. Also, I have NEVER pretended to have stability. I barely pretend to have sanity!

Send us your feedback and bugs if you got ’em – in the meantime live it vivid!



Comments (9)

  1. Eric says:

    Love the attitude in this post. I am thinking channeling Bill Maurray or Steve Martin, but I am old. And congrats on the smooth release.

    All my love,

    – E

  2. SandyK says:

    Performance and stability? Cleaner UI? No random unexpected outages? What a difference a year makes! You make it an honor to be a part of the GDN family Betsy. Way to go!

  3. Charlie Eriksen says:

    Yay, 64bit. sweet

    But since then, i havent been able to access the source control using the vs2005 plugin.

  4. Manuel says:

    My newest hobby is Blog reads that is more intresanter than newspapers or television. in the between time I spend already 4-5 hours at the computer. Writes firmly thereby I also still enough-end to read has.

    Sorry for the bad English and kind regards from Austria

    cu Manuel

  5. Alicia Cales says:

    Charlie’s issue is not the 64-bit migration issue; it’s a different one. However, we are working on it; we have specific Workspaces that we are tracking the WS issues on. We will probably do a Workspaces cleanup deployment in the next couple of months, just to nail all sync weirdnesses.

    We also updated the VS plugin for Whidbey so make sure you re-installed and tell us at gdnfeed email what your repro steps are.

    The respite was brief but meaningful. 🙂