AFN has suffered a series of hardware hassles over the last several days, culminating in several tired servers more or less simultaneously giving up the ghost. This has lent a certain previously lacking urgency to our long standing plans to migrate off off the hodge-podge of elderly scrounged and donated servers.
AFN sysadmins are now engaged in first phase of a multi-step process to move to newer hardware and more recent versions of server software. The interactive, email/fileserver/web, and DNS services are being moved this weekend. Assuming the installation and configruation tasks go smoothly, and the interactive node's user and password files can be recovered relatively painlessly from the dead drives, we should have interactive, email and web services back up by the first part of the week of March 10th.
The next step in the process will be to move the users' home directories onto a much newer, more capable, more reliable fileserver. Once the home directories have migrated, the last phase of the project, migrating services onto the big server will take place. At that juncture, AFN should be on a much better hardware and software footing going forward.
We do apologize for the disruption in service caused by the raft of system issues and their mitigation. We expect the situation to be much improved after we reach the end of the migration project.