So late Thursday night my Windows 7, which is the base system that this virtual server runs on top of, began to notify me that my copy of Win7 was not genuine. Considering that I have had this Dell for almost a year it seemed a bit silly to me. But I did spend the standard 8-9 hours trying to fix the issue. I checked for viruses, I checked for malware and I looked through all the server logs.
I finally realized that since the server runs on a Virtual Machine, that all I need do is reinstall Windows 7 onto the PC and then reinstall VMWare. Then move the backup file into the correct directory from last night’s backup and, yeah…it’s all good again!
Sometimes it simply pays to go right for the easy solution and have a spare 400+ gb free drive space….
There have been several recent issues related to the server crashing and showing a corrupted disk the last few days. Suffice to say, I am all over those issues and running nightly backups. But if you happen to be posting something save the images and articles locally, because if they are done between backups you will lose those parts/uploaded files.
I believe this issue is related to a zero day hack of WordPress but I am as yet uncertain. In the meantime, continue on as normal and I will run a backup each evening at roughly 0200 hrs CDT.
Tonight store to check the Apache server log and see just who has been hitting the server just before these crashes. Those IP addresses will be blocked.
If you are running site here, login and update your site!
That is all…for a bit….
But I did notice an issue here…I had updated my /etc/hosts file here and it was showing a bad ip….probably not the issue, but fixed anyhoo!