We are planning on a rolling restart to update some server code on Thursday, October 18th. The upgrade has no functionality changes, and has two minor fixes (viewer metrics gathering, and behavior of “standby” simulators) that will help us improve the Second Life service.
This will once again be a traditional rolling upgrade, starting at the northwest corner of the world and moving from north to south in a big wave. Residents will get a 5 minute warning and can teleport to another region.
Note: Estate owners can use the Debug tab in the Estate Tool to postpone the restart for up to one hour.
We expect the restart to begin in the morning, Pacific Time, but at this point can’t give a specific time for any particular region restart or the overall duration. It typically takes about 5 hours to update all of the regions that make up Second Life.
[UPDATE @ 11:40am PDT] The rolling restart is now in progress.
[UPDATE @ 12:40pm PDT] Roughly 4000 out of 15000 regions have restarted so far. The restart will probably take about 2 more hours to complete.
[UPDATE @ 1:50pm PDT] The restart wave continues sweeping southward. We’re past the halfway mark, about 7000 regions left.
[UPDATE @ 2:45pm PDT] There are 3000 regions left, so my 2 hour estimate was a tad optimistic, but things are chugging away. There was a database hiccup at around 1:45pm that was noticed in-world, but it was unrelated to the restart.
[UPDATE @ 4:00pm PDT] The restart is complete. Thank you for your patience.