One of the central database systems that makes up the Beta Preview environment where we’ve been testing future versions of the Second Life simulator with physics bug fixes has dropped offline. Unlike “real” Second Life, the beta environment doesn’t currently have a cluster of “hot spares” we can swap to, so it will remain offline for at least a few hours until it can be diagnosed by one of our engineers on-site. We’ll know more at that point – hopefully all it needs is a stern lecturing.
Until then, the Beta Preview environment will effectively be offline, as logins will fail to complete.
[Update – Tuesday @ 6:55pm]
The machine has been restarted and the database is attempting to recover. At this point it might require a fresh data import from the main Second Life database, a process which can take up to 48 hours. We’ll keep you posted.
[Update – Tuesday @ 7:45pm]
Good news, everybody! The database was able to recover, and the beta preview is back online.