Yes, it's been 6 months since I last posted. It is not that I haven't been doing anything Drupal, or have given up n learning, or just decided to stop writing. It's because I have a tendency to get "tunnel vision" and when that happens time slips away from me. I will try to do a recap over the trial and tribulations have had with regard to Drupal.
In this time I have struggled through a couple of Aegir upgrades. I will say this, I have become a great deal more comfortable with it and it's processes. Currently I host 16 sites on my Aegir platform and I got the last upgrade done in about 7 hours (on and off). I know I can streamline it down much farther but I need to make my system more effecient (and that is coming). But as with all things, once you get comfortable with how it runs the developers have to change things, and it is with that in mind I'm truly dreading the next update. It is scheduled to be a MAJOR one going from version 2 to version 3). I suspect this is to go with the introduction of Drupal 8 which I suspect means that Aegir will be moving from a Drupal 6 to a Drupal 7 base. So now that I'm feeling confident I get to go back to square ONE.
In the previous month I have had to replace BOTH of my servers. I did not have to invest a lot of time with that (since I am running most of my Web Services on LINUX VMs on Hyper-V on top of Windows Server 2012). My new machines are a definate step up from what I used to have with 8 & 12 G of memory and using Intel i5 & i7 processors. On my production server I have upgraded the storage to SDDs and my developement server has 7200rpm HDDs. Now things are responding a lot quicker (to my client's happiness).
In November I had a "vacation" from Drupal because the ASP company I work with asked me to work as support for a couple of projects that they had going which meant I spent all day on the phone talking to (and training) field techs. This meant that by evening all I was capable of was staring at the TV and not doing anything with Drupal.
In December I connected with somone in need of an onsite technician (who can work unsupervised) and also with Drupal experience because he also has Web clients and he is a drupal shop. I spent great deal of December working for him on a couple of network projects and starting yesterday I am working on upgrading a website to Drupal 7 (this IS FUN, and I will relate more of this little project in a seperate blog entry).
August and September were bit of a blur with traveling and attending Summer activites, and my oldest son got married.
This should bring me up to date. Now on with the show.