The new server is almost up and running. I tested it against an old data backup earlier today and it worked out great. As soon as the data leading up to earlier today gets onto the new server, I'll turn it all on and get things going.
The DNS will probably propigate slowly over the weekend, so *.metafilter.com will not resolve to the new box, meaning we will be able to reach a temp name but not ask metafilter or metatalk until the DNS change is complete.
The new servers are scorching fast with no users on them (heh), but I suspect they'll remain fairly fast once everyone starts wailing on them. For those of you interested, the old server was a dual athlon 1800MP box with 4Gb of RAM and about 150Gb of HD space on a T1 line. There are two new servers in a datacenter to replace that. The web server will be (j)running on a single 2.8Ghz P4 processor with 1Gb of RAM and 80Gb of RAID storage. The database is on a dual 2.4Ghz xenon server with 2Gb of RAM and 200Gb of RAID storage. Splitting the database duties to a dedicated box should resolve server load problems the site has experienced in the past. The only weak link as I can tell will be the network connection between the two for transmitting data. Hopefully data moving from the database server across 100Mb/sec ethernet to the web server will be quick enough for everyone.
It looks like it'll take another 4 hours or so to finish the data transfer then we're in business, which I'll post about here. I'll open up comments on this post if you're having withdrawls.