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Lazarus Protocol

Ronin Marketeer lives! After a week of not existing at all, and another 3 days with the equivalent of a circa 1996 “Under Construction” page, most of the blog is back. You can check out the previous post to hear about the crash with the fire supression system kicking off in the server room.

So what happened next? The good news is I did have my backup drive, so I had all the data even though I didn’t have access to the MySQL install anymore. I have an older laptop I use for crazy projects with my Tivo and GPS, and I installed XAMPP and WordPress so I could run the blog from that machine as it’s own web server. From there I was able to dump the database into an export file and then import that up on to the new server. I had to zero out all the tables for the import to work, but that was the only glitch there, it was about as smooth as I hoped it could be.

There are still a few broken things, mainly plugins that may or may not be active, if you see anything odd please give me a yell. Thanks also to the Marketing Over Coffee fans that stepped up to offer help, I really appreciate that.

3 replies on “Lazarus Protocol”


This was the first time I’ve heard of a DR test taking out a data center.

Glad to see you were able to get most of your site back.

You might want to check out The service works as a WordPress plugin. It backs up your site, encrypts it and uploads it to a “cloud” service. It’s free for the first 50mb.

I’ve been trying it out at Synthtopia, because the database dumps were getting too big for email. It seems to work fine, but it only backs up your database, not your files.

Somebody needs to make cloud backups of entire WordPress sites as easy as Time Machine backups are on the Mac!

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