The BNETDocs server is now undergoing an upgrade, so there may be temporary downtime.
This downtime should be extremely brief.
Thanks for your patience at this time!
The USEast/Azeroth realm will have scheduled maintenance from Blizzard this week.
The new hardware that they were testing with the USTest/Stratholme realm has gone through the successful benchmarks that they sought after, and they are now upgrading the USEast/Azeroth realm to the new hardware. This is the reason for the downtime.
Apparently the USEast/Azeroth will also have "a potential for connection and stability improvements" after the upgrade.
It is unknown as of the time of this post if the USTest/Stratholme realm will continue to stay up after the upgrade is complete. The USTest/Stratholme realm will be taken down after 24 hours of the upgrade on USEast/Azeroth. Blizzard has made it clear that the data on USEast/Azeroth will be moved over to the new hardware, instead of starting fresh.
- 10:00 a.m. PDT, Wednesday June 20 – 10:00 a.m. PDT, Thursday June 21
- Expected ~24 hour maintenance duration
Also note that Blizzard may extend the maintenance time period if they need to and if they do then the realm will stay down longer than what they have outlined above.
You can see the original post by Bashiok on the Blizzard forums by clicking this link.
Blizzard has installed new server hardware and they wish to run some benchmark tests on it. They have chosen the Azeroth/USEast realm for this purpose (probably due to its popularity) and will be taking down all servers that host that realm so they can clone the database it uses. When they are finished testing, they plan to roll out the new hardware across all four realms.
Once cloning of Azeroth/USEast is complete, the realm will return and a new realm using the cloned data will be available in all clients seen as Stratholme/USTest in the gateway list.
The scheduled downtime is as follows:
- ~9:30 a.m. PDT, May 29 – Azeroth/USEast unavailable for four hours to copy data to PTR
- ~1:00 p.m. PDT, May 29 – Azeroth/USEast returns, and Stratholme/US Test becomes available for testing with copied data
Update from Bashiok:
Azeroth/USEast is once again available, but we've delayed the test environment until tomorrow morning, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
I would also like to add that while these tests are going on, I will be running my server checker. This means that the servers on the right of BnetDocs' pages will be updated as to their online/offline status on a periodic interval.
The PTR domain name address (ustest.battle.net) and relevant IPs have been added to the Battle.net Server List document, credit to Sixen.
I no longer run a status update checker for this website. Those server statuses on the right are stale, and will probably not be refreshed by me anytime soon. You can also keep track of servers using toshley.net. That place not only keeps track of Battle.net and BNLS, but also Ventrilo, Minecraft, and other server software. I'd bookmark them if you haven't already.
Before 2012 really gets started, I need to clarify one thing: I hardly visit this site myself anymore. I probably visit once every 2 months now. The only reason I remembered this time was because I had the urge to check out the ol' Battle.net community.
That said, I wish the best of luck to those who still develop for the Battle.net community as a whole.
First off, Jailout2000 is no longer maintaining BNETDocs. What this means is: the status update checker at the right will no longer be refreshed, as those were maintained by him. He will still have editor access, although he won't be posting at BNETDocs as often as he used to.