Rebuilding efforts continue. Got the base OS installed on a FreeBSD geom
mirror after much work. Started working on installing packages when i got up around 11 am.
Disk recovery efforts are looking poorer and poorer. It's looking like out of 4 disks, we only have a good image of one, which means we only have half the stripe set. We're still looking into this, but it's looking like our best bet for recovering the news spool is going to be to use the old dnews spool + what people find in their news client caches.
Getting mail back up is #1 priority, but it's going to be a while because of all the crazy crap we had configured. We did find some of the configs on a test machine, so that'll certainly help tremendously, but it's going to be a lot of time spent tweaking and testing. We'll keep posting updates.
News is back-burner right now. What we have is the old spool from when we were using dnews. We're going to need to set up a separate machine, get dnews working on it, and then export news from that. It probably won't be easy. I'm guessing that news will continue to be down for several days after we get mail working. There's still hope in recovering most of the spool, but that will be a slow effort even after we get news working again. BTW, all you newsmail users, if you've got archives of your email, please get in contact with us.Update 5:57 PM
: The FUDForum installation that John Musbach setup seems to have a cache of news posts. We haven't looked into it much yet, but it's likely that it'll have a lot of the more recent messages, if not every message from the server. This is some very needed good news.