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Tune my.cnf. With increased activity comes increased load, which could cause a site to reach pre-set defaults and the applications to refuse new connections. To avoid this, run MySQL tuning script against the MySQL database and increase limits where possible and in line with predicted traffic. Ensure that the database server has been on-line for at least 48 hours without being restarted to get the best test results.

Also, ensure that there are no corrupt tables, and that all tables have up-to-date indexes using the MYSQLCHECK command. You should also remove any unused databases from the service, which not only frees up disk space, but reduces the resources used for caching.

Cyber Monday, the busiest day of the year for online sales, is fast approaching and with time running out, ForLinux, one of the UK’s leading providers of open source hosting and IT support, is reminding Internet retailers to perform essential server maintenance or potentially miss out on bumper sales.

Monday, Nov. 28th, is the date when the Internet industry predicts Internet transactions to reach their highest level ever, with sales predicted to top the £1028m* spent online last year.

Steve Nice, technical director at ForLinux, has been advising his clients to prepare for Cyber Monday for several months. "It’s crucial that online retailers prepare for the upsurge in traffic that happens on Cyber Monday. Time is running out to make sure servers and applications are ready to withstand the demand. With so little time left to prepare, we’re encouraging online retailers to follow our six last minute tips: check your logs, bandwidth, database, RAM, Apache configuration and reboot."

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