Here at Stauffer we do a lot of work with universities, and often times our options are limited in choices of server hardware and platform configuration options. A recent university client required that we build a production environment on Windows 2008 Server setup on a virtual machine provisioned from the university’s central IT department.
We did a standard deployment of Drupal from our staging environment to their server, sans caching, which would be enabled following the completion of user acceptance testing and content entry. We immediately ran into a whole host of issues when we first tried to visit the newly setup site, including:
- Apache was throwing errors and crashing in under an hour
- Page Responsiveness & Load Times up to 11 seconds
- Solr Responsiveness...