its up and running, and kicking ass. I just imporeted the live data from the production server(oracle.starkmedia.com) to the new machine(oreo.evolt.org(get it, ORacle.Evolt.Org :) ) and then set test.evolt.org to use the new machine as its datasource. if that sounds confusing, it kinda is :) at any rate, they're both pulling up the exact same data, just from different machines. The differences in speed are quite fucking remarkable, to say the least :) The front page on test.evolt.org with the new DB server is taking 3.3 seconds to build, whereas www.evolt.org is taking 11.1 seconds to build. I've taken the debugging info from each page and posted it at http://members.evolt.org/djc/temp/oracle-compare.html (the new machine is on the right, old one on the left. sorry about the formatting, didnt want to spend an hour HTML'ing it) the difference is very noticable on the front page load time as a result naturally.. dean, matt, rudy, passwords should all be the same for the main evolt DB and connection info to that machine. if anyone has a couple seconds, try wheeling around t.e.o and making it work a bit.. if i dont see anything wack, i'll have w.e.o point to the new DB tonite :) questions? comments? .djc.