I received the following email from DreamHost. Basically they transferred my account to another server with literally no warning at all, breaking a number of things as they did so!
On this new server all my sites run slower, presumably it has lower specs or higher usage. Furthermore, the server they moved me too is one that has been down for several hours (and still is) http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/2009/02/26/some-servers-showing-errors/
So watch out if you want a nice stable service Also, I wouldn’t renew too many years in advance if I was you; you never know if they’ll move you to a worse server as soon as you’re committed to a longer period.
This is just a note to let you know that we’ve just moved your account to
a new server!
We apologize for the lack of notice, but this was an emergency move as a
perfomance and stability measure.
What does this mean to you? Hopefully nothing!
But, you may want to double check that all your websites and email
addresses are working.
If an email address isn’t working, please make sure you’re logging
in with the FULL EMAIL ADDRESS (and not something like m########). Also
make sure you’re using mail.yourdomain.com for your mail servers, and
not anything with “dreamhost.com” in it!
If you had an email .procmail (filtering) or .forward (forwarding) file
that isn’t working, you should be able to easily fix that up just using
our web panel’s “Mail” section!
If you are using your server name (server.dreamhost.com) as your FTP
hostname, be sure to change that to your domain name. The domain name
will always point to the correct server in the event that it is changed
in the future.
If a website isn’t working, please make sure you don’t have anything
like “/home/.SOMETHING/username” in a config file. Instead, it should
just be “/home/username”.
If you run your own DNS, we can’t make all the necessary changes for you,
so you’re going to have to change it yourself right now!
That’s it really… and again, we really apologize for the abrupt nature
of this move! To try and make up for it a bit, we’ve also set your
account to now have unlimited disk and bandwidth, forever!
The Happy DreamHost Moving Team[/quote]