I was informed that the Forum (software made by Simple Machines) was somehow at 3/4am in the morning using excessive amounts of the server's resources. I was determined to get to the bottom of this. A long story short, I'm not convinced that it is indeed RAF that's causing issues with the server; our community may be big, and may be relatively active, but we are not that big and that active to cause the amount of usage we're accused of. To make matters more suspicious, the spike in activity was at a time that the forum sees the least amount of activity.
I decided to play it safe and do something that I've been meaning to do for a week now; and that's update the SMF software to the latest and final build/version: SMF 2.0 . It was my intention to hopefully resolve the issues with load-balancing, along with bring fresh new features to our users along with our staff.
At 11am I began the 30 minute process to update the forum from SMF 1.x to 2.0. It was complete with minor problems.
Here's a really convoluted list of everything that was changed since SMF 1.x.