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RSS Subscribe PCI Compliance and Server Updates for CPanel Premium Plans
Posted on 12/12/11 06:32PM

Scope of Work: PCI Compliance
Time: From 10:00PM PST (GMT -8:00) Friday December 16, 2011.

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PCI Compliance is becoming a standard across all sites handling credit card transactions. For PCI compliance, several reputed agencies like Security Metrics conduct scans on servers hosting the particular website requiring PCI compliance. In most scan results, port 3306 comes up as a security vulnerability. Port 3306 is assigned to MySQL database server for inbound and outbound access. However, allowing inbound connections to port 3306 is now considered risky since attackers can gain access to the database.


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RSS Subscribe Fantastico to be replaced by Softaculous
Posted on 11/12/11 07:16PM

Over teh comping months Fantastico will be replaced by Softaculous on our Premium CPanel hosting plans. Our providers believe it is a much better replacement, as Fantastico took a very long time to update their scripts and was often installing old versions of the open source software. Softaculous does a much better job of updating, and not only that, it has about 150 more scripts in it, so if anything, it's a better system all the way around. It may take some time for Softaculous to appear on all servers.

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RSS Subscribe Telecom Xtra / Yahoo webmail problems
Posted on 21/11/11 05:15PM

We have received reports from a few clients that they are having trouble logging into Telecoms Xtra /Yahoo webmail email service. This problem has nothing to do with our own services, or any problem on our network. If you are are having problems with your ISPs webmail system, please contact your ISP directly, eg. Telecom / Xtra, so they can provide support to you.

Alternatively if you are one of our clients, you can use our email service with your domain name, and there are no known problems with our own webmail system.



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RSS Subscribe International Domain Name Scam doing the rounds again
Posted on 31/10/11 04:31PM

We have been informed that a "pro forma invoices" scam for international domain names is currently doing the rounds again. This happens on a yearly basis, and this sort of scam has been going on for the last 10 years, and we have had many clients who have received these types of letters in the past.

In this case, we are aware of people who have received a letter via snail mail called "Domain Name Expiration Notice" from an American company, who appears to be based out of Australia. They appear to be going through the Whois database and getting domain owners' data to send these letters out.

If you receive these letters, DO NOT PAY IT. If you follow the instructions in the invoice, you risk becomng a victim of the scam. Not only will they bill you more than we charge, you are also giving them authority to transfer your domain name to their management, where you could lose control of it.


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RSS Subscribe Scheduled Maintenance: Router Software Upgrade
Posted on 27/10/11 02:56PM

We are planning on upgrading the software on one of our routers.

Start Time: 29/10/2011 06:00 NZDT
End Time: 29/10/2011 07:00 NZDT

Impact:
The router redundant so we don't expect any outage. Some customers, however, may experience a small amount of packet loss while we transition their accounts to our secondary router.

We thank you for your understanding while this work is completed, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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RSS Subscribe Scheduled Maintenance: SQL Server Migration
Posted on 27/10/11 02:37PM

Our SQL 2000 Service, mssql.mydns.net.nz will be retired on Friday 18 November 2011. This decision has been made because SQL 2000 is over 10 years old and we can no longer support the software, or the hardware providing the service. All current SQL 2000 databases will be migrated to a replacement server running the latest version of Microsoft SQL, SQL 2008 R2 unless we are advised otherwise.

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RSS Subscribe Email outage at Albany datacentre
Posted on 18/10/11 01:32PM

This announcement only applies to our Corporate and Business plan users

There is currently an email outage with our upstream providers.
Our providers are working to resolve this. There are authentication issues and that means that your mail client will ask to re-enter your password. We request that you do not enter any password and cancel that prompt as the outage is at the datacentre and when the issue is resolved, you won't have that pop up.

UPDATE: ISSUE RESOLVED 1:30pm

The outage started at 1PM and service resumed at 1:30PM. The mail storage locked-up at 100% usage and needed a reboot to recover. At the moment our providers suspect an Operating System error as all hardware is reported as being OK. Our providers will continue to monitor the service.


We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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RSS Subscribe PHP 5.3 Cluster Now Available in Shared Hosting Cluster
Posted on 01/10/11 04:36PM

The PHP 5.3 cluster is now fully provisioned in our shared cluster hosting, for clients on our Premium Corporate and Business Class hosting plans. The IP address for this cluster is 119.47.114.163 - you'll see this as a domain template: "Default (Linux PHP5.3) (New)"

This has been running for a few weeks now, and shows great performance and stability. This cluster will soon become the default for new sites. If you use PHP extensively you might like to familiarise yourself with the new service. There are a couple of extra benefits on the 5.3 cluster:

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