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NC027: Server migration in progress

9 December 2017 20:30:49 +0000

The migration of the mail serverĀ  (NC027) to new hardware is in progress. Estimated completion of this maintenance is approximately 21:20 UTC. We will post further updates here as necessary, or when the maintenance is complete.

NC027: Server migration starting now

9 December 2017 20:11:17 +0000

The mail server migration will be starting within the next few minutes.

NC027: Migration of main mail server to new hardware

1 December 2017 08:13:12 +0000

Server NC027 (the primary mail server) will be migrated to new hardware during our regular weekly maintenance window next weekend. This maintenance will start at 20:00 UTC on Saturday 9 December 2017, and should conclude within one to two hours. During this time the mail server will be offline. This means that all incoming mail to domains hosted on this server will be queued on the sending servers, and delivered to this server when it comes back online. It also means that you will not be able to send email during this period.

We will post an update here shortly before, at the start of and following the maintenance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact support to let us know. Thank-you.

NC023: Server migration complete

19 November 2017 01:32:47 +0000

The migration of the relay server to new hardware has been completed. The server was offline between 20:20 and 20:39 UTC. Additionally, it now has more disk space and is accessible over IPv6 as well.

NC023: Sever migration starting now

18 November 2017 20:21:05 +0000

The relay server migration will be starting within the next few minutes.

NC023: Migration of relay server to new hardware

17 November 2017 07:22:19 +0000

Server NC023 (the relay server) will be migrated to new hardware during our regular weekly maintenance window this weekend. This maintenance will start at 20:00 UTC on Saturday 18 November 2017, and should conclude within an hour. During this time the relay server will be offline.

This maintenance only affects clients using the relay mail server; it does not affect operation of the regular email server that processes the vast majority of the mail carried by NinerNet.

We will post an update here shortly before, at the start of and following the maintenance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact support to let us know. Thank-you.

NC027: Spam cleaned up

7 September 2017 13:23:50 +0000

We have cleaned up the spam on server NC027 and managed to funnel most of the delayed email through our relay server. Although the primary mail server’s IP address is not in a couple of the major blacklists, we are still in some niche ones with major ISPs and mail providers. We have been working to have the IP address de-listed where that is possible, but manual processes like these can take a couple of days.

In the meantime, at the moment most email is flowing normally, but email to most domains will still be delayed for the next few hours.

NC027: Mail server issues

7 September 2017 11:39:46 +0000

We have cleaned up server NC027 after a client’s email account was compromised, resulting in thousands of spams being sent from the mail server. This is having a negative impact on email being sent from the server, as its IP address is now in anti-spam blacklists. This means that outgoing email sent from our clients will be bounced or delayed until the blacklist realise that the spam from our mail server has stopped.

We are working on implementing a workaround through one of our other, clean mail servers, but unfortunately it will be several hours before outgoing email to most domains is delivered normally.

These incidents usually arise after a computer has been infected with a virus. The virus then sends the email password back to the person or organisation controlling the virus, and they then use that information to compromise that email account on the mail server, using it to send thousands of spams from the account. Please ensure that you install, use and update an anti-virus program on your computer to ensure that this doesn’t happen to your email account.

We apologise for this incident. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank-you.

NC027: Outgoing mail may be delayed

31 July 2017 04:29:48 +0000

An email account on server NC027 was compromised in the last few hours, and it was used to send spam. This problem has been addressed by suspending the account, but the result is that outgoing email from the server may be delayed for the next few hours until automated anti-spam systems around the Internet react to our cleaning up the problem.

We apologise for this problem, and remind everyone to ensure that their computers are scanned regularly for viruses.

If you have any questions about this, please contact support. Thank-you.

NC027: Previous issue with outbound email to MessageLabs

8 April 2017 07:56:47 +0000

Further to our last post of two days ago, a little research digs up the fact that Symantec/MessageLabs “had a major incident … that led to an issue with multiple customers.” As we suspected, the problem was not with our mail server.

The message backlog was actually finally cleared within a couple of hours of that post.

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