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NC036: Scheduled mail server maintenance

6 March 2020 10:41:18 +0000

During this weekend’s maintenance window we will be adding hard drive storage to server NC036 to continue to provide more storage space for a growing number of growing email accounts. This maintenance is scheduled to start at 19:00 UTC and we anticipate it will last less than one hour.

During the maintenance the ability to send and receive email will not be available, both via standalone email programs (e.g., Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) and the webmail. Incoming email will be queued on the sending servers until our server is back online again, after which it will then be delivered to our server and your email account. This may result in a delay longer than the planned hour of the maintenance though.

Please monitor this status page to be notified of the start and end of the maintenance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NinerNet support.

Thank-you for your patience as we continue to work to improve our services to you.

NC041: Automated certificate renewals should be working again

12 January 2020 13:01:11 +0000

The issue with automated renewals of Let’s Encrypt certificates on server NC041 should now be fixed. We have taken the action suggested by the control panel vendor, and we are waiting for the first automated renewal to occur to see if everything is once again working. If, as we expect, the issue is fixed there will be no further posts on this subject.

If you receive any error messages related to certificate renewals — or any error emails at all — please contact NinerNet support and we’ll investigate further. Thank-you.

NC041: Automated renewals of Let’s Encrypt certificates failing

10 January 2020 03:21:00 +0000

Since about 1 January automated renewals of Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates have been failing on server NC041, and as a result you may receive automated emails from server NC041 that look like this:

Subject: Let’s Encrypt certificate renewal failed!

An error occurred requesting a new certificate for example.com, www.example.com from Let’s Encrypt : Web-based validation failed : <pre>sh: certonly: command not found
</pre>

We currently have a support ticket open with the control panel vendor to find out why this has suddenly started.

Since the renewal of Let’s Encrypt certificates is automatically scheduled to happen one month before they expire, the existing certificates will continue to be used and remain valid and in force. The issue will be resolved before these certificates start expiring in February.

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

All servers: SSL certificates updated

16 December 2019 12:18:04 +0000

The *.niner.net SSL certificate was renewed today and updated on all servers.

If you get any certificate errors in either your web browser or email program, please close down all programs, restart your computer, and try again. This should clear the cache of the programs in question and force them to download the new certificate information.

If you have any problems, please contact support. Thank-you.

NinerNet websites back up

21 November 2019 20:47:52 +0000

The NinerNet websites are back online following the aforementioned maintenance. They were down between 19:34 and 20:09 UTC.

Thank-you.

NinerNet website down for maintenance

21 November 2019 19:21:48 +0000

The main NinerNet website and various subsidiary websites (except this one) will shortly be taken down for maintenance, and will not be available for a brief time. This will not affect any client services at all, or email to the niner.net domain.

If you need to contact NinerNet support while our website is not available you may email support.201911@niner.net. Thank-you.

Upgrade of NC031 to NC041: Update 4

18 November 2019 01:42:48 +0000

On Friday night / Saturday morning we completed the migration all websites from server NC031 to NC041. There are a couple of minor improvements for you:

  • We have doubled the disk space available to you from 10 GB to 20 GB, and
  • All websites that didn’t previously have an SSL certificate now have one.

In order to take advantage of encrypted connections to your website (and therefore see a green padlock in your browser) you will need to access it at https://yourdomain.com. All of your web pages will also need to call included items — such as images, style sheets, JavaScript files, etc. — over HTTPS connections as well. If they aren’t, a web browser will only show some sort of insecure or semi-secure indication — e.g., a non-green padlock with some sort of alert icon. If you need help with this, please consult your website manager.

All websites that can use it are now running version 7 of PHP. This is required by the current versions of some web apps. If your website is quite old, especially if it accesses a MySQL database, it made not be coded to be able to use PHP 7. If this is the case for your website it is running under PHP 5. However, version 5 will not be available forever, so your website will eventually stop working. In order to fix this you will need to engage someone to update the code for your website, or create a new one. We suggest that you consider doing this as soon as possible, but definitely within the next year.

The control panel for the new web server continues to be available at web.niner.net:10000. Some websites are still available on the old server; if you need access to the old control panel within the next 48 hours, please let us know. After that it will no longer be available.

All web apps that are installed through the control panel have been updated to their latest versions. If your web app — e.g., WordPress, os Commerce, Moodle, Mediawiki, etc. — is not installed through the control panel, please take steps to upgrade it as soon as possible to reduce your website’s exposure to being hacked.

Finally, if you have a contact form or some other process on your website that sends email to you or your users, please be aware that this server is on a “new” IP address that is relatively unknown to the world’s mail servers and blacklists. As a result we’re seeing that some outbound emails are being delayed. We strongly recommend that you configure such features to send email to a domain hosted by NinerNet rather than an external domain (especially gmail.com).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NinerNet support. Thank-you for your patience and ongoing patronage.

NC033: Incident with primary nameserver resolved

15 November 2019 03:10:35 +0000

Following an operating system update that was applied at 00:37 UTC on 15 November the primary nameserver failed to restart. This was noticed immediately upon completion of the update, and we started troubleshooting.

After extensive research on the likely cause and resolution of the problem we determined that the quickest way to get the nameserver back online was to roll back the update and restore from a back-up. There were some issues with this, however, that necessitated implementing a back-up plan for company email in order for us to gain access to our account at the data centre where the nameserver is hosted. Once this was accomplished the restore was initiated.

The nameserver was back online at 02:28 UTC.

During the time the server was down domain information would have been cached by DNS resolvers that already had a cached copy of the DNS information for your domain. However, it is possible that some incoming email may have been delayed or possibly bounced, or people trying to browse your website would not have been able to see it. For this we apologise.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NinerNet support. Thank-you for your patience.

Decommissioning of old nameserver

19 October 2019 01:41:05 +0000

We are in the process of decommissioning server NC020. Among other functions, this server is also the machine on which nameserver ns3.niner.net is hosted. Not many clients’ domains are using ns3.niner.net, and of those that are most are registered with and therefore under the control of NinerNet. For this reason we can implement this change without bothering most clients.

However, if you have chosen to register your domain with another domain registrar and we don’t have access to your domain registration, we need to ask you to remove ns3.niner.net from the list of nameservers that are authoritative for your domain. If that is the case we will contact you via email, and point you to this notice to confirm the legitimacy of our request.

This change will not have any effect on your domain and how it, its website and email work. In fact, leaving ns3.niner.net in the list of nameservers authoritative for your domain will cause a slight decrease in performance, which is why we are asking you to remove it.

If you have any questions about this please reply to the email you will receive, or contact NinerNet support. Thank-you.

Secondary mail exchanger upgrade

17 October 2019 17:57:17 +0000

We have switched from using our old secondary MX (server NC020) to a newer server (server NC037) with modern software and better spam filtering and blocking. This information is only applicable to those clients who use our secondary MX in the DNS for their domains. It does not change anything for any clients who get their primary mail service from us, and should not change anything for those clients who use our secondary mail server to handle incoming email when their primary mail server is down.

For your information, the IP addresses of the new secondary MX are as follows:

  • IPv4: 50.23.135.218
  • IPv6: 2607:f0d0:2002:15::a

If you have any questions please contact NinerNet support. Thank-you.

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Systems at a Glance:


Loc.SystemStatusPing
Server NC023, London, United Kingdom (Relay server), OPERATIONAL.NC023OperationalUp?
Server NC028, Vancouver, Canada (Monitoring server), INTERNAL.NC028InternalUp?
Server NC031, New York, United States of America (Web server), INTERNAL.NC031InternalUp?
Server NC033, Toronto, Canada (Primary nameserver), OPERATIONAL.NC033OperationalUp?
Server NC034, Lusaka, Zambia (Phone server), INTERNAL.NC034InternalUp?
Server NC035, Sydney, Australia (Secondary nameserver), OPERATIONAL.NC035OperationalUp?
Server NC036, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Mail server), OPERATIONAL.NC036OperationalUp?
Server NC037, Seattle, United States of America (Mail server, secondary mail server), OPERATIONAL.NC037OperationalUp?
Server NC040, Toronto, Canada (Web server), INTERNAL.NC040InternalUp?
Server NC041, New York, United States of America (Web server), OPERATIONAL.NC041OperationalUp?
Server NC042, Seattle, United States of America (Status website), OPERATIONAL.NC042OperationalUp?

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