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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.

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.

Upgrade of NC031 to NC041: Update 3

30 August 2019 13:11:36 +0000

At the risk of being repetitive, work on this continues. We’re in no rush to get this done too quickly, especially as shortcuts taken under pressure when setting up server NC031 (the current web server) led to some inconsistencies in how some accounts were set up that we’re only now able to deal with fully, and this is the best opportunity. Once those are sorted out we will do a test migration of some non-client test domains, and only when it is clear that the test migrations work flawlessly will we move client domains.

For this reason we’re not going to commit to finishing the migration to NC041 this weekend. We are, however, alive to the issues that have prompted this migration in the first place, and we are working diligently to get it done without undue delay.

That said, we have set up some clients on the new server if they happen to be in the process of setting up a new website anyway, and others that are new clients. If you’re in the unique position of being on the cusp of setting up a new website and would prefer to abandon your old website on the old server and start afresh on the new server, please contact us and we will do that for you immediately.

Thank-you.

Upgrade of NC031 to NC041: Update 2

26 August 2019 03:42:55 +0000

Work on this continues, but instead of a straight migration we have set up the new server from scratch. We’re in the process of adding domains that will not be migrated from NC031 to NC041.

Upgrade of NC031 to NC041: Update 1

20 August 2019 06:38:48 +0000

Work on this continues. We will shortly set up a number of domains on the new server that are awaiting a newer version of PHP, but do not need to be migrated. Following that, domains will be migrated from server NC031 to NC041.

At this point we are not anticipating much, if any, down time. However, this is subject to revision. Please contact support if you would like further details as they may apply to your account.

Please note that this maintenance and migration affects only websites. It does not in any way affect email.

Upgrade of NC031 to NC041

16 August 2019 10:24:47 +0000

We will be finalising work this weekend on setting up a new server on which the latest version of PHP will be available for those web apps that require it. If all goes well, all websites will be migrated in one fell swoop. If there are issues to overcome this will be delayed to some point during next week or perhaps on the following weekend.

Please check back here for updates. Thank-you.

NC031: Maintenance glitch with back-ups

28 April 2019 06:40:10 +0000

Our apologies, but a missed step in cleaning up after the maintenance on NC031 meant that today’s back-ups did not complete successfully. Everything is properly in place for them to run properly as scheduled tomorrow.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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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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