Zonomi DNS TTL improvements

There have been a few updates to the Zonomi service (and RimuHosting's DNS as well after the next code push there).  These changes have been added to help address improve the service for a few 'niche/advanced' users.

Time To Live (TTL) edits

TTL values tell name servers how long they can cache DNS results before they need to re-query for updates.
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WordPress mass update script 3.4.2

This script will search /var/www (changeable in a variable) for any wordpress installs and make sure its upgraded to the latest version.
It will run a backup to /root/wp_upgrade/ of all files and database before doing anything with the site in case of major catastrophe (make sure you have spare disk space if your sites have a lot of uploaded files).

It pays to check each site after the upgrade to make sure plugins all worked (and upgrade plugins before the upgrade works also!)

Let me know if you have any bugs at all, or any problems.

Here’s your script to upgrade them all.

wget http://b.ri.mu/files/wordpress-upgrade.sh
bash wordpress-upgrade.sh

MD5
d2e204576652457fd543c6ae3587941a wordpress-upgrade-3.4.2.sh

SHA1
8276bec77e19ee752d2cbfe51f32310d63115bfa wordpress-upgrade-3.4.2.sh

If you find any bugs or problems, just let me know at liz at rimuhosting dot com. I have now renamed the script to wordpress-upgrade.sh for easy future memorability (using symlinks to link to the latest version)

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Burning Man – Chris Twemlow from All Things Web

Some of you may recall us giving out or swapping shirts in previous posts, some of the shirts have been photographed in some amazing places.

Chris Twemlow from http://allthingsweb.co.nz/ has  just emailed us in this beauty of him at a recent Burning Man

Got an interesting location with one of our shirts? grab one from http://www.cafepress.com/rimuhosting , and email us the picture.

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WordPress install script

We like wordpress, a lot of our customers love it too. WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog, it is normally called a CMS too.
We have created a script for automating the install of the last version of wordpress, even though installing wordpress is quite a trivial job, here are Rimu we love to automate tasks. The script is located for download at:

http://proj.ri.mu/installwordpress.sh

It has been tested in Ubuntu 12.04, Debian Squeeze and Centos 6, but should work in older systems too. It features options to try to be compatible with Virtualmin control panels installs (and it may work with Plesk too).

It is easy use to install multiples instances of wordpress. It assumes that common packages such as apache, php, are already installed. Our VPSs already come with these packages installed. Script will normally stop and prompt if it encounters problems or is about to rewrite something. It will check if mysql running and install it, configure wordpress databases and users (it will generate random ones for you), configure wordpress config file and configure an apache virtual host for the wordpress install. It tries to do its best to detect existing files or configurations.

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SSH keys on new servers

You can now set your public ssh key(s) at http://rimuhosting.com/cp/sshkeys.jsp .  These keys will automatically be added to new server setups.  And the keys can be used when you enable a server's console-over-vps feature.

SSH keys are great when you want to avoid re-entering passwords every time you log into a server.  The Ubuntu team wrote a page about setting up and using SSH keys.  And SSH keys can be used with Windows SSH clients (Putty/Pageant)

 

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RimuHosting is hiring!

We are fortunate to have a lot of great customers.  In fact we are lucky enough to have enough of you that we are actually getting pretty darned busy.

So we are looking to add another sysadmin or two to help out.  This position is for our Cambridge, NZ office.  But there may be an option for the right person overseas.

We have posted some details at http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=504465487

If you have a sysadmin friend who you think would be a great fit for us, please pass this onto them.

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Up-sized VPS options in Australia

We are happy to announce that we have had some super fast servers land in Brisbane with a ton of memory.  As a result we can now offer even faster servers with more memory for less money.  Isn't Moore's law great?

See:

http://rimuhosting.com/order/vpspricing.jsp?dc_location=DCBRISBANE

We recently spec-ed out, built and shipped a bunch of new Jaketown servers over to the data center we use in Brisbane.  Each server has 12 x 2.3 Ghz cores.  And each has 96GB of memory.  Because of the great price we got on the server, and the large amount of memory you will find that our 'market pricing' algorithms are able to give you the best memory for your dollar we have been able to offer in Australia.

To order there see: http://rimuhosting.com/order/v2orderstart.jsp?dc_location=DCBRISBANE&dt_allowance_gb=6#variable_plan

If you are currently located in Sydney or Brisbane and are considering moving to the new servers check out https://rimuhosting.com/cp/vps/move.jsp?selected_datacenter=DCBRISBANE and target one of the new servers (e.g. host996).

We continue to offer VPS hosting from Sydney.  But there is not as much spare capacity there now as in Brisbane.  Since the bandwidth pricing is better in Brisbane and we have had such good reliability and performance there it made sense for us to put this latest shipment of gear there.

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Staff Member David Mace is in Hospital, he needs some video get well messages

Some of you may know already, that David Mace is in hospital in a serious way after an aorta rupture. He was taken to the hospital and had several surgeries. Over the past couple of weeks he's been in an induced coma, and there was some uncertainty if he was going to survive. He has started showing improvement now, his blood pressure and pulse are in a good range, they started feeding him through a tube.

Now he is showing some signs of life, and awareness of what is going on around him, his wife has said 'I think he'd appreciate a funny video from all of you guys'

Whilst we want to do a funny amusing video, we do not want it to be too funny, it may hurt him to laugh! So we are going along with some funny/informative videos about our workplace, the people here, and general life. So we made a mildly amusing fun video for him which we are going to send to him, including a tour of office, some silly jokes and the like.

Whilst i was doing it, i was wondering if any of our customers wanted to make a video showing their work place, get well messages, or mildly funny things at all ? If so, just upload to youtube.com and email the URL to liz at rimuhosting dot com :)
Feel free to have it set to private, ours is, purely because customer details are in the screens in backgrounds, and other personal details we would rather not share may be in it.

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WordPress mass update script 3.4.1

This script will search /var/www (changeable in a variable) for any wordpress installs and make sure its upgraded to the latest version.
It will run a backup to /root/wp_upgrade/ of all files and database before doing anything with the site in case of major catastrophe (make sure you have spare disk space if your sites have a lot of uploaded files).

It pays to check each site after the upgrade to make sure plugins all worked (and upgrade plugins before the upgrade works also!)

Let me know if you have any bugs at all, or any problems.

Here’s your script to upgrade them all.

wget http://b.ri.mu/files/wordpress-upgrade.sh
bash wordpress-upgrade.sh

MD5
ca9e37fc0cce7348ba0bea2dee4cdf43 wordpress-upgrade-3.4.1.sh

SHA1
3846d892b8a894af6541c577eac4dd2cc557a25e wordpress-upgrade-3.4.1.sh

If you find any bugs or problems, just let me know at liz at rimuhosting dot com. I have now renamed the script to wordpress-upgrade.sh for easy future memorability (using symlinks to link to the latest version)

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SSD-backed VPS hosts

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of SSD-backed VPS hosts.

These servers run the VPS images on a RAID array of SSDs.

The SSDs increase the disk IO throughput and decrease disk IO latency (particularly on 'random access' activities, like database inserts/queries).

You can order a new VPS (just select the SSD option on the ordering page).  Or if you have an existing VPS you can move it to one of the SSD backed hosts.  e.g. select host895 on the move page.  Currently the SSD-backed host option is available just in Dallas.  If you need it in other data centers just let us know (here in the comments or via email).

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