Failover – What happens when your VPS goes down?

A lot of customers are realizing that having 1 single VPS is great, but if for some reason it goes down and crashes, customers are left wondering what happened. Whilst rimuhosting monitor long term excessive CPU useage, it might be an hour before we realize a VPS has had an OOM error (out of memory)… Continue reading Failover – What happens when your VPS goes down?

Easy Peasy Linux Firewalling – iptables

A lot of our customers have asked for firewalls, and since this is a common theme, i decided that I would help them out. Of course it can be a mission to learn how to make your own and what to do or not do, and some of the pre-made ones can be confusing. So… Continue reading Easy Peasy Linux Firewalling – iptables

Rimuhosting does LCA2010

A couple of the die hard Linux fanatics here at Rimuhosting decided to bribe the boss into letting us go to Linux.conf.au this year, and in fact even managed to get him to become a little blue penguin sponsor. Luckily we have a fantastic employer[1] who was keen to get rid of us. We had… Continue reading Rimuhosting does LCA2010

Picking Your Distro

We frequently get questions asking which distribution to choose. The short answer is - pick whatever distribution you're currently using if it's one that you like and are comfortable using. :) It's not going to make a tremendous difference at the end of the day and the differences are mostly in the way you'll manage… Continue reading Picking Your Distro

rdiff-backup script using sshfs for larger backups

We have had a few customers who have much more data to back up, and taking a copy of that every day uses a LOT of disk space and can be time consuming. The answer is rdiff-backup . It does incremental backups whenever you run it, only backing up the difference from the initial complete… Continue reading rdiff-backup script using sshfs for larger backups

PHP 5.2 on Centos upgrade

Many of our customers request upgrading php to the latest stable version. Unfortunately CentOS does not have anything beyond 5.1.* in the official repository. We used to setup the remi repository as per http://rimuhosting.com/howto/php.jsp However, Remi moved on to the latest 5.3 branch. Unfortunately the 5.3 branch is not compatible with most php CMS/blogs out… Continue reading PHP 5.2 on Centos upgrade

Twitter competition: Win $100 worth of RimuHosting hosting credits

For a bit of fun RimuHosting is giving away a $100 VPS hosting credit.  For example, that is 5 months' worth of MiroVPS1 hosting  for your  own website! To enter just re-tweet this message: RT: @rimuhosting is giving away $100 worth of VPS hosting credits. Visit http://tinyurl.com/twittercredits for more info! Click for an easy retweet… Continue reading Twitter competition: Win $100 worth of RimuHosting hosting credits

Does your VPS have MD5 enabled for passwords?

We recently discovered that the way we install a VPS differs slightly from the usual CD install. This is not something we do specifically but something that can be improved on in the set-ups of CentOS5.3. When you install from a CD it automatically enables MD5 encryption in passwords (which should be the norm), however… Continue reading Does your VPS have MD5 enabled for passwords?