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  • SmarterMail Upcoming Maintenance

    No comments October 14th, 2017 8

    This evening at 7PM MDT we will be performing an update to the SmarterMail service on our primary SmarterMail server. This update finally addresses random performance issues with the webmail interface as well as major improvements to the import of contacts from CSV files. These bugs have also been squashed in this update (as reported by our customers)…

    • Domain calendars and shared notes not automatically updating for EWS clients
    • Unread mail count not automatically update if you were not on the mail page
    • Calendar appointments being created with the wrong day from the webmail interface

    During this time, our incoming gateways will process and hold any incoming email and deliver them once we have completed the update.


    All dates & times are listed as UTC.

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    Max Outage Duration: 1 hour


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • WEB12 – Windows Server 2016 / IIS 10 Upgrade – Incomplete

    No comments October 13th, 2017 23

    Tomorrow, Saturday the 14th at 8PM MDT we will be performing the Windows Server 2016 upgrade for this web server farm. We are allocating a 2 hour window for completion of this. This will upgrade the core OS to Windows Server 2016 and upgrades IIS to v10. IIS 10 introduces support for HTTP/2 as well as additional performance improvements for our web server farms.

    During this time, all websites and access to FTP as well as SmarterStats will not be available to the WEB12 farm. If you are unsure as to which web server your account is assigned to, you can review the “Services Information” area of the control panel at https://panel.aspnix.com/, the “Web Server” section.


    All dates & times are listed as UTC.

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    Max Outage Duration: 2 Hours


    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web-hosting provider!

    UPDATE #1: – The upgrade is still processing at this time. Is just over half-way completed. We will add additional updates periodically while we wait for the upgrade to complete.

    UPDATE #2: – The upgrade is still processing at this time. Is just over half-way completed. We will add additional updates periodically while we wait for the upgrade to complete.

    UPDATE #3: – The upgrade is still processing at this time. Is just over half-way completed. We will add additional updates periodically while we wait for the upgrade to complete.

    UPDATE #4: – The upgrade is still processing at this time. Is just over two-thirds completed. We will add additional updates periodically while we wait for the upgrade to complete.

    UPDATE #4: – The upgrade is still processing at this time. It is nearly completed and is working on final updates. We will add additional updates periodically while we wait for the upgrade to complete.

    FINAL UPDATE: The upgrade unfortunately did not complete. We are working with Microsoft to find the root cause. We will create a new blog post once we have determined the cause and fix.

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  • Important Information Outlook 2016 and ActiveSync Users

    No comments October 4th, 2017 60

    Sadly, it appears that Microsoft is beginning to pull ActiveSync support from Outlook 2016, begging with an update released on September 12th that has disabled ActiveSync support for new accounts (existing accounts will continue working). This is a very poor decision on Microsoft’s part, however, SmarterTools is working to add MAPI support into SmarterMail which will offer better integration with Outlook than ActiveSync did.

    For more information, workarounds and alternative email clients, please visit SmarterTools’ announcement here https://www.smartertools.com/blog/2017/10/04-Outlook-2016-and-EAS

    We highly recommend eM Client, which can be downloaded here – http://www.emclient.com/download – It is free for up to 2 accounts and supports Exchange Web Services, free! Exchange Web Services will allow eM Client to sync your email, calendars, tasks etc. just like ActiveSync, but without the licensing costs of ActiveSync. eM Client also includes a built-in chat system that can also connect to SmarterMail’s built-in chat system so you can chat with your colleagues and more!

    Please note that ActiveSync is still required for mobile devices if you wish to sync the above items.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix!

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  • SQL Server 2017 Upgrade / Maintenance

    No comments October 3rd, 2017 39

    This Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 9PM MDT we will be performing and upgrade of our SQL Server system to SQL Server 2017. During this time, any websites or external / 3rd party systems that rely on our SQL Server system will be unavailable. We highly recommend that all customers create and download a backup of their databases before this upgrade is performed.

    If you haven’t already, we recommend that customers that rely on this application download the 17.1 release of SSMS by visiting this link https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/download-sql-server-management-studio-ssms – This version will allow you to connect to SQL Server 2008 – 2017 and supports Windows 7 (SP1), 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 as well as Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2 and Server 2016 (64-bit versions only).

    This upgrade will not take as long as the previous 2016 upgrade as no data has to be moved or migrated, this is an in-place upgrade.


    All dates & times are listed as UTC.

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    Max Outage Duration: 2 Hours


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web-hosting provider!

    Thank you for your patience!

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  • SmarterMail Upcoming Maintenance

    No comments October 2nd, 2017 25

    This Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 10PM MDT we will be performing an update to the SmarterMail service on our primary SmarterMail server. We will also be performing an upgrade to the RAID storage sub-system that will allow for much faster I/O and access times, this will improve the load times of the Webmail interface. We expect this update to take no longer than 60 minutes.

    During this time, our incoming gateways will process and hold any incoming email and deliver them once we have completed the update.


    All dates & times are listed as UTC.

    Scheduled Date: 
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    Max Outage Duration: 1 hour


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • iOS 11 + ActiveSync + Server 2016 = Upset Mail App

    No comments September 20th, 2017 64

    Currently iOS 11 has issues with ActiveSync accounts that are connecting to a Server 2016 (IIS 10) web server, services such as Outlook.com, Office 365 and possibly other systems as well. We had hoped Apple would have resolved this semi-critical issue before the public release, unfortunately though, nope.

    For ASPnix’s SmarterMail customers using ActiveSync, we applied the “workaround” which involves disabling HTTP/2 on Server 2016 about 2 weeks before iOS 11 was publicly released, so customers who have upgraded already will not experience any email interactions with our services.

    If you have not upgraded and you use email with Outlook.com, Office365, we recommend that you wait until Apple has released an update that resolves this. 

    This issue only affects ActiveSync and the Apple Mail app when connecting to Windows Server 2016, it does not apply to Outlook for iOS. We have also received reports stating that the K9-Mail app for iOS is also not affected. If you are using IMAP or POP, this also does not affect you.

    If you are unsure as to your email configuration, we recommend waiting just to be sure! We will announce once Apple has released an update that resolves this problem. More information about the issue can be found by visiting https://www.petri.com/ios-11-exchange-not-kissing-cousins

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  • Scheduled Weekend Windows Server Maintenance

    No comments September 16th, 2017 51

    Beginning at 8PM MDT on this evening we will be performing thorough maintenance and standard cleanup on our Windows Web servers, SQL servers and our DNS servers. The following maintenance activities will be executed on our servers over the weekend…

    • Cleaning of ASP.NET temporary directories and other temp directories
    • PHP and 3rd party components updates
    • GeoIP database update
    • Windows Updates

    This maintenance period will apply to the following server systems…

    • WEB12
    • WEB13
    • WEB14
    • WEB15
    • WEB16
    • MYSQL
    • MSSQL
    • Windows control panel

     


    All dates & times are listed as UTC.

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    Max Outage Duration: 30 minutes per server (with brief interruptions of service)


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • SmarterMail Upcoming Maintenance

    No comments September 15th, 2017 46

    This evening at 10PM MDT we will be performing an update to the SmarterMail service on our primary SmarterMail server. We expect this update to take no longer than 60 minutes. This is a massive update that includes 100+ bug fixes and other improvements.

    During this time, our incoming gateways will process and hold any incoming email and deliver them once we have completed the update.


    All dates and times below are adjusted for your browser’s local time (when viewing on aspnix.com), otherwise UTC

    Scheduled Date: 
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    Max Outage Duration: 60 minutes


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • SmarterMail Upcoming Maintenance

    No comments September 3rd, 2017 81

    This evening at 8PM MDT we will be performing an update to the SmarterMail service on our primary SmarterMail server. We expect this update to take no longer than 60 minutes. This is a diagnostic build only – meant to add additional logging in order to further improve the performance of SmarterMail, specifically the web interface.

    During this time, our incoming gateways will process and hold any incoming email and deliver them once we have completed the update.


    All dates and times below are adjusted for your browser’s local time (when viewing on aspnix.com), otherwise UTC

    Scheduled Date: 
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    Max Outage Duration: 60 minutes


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • Locky ransomware – Spamvertised ransomware – Are you protected?

    No comments September 1st, 2017 63

    In light of the many news reports, the Locky ransomware is being distributed through a new spam campaign as a .vbs (VBScript) file and many customers have reached out and asked if they are protected from this, so we figured we’d let all of our customers know!

    First, our mail server does not accept any emails that contain attachments with dangerous file extensions, such as .vbs, so this stops the current primary attack vector. However, the ransomware can also be distributed through more “trusted” sources such as .doc (Microsoft Word) document, which are not blocked. With this, we have reached out to Cyren, our cloud-based anti-spam and anti-virus filtering service and they have confirmed to have detection algorithms and signatures for the Locky virus, including its variants. Since Cyren has very good Zero-Hour protection, our customers should be protected from even the newest outbreaks.

    We highly recommend that customers never open attachments from sources they do not know and always make sure that local anti-virus software and signatures are kept up-to-date. And of course, having a full backup of your PC at all times is the best solution, things do happen and it is a great idea to be prepared! And remember just because you may have files backed up to a local USB drive, this does not mean your data is safe! 

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

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