- January 25th, 2016 4 View(s)
Today around 10:40AM MST our primary SmarterMail service on MX01 went down. This was an unscheduled outage that was caused by a SmarterTools support employee who mistakenly restarted the service while investigating a bug that we had reported earlier last week. The service is now back online and running and we are working with SmarterTools to make sure this mistake does not happen in the future. The support technician was new and has since apologized for the action.
We’d like to apologize to everyone who was affected by this mistake. We are making sure this does not happen again in the future.
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- January 21st, 2016 4 View(s)
Keeping in touch with long-distance family, participating in business conferences, and interacting with other gamers is made easy through TeamSpeak, a server that allows VoIP communications all over the world. Where we once used roundabout methods of conference calls or chatrooms, TeamSpeak now provides a more efficient and effective service. TeamSpeak’s features are designed to make VoIP easy to use, enjoyable, and adaptable to the user’s needs. Notable features include:
- Unmatched Voice Quality and Low Latency
- Voice Data Encryption
- Public-Private Key Authentication
- Multi-Server Connectivity
- Customizable Server & Client
- Mobile-device support for Android and iOS
User customizations allow you to create server banners, avatars, and an interface to personalize your system and emphasize the fun-loving gamer community or the business-minded contacts of your next project.
Whether your next project is co-writing a novel with distant friends, meeting with business associates, or joining friends in a game of Minecraft, TeamSpeak provides the tools needed to make long-distance contact assessable and smooth.
Data-centers for TeamSpeak are situated across the U.S. and internationally, providing up-to-date and specialized service for every location. From Seattle to Washington D.C., from Dublin to Singapore, ASPnix’s TeamSpeak services are available and ready to help.
Additionally, our completely custom-built control panel allows for more flexibility and options for customization. You can start, stop, and restart your instance, create new admin tokens, edit server details, view users and their geographical location, and manage other users among many other options.
ASPnix offers a wide selection of affordable server hosting plans and packages adaptable to all needs and uses. Unlike most other hosts, our server allows for file transfers. There are no limitations on sound codecs or the number of channels and groups. We offer free custom hostnames, 1GB of monthly free download data transfer, and advanced network monitoring technologies.
Check out more of our awesome features and be sure to contact us with any questions!
- January 18th, 2016 1 View(s)
For the creatively inclined, there are few games that’ll satisfy as much as Minecraft, a sandbox style video game where you get to create anything from simple structures to environments to castles. In either single or multiplayer, you play as a character in virtual world made of blocks where you collect resources and use them to build, survive, fight, and collaborate with other players. For you socially incline gamers, you can even host your own multiplayer experience by joining a game server or creating your own.
Minecraft has a long history of development. It is the brainchild of video game developer, Markus Persson, has been acquired by Microsoft, and its current development is headed by designer, Jens Bergensten. The Minecraft you’ve come to know was in part influenced by Infiniminer, also a sandbox video game that pinned players against each other in competition.
Markus saw the potential in the ability to manipulate the environment in a virtual block based video game so he developed is own and released Classic mode in 2009. Classic mode branches off into Creative and Survival. Creative allows you to use blocks of different compositions to build to your heart’s content: cities, palaces, environments, characters—if you’ve got the imagination for it, you can make it happen. In fact, it’s the freedom of Creative mode that draws many players to Minecraft in the first place, given that there are no objectives. In contrast, Survival mode is just that—survival. As the player, you need to fend off hunger, build structures for defense, forage for supplies, and battle enemies. After that, Minecraft went through more phases of development in order to become what it is today. Millions of players around the world share the experience, including and especially with each other on multiplayer servers.
To add an extra dimension of fun, Minecraft multiplayer enables you to join another server or host your own. No doubt, some of you have already collaborated with other players in Creative feats or fended off Creeper attacks in Survival mode. Remember that a server allows you to connect to other people on Minecraft. The thing about joining another person’s server is that you never know what the rules are going to be, whether you’ll enjoy the in-game economy, or the other players are your kind of people. That’s why some of you have used or are thinking about using our Minecraft hosting platform. Renting your Minecraft server at ASPnix makes you the master of your own domain.
Some of the benefits are:
- Having control over who you interact with; invite friends and family to play in your world
- Unlimited slots; some hosting companies will limit the number of players you can have in your server but with us, you can invite have unlimited players.
- Controlling the rules; you decide how the in-game economy works, what the social rules are, who can go where and build what
- Multicraft Control Panel – user friendly, comprehensive set of controls over your server
- Installing your own mods and plugins; customize the gameplay experience and your control over it
- January 17th, 2016 12 View(s)
Malicious web traffic continues to run rampant across the web, filling website bandwidth with bot-clicks from China, Brazil, Russia, and other countries. Web-robots, software applications that execute tasks over the Internet, account for much of this traffic, making targeted sites vulnerable to hacking, fake accounts being made, click-frauds, and other security issues. As such, cyber security is becoming a rising concern for web-admins, whether you run a blog, small business site, or national enterprise; in fact, cyber security is a front every business owner should probably heed. That’s why geo-restrictions exist.
Consider this, why would someone at Beijing want to create an account with your Denver-based catering business? Let’s say you own a small business which you operate from a website and company email within the United States, and you have no incentive to do business overseas, so there’s no reason why you’d need to have your website open to the whole world. Let’s suppose that malicious web traffic tends to originate from countries like India or China. Geographically speaking, these countries have been blacklisted by Internet security inquires as the sources for spam bots, hackers, denial of services attacks, and bot-created accounts. Not only do these pose a security risk for you and your site, but potentially for your clients. Malicious web traffic is a means to an end: the bad guys want to get money and/or data. Most web hosting companies don’t offer this feature as part of how you manage your site. Luckily, ASPnix is now offering geo-restrictions as a FREE module, found in your Windows Control Panel (this feature will not apply to Linux shared hosting).
To activate it follow the steps:
- Login to our control panel system
- Select your website
- Select the Geo Restrictions tab
- Check the “Enabled” option
- Select the countries you’d like to block
For more information about this module – Please review our knowledgebase article.
By blocking the traffic coming from a country or set of countries, you can minimize security risks, thus the new module can act as an instant security feature.
Not everybody in the world has to have access to your site or even know what your email is. If you’ve ever had your credit card number stolen, then you’ve probably been the victim of a cyber fraud, so you can imagine the consequences if your business’ web infrastructure is comprised, and your customers’ data stolen by hackers. So consider geo-restricting countries you’re unlikely to have any business with, now that ASPnix is now extending this new IIS module to its customers at no additional charge.
If you have any questions, contact our Windows Cloud Hosting support department.
- January 9th, 2016 2 View(s)
Beginning at 4AM UTC on Sunday, January, 17th we will be performing thorough maintenance and standard cleanup on our Windows Web 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
- Windows Updates
This maintenance period will apply to the following web server systems…
During the maintenance period each server may be unavailable or sporadically online. We expect 15 – 30 minutes per server. We appreciate your patience during this period. No other servers or systems will be affected by this.
Scheduled Date: 01-17-2016
Scheduled Time: 4:00 AM UTC
Max Outage Duration: 30 minutes per server
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- January 1st, 2016 13 View(s)
Currently the data-center that hosts our TeamSpeak services in Atlanta, Georgia is experiencing a very large scale DDOS attack. Their network engineers have been working around the clock to attempt to mitigate the attack, but with slow results. We’ve been informed that they are slowly restoring full network capacity, but they are unable to provide an ETA on the restoration our nodes or servers.
We’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience as this issue is being addressed.
Thank you for choosing ASPnix!
Update – 11:26AM: Engineers are still working to resolve the issue. We had about a 2 hour window where the services in our Atlanta location worked perfectly before the attackers started another massive attack with a new vector.
- December 9th, 2015 6 View(s)
We will be updating our MX01 server to a custom build of SmarterMail this evening at 9PM MST. We expect the upgrade to take about 15 – 20 minutes. This custom build will address the reported issue of the “quick search” bar not working. With this update, all reported issues with SmarterMail will have been resolved.
Scheduled Date: 12-10-2015
Scheduled Time: 4:00 AM – 4:20 AM UTC
Max Outage Duration: 20 Minutes
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our support department.
Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!
- December 9th, 2015 5 View(s)
We are very pleased to announce that our MySQL server system is now running the latest release of MySQL – version 5.7. This release of MySQL improves performance, introduces new features, addresses numerous reported issues and continues MySQL’s legacy of being one of the best and most popular SQL servers and database engines on the market today.
The MySQL 5.7 release increases the performance of MySQL over our previous 5.6 installation, adds native support for JSON, Trigger improvements, InnoDB enhancements, improved query optimizer, improved security and many other innovations! Any application that makes use of MySQL should see an increase in performance, and developers will appreciate the native JSON support!
Our control panel now also supports the ability for our customers to enable / disable MySQL accounts without having to delete them to disallow access. This is a great feature to allow access to databases for 3rd party developers, designers, employees and other situations where providing access to a database is temporary.
We hope everyone enjoys the new release! If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know. ASPnix is very pleased to provide the latest in technologies to our customers and will continue to provide the best technologies!
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- December 7th, 2015 6 View(s)
We are pleased to announce that PHP 7 has been completed and released for production use! We have supported PHP 7 since it was in beta stages, now all Server 2012 R2 web servers have been upgraded to the final / stable release. PHP 7 introduces many new features and improvements, including 2x performance increase over the already fast 5.6 release. Our PHP 7 installation is fully 64-bit supported, no 32-bit installs here!
Along with better performance, PHP 7 adds true 64-bit support for Windows, Scalar Type Hints, Return Type Declarations, a JIT engine, improved exception handling and more!
Even though this PHP release improves performance of applications massively, we do not recommend that everyone simply change their sites to use this PHP release. PHP 7 has many changes that may break your site or cause undesired issues. Please fully test your website and all functionality before simply updating your website’s PHP version. If you have a developer or webmaster that has created your PHP-based site, contact them to see if your website has support for PHP 7.
WordPress and Drupal are known to work very well under PHP 7 however, 3rd party templates and plugins may not work properly. So please test your application thoroughly! Please note that certain extensions are not yet available, such as ionCube, Zend Guard, SQL Server, and Phalcon. As these extensions are made available for PHP 7 we will install them.
We hope everyone enjoys the new release! If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know.
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- November 13th, 2015 5 View(s)
We are very pleased to announce that we are now offering Linux Virtual Cloud Servers! In addition to our Windows VPS offerings under Hyper-V and Server 2012 R2, we are now offering Linux VPS servers under KVM and CentOS. Finally here, one of our most requested new services, alongside our new network setups, higher capacity link from Level 3, we can now deliver a Linux VPS Cloud system! All Linux VPS services run on new high-end Supermicro servers complete with Samsung Pro SSD drives, Intel Xeon processors and high performance DDR 4 RAM. Many providers charge extra for SSD-based VMs, we provide them as standard! Many other providers also use “Software Virtualizors” such as OpenVZ, we use true kernel-based Virtualizor called KVM. Which requires hardware that is fully capable for hardware virtualization and hardware virtualization acceleration.
We allow full SSH access as well as VNC support for Java and HTML5 supported browsers. Fully automated nightly backups, one-click install control panels like cPanel, ISO support to install your own Operating System if our pre-built templates do not meet your requirements and much more!
You can review our new Linux Virtual Server offerings and plans here https://www.aspnix.com/servers/linux-virtual-servers/ Signup, give one a try All VPS servers are setup instantly with the Operating System of your choice!
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