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  1. 1) I have some old domains that are long expired (short term projects that no longer are maintained) still visible in my Client area, is there an easy way to get rid of those inactive domains from my client area? 2) Is there a way to consolidate invoices around Domain renewals and hosting? Try and move everything to around the same expiration date maybe? So I send you guys one payment a year basically? Thanks, and keep being as awesome as you always are!
  2. So was trying to setup 2 factor authentication on my VPS, however wasn't having much luck. On looking into it I noticed the time is off on my VPS, which is a big no-no of course in 2 factor authentication. Or right now it's 2:39UTC on my VPS, but time.gov has me at 2:45UTC. Pretty significant for 2 factor. I tried correcting this with NTPD but it wasn't working for some reason. Tried opening firewall ports, no go. Does VPS Time sync only with the host or can I independently configure time? If you need to do it, could I ask you for a time check on dalvz109 please :-) either that or is it typically wise to setup WHM 2 factor authentication on a Virtual server to begin with? Thanks!
  3. tekiegreg

    D00d, what time is it?

    Awesome, once again Ryan, kudos to you and your team :-) Looking forward, are all servers typically time synced back to a NTP server somewhere? Is 2 factor ok to use for authentication when it's time synced (for example with WHM)? Thanks!
  4. Noticed today my IP Address for my outgoing mail changed. No big deal typically, but it knocked my SPF Record out of whack and was hurting my outgoing email's spam score with a soft fail on SPF. Is there an easy way to automate this to "Anything Hawkhost changed my IP to for outgoing mail, I promise it's not Spam. If it's anything else but that server drop that crappy email like a hot potato."
  5. tekiegreg

    Updating SPF Records Can it Be Done Automatically?

    Actually after still some more tinkering, this works like a charm: v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:<<primary IP Address>> +include:_spf.arandomserver.com -all Also note the -all, so there are no soft fails. If you're not _spf.arandomserver.com you can reject.
  6. tekiegreg

    Updating SPF Records Can it Be Done Automatically?

    Going to try this then: v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:<<primary server IP Address>> +a:_spf.arandomserver.com +mx:_spf.arandomserver.com +ip4:<<current server IP Address>> +ip4:<<Prior server IP Address>> ~all (deliberately snipped IP Addresses) Thing that's durable enough?
  7. So the non-profit organization I work for is getting tired of the canned wordpress themes out there and is willing to shake loose a few bucks for a custom one. I'm just curious if anyone in this forum has some free time on their hands and is willing to do something for cheap that's one of a kind. Any takers?
  8. You can find the hardware specs on VPS Here: https://www.hawkhost.com/vps-hosting Beyond that, it's pretty much what tgonhawk said. VPS is pretty much a "Do It Yourself" option for hosting. Hawkhost gives you a (Virtual) server, an operating system and some optional bits of software (Paid typically) and you're off from there. It's a very skeletal configuration to start and you'll need to shape in your own image. ...and I wouldn't have this any other way. In the VPS hosting world I'd prefer to call all the shots on performance, security and stability myself.
  9. Long story short, I wanted to fetch some PDF's and tear them apart for information. Anyone tried this yet on PHP or Java? IText was one gadget I found that looked fairly promising. But wondering what else people have come up with. Thanks!
  10. tekiegreg

    Adding Wordpress??

    Expanding on Brian a smidge, you may want to think about getting a reseller account in a situation like this, then moving your client in (I'm sure Hawkhost will let them move in under you), this way you have a "Alpha" account that lets you log into all your clients and install anything you want, such as Wordpress, that way one set of users and passwords you keep alone can do all you want. Clients still get their own users and passwords that keep them in their own realm. Disclaimer: I'm only a customer of hawkhost, but been in the industry a crap ton. P.S. now that I've done your suggestive up selling for you Brian, where do I send my invoice :-p
  11. Setup is always a bear, if you think Reseller setups are crazy, try a VPS. Six months into managing the one here I'm responsible for and I still wonder if I've got everything setup 100% the way it should be (but hey everything works so now it's just optimizing...) But yeah Hawkhost support is right on the ball :-)
  12. tekiegreg

    WordPress Users, Secure yourselves!

    Still very relevant advice, if anything I'm picking up more attacks on Wordpress sites I work with nowadays.
  13. tekiegreg

    WordPress Users, Secure yourselves!

    Getting sick of hackers getting at your WordPress blog? Want the HawkHost support staff to enjoy speaking with you instead of a *sigh* and an "oh you again, who hacked you now?" get this! http://bit51.com/better-wp-security-3-4-9/ Installed this plugin, and it walked me through tons of basic stuff in securing my site. Give the plugin owners a few dollars too. </shamelessplug>
  14. 2) We will never change the base price of the product on you. The only variable that would potentially impact your renewal price is if you sign up using a one time discount as opposed to a recurring discount. In this case the one time coupon would only be applied on your initial signup invoice whereas a recurring discount would be maintained through the life of the account. Can confirm, been here 3 years, paying the same base price for hosting my initial domain as year 1 (I've since moved in a few domains, signed one other shared account up and bought a VPS for another organization, and am contemplating moving my initial package to a VPS myself, but I can rest assured my soon to be arriving yearly bill will likely be the same unless I initiate the change...)
  15. So on Hawkhost right now: ---I have my personal shared space for my blog, few project sites, etc. ---For a non-profit I volunteer at, we have a VPS for our website that I help manage Also as well (not on Hawkhost) I manage a website for a large government agency on their own infrastructure, and have seen much in my 20 years experience on the interwebs. Performance: Of both of these has been nothing shy of amazing, the VPS server just doesn't quit no matter what kind of load we throw at it. We're fairly quiet most of the time but at certain times of the year we spike. Never an issue. My blog has never had any noticeable degradation either, just purrs like a kitten. Compare it to the big website I manage who gives me grief every now and again performance wise and I'm grateful Hawkhost doesn't give me much grief. Reliability: It really is nice going back to my non-profit's director's and telling them that I've had no unplanned downtime incidents since we've had the site :-) can't say that about the government agency I also work with... In conclusion: It just works out here :-)
  16. So I've got a VPS setup through Hawkhost, that amongst other things rolls its own DNS. All seems good but many have told me I really should find another server for DNS, security and reliability reasons. Makes sense. Of course that just costs more money, at least for a good provider. Thoughts? Is it really a best practice now? Would HawkHost help at all (maybe open up HawkHost DNS servers and allow me to place a zone file on HawkHost's own DNS)? Just curious...
  17. This sounds like you're setting up someplace away from Hawkhost since Hawkhost doesn't use VMWare. I'd suggest taking your question to another forum (or becoming a Hawkhost customer). Good luck!
  18. tekiegreg

    So fed up with Hawk Host after less than one day

    While some of those passwords I mentioned above are already integrated, the point I maintain will be that 100% integration of all logins out there is more a people problem than a technical problem. I don't think we'll ever get everyone to agree on all one format, and as tgonhawk mentioned, it's probably not even desirable or recommended.
  19. tekiegreg

    So fed up with Hawk Host after less than one day

    In defense of the "many passwords" problem, I don't see it as a Hosting problem, I see it as an industry problem. The Internet as it is today has evolved a need for so many services to run a site effectively, it takes many services to do what needs doing. Just to run a website: 1) Need to upload your data, FTP and/or Cpanel and/or Wordpress for users and passwords, all different people who created these software packages, all stuff Hawkhost didn't build and in many cases pre-dates Hawkhost's existence by a long shot. 2) Helpdesk, yet another person who created this software package 3) Billing, still another person etc.... Now then, to start consolidating logins, you're going to have to get the person who invented FTP, to agree to the same protocol that Wordpress, Cpanel and Helpdesk are all using. But oh that Billing guy is very disagreeable.... You'll never get everyone to agree on a format for a common login, period. Use something like LastPass (great password utility @ https://lastpass.com/) and grin and bear it. If you think this is bad, my work involves the maintenance of a very highly trafficked website for a big state government agency, I probably have forgotten more passwords than you could ever use with Hawkhost. Disclaimer: Not affiliated with Hawkhost, but been in the business too damn long.
  20. tekiegreg

    Beginner question

    To expand on this a little, before becoming a reseller it may be helpful to: 1) Define what kind of support you'll provide to your customers 2) Learn more about what Hawkhost will/will not support to help you In a nutshell they'll help with the server stuff though they tend to shy away from application things, aka Wordpress crashed when you're a reseller. The expectation is you provide the application help. 3) So between that, identify where the gaps are and be prepared for that by augmenting your support or busting out the "for dummies" and learning say Wordpress yourself. Disclaim what you won't do to the customer. This reallly should be key for any reseller lest you "leave a customer hanging" and wind up with him flittering off to a more value packed reseller (or even hawkhost directly) annoyed that you can't help. Determine what your "value" will be as a reseller, or why come to you as opposed to just going to Hawkhost directly? Disclaimer/About me: Not affiliated with Hawkhost but have been employed by many a web hosting company and ran a small web hosting company myself in my past.
  21. tekiegreg

    I have stupid question about RADIUS Server

    Not sure I'm understanding the question, but I'll give it a shot: Radius servers are elsewhere typically, they have user names and passwords on another server, that you use to authenticate with the hotspot. Good article:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RADIUS Bottom line, if you don't have a RADIUS Server that you know of, this is not going to work. I'd suggest a Pre-Shared Key (also known as PSK) instead. That way you only need to remember one password. If you insist on RADIUS authentication you'll first have to locate/setup the RADIUS server, then setup your Wireless to work with the server.
  22. tekiegreg

    Linux Weirdness...

    While I'm still a relative newb to the Kernel, I was curious about what version I was running on my VPS, so a quick screen from my SSH: [root@server ~]# uname -a Linux server 2.6.32-042stab113.11 #1 SMP Fri Dec 18 17:32:04 MSK 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Looking that up I couldn't help but think "Wait a sec, Hawkhost is giving me 2.6 kernels out of the Linux stone age? No way..." but then I ran the Kernel version by Google and find out it's really Kernel 4.7. Ok fair enough, saves Hawkhost a ticket... My question: Why don't the Kernel guys more accurately report? Anyone got the answer offhand?
  23. I can setup my own routines certainly, but didn't want to do anything redundant. Thanks!
  24. tekiegreg

    VPS Servers be Screamin!

    So the non-profit I'm working with had an old site on a GoDaddy shared plan, that was just hobbling along with 1 minute per page load times. Uggggh...I took over made a few initial improvements on GoDaddy, such as adding a Wordpress Cache plugin, etc. To speed things up, got page load times under 10 seconds. Then made a recommendation to get it off of GoDaddy and for extra growing room, let's consider a VPS. Of course with my favorite hosting guys at HawkHost. Got the server created, got the site moved, etc. My first load was already feeling a bit faster than GoDaddy... But wait, I didn't even activate the Cache Plugin for Wordpress yet....DAYUM! Very cool Hawkhost, very cool :-)
  25. Yup, just had this one happen. Wanted to clean up some old ownership information on a domain name I wanted to bring into Hawkhost (it had an older address, person not with our group, etc.), before transfer. What I didn't realize is that ICANN mandates a 60 day "Hold" against transfer on a domain once all that information is transferred. Ergo when I put the transfer order in, the current registrar (GoDaddy in this case) rejected the transfer. Of course it isn't HawkHost's fault, probably not really GoDaddy's either, ICANN sets these rules. But alas my domain transfer in will have to wait for mid August. Annoying but what can you do? Planning ahead for next time, you can change email addresses if you need a current email address for all the admin contact emails that will be heading in your direction, but that is all. So if you want to clean up registrant information and transfer a domain, it's likely cleaner to transfer the domain, changing only the email if needed, then change the rest of the registrant's information once the domain is in its new registrar.. Live and learn.