On Saturday, October 10th, I will be making a relatively significant change to email services on my websrv04 hosting server. This change involves migrating the mail server software in use from QMail+Courier to Postfix+Dotcove and changing the spam/virus protection component from MagicSpam to Plesk Email Security Pro.
This migration will result in mail services being offline for a short period of time (< 30 minutes). It may also result in your local email client (e.g., Outlook, Apple Mail, Spark, etc.) re-downloading all of your messages when the migration is complete.
The SMTP issue that we were experiencing last night after the Plesk upgrade has now been resolved. The issue was caused by a strict TLS Cipher setting I set after the upgrade, and was in no way related to the upgrade itself.
Take a moment to log into Plesk and have a look around. Plesk 18 is great, and I also made PHP 7.4 an option last night as well.
Please note that the majority of the Plesk upgrade and kernel patching was successful; however, we are currently experiencing an issue with outgoing mail (SMTP) at this time. Plesk support is investigating the issue, and I will post an update as soon as this is resolved. For more information, please follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitalorphans
Please excuse the 10 minute service interruption on websrv04 this evening as the system is rebooting in order to apply a patch.
Plesk 17.8 Upgrade
Plesk server control panel on websrv04 will be upgraded this weekend
to version 17.8. This upgrade will result in some periodic downtime on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. No significant outages are expected; however, please check @digitalorphans on Twitter for updates.
PHP 7.2 Migration
PHP 5.6 has long been end-of-life’d and it will be removed from websrv04
this spring. Websites actively running PHP 5.6 will upgraded to PHP 7.2 over the next few weeks. If special attention is required in your case, please let us know.
The transition to websrv04 has now officially been completed. All resellers, clients, and sites have been moved and users are encouraged to log into Plesk to checkout the new features of the server. We now support PHP 7.2 and Node.js, the server comes equipped with advanced spam filtering and automatic IP blacklisting for multiple failed login attempts. Your domain names are also now equipped with the ability to automatically load in a valid TLS/SSL certificate thanks to Let’s Encrypt.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Just a brief note to mention that I have transferred 49 domains from websrv03 to the new websrv04 server tonight. This is going to be a bit of a slower process than I originally hoped, but the migration utilities provided by the Plesk platform are pretty amazing. As a reminder, I will e-mail you when your account has been transferred over. If you encounter any issues after the migration, please be sure to let me know right away.
I would just like to let you know that I am starting 2018 off by doing
some relatively significant server house cleaning for DigitalOrphans. This
major server upgrade will begin this week, and I will be moving all 400+
domains to a new better-faster-stronger server. This includes an upgrade to
all server components including Plesk Onyx 12.5, PHP 7.1, etc. It will also
include larger disk-space and data-transfer quotas for you at no cost and
multitude of new hosting account features.
I will notify you by e-mail before I migrate your account, but I do not
expect downtime during the transition. I would however advise you not to
make any changes to your website during the actual migration period.
Please note that I was made aware of another issue this morning with the Horde webmail client. Essentially, mail within sub-folders appears to be missing. The messages are in fact there, they are just not being displayed. I will investigate further into this issue tonight, in the mean time domain administrators are encouraged to go into Mail Settings and change the webmail interface from Horde to Roundcube until the issue is resolved. My apologies for any inconvenience.
My apologies for the inconvenience today for users of Horde webmail. An unforeseen side effect of upgrading to PHP 5.6 last night was failed logins for users trying to access to that particular webmail client. I have done a quick patch this evening and everything should now be back in order.