Today, there is some exciting news to share! At some point over the next month, we will be migrating all hosting accounts on websrv04 to their new home on websrv05. This new server is substantially faster (40 CPU cores, 128 GB of RAM, and 9 TB of storage), and you will notice a nice speed improvement for your service as a result. PHP 8.1 and 8.2 are also available, and MariaDB has been upgraded to version 10.5.
Once the migration of your account is complete, you will receive an email notification, and you will be able to log into Plesk on the new server.
As with our last migration, there should not be much or any downtime during the migration process, but if you encounter issues, please let us know directly.
A brief notice to inform users on websrv04 that if you were using an unsupported version of PHP (7.1 – 7.3), your website has been automatically migrated to PHP 7.4 this evening. However, most people can safely switch to PHP 8.1, so please do so within Plesk at your convenience.
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.