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Office of The Commodore. / Re: A status update
« Last post by The Commodore on March 17, 2016, 06:49:37 PM »
Feel free to look at the new front page.

The other pages, I wont bother with.  They seem okay; the front page was getting quite decadent.  The join pages require work providing formtools is more configurable.
Domain name issuing is pending but we'll get there.
Office of The Commodore. / Plesk ModSecurity
« Last post by The Commodore on February 24, 2016, 03:00:27 AM »
Added a feature to do with incoming http requests.  If anyone suffers any outages then I'll know what it is (remove the mod).  It was an addon with the Plesk control panel so I hope that it's useful to website security.  If not then I'll just remove it.
Simm Recruitment Area / USS Athena seeking a Executive Officer
« Last post by Thompson on February 05, 2016, 09:34:28 PM »
The USS Athena needs you!!!

The USS Athena was commissioned in late 2374 shortly after the successful trials of the USS Prometheus. The year is now 2393 and the Athena has served for 19 long years with distinction but she starting to show some of the signs of her long service and is in need of a refit in which she is sent to Earth Dock to commence these works.

Instead of her much needed refit the Athena is given a new crew and secret orders. Most concerning the illustrious ship is given a Commander with a past, who has already lost one ship.

Has her luck changed? How will this tired ship fair?

We need the following key personnel at present:
*Click on the position to apply!

Alternatively come to the Athena's website and contact let me know if there is a position you would like that isn't listed.
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Domain movement -
« Last post by The Commodore on January 01, 2016, 08:38:41 AM »
Domain name move is complete.  For those had suffered an outage.  That was rectified.

Here's the events

Domain name was registered via the same registrar that the server is hosted on just to start putting domain names and server hosting with one company.  Unfortunately in the 'UK equivalent of a US company, .net domain names are not entitled to WHOIS privacy in the UK but that problem is only relevant to this one.  So it was reverted to domain name registrar with one UK company and server data with another.  So the domain name was transferred to the regular registrar that I usually use.

To transfer registrar takes 7 days and I was expecting nothing to be changed at nameserver level.
Authority is given at one registrar and is approved at the other registrar.
On the last day, the registrar transfer is complete and an email is sent.
The sites under sub-domain suffer an outage when drops off the domain listing on one registrar and appears on the other.
So the domain name needed to be re-added to the server as an external domain name rather than an internal domain name.  Once the domain name has been re-added, then the whole server system, internal nameservers register that and everything works.

Job done.
Office of The Commodore. / Domain movement -
« Last post by The Commodore on December 27, 2015, 11:53:09 AM »
Due to a WHOIS concern. is moving registrar.  Apologies for the interruption

- The Commodore
Office of The Commodore. / A status update
« Last post by The Commodore on November 27, 2015, 05:35:16 PM »

     In light of the previous experiences.  Next year, certain new and all the long serving members will be offered a full domain name initially for 2 years but registered to SFUK and then after that; will be offered over to the member to continue running.  The reason I'm keeping hold of the domain name is due to the length of time that sims survive where as only a few survive longer than a year.  But I plan to keep at least 10 domain names for reissue to new members or old members that wish to rename their sim.  I would like to consider it as a belated thanksgiving offering but I'll get over xmas and start the new year a fresh.  Also, the main website and submissions will need redecorating.  The main website is quite archaic so something new is in pipeline.  (Somewhere on my hard drive being tinkered).

-The Commodore
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Server move
« Last post by The Commodore on November 24, 2015, 05:05:01 PM »

Went through email entries and the issue only applied to one site so I was mistaken.

Nova updates pending and 2 forum issues.
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Server move
« Last post by The Commodore on November 24, 2015, 02:55:42 AM »

Database comparisons complete ie checked every single database against the backup and there were discrepancies in 3 of them, so those were refreshed so all members that have had missing data; should see them now.

Those that shout the loudest get served first so there was a file permissions issue on one site where the images weren't displaying or inaccessible so that was corrected.  After which, all the other sites were checked for file permissions issues and there were none.

Nova updates, haven't done those yet but also need to check a table in the nova databases which I neglected to get around to doing.  Those that don't get automated emails when they post; please try checking the email tick boxes in their preferences and if they don't tick and stay ticked after then there's an entry in the database that needs correcting.  I haven't been aware of this problem but something I came across when going through them and interactions with website owners.  It seems to be historical, not with the server but with nova versions; so the email_prefs table in the databases across the server needs checking and then modified.
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Server move
« Last post by The Commodore on November 23, 2015, 01:34:41 PM »

Database data is missing during the transfer.  Backups are being restored by the data table as the backup databases will not restore properly onto the new server.  Therefore it is being done by the table entry values.  Any table that is mismatched in terms of how much data is in the table from one server to another; that table in that database is emptied and refreshed.  This will take a lot of time to go through all the databases to cross reference with the backups.
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Server move
« Last post by The Commodore on November 23, 2015, 04:50:03 AM »
Email preferences in nova not keeping the tick?

All nova installs will be upgraded to nova 2.4.5.
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