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What is New in Ubuntu 15.10?

Chelsea Fieler November 10, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Introduction

Ubuntu 15.10 was released for public use on October 22nd, 2015.  Nicknamed “Wily Werewolf” it comes with a few upgrades and changes that are worth noting.  In this overview, we will briefly touch on the changes and upgrades in the newest version.  Ubuntu 15.10 is primarily noted as a stepping stone to the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the next Long-Term Service release coming in April 2016.  Most of the major features remain largely unchanged from the current 15.04 LTS.

New Features

Linux Kernel 4.2

  • AMDGPU kernel drivers
  • Intel Broxton support
  • F2FS file-system encryption support
  • NV-DIMM support

A kernel for Raspberry Pi 2 has also been added to the archives.

One of the major changes is the migration to utilize systemd as the primary init system going forward.

Ubuntu 15.10Desktop

  • Unity, many bugs have been fixed as well as new features in this version,  focusing primarily on interface improvements, such as locally integrated menus for unfocused windows and scrollbar updates.
  • Compiz has several bug fixes, also of note is the integration with the MATE desktop.
  • Firefox updated to version 41
  • Chrome updated to version 45
  • MATE updated to version 1.10
  • GNOME now updated to version 3.16
  • Blueman 2.0 is now included
  • Able to pair new Steam Controller, can be paired through Big Picture mode in Steam
  • LibreOffice has many upgrades and changes, which can be located here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Edition

Ubuntu 15.10 now holds the newest edition of OpenStack, Liberty, including:

  • OpenStack Identity – Keystone
  • OpenStack Imaging – Glance
  • OpenStack Block Storage – Cinder
  • OpenStack Networking – Neutron
  • OpenStack Telemetry – Ceilometer and Aodh
  • OpenStack Orchestration – Heat
  • OpenStack Dashboard – Horizon
  • OpenStack Object Storage – Swift
  • OpenStack Database as a Service – Trove
  • OpenStack DNS – Designate
  • OpenStack Bare-metal – Ironic
  • OpenStack Filesystem – Manila
  • OpenStack Key Manager – Barbican

There is also experimental support being offered for erasure coded storage.

Other changes

  • Juju has been updated to 1.24.6
  • libvirt has been updated to 1.2.16
  • qemu has been updated to 2.3
  • Open vSwitch 2.4.0 is now included by default
  • Ceph has been updated to “Hammer” 0.94.3

As a personal use note, I updated my home computer to this version and did not notice any glaring changes after a few days use.  Things ran mostly how they always have, but maybe a little prettier.  I expect greater things are in store for Ubuntu 16.04.

Official Ubuntu release notes can be found here.

 

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How to Get Started With A FreeBSD Cloud Server

Chelsea Fieler July 14, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Introduction

FreeBSD is an operating system available in our Cloud environment.  FreeBSD is an open source operating system originating from a previous generation that was referred to as “BSD Unix” or “Berkeley Unix.”  Although FreeBSD is not part of the Unix family, and as such cannot use the name, it shares many features and qualities with the Unix/Linux operating systems.

More information on the history and recent updates to FreeBSD can be found on the direct website.

What you will need

In order to start setting up your FreeBSD server, all you need to do is create a server in cloud.atlantic.net.  A tutorial on adding a new cloud server can be found here.

System Configuration

The FreeBSD system configuration information is contained all in one file: /etc/rc.conf

You’ll find your network configuration in this file along with enabled daemons/system services.

For example to configure a network device named vtnet0 with an IP of 1.2.3.4/24 with a router of 1.2.3.1, a hostname of “test” and have sshd enabled, one would add the following to /etc/rc.conf:

ifconfig_vtnet0="inet 1.2.3.4 netmask 255.255.255.0"
defaultrouter="1.2.3.1"
hostname="test"
sshd_enable="YES"

For more information on how to configure FreeBSD and further options that can go in this file, view the FreeBSD Handbook.

Package Management

The default package manager on FreeBSD 10.0+ is ‘pkg’.

In order to use this on a newly provisioned system, one should first run ‘pkg update’

Some basic commands:

Ensure the package list is up-to-date:

pkg update

Determine if updates are available for already installed packages:

pkg upgrade

Install package(s):

pkg install <package name>

Search for package(s):

pkg search <package name>

Example: To install vim lite, sudo and tmux:

pkg update
pkg install vim-lite sudo tmux

See these links for more info:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/pkgng-intro.html

https://wiki.freebsd.org/pkgng

Private Network Setup

To configure a private network between two or more of your FreeBSD Cloud Servers, you’ll need to configure the second network interface on your device using the private network range provided in the Cloud Control Panel. You will also need to configure static routes between the images so that they can communicate properly. This will all be done in ‘/etc/rc.conf’.

For example, to use the subnet 10.9.243.0/24, with one image having the IP 10.9.243.1 and the other having 10.9.243.2, you would configure the following within the /etc/rc.conf file in each Cloud Server respectively:

1st Cloud Server:
ifconfig_vtnet1="inet 10.9.243.1 netmask 255.255.255.0"
static_routes="net1"
route_net1="-net 10.9.243.0/24 10.9.243.1"
2nd Cloud Server:
ifconfig_vtnet1="inet 10.9.243.2 netmask 255.255.255.0"
static_routes="net1"
route_net1="-net 10.9.243.0/24 10.9.243.2"

After the /etc/rc.conf changes, you must restart the network and routing services to bring up the private network:

service netif restart
service routing restart

Partitions/Filesystems

There are 3 partitions within your FreeBSD Cloud Servers:
/dev/da0p1 – 64KB boot partition, is not mounted during OS operation and is only used to contain FreebBSD boot code
/dev/da0p2 – 32MB Ext2 partition for Atlantic.Net use in configuring and interacting with your Cloud Server.  Empty and not mounted during normal OS operation

/dev/da0p3 – (size variable) UFS partition, mounted as /


How to: Managing System Logs with Journalctl

Chelsea Fieler July 7, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Introduction

In some of the newer Linux distributions, “init.d” or “rsyslogd” has been replaced by a program called JournalCTL.  Previously, logs were typically found in a particular location for each separate log file, rather than being easy to locate, manage, and manipulate.  Systemd made these log files easier to access by centralizing them, logging all kernel and user processes in one “journal.”  Journalctl is the newest version of this, which makes it even easier to manage these files.

In this guide, we will explain the basics of journalctl as well as a brief overview of suggested uses for the program.

Prerequisites

Must have a Linux distribution with journalctl as the system log management program, for example, CentOS 7.  If you do not have a server, consider a super fast SSD cloud server from Atlantic.Net.

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What is cPanel/WHM?

Chelsea Fieler April 20, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

What is cPanel/WHM?

cPanel is a leading web-based control panel that intuitively lets users manage all aspects of their website and creates valuable functionality by streamlining essential processes. From adding sub-domains and email accounts to installing scripts and checking bandwidth, the control and flexibility provided by cPanel is unsurpassed. By integrating cPanel with the impressive power of a Virtual Private Server from Atlantic.Net, the result is a truly efficient way to scale hosting solutions and manage individual servers from one user-friendly interface.

Enhanced VPS Offering with cPanel

cPanel/WHM is designed with several administrative levels and offers different user communication channels for administrators, resellers, and end users with email-based interfaces. These various administrative levels provide security, ease of use, and flexibility for everyone, whether you are a server administrator or simply an email account user.

A few of cPanel’s features include the ability to manage files via FTP, manage email accounts, control spam, view website statistics, and manage databases using MySQL, PostgresSQL and phpMyAdmin. In addition, cPanel Hosting offers valuable services such as automated backups and intuitive DNS management.

All VPS Plans Are Equipped With Cloud Features!

cPanel/WHM is available on Atlantic.Net’s VPS in the Cloud platform, which makes web hosting and managing individual servers both easy and effective. With Atlantic.Net’s world-class cloud hosting service, users can provision cPanel/WHM-ready VPS in seconds, as opposed to the 60-90 minutes required for self-installation or on-site physical or off-site dedicated servers. Call 1.800.521.5881 today or email us at [email protected] for VPS in the Cloud!


What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer.  SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.  If you have sensitive information on your website then an SSL certificate provides security so others cannot see your data.  Without an SSL certificate, your website data is open for all to see.

To request an SSL with Atlantic.Net, please call 1-888-618-DATA (3282) or email [email protected]

 

ProviderCertificate NameValidation Type

Comodo SSL Domain Validated
Comodo EV SSL Extended Validated
Comodo SSL Wildcard Domain Validated
Comodo Instant SSL Organization Validated
Comodo Instant SSL Premium Organization Validated
Comodo Premium SSL Wildcard Organization Validated
Comodo Positive SSL Domain Validated
Comodo Essential SSL Domain Validated
Comodo Essential SSL Wildcard Domain Validated
DigiCert SSL Plus Organization Validated
DigiCert SSL Plus Wildcard Organization Validated
DigiCert EV SSL Plus Extended Validated
Thawte SSL 123 Domain Validated
Thawte SSL Webserver Organization Validated
Thawte SSL Webserver EV Extended Validated
Thawte Wildcard Organization Validated
Thawte Code Signing Certificate Organization Validated
GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium Domain Validated
GeoTrust True Business ID Organization Validated
GeoTrust True Business ID EV Extended Validated
GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard Organization Validated
Trustwave Domain-Vetted SSL Domain Validated
Trustwave Premium SSL Organization Validated
Trustwave Premium SSL EV Extended Validated
Trustwave Wildcard SSL Organization Validated
RapidSSL RapidSSL Basic Domain Validated
RapidSSL RapidSSL Wildcard Domain Validated

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What is File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

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What is File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

What is FTP and How Do I Use FTP?

FTP is a way to transfer files between hosts over the internet. It is especially helpful as a way to upload or download files to or from a site quickly. To make an FTP connection you can use a standard Web browser (Google, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) or an FTP Client.  An FTP Client is a software designed to transfer files back-and-forth between two computers over the Internet. It needs to be installed on your computer and can only be used with a live connection to the Internet.  When using an FTP client such as Filezilla it is a simple process to transfer files. Generally FTP clients are divided into two panes so the process can simply be completed by dragging and dropping from your computer to your cloud server. Atlantic.Net offers many hosting solutions from HIPAA compliant database hosting to our popular selection of one-click applications.


How to Delete a Atlantic.Net Cloud Server

Chelsea Fieler March 18, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Introduction

This guide will show you how to delete an Atlantic.Net Cloud Server from your cloud.atlantic.net portal.  Please keep in mind that once a server has been removed, any and all data stored on that server is immediately deleted and irretrievable for security reasons.  Be sure that you want to remove the server you have selected as this action can not be reversed.

 

How to Delete a Cloud Server

To delete your cloud server, select the box next to the server you would like to delete. The box should turn into a blue square with a white check. If you are ready to remove the server, click remove.

Place a check mark next to the server you'd like to remove and select Remove

Your Server

 

Read the warning and continue

Confirm Removal

After you click remove, you will get a warning message saying that you are about to delete your server. If you are sure, click OK.

After you click OK, you should see that your server’s status has changed to removed.

Note the status of the server has changes to removed.

Removed

Contacting Atlantic.Net Support

If the above step by step directions do not assist you in completing your task or an issue arises while following these steps, please feel free to contact our Support Department at 800.540.4686 (option 3) or e-mail us directly at [email protected]



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