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How to Install WordPress on Vesta Control Panel

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress on the Vesta Control Panel. Vesta Control Panel is a free open source control panel that is an excellent alternative to cPanel. WordPress is a content management system that is also free and open source.

Prerequisites

A server with Vesta Control Panel and website created.  You can follow this guide to install Vesta, and you can follow this guide to make a website.

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How to Comply with HIPAA

How do you comply with the Health insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? This article covers the four basic elements of the regulations. It also discusses myths associated with the basic compliance testing method, security risk analysis – most notably that a HIPAA risk analysis checklist is insufficient for compliance.

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How to Make a Website on Vesta Control Panel

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to make a website on the Vesta Control Panel. Vesta Control Panel is a free open source control panel that is an excellent alternative to cPanel. Making a website on Vesta is a very simple process, but if you have never done it, it can be cumbersome.

Prerequisites

A server with Vesta Control Panel installed.  If you do not have one, you can follow this guide.

If you would like to use a domain name, login to your registrar’s control panel and point the domain name to your servers IP. Otherwise, you can just use your server’s IP address.

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How to Install Vesta Control Panel on Ubuntu 14.04

Brendan Bonner July 21, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Vesta Control Panel Illustration by Walker Cahall

Vesta Control Panel Illustration by Walker Cahall

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to install Vesta Control Panel on Ubuntu 14.04. Vesta Control Panel is a free open source control panel that is an excellent alternative to cPanel. After the install completes, you will have Web, DNS, Database, Mail, and FTP Server. Vesta installs Nginx on the front-end and Apache on the back-end which essentially gives the best of both worlds.

Prerequisites

A server with Ubuntu 14.04 installed.  If you do not have a server, Atlantic.Net has a full selection of options, including our super-fast SSD cloud servers!

Installing Vesta Control Panel on Ubuntu 14.04

Download the Vesta Control panel install script with the following command:

curl -O http://vestacp.com/pub/vst-install.sh

Once downloaded we can start the script by running the following command:

bash vst-install.sh

Your terminal should look similar to the one below.

An example of the Vesta install. Hit Y and then enter

An example of the Vesta install. Hit Y and then enter

Type Y and then enter to proceed to the next step.

Enter a valid email address and then hit enter.

Enter a valid email address and then hit enter.

Enter your email address and hit enter.

Note: It is important to enter the correct email address as your server will send important information to it.

Either hit enter to accept the default hostname or set a new and then hit enter.

Either hit enter to accept the default hostname or set a new and then hit enter.

At this step, you can set your hostname or keep your current hostname by hitting enter. After hitting enter, the install will begin.  Vesta says it can take up to 15 minutes; however, most of the time it is much less.

After selecting the hostname, the installation will begin.

After selecting the hostname, the installation will begin.

Once the installation is complete, you should get an email similar to the one below. It will have the Vesta control panel link, username, and password.

Once the installation is complete, you will get a screen that has the control panel login

Once the installation is complete, you will get a screen that has the control panel login

Likewise, you should get an email like the email below, with the same information as above.

An example of the email sent by Vesta to the email you set up earlier.

An example of the email sent by Vesta to the email you set up earlier.

We can now login to the Vesta control panel, by using one of the links from the terminal or email.

An example of the Vesta login page

An example of the Vesta login page

Once you login, you will get a screen similar to the one below.

An example of the Vesta control panel after logging in

An example of the Vesta control panel after logging in

What Next?

Congratulations on installing the Vesta Control panel on Ubuntu 14.04. Thank you for following along this howto, please feel free to check back for further updates, or follow our guide on making a website on Vesta here.


What is the CVE-2015-2426 Font Driver Vulnerability?

Jason Mazzota July 21, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

On July 20, 2015, Microsoft released a patch (specifically, MS15-078) for a newly announced security vulnerability, named CVE-2015-2426, that affects all supported Windows cloud hosting systems to date. Microsoft has marked this vulnerability as critical and recommends that all servers be patched as soon as possible. The affected Windows versions include:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows RT and RT 8.1
  • Any Server Core Installation

 

What is the CVE-2015-2426 Font Driver Vulnerability?

This is a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Font Driver that would allow for remote code execution via specially crafted OpenType fonts. These OpenType fonts could be contained in specially formatted documents or embedded in non-secure web pages.

 

So what does this mean?

Microsoft reserves “critical” for its most severe vulnerabilities. In these cases, an attack can bypass existing security measures. For example, if an email comes to you with a legitimate-looking document for you to open or download, or if you visit a website containing one of these embedded OpenType fonts, an attacker could execute malicious code that could install a keylogger, start network attacks against other people, or encrypt all of your files and demand ransom for the decryption key. Those are just a few of the scary examples of what can be done with remote code execution.

 

How do I get this fixed?

Update! Microsoft released, via Windows Update, a patch outside of their normal monthly Patch Tuesday cycle. If you just want this specific update, it is labeled KB3079904. If you want to manually apply the update outside of Windows Update, see the TechNet article, and follow their information for direct download links for each Operating System affected.

 

How does the KB3079904 fix this?

The update changes how Windows Adobe Type Manager Library processes and handles OpenType fonts. Once you apply the update and restart your Windows  device, you will be safe from the vulnerability. For more details on the MS15-078 patch, check out the Microsoft Support article.




How to Import a VM Export on Windows Server 2012

Jose Velazquez July 17, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
Verified and Tested 03/31/2015

Introduction

In this how-to we will walk you through importing a VM in Windows Server 2012. Click here for more information on how to export a Virtual Machine.

Prerequisites

– A Server with Windows Server 2012 running Hyper-V.

– The exported VM must be copied to the local host server prior to starting the import.

Importing a VM Export on Windows Server 2012

From Hyper-V Manger, Click on Hyper-V server and select Import Virtual Machine.

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-1

This is the output of the Import option in the Hyper-V Manager

Select the virtual machine folder path (This is the folder that contains the exported machine files).

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-2

This is the output that you will see in order to specify the Import location

Once you’ve selected the path, the next page will show the machine name in Import Virtual Machine page. Select your VM and click next.

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-3

This is the screenshot that you will see to select your virtual machine

Select the Import mode.

Note that exported files can be reused to clone additional VMs only by using “Copy The virtual machine (create a new unique ID)” option.

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-4

This is the screenshot that you will see to Choose your Import Type

– Register the virtual machine in-place
– Restore the virtual machine
– Copy the virtual machine (because we want to reuse the export, we’re using this option)

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-5

This is the screen shot that you will see to specify the location that you want to import your VM

Select the Virtual Machine storage path to store virtual machine files. We’re using the default values here, but if you want to store your VMs in a specific folder, this is where you would make the change.

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-6

This is the screenshot that you will see after you Choose your VM location

Select the folder path to store Virtual Machine hard disk.

Importing a Cloned VM in Windows Server 2012-7

This is the screenshot that you will see after you review and confirmed your options

Review your configuration selection, and click on Finish to complete the import.

Congratulations! You have just Imported A VM in Windows Server 2012. Thank you for following along in this How-To! Check back with us for any new updates, and try a Cloud Hosting solution.


How to: Exporting a VM in Windows Server 2012

Verified and Tested 03/31/2015

Introduction

In this how-to we will walk you through Cloning/Exporting a VM in Windows Server 2012. The Windows Hyper-V term for cloning is called export. The Export features in Hyper-V is the ability to make and export an exact image of a virtual machine and import it on another host.  This process can be done while the server is active, as it captures whatever the server has up to the point of the export.

Prerequisites

– A Server with Windows Server 2012

– A Virtual Machine that you want Cloned or Replicated

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How to Install Mumble Server on Ubuntu 15.04

Ernest Coleman July 16, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
Verified and Tested 06/15/15

Introduction

In this how-to, we will be installing a Mumble VoIP server on Ubuntu 15.04. Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high-quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.

Prerequisites

To install Mumble, you will need an Ubuntu 15.04 server, if you do not have a server, consider spinning up a Cloud Server from Atlantic.Net in under 30 seconds.

Install Mumble

Mumble may not be available in the default Ubuntu repository. To add the repository–

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mumble/release
An example of adding the repository in Ubuntu

An example of adding the repository in Ubuntu

An example of the process after hitting enter.

An example of the process after hitting enter.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mumble

or if that command does not work, you may do the following. —

An example of the install process

An example of the install process

sudo apt-get install mumble
sudo dpkg-reconfigure mumble-server

Advanced Config

To configure, open up /etc/mumble-server.ini via nano or vi (user preference):

nano /etc/mumble-server.ini

In order to avoid users from affecting your Mumble server negatively , you may use Mumble’s global-ban system.

The below configuration is set so that if someone attempts to connect to the server (unsuccessfully) 5 times within 60 seconds, they will be banned for 150 seconds.

autobanAttempts, autobanTimeframe and autobanTime
#autobanAttempts = 5
#autobanTimeframe = 60
#autobanTime = 150

In order for these rules to take place, you must remove the # in front of each line.

Serverpassword

You will be able to choose a password for your server here. Be sure to use a strong password such as: f;Q=uS6/#BK5t<(9

# Password to join server.
serverpassword=

Welcometext

This setting displays a message to the users every time they login to the server.

# Welcome message sent to clients when they connect.
welcometext="
Thank you for choosing Atlantic.net! We hope you enjoy your stay
"

Port

The default port used by mumble if port 64738.

port=64738

Users

With this setting, you can limit the number of users allowed on the server at one time.

users=150

Allowhtml

Set Allowhtml to true to allow HTML to be used in messages.

allowhtml=true

Press Ctrl+X to exit /etc/mumble-server.ini

Perfect, now your Mumble server is installed and configured!


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