Discussion in 'Forum News & Feedback' started by boxerdog, Apr 18, 2010.
nice to be back
So acorn was down ?
My DNS has been all over the show this last week, so acorn has resolved a dozen times, and some sites only half load.
I've just moved to opendns because my paid for dns sucked
Again! Not a criticism, just an observation!
That's nice to know, I've been out all day with my 5 year old for her birthday and was thinking, can't wait to get home on tinternet, 1st thing I'll check Acorn.
I couldn't have gone on today anyway
I complained to the hosting co last week, they said they'd keep an eye on it, guess that doesn't include weekends.
Your hosting company give you quite a bit too much downtime
There seems to be a lot of internet based companies who dont work weekends!
Well it was fine before the virus I had. I paid them to remove it so do expect that it should work as before, but it doesn't.
I have escalated it to their Director.
thought you'd lost her!
glad you got sorted
sack your hosting co. it will happen again. fact
get a new company
I'm thinking to try upgrading VB to a more recent version before I do that.
Im still happy to take a look
But please think carefully about 'upgrading' unless you mean to 3.8.5. V4 is a big step.
Edit, if its just Apache dieing how does a script to restart it sound?
run every few minutes should do the trick (may need a couple of tweaks to your environment).
Script sounds cool but I have no idea with Apache. What would you need to have a look at?
Ill send you a PM
I was thinking about suggesting a script to restart apache every so often, last week when it went down. However it ought not to be going down in the first place. What kind of external monitoring of the forum do you have, if any?
I have great mods who text me (thanks Paul) and a web-based status checker that sends me emails, but I can't always get access to the Server to restart the services depending upon where I am and what I am carrying with me.
I have found that the best monitoring is a service that can check for the existance of a specified string within the web page, usually located near the bottom, rather than just something that pings the IP, or monitors for any basic http reply. This level of monitoring will make sure the database is working and outputing the correct content. Without it, apache could be posting something but it could simply be error messages. Websitepulse.com and Alertsite.com offer this level of monitoring and they'll monitor your site up to every one minute. You may also provide instructions so if something should fail; their staff can follow them (e.g. restarting services), or your staff can automatically be contacted to deal with the situation.
OK thanks will take a look
I've personal experience with Websitepulse.com. From what I can establish, a single target monitoring "http performance" every 1 minute, from a single location (probably London), with take over enabled (where their staff follow technical instructions if there's a problem), you'll be looking at $101 per month. This will allow you to monitor for a string you specify, preferably pulled from the database, and located at the bottom of probably the main forum page every 1 minute. If WSP fails to find this, every minute, you and others can be emailed and sms'ed. With this service their staff will follow instructions to fix the issue (e.g. apachectl restart or flush mysql - I forget what's relevant as not done it in a long time!). You can pay about $76 to get it without their take over.
You should, at the very least to 3.7.7 which is the latest version of the particular "branch" of VB that this forum is running. Anything less leaves known security holes, since they're public knowledge (all the hackers need to do - if they don't know already - is look at the Release Notes for VB updates)
You might also want to pay the one-time fee to get the "remove VB branding" option, which will strip references to VB out of the code that generates the threads. After that, you're free to edit the templates to remove references to the software/version number. It doesn't provide a LOT of protection, but it means that at the very least your forum won't be findable in the search engines if hackers are casting around for "insecure" forums to go after.
You can remove the version number without the branding free version but as you say security through obscurity isnt really security.
Though security isnt now causing this issue.
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