Category Archives: updates

SSL certificates + yoga quote of the day

SSL certificates where installed Friday, all is working perfectly now.
Like to leave everyone with a wonderful quote:

What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.” ~ Ganga White

Dan.

SSL certificate

Looks like another 2 years has passed and time to renew SSL certificate for SunSaturn. I expect to have expired SSL certificate replaced within 2 weeks, for now just use something like Firefox where it is easy to add exception to site to access billing and CPANEL easily.

Dan.

New Server

Updates will be performed all week to move to new server. I expect very little downtime, this server move with SSD’s, and lots of disk space will help improve SunSaturn’s offerings. New server is now at datacenter and changeover is commencing.

Some updates are already in progress, and an IP change will be done. Please contact me to be added to facebook if you would like more up to date progress.

List of server improvements:

1) Main SunSaturn will be using FreeBSD 10 with ZFS for improved snapshot backups.
2) CPANEL will have more memory and disk space
3) Server is using INTEL enterprise SSD’s to increase performance.
4) Server is fully capable of full virtualization.
5) Uptime will be improved with server update.
6) Sites will load faster, and we have lots of bandwidth.
7) We will offer CPANEL on SSD’s completely, websites will be very fast
8) Increased memory and SSD’s will make databases 10 times faster.

Dan.

Server Coming Along

All is coming along for new server, I look forward to bringing hardware upgrades to all users. I expect in next month we will have some exceptional speed for all databases, websites and anything else. I am pleased to bring you a worthy upgrade.

Tech mumbo jumbo:

Hardware for server all in play now. Working on virtualizing host over next week or 2, and getting any important configurations done. Things are coming along, looks like I will be moving main SunSaturn.com back to FreeBSD since I only converted it to Linux since last server did not support KVM, and rest, CPANEL etc will stay Linux. So focus will largely be on moving from openvz to KVM, and operating system change for SunSaturn.com itself.

A lot of people may say why not move to VMware. Well for a lot of reasons. First of all, I like control of main host to do any advanced configurations, firewalls, openvpn, NFS or whatever I choose. I do not like control of host taken away from me 🙂 As well, host may serve as a SolusVM host down road if I so choose, so reasons not to give control away. Secondly, KVM virtio drivers have been said to outperform VMware ESXI, since we do not want to loose any I/O speed, the choice seems obvious. In reality I only see good coming from open source companies, take a look at MySQL and Mariadb, I have a feeling we will see same thing with Linux KVM/ovirt and VMware. How VMware was even allowed to submit code into Linux kernel, is beyond me. I think in end, open source will prevail, like it always does, when there is no more money in hypervisor market one day, VMware will just be abandon wear like all companies that have come before them. For now, they seem to be needed in enterprise world for companies with many servers to control, and fill a gap, time will tell for how long 🙂

Dan.

New Server

Time to build a new server!

Seems we have outgrown our current server, and an upgrade is needed. Currently we are having issues with not enough memory, and not enough disk space. Other issues include older cpu chipsets that do not do full hardware virtualization, which is a known problem on the Dell 2850 servers. What I propose is we order a barebones new server and upgrade components inside it to bring us exceptional speed, full hardware virtualization, lots of memory and diskspace, and everyone is happy with how fast their websites load and databases perform.

We use enterprise SSD’s for speed/reliability and load it with tons of memory to ensure we never have a memory shortage again. I thank everyone for their patience on this upgrade, I did comment to many people I would commence on this after the new year, and I have, I am hoping to have this completed by worse case scenario, end of March/14. For anyone interested in technical builds, read on below, for the rest, I look forward to bringing you a great hosting platform for March /14.

Completed:
a) Ordered a barebones Dell 2950 generation 3(will provide full virtualization support on 2 quad cpu chipset(8 cpus total @2.83ghz))
b) Ordered a memory upgrade to bring it up to 32gb(arrived and installed today – system detects full 32gb)

In Progress:
a) Memory checks
b) Order bay trays
c) Order Icy Dock Units
d) Order Sata Power Splitter + SSD cabling for checking onboard sata performance vs raid controller.
d) Order Intel s3500 SSD’s
e) Test SSD’s against perc 6i controller for single disks, raid 0, as well as onboard sata performance in software raid configurations.
f) Configure linux operating system using deadline I/O scheduler, VM’s with NOOP I/O scheduler, virtualize with KVM, convert all openvz hosts over to new KVM virtualization.
g) Ship unit to colocation and do final setups over a week period before conversion.

Dan.
SunSaturn Wishes You A Happy New Year

University students

For students I have taught or any educational institutions, I have opened a special offer. $19.99 for the year which includes a domain of your choosing and free hosting for the year on any of the TLD’s from main site. Ie: .com, .net etc.

This is to show SunSaturn’s strong support for the next generation of talented designers and programmers as a way for you to show case your skills to future employers with examples of work for them, or to develop your skills further on live productions systems you will encounter with all the latest technology installed for your use.

To apply this offer, email support@sunsaturn.com the domain you would like to use for your website or me personally after you have filled out: https://secure.sunsaturn.com/register.php so I have you on file, then I will send you an email back, how to pay the invoice, ie credit card, or paypal and you should be good to go!

Dan.

SunSaturn Washington DC, at presidents inaugeration

Will be at canadian embassy on Inaugeration Day, Jan 21/2013, I look forward to getting good pictures of event, should be an exciting day. Do give me a call if you are in the area! I am going to spend some time here, I plan on returning to canada on February 20th, helping a friend drive their car back for 5 days from February 15th-20th, should be a nice road trip! In past many weeks I have spent some time at Myrtle Beach, and virginia beach having a nice holiday, I am enjoying my vacation, I also celebrated a birthday yesterday, it has been wonderful so far…

Dan.

Washington D.C.

Happy new year everyone, I will be in Washington D.C. in January, I will have my laptop with me, and 800 number should reach my cell phone if any issues. I expect to be back in Canada end of January, but definitely no later than end of February, again happy new year, and do call me up if anyone in Washington, we’ll have dinner!

Happy Holidays,

Dan.