Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

Grid reboot [02/13/2014]

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Due to problems we have had in the last couple of days with our grid, a full reboot is required. It will affect all Linux web servers except for and

The grid will be rebooted within next hour. The expected downtime will be around 30 minutes.

This is a fix, that we hope will permanently stop this issue from re-occurring and return websites back to full stability and performance.

[Update #1 – 14:13] The grid is now down and being rebooted. No websites will be accessible whilst this is being performed. We’re receiving many phone calls and support tickets about this issue, so our response times could be longer than normal.

[Update #2 – 14:51] The grid reboot is now in the final stages.

[Update #3 – 15:11] The grid reboot was successful. We’re now booting up all web servers manually. Your websites will start to be online and responsive shortly. Please allow up-to 15 minutes.

[Update #4 – 16:45] We’ve had some reports of websites not responding after the grid reboot. We’re looking into this now.


Network issue 9th-10th February 2014

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Services affected:


[UPDATE #1 – 9th Feb 2014] We are running a full, bare metal restore of these servers.

Web3 should be completed in about 2 hours. For web5 it is to early to tell.


[UPDATE #2 @ 10th Feb 2014 – 10:14AM EST] This update is a long-overdue, and please accept my sincerest apology for this. As you know, this is very atypical of us.

Web3 and Web5 storage state on our Applogic grid was badly corrupted that a full restore was needed. We attempted a bare metal restore as soon as possible, but that restore did not work. The restored server failed to be started. We have created a fresh HSphere web servers. All user accounts have been recreated on web3. And data is being restored from our backup server. Web5 is still recreating its user accounts at this moment. We will provide ETA as soon as possible.

This outage could not come at the worst possible situation as we have some staffing issues during this weekend as well. This is not to make excuse as we take full responsibility for the outage as well as the lack of communication. Our goal at this moment is to restore your data expediently.

We will keep you updated.
Posted by: Dave Tong, CEO


[UPDATE #3 @ 10th Feb 2014 – 10:46AM EST] All user accounts on web5 has been created. Web5 data is being restored from backup now.
Posted by: Dave Tong, CEO


[UPDATE #4 @ 10th Feb 2014 – 13:45 EST] We appreciate your patience. We have started Apache, so that when your website has been restored, it will be online and accessible straight away. FTP/SSH access is disabled temporarily until everything is back online. We’re not able to see what position you’re in the queue or when your website will be restored. Unfortunately, the restore process does take time and but we can now give you an ETA (likely much sooner): > within 12 hours. Every website is being restored and will be backup and running as soon as the website is restored. If you see a Hsphere default page instead of your website files, your website is still in queue to be restored. > within 18-24 hours. Every website is being restored and will be backup and running as soon as the website is restored. If you see a Hsphere default page instead of your website files, your website is still in queue to be restored.

The quickest way to check what web server your website is hosted on is to check under “FTP” inside your account control panel.

We again really appreciate your patience and understand how frustrating this is for you. We’re taking measures to ensure that this does not happen again and will release a full statement in due course. Keep checking back for updates.

[Scheduled] Mail1 Migration

Friday, August 16th, 2013

On Tuesday, the 20th August 2013 we’ll be migrating mail1. The migration will cause less than 5 minutes of downtime. No mail will be lost during the move. However, you may notice that some emails will disappear for a brief period of time while we resync mail data.

Update 1: We’re switching over to the new server.

Update 2: We’re switching back, due to some complications.


[Scheduled] Windows server maintenance

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

We shall be updating our Windows servers next week.

The approximate time when servers will be updated is listed below:

Win1 Mon 19th 9PM-10PM
Win2 Mon 19th 10PM-11PM
Win3 Mon 19th 11PM-12AM
Win4 Mon 19th 12AM-1AM

Win5 Tue 20th 9PM-10PM
Win6 Tue 20th 10PM-11PM
Win7 Tue 20th 11PM-12AM
Win8 Tue 20th 12AM-1AM

sp1 Wed 21st 9PM-10PM

mssql1 Thu 22nd 9PM-10PM
mssql2 Thu 22nd 10PM-11PM
mssql3 Thu 22nd 11PM-12AM

During that time, IIS will be restarted several times. You may also see the servers being rebooted to apply/complete the updates.

Scheduled Maintenance Node Reboot

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The following notice was sent to customers affected by the VPS hardware node reboot.

This email is to notify you of the upcoming scheduled maintenance on some of our VPS hardware nodes. You receive this email because you will be affected by this schedule maintenance. The maintenance will be scheduled as follows:

Day/Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Time: 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Eastern Time (GMT -04:00).

We will be performing a reboot of the VPS node hosting your account.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by opening a ticket from your VPS control panel should you have any further questions/concerns about this scheduled maintenance.

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