New SSL Certs Installed

     I apologize for the brief interruptions in mail and web services today.  It was necessary to install new SSL encryption certificates as the old were about to expire.  Comodo is now Sectigo and they only shipped me the domain cert and one of two intermediate certificates and no root certs so the bundle-ca file they provided didn’t work.  Had to get them to re-issue so it took two installs.  In the process I discovered a configuration issue with the incoming mail servers.  Encrypted mail would only work if the far end requested STARTTLS on port 25, port 587 and 465 were not operational.  Now it will accept encrypted e-mail on any of these ports either STARTTLS or TLS wrapper mode.

Web Server

     I received a call today asking when the web server would be back up.  The operating system was responsive, Apache was running but some pages would come up and some would not.  I wasn’t able to determine the cause but rebooted the server and it hung during the reboot attempt.  I then hard forced a boot and after it came back up it seemed to operate normally.

Maintenance Completed

     Tonight I completed the task of configuring the new drives in and moving data to them.  This required a lengthy downtime of the virtual machines including web service on this particular host because data can’t be accessed while it is being moved from one RAID array to another.

     I still have to check all the machines to make sure all disk partitions are properly mounted and all machines properly NIS bound but otherwise everything should be good.

Maintenance May 10th / 11th 11:30-1:30

     I will be taking the server which houses home directories down to attempt again to add disks again.  This time equipped with 3-1/2 to 5-1/4 adapters and power cables.  Expected downtime is about an hour but I will also be rebooting the other machines to get them off of the 5.0.0 kernel which has proven to be flakey.


NextCloud Terms of Service / Login Problems

     Login problems were caused by the fact that the syntax required by the external users module, used to allow login with Eskimo system logins, changed between 14.10 and 15.07 but nothing bothered to check this or tell me about it.  The config.php syntax has been corrected to work with the newer version.

     You will need to agree to terms of service, if you do not, service will not be provided.  If you are using automated apps, before they will work you will need to login to the website:

     And tick the ‘Accept Terms of Service’ box.

NextCloud Update

     An upgrade from 14.06 to 14.10 broke several applications for which no update was available.  I will be cleaning those up and then proceeding with an upgrade to 15.x this evening.  This is somewhat involved so may not be finished for several days.