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SwichLink now offers Back-up Options and Managed VPS

We at Switch Link would like to notify you that in our continuing effort to provide you with superior hosting services we have expanded our infrastructure to include automatic server back-up options within our data center! You will no longer need to back-up your own server to your computer; using valuable bandwidth, our new services will handle that for you with no effort on your part. Your data will be saved and ready for a restore in case anything goes wrong.

 

We would also like to tell you about another service we have added to our expanding list of options: Managed servers. When ordering a managed server you give yourself the option to have trained professionals resolve server issues when you are unable to solve them yourself. With managed servers you’ll be able to feel secure in knowing your server is running at its optimal ability at all times.

 

For a limited time, our Managed Server option will cost £15.99 while the back-up options will start at only £2.99. To purchase these upgrades, please login to your Switch Link account and go to the account management page. There, for each server you own, you will have the option to Upgrade/Downgrade options.

 

 

Switchlink officially launch it’s Hosted Sage solutions

Switchlink, for several years has been one of the UK’s fastest growing Virtual Server providers and now, coupled with its manages services team, Switchlink have publically launched their Hosted Sage services.

Unlike their Switchlink Unmanaged solutions, HostedSage.co.uk will specialize in provisioning and manages Private Cloud solutions for Small, Medium and Large enterprises across Europe.

Built on our own private wholly owned infrastructure, HostedSage.co.uk will provide the finest level of support and services on a business to business relationship.

Ubuntu 10.04 Now Available on OpenVZ

We have just added Ubuntu 10.04 onto our OpenVZ Virtualization platform and is now available to order.

Now offering Trixbox CE for VoIP Virtual Servers

Switchlink now offers TrixBox CE as an operating system choice on our Xen virtual servers.

trixbox Community Edition began in 2004 as the massively popular Open Source IP-PBX project named Asterisk@Home. Since then, it has grown into the world’s most popular distribution of Asterisk with over 65,000 downloads per month. trixbox is known for its flexibility to satisfy the needs of custom deployments and will continue to be FREE

Maintenance Window 16th September 2010

Following up on the email sent to our customers, there is a maintenance window @ 00:00 to 02:00 on the 16th of September 2010.

This will effect all Switchlink customer and is Phase one of the upgrades.

If you’re VPS is offline after 02:00, please contact support.

Support Ticket Issues

We have noticed that their has been some issues with our ticket system over the last 4 hours.

Some emails were not getting through to our ticket system, for this we apologise. This was only effected replies to existing tickets, and not new cases.

If you have submitted a response after 3:30PM and received no reply, please resubmit the email.

We apologise for any inconvenience or delays this may have caused to our customers.

Regards,

Switchlink Support

Migration from Parallels Virtuozzo to SolusVM

Due to a long number of service issues with Parallels, we have decided to move away from the Parallels products for out Virtual Server Products and move to SolusVM.

This allows us to offer both OpenVZ (Virtuozzo) and Xen HVM products side by side.

Please note, that during this period, access to the Power Panel may be restricted, but you will also benefit from a greater level of access to the new control panels.

Adding an additional IP on XEN HVM

This article will work on standard server or virtual server installations aswell.

Our XEN HVM Virtual Servers are setup for eth0 to obtain it’s primary IP address via DHCP. This is true of all our Linux configurations.

However, when you have multiple IP addresses on your virtual server, you will need to manually assign the IP address to an interface.

Here are the instructions for Ubuntu

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

Then enter your information in the following format

auto eth0:1
iface eth0:1 inet static
address 192.168.1.60
netmask 255.255.255.0
network x.x.x.x
broadcast x.x.x.x
gateway x.x.x.x

Networking will then require restarting

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

For Centos, Fedora and other Redhat based systems

Each network interface has it’s own config file, so we need to copy an existing one for the new interface

cp /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0  /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:1

Now we need to edit the file as required

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

And the format should be as below, ensuring the device matches your sub interface number and there is no hardware address listed.

DEVICE=eth0:0
BOOTPROTO=static
BROADCAST=192.168.1.255
IPADDR=192.168.1.60
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
NETWORK=192.168.1.0
ONBOOT=yes

Networking will then require a restart.

/etc/init.d/networking restart

That should be it! ifconfig should new display your new interface and IP’s

How to install YUM on OpenVZ and Centos 5 32 Bit

Simply run the following to install YUM on your VPS.

[text]rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/elfutils-libs-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/gmp-4.1.4-10.el5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/readline-5.1-3.el5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/python-2.4.3-27.el5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/python-iniparse-0.2.3-4.el5.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/libxml2-2.6.26-2.1.2.8.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/libxml2-python-2.6.26-2.1.2.8.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/expat-1.95.8-8.2.1.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/python-elementtree-1.2.6-5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/sqlite-3.3.6-5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/python-sqlite-1.1.7-1.2.1.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/elfutils-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/rpm-python-4.4.2.3-18.el5.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/m2crypto-0.16-6.el5.6.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/python-urlgrabber-3.1.0-5.el5.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/yum-metadata-parser-1.1.2-3.el5.centos.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/yum-3.2.22-20.el5.centos.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/CentOS/yum-fastestmirror-1.1.16-13.el5.centos.noarch.rpm

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