Major Defence-force structural update

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Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Dbug » Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:58 pm

Defence-Force.org has been operated since 1997, first at SimpleNet, and then at Yahoo! Small Business when they bought SimpleNet.
All this time I used Network Solution as the registrar.

In the few last years I've been migrating some of the services from Yahoo! to my own "miniserve" server (hosted in my apartment) because of the global sluggishness of the Yahoo! hosting and the difficulty to upgrade phpBB.

More recently, I've been able to secure the defence-force.com, defence-force.net and osdk.org domains (plus the2dgame.com and l3314.no for my other hobbies and projects), which turned out to be impossible to handle through Network Solution (they do not have access to the .no domains)... so I decided to move all the domain name management to the Norwegian registrar I used for l3314.no.

I will be progressively relocating all the subdomains that are still hosted at Yahoo! (space1999.defence-force.org, 1337, stormlord, etc...) to my personal server, which means a lot of DNS changes and most certainly some downtime here and there.

The final big changes will be the transfer of the mail system, and the ftp, at which point I will stop my Yahoo! contract and 100% rely on my own stuff - that will also reduce my yearly costs significantly I hope -.

I also took the decision to try to document all the structure and make sure that in case something bad happen to me, that somebody else could take over without too much hassle, let's hope that will not be necessary any soon :)

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by iss » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:54 pm

Just to say big thanks for everything you do.

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Chema » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:56 pm

+1

Thanks Dbug!!

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by ibisum » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:53 am

Huge thanks to you Dbug! Without the Defence Force, I doubt I would have rekindled my interest in these machines - but having you guys around really made all the difference to me as an Oric/Atmos fan. I raise my virtual glass to you, sir!

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Godzil » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:29 am

Dbug: if you need some space outside your home for backup, and it does not take a lot of space I have a server that I can allocate some space to you if you want, and free of charge, as I pay for this server and it does what I need for this price, and adding a low traffic backup would be fine.

Tell me if you are interested.

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Hialmar » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:50 pm

Thanks a lot Dbug !
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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by coco.oric » Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:40 pm

8) Thanks a lot for all this maintenance work on oric stuff.
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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by laurentd75 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:17 am

ibisum wrote:Huge thanks to you Dbug! Without the Defence Force, I doubt I would have rekindled my interest in these machines - but having you guys around really made all the difference to me as an Oric/Atmos fan. I raise my virtual glass to you, sir!
Same here DBug!
Without defence-force.org and oric.org, I would never have regained an interest in the Oric world!
It's really awesome that individuals like you and the CEO have succeeded in keeping the Oric afloat for all these years!!

Many thanks for your efforts, and long live the Oric community!
Kind regards
Laurent

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Dbug » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:05 am

Here goes nothing:
You have confirmed the transfer of defence-force.org. If everything goes well, the domain will be transferred in 5 days.
If everything goes right, you should not see any difference.
If on the other hand I have kind of made my subdomain redirects incorrectly, this forum may stop working, in this case please use one of the the alternate URL:
- http://forum.defence-force.com
- http://forum.defence-force.net

Let cross fingers :)

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Symoon » Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:43 pm

Fingers crossed, well it might be long to keep them crossed 5 days long ;)

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by maximus » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:08 pm

mazette, fichtre ! bon courage et bonne chance :wink:

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Chema » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:25 pm

Just tried the original forum url (the .org one) and got a Bad Request error...

.net, however is working perfectly. I hope it just takes a bit of time for DNS propagation...

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Dbug » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:22 pm

The transfer to the new registrar has been done, but apparently the subdomain redirects from yahoo are a giant mess, there are more than 40 subdomains, mx1/2/3/4, mail, blog, backup, admin, bla bla bla bla, and they all still point to the old server, but apparently that broke.

Looks like I'm going to have some fun time fixing this mess...

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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Hialmar » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:14 pm

If you need any help please ask.

And again thank you for everything you do for the Oric community.
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Re: Major Defence-force structural update

Post by Dbug » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:22 pm

Hialmar wrote:If you need any help please ask.
And again thank you for everything you do for the Oric community.
There's one thing you may know how to do:

I asked to the new registrar support how to setup the DNS to have everything point to my home server (through DNSMADEEASY to handle dynamic dns), except the mail server (handled on the registrar/webhosting):
Registrar wrote:
Dbug wrote:Basically, what I would like is just to replicate what I have for "defence-force.com" and just have everything use the DNS entries:

NS0.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS1.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS2.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS3.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS4.DNSMADEEASY.COM my own server already have all the apache setup to handle the sub-domains.

If I do that, will that break any setup you did for the email, or is that something totally separate?
Hi

You need to set up an MX-pointer for your domain on your external name server, that points to our mail server:

mx.domeneshop.no

In order to avoid disruption of email service, I would suggest adding this MX pointer an hour or so before making the change to the name servers for the domain. As long as this MX pointer is available on the new name servers, there should be no disruption in email delivery for your domain.
I had a quick look at the setup on DNSMADEEASY, it did not seem that obvious to redirect the MX record to another arbitrary location, if you can find how to do that, that would make me gain some time :)

Thanks.

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