Routine server upgrades

A number of routine server upgrades have just been completed. This includes critical security updates to Moodle, as well as routine updates to all sites using Coppermine, eGroupware, Joomla,  phpBB, Tikiwiki and WordPress. All third-party WordPress plugins have also been upgraded.

We have also undertaken routine Debian updates. All updates were  completed successfully and there was no server downtime. DEOSS Community Server is now undergoing a full backup to a remote server.

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Server upgrades

All the main content management systems hosted here on the DEOSS community server have been upgraded, including all those using Coppermine, eGroupware, Joomla, Moodle, phpBB, Tikiwiki and WordPress. A significant number of Wordplus plugins such as the contact forms and galleries also required upgrading. WordPress contact form users will receive a test email via their contact forms shortly to verify that their systems are working correctly.

We have also done routine Debian updates over the last few days. All this work has now been successfully completed with no server downtime.

The entire server is currently being RSync’d to a remote backup server.

On a slightly sour note, the experimental eyeOS system on GarfNet has been indefinitely suspended. This is due to a long term bug in eyeOS that remains unfixed. This bug causes a very nasty PHP error, that prevents eyeOS from working. We have no date for resuming theeyeOS service – nor can we say whether it will even be resumed at all. All other services are unaffected.

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Routine Server upgrades

A number of routine server upgrades have just been completed. This includes updates to all sites using Coppermine, eGroupware, Joomla, Moodle, phpBB, Tikiwiki and WordPress. All outstanding WordPress plugins have also been upgraded.

We have also undertaken routine Debian updates. All was completed successfully and there was no server downtime. DEOSS Community Server is now undergoing a full backup to a remote server.

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Email woes

Two rather irritating issues have upset our usually fairly smooth email service lately:-

  1. SSL certificates expired on 2011-05-03. Naturally we updated these ASAP. However some users may have experienced some bizarre error messages whilst collecting your mail.
  2. At approximately 2011-05-11 14:45 UTC we undertook a routine upgrade of our PostFix mail server. Unfortunately this broke our configuration files. Consequently we were unable to receive incoming mail from non-DEOSS domains for several hours. The problem was eventually fixed around 20:00 and mail is now starting to pour in again. We apologise for the temporary break in service, but as far as we are aware, no email was actually lost. It was just a little late in arriving.

After extensive testing, it seems that normal service has been resumed.

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Moodle security update

Following a fairly persuasively-worded, round-robin security warning from Moodle developer earlier today, Martin Dougiamas, all our Moodle installations have just been upgraded. All seems to have gone smoothly and there was no server downtime.

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Joomla and WordPress upgrades

Following advice from their respective developers, all our Joomla and customer-driven WordPress sites have been upgraded. The upgrades went without incident and there was no server downtime.

The entire DEOSS Community Server is currently being “RSynced” to a remote backup machine.

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Server upgrades

All the main content management systems hosted on the DEOSS community server have been upgraded this morning, including all those using Coppermine, eGroupware, eyeOS, Joomla, Moodle, phpBB, Tikiwiki and WordPress. We have also done routine Debian updates over the last few days. All this work has now been successfully completed with no server downtime.

We have also run several grep-based scripts to look for any signs of LizaMoon – a mass attack that has so far hit over 4 million sites according to some sources. Fortunately it appears that we are clear. Though we will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis

The entire server is currently being RSync’d to a remote server.

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CMS upgrades

A series of routine upgrades to all the main CMS (content management systems) hosted on the DEOSS Community Server have been completed successfully. This includes all sites running Coppermine, eGroupware, eyeOS, Joomla, Moodle, phpBB, TikiWiki and WordPress. The entire server was RSync’d to a remote backup server before the upgrades. A second post-upgrade RSync is now in progress.

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Moodle updates

We just received a mailout from Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle. Seems there is a new version of Moodle available. Moreover, due to security issues, site admins are advised to upgrade ASAP. So that is exactly what we have just done. More info:-

All the upgrades were successful and we are currently RSync-ing the changes to a remote server.

As an aside, all the Moodle installations on the DEOSS Community Server now get automatic virus checking on uploaded documents and a built-in spell checker, as standard.

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Server upgrades and other news

Server upgrades

All the main content management systems hosted on the DEOSS community server have been upgraded this evening, including all those using Coppermine, eGroupware, eyeOS, Joomla, Moodle, phpBB, Tikiwiki and WordPress. In addition, several of our WordPress sites also required upgrades to their “Akismet” plugins.

All this work has now been successfully completed with no server downtime. The entire server is currently being RSync’d to a remote server.

Goodbye DEOSS Moodle

Also we wave goodbye, at least for a while, to DEOSS Moodle. It started life back in 2006 as a pilot project for Wessex Deanery. Since then it has spawned a number of new Moodle projects including:-

Therefore the original DEOSS Moodle had rather outlived its usefulness. Whether it returns as itself, or in the guise of one or several new sites in the future, is currently under discussion.

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