Implementing SPF, DKIM & DMARC for our domains & customers

February 1st saw Gmail require better email validation and authority to send email criteria, specifically being SPF records (this has been a long term recommendation/requirement) but also now DKIM and finally DMARC DNS entries as well to ensure email sending into Gmail (and of course Microsoft/Office/Outlook) based email addresses & hosted domains.

We’ve now deployed updated SPF entries, plus DKIM and DMARC DNS entries and use for our networkpresence.com.au domain, and we’ve also done so for some customers that email from within our domain that we’re aware of, or who have asked for specific DNS entries within our domains.

VPS Customers are welcome to contact us to load their own DKIM or SPF DNS records within networkpresence.com.au that their VPS and mail server environments may require.

We’re also happy to help customers install and configure DKIM in their mail server environments (eg: in cPanel, or the various Linux flavours) and please contact us by email (admin@networkpresence.com.au) to book such work (and backups beforehand, snapshots before the work time, etc).

FYI and regards,
Richard.

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Entry level cPanel VPS with 1 x cPanel Account License

cPanel themselves provide us with a license pricing level for a single cPanel Account within an cPanel VPS.

Accordingly, we’ve updated our entry level & lowest cost cPanel VPS Plan with this license, so if you need all the features of WHM/cPanel, but just for a single site or cPanel User, then our “cPanel #0” VPS Plan provides just this, at a great price point.

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Updated Windows Operating System pricing

We’ve got our own Microsoft Operating Systems Licensing access and that’s what is provided via our Windows OS Add-ons and options for our VPS Plans.

Windows as an operating system uses more resources per unit of time than equivalent Linux based operating systems and this product’s pricing has some baseline of providing extra resources to accommodate Windows as the VPS operating system.

Please use our Windows OS Add-on to add Windows to your VPS Orders or anytime you want to use the range of Window operating systems for your VPS.

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Refreshing & adding VPS stock to our Shopfront site

Our 2023/2024 server refresh project is reaping its rewards with extra stock available for our Shopfront site’s VPS Plans in time for the end of year rush.

We’ll keep the VPS Plans at our Shop site topped-up for availability throughout December and January now with this extra server capacity we’ve got in both Sydney and Adelaide POPs.

Regards,
Richard.

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VPS Hosting Platform Upgrades for 2023 & into 2024

Over the next few months we’re completing a process started a year ago to upgrade our VPS Hosting Platforms to current generation brand name equipment.

To these ends the last of our 2023 VPS server upgrades comes online in December 2023 and its install completes our Hosting Platform Upgrades project that’s run over the last year.

From here we’ll see how these new servers bed down into our operations and then plan the next wave of Server Upgrades from there in 2024!

FYI and enjoy the new, faster, VPS Hosting at Network Presence, regards,
Richard.

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Debian 12 and MikroTik Router Images now available

Debian 12 & MikroTik CHR 6 &7 images now available for all customers to Reimage/Reinstall their VPS at networkpresence.com.au

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Operations Notices at ops.networkpresence.co

We’ve moved our Operations Notices from the Twitter @netpresops to our own ops.networkpresence.co blog site.

We’ll post articles there just like we posted outage notices and other operational issues to the Twitter feed, with comments used to followup on each posted issue.

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Sydney Data Centre, Network & POP Maintenance Notice – Saturday & Sunday, February 25th & 26th 2023

During the weekend of Saturday late afternoon & evening of February 25th and Sunday the 26th we will be performing upgrades to selected hosting server platforms & one of our network uplinks of Network Presence in Sydney, Australia.

Customers with services (VPS) on the hosting platforms to be upgraded may be emailed advisory notices, and this is a general notice related to other ancillary upgrades and Infrastructure Maintenance being performed during this scheduled window of time.

This Maintenance Window starts from 5pm on the Saturday afternoon, through to 6am Sydney time on the morning of Sunday February 26th 2023, and I’ll be personally contactable by phone & online during and after these works in-case there’s any issues that arise.

During this Maintenance Window, selected network or server equipment will be worked on, upgraded and restarted. Works will be completed as quickly as possible (and where possible, timing information will be in emails to affected customers) and restarts are short service interruptions only, while upgrades may incur longer service interruptions.

This will incur outages to selected hosting services of Network Presence in Sydney, Australia during this off-peak scheduled works period.In addition, there may be some impact (short 5-10 minute periods) to the general Internet Connectivity of portions of Network Presence in Sydney during these works, though redundant routing will be utilised during these works.
Our Adelaide POP is unaffected by this Maintenance Notice and works.

Progress updates leading up to and during the works will be posted to our Operations Twitter Feed at https://twitter.com/netpresops (public feed, no login required to view it).

FYI and regards,
Richard.

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Sydney Data Centre, Network & POP Maintenance Notice – Saturday & Sunday, January 14th & 15th 2023

During the weekend of Saturday late afternoon & evening of January 14th and Sunday the 15th we will be performing upgrades to selected hosting server platforms & one of our network uplinks of Network Presence in Sydney, Australia.

Customers with services (VPS) on the hosting platforms to be upgraded may be emailed advisory notices, and this is a general notice related to other ancillary upgrades and Infrastructure Maintenance being performed during this scheduled window of time.

This Maintenance Window starts from 5pm on the Saturday afternoon, through to 6am Sydney time on the morning of Sunday January 15th 2023, and I’ll be personally contactable by phone & online during and after these works in-case there’s any issues that arise.

During this Maintenance Window, selected network or server equipment will be worked on, upgraded and restarted. Works will be completed as quickly as possible (and where possible, timing information will be in emails to affected customers) and restarts are short service interruptions only, while upgrades may incur longer service interruptions.

This will incur outages to selected hosting services of Network Presence in Sydney, Australia during this off-peak scheduled works period.In addition, there may be some impact (short 5-10 minute periods) to the general Internet Connectivity of portions of Network Presence in Sydney during these works, though redundant routing will be utilised during these works.
Our Adelaide POP is unaffected by this Maintenance Notice and works.

Progress updates leading up to and during the works will be posted to our Operations Twitter Feed at https://twitter.com/netpresops (public feed, no login required to view it).

FYI and regards,
Richard.

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Sydney Data Centre, Network & POP Maintenance Notice – Saturday & Sunday, November 12th & 13th 2022

During the weekend of Saturday late afternoon & evening of November 12th and Sunday the 13th we will be performing upgrades to selected hosting server platforms & one of our network uplinks of Network Presence in Sydney, Australia.

Customers with services (VPS) on the hosting platforms to be upgraded may be emailed advisory notices, and this is a general notice related to other ancillary upgrades and Infrastructure Maintenance being performed during this scheduled window of time.

This Maintenance Window starts from 5pm on the Saturday afternoon, through to 6am Sydney time on the morning of Sunday November 13th 2022, and I’ll be personally contactable by phone & online during and after these works in-case there’s any issues that arise.

During this Maintenance Window, selected network or server equipment will be worked on, upgraded and restarted. Works will be completed as quickly as possible (and where possible, timing information will be in emails to affected customers) and restarts are short service interruptions only, while upgrades may incur longer service interruptions.

This will incur outages to selected hosting services of Network Presence in Sydney, Australia during this off-peak scheduled works period.

In addition, there may be some impact (short 5-10 minute periods) to the general Internet Connectivity of portions of Network Presence in Sydney during these works, though redundant routing will be utilised during these works.

Our Adelaide POP is unaffected by this Maintenance Notice and works.

Progress updates leading up to and during the works will be posted to our Operations Twitter Feed at https://twitter.com/netpresops (public feed, no login required to view it).

FYI and regards,
Richard.

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