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ApertureHost.com joins XBT Holding

Uncategorized on August 18th, 2014

ApertureHost.com has recently joined XBT Holding. We are now concentrating our efforts to bring our services to a higher level.
We are moving all accounts to Fozzy Inc, which is subsidiary of XBT Holding and famous for its fast hosting solutions.

Please look carefully for email notifications about data migration.

Free Public DNS Resolvers

Blog on February 15th, 2013

Generally, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will auto-assign a primary and secondary DNS resolver. It usually happens when your router or computer requests network information via DHCP. However, what if the ISP-provided DNS servers are junk? Maybe you’re troubleshooting something and you think DNS might not be working as it should be?

We totally have good news for you, as there are tons of quality free public DNS resolvers that you can use in place of your ISP assigned DNS resolvers.

Let me start by saying I personally prefer Dyn Internet Guide for both home and SMB use. It’s free for home and very cheap for small businesses. With their paid option, small businesses can customize their DNS experience. Filtering explicit content, different malware/spyware settings, as well as blacklists and whitelists for specific sites.

 

DNS Provider Primary DNS Resolver Secondary DNS Resolver
Dyn Internet Guide 216.146.35.35 216.146.36.36
Level 3 209.244.0.3 209.244.0.4
Google 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4
Comodo Secure DNS 8.26.56.26 8.20.247.20
OpenDNS Home 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220
DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1 156.154.71.1
Norton ConnectSafe 198.153.192.40 198.153.194.40
ScrubIT 67.138.54.120 207.225.209.77
OpenNIC 74.207.247.4 64.0.55.201
Public-Root 199.5.157.131 208.71.35.137
SmartViper 208.76.50.50 208.76.51.51
DNSResolvers.com 205.210.42.205 64.68.200.200

 

This table is just a short list, some of the info was grabbed from About.com and recompiled here. If you think we missed any good free public dns resolvers, feel free to give us a shout @ApertureHost on Twitter.

VM Stuck on XenServer 6.0

Blog on April 10th, 2012

Today I found our PRTG monitoring server could not be accessed. It happens to be a virtual machine on our Citrix XenServer cluster. Trying the basic functions to fix things in XenCenter hit a wall. I could not access the console in XenCenter, just a black screen. When the VM was being forced to shutdown it just spout off the usual “Another operation involving the object is currently in progress.”

After digging around numerous posts on the Citrix forums and Citrix Articles, I found the appropriate solution.

To shut down a virtual machine, which is in an amber state from XenServer control domain, complete the following procedure:

Step 1: Select the virtual machine in XenCenter and check the general tab to obtain the UUID of the virtual machine, which is in an unresponsive state:

Obtain UUID of XenServer VM

Obtain UUID of XenServer VM

Step 2: Run the following command to check the dom-id of the virtual machine in the XenServer control domain:
list_domains | grep
Following is a sample of the preceding command:
[root@xenserver-b ~]# list_domains | grep 5948a1c6-6cf0-6028-d092-1f4dac5f1ea2
Output:
6 | 5948a1c6-6cf0-6028-d092-1f4dac5f1ea2 | H
6 = the domid of the VM
5948a1c6-6cf0-6028-d092-1f4dac5f1ea2 = the UUID of the VM
H – state of the virtual machine (H indicates that this is a HVM guest, typically it means this is a Windows virtual machine.)

Step 3: Run the following command to destroy the domid of the virtual machine (this purges running data of the VM from memory, not your storage; so don’t panic).
/opt/xensource/debug/xenops destroy_domain –domid 6

These steps should apply from XenServer 5.6 up to 6.0 and possibly newer. I don’t think it would change anytime soon. It may work on older versions, though I’m not certain.

This information was put together from the following Citrix Article.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips

Blog on September 9th, 2010

Basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips

I just wanted to throw out some very basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tips. Lots of people almost always overlook the basics while trying to accomplish way to much with other crazy tactics. It’s best to start small, get things all cleaned up, then work you way up to more complicated SEO tactics.

Meta Tag Keywords: Should contain three to five keywords, comma seperated. For example: leather, bag, purse

Also Note: leather bag, leather purse

Those two phrases above, even though they are two words each, are still considered a “keyword.” Though it’s more of a “key phrase,” Just keep that in mind.

Meta Tag Description: Should be one sentance describing your product or service. Keep it short and to the point, it’s usually what comes up under the TITLE in search engines.

Normal Page Content: Should be a full paragraph or two.

Also note that you should pick only three to five keywords or key-phrases that are in all three places at the same. You should also place your main keyword in directly your product or service name.

 

fully redundant and self healing

True Cloud Hosting

Blog on September 3rd, 2010

At ApertureHost, we’re always looking for the best solutions for our clients. We would like to know what visitors and clients think about cloud hosting. Not just a VPS, but real cloud hosting with the following functionality.

  • Redundant Shared Storage Array
  • Automated Load Balancing
  • Fully Self Healing
  • Client Self Service Resource Pools
  • Mobile Control of Your Cloud (iPhone/Android App)
  • Self Service Backups
  • Real-time Scalability (Add Disk/RAM on the fly, while the virtual server is on)
  • And more…!

If you would like to know more or would like to share your thoughts. Please comment or contact us and let us know what you think or if you are interested in True Cloud Hosting.

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Windows VPS Hosting Available

Blog on August 31st, 2010

Great news for all of our current and future clients. We now fully offer Microsoft® Windows™ 2008:R2 Web, Standard and Enterprise Edition on our Xen VPS Hosting platform.

OpenVZ VPS Web Hosting Plans Added

Blog on August 31st, 2010

We’ve added OpenVZ VPS plans to our product line up to fill the gaps with Xen. Plus some clients just like the idea of burstable VPS’s vs. fixed resources.

Check them out here: http://aperturehost.com/services/openvz-vps-hosting/

Site changes and promos!

Blog on August 28th, 2010

You may have noticed that our site is undergoing some minor changes. CSS color adjustments, some new graphical images, etc. Please report any issues to webdude@aperturehost.com and we’ll give you a 50% recurring discount for the life of your service!

This offer is valid for all shared, reseller and vps hosting plans. This is a limited offer, ending on September 11th, 2010

If you help us, we help you rock out an awesome deal!

Basically what we need is to find any problems with the new color scheme. Out of place graphical anomalies, basically things that don’t look right and needs fixing.

Windows VPS Sneak Peek!

Blog on June 3rd, 2010

We’re working behind the scenes to bring our clients Windows based VPS’s. Here is an example of Windows Server 2008 Standard running on one of our Xen SolusVM nodes.

Windows Server 2008 VPS Sneak Peek!

Windows Server 2008 VPS Sneak Peek!

ColocateUSA purchases CPC Technologies

Blog on May 30th, 2010

As some of our clients may be aware, ColocateUSA has purchased CPC Technologies. CPC being our provider, did not make this decision lightly. ColocateUSA is a premium colocation provider in Dallas, Texas. They happen to be inside the exact same facility as CPC, so expect our reliability to remain top notch as always. You can read the full press release over at ColocateUSA.

Regards,
Michael McRae – CEO
ApertureHost.com