Posted by: paragon | September 4, 2011 | Faster Worldwide via CDN CDN (Content Distribution Network)

 CDN (short for content distribution network) is an exciting new feature from that will improve the speed of your online session with (GCS) up to 60%. CDN is a proven technology used by ecommerce giants such as Amazon, Staples and Apple to ensure the fastest and most reliable online shopping experience possible.

(GCS) will distribute our website content from the Volusion data center to over 95,000 CDN servers. This means that when customers access our store they will receive its content from the CDN server geographically closest to them rather than a single location. So a customer in San Francisco will get content from the server nearest San Francisco, a customer in London from a server near London, and so on.

This means faster connections, faster page loads and less congestion at busy times.  And with your content being held on so many servers, it will not be afflicted by high loads or even hardware failures; the system will automatically reroute internet traffic to the next closest server with the highest availability and performance.

Visit (GCS)

Skin | Hair | Body | Treatments and much more great products!

Posted by: paragon | August 19, 2011

23 Things Great Brands Do In Social Media

Posted by: paragon | March 23, 2011

Spam Down 40 Percent in Rustock’s Absence

The takedown of the Rustock botnet has measurably reduced the amount of spam e-mail, according to an IBM Internet Security Systems report.

IBM said it has observed a sustained drop off of between 35% and 40% in global spam levels almost a week after law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, along with attorneys from Microsoft, seized servers used as the command and control infrastructure for the botnet.

In early March the U.S. was the second most common source of spam on the Web, now, in the wake of Rustock, the U.S. ranks 15th. That is due to Rustock’s heavy reliance on U.S. based servers.

Rustock’s demise resulted in declines in U.S., Israel, and the U.K. most dramatically with 74, 66, and 54 percent declines in spam observed in those countries respectively, IBM reported. On the other side of the spectrum, Vietnam and South Korea were least affected with two percent drops in spam volume each.

IBM said that the declines aren’t unprecedented in the spam industry and are only about half of what they were when the spamming industry went on holiday at the beginning of the year. Global spam levels may well return to the levels seen before the Rustock takedown over time.

In the meantime, there are some great comparative charts and spam-level graphs on IBM’s Internet Security Systems blog.

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Posted by: paragon | March 20, 2011

How to Redirect a Web Page

301 Redirect

301 redirect is the most efficient and Search Engine Friendly method for webpage redirection. It’s not that hard to implement and it should preserve your search engine rankings for that particular page. If you have to change file names or move pages around, it’s the safest option. The code “301” is interpreted as “moved permanently”.

You can Test your redirection with Search Engine Friendly Redirect Checker

Below are a Couple of methods to implement URL Redirection

IIS Redirect

In internet services manager, right click on the file or folder you wish to redirect
Select the radio titled “a redirection to a URL”.
Enter the redirection page
Check “The exact url entered above” and the “A permanent redirection for this resource”
Click on ‘Apply’
ColdFusion Redirect

PHP Redirect

ASP Redirect

ASP .NET Redirect

private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
Response.Status = “301 Moved Permanently“;

JSP (Java) Redirect

CGI PERL Redirect

$q = new CGI;
print $q->redirect(“”);

Ruby on Rails Redirect

def old_action
headers[“Status”] = “301 Moved Permanently”
redirect_to “”

Redirect Old domain to New domain (htaccess redirect)

Create a .htaccess file with the below code, it will ensure that all your directories and pages of your old domain will get correctly redirected to your new domain.
The .htaccess file needs to be placed in the root directory of your old website (i.e the same directory where your index file is placed)

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]

Please REPLACE in the above code with your actual domain name.

In addition to the redirect I would suggest that you contact every backlinking site to modify their backlink to point to your new website.

Note* This .htaccess method of redirection works ONLY on Linux servers having the Apache Mod-Rewrite moduled enabled.

Redirect to www (htaccess redirect)

Create a .htaccess file with the below code, it will ensure that all requests coming in to will get redirected to
The .htaccess file needs to be placed in the root directory of your old website (i.e the same directory where your index file is placed)

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^ [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$$1 [r=301,nc]

Please REPLACE and with your actual domain name.

Note* This .htaccess method of redirection works ONLY on Linux servers having the Apache Mod-Rewrite moduled enabled.

How to Redirect HTML

Please refer to section titled ‘How to Redirect with htaccess’, if your site is hosted on a Linux Server and ‘IIS Redirect’, if your site is hosted on a Windows Server.


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Posted by: paragon | March 18, 2011

Payvment: A Storefront for Facebook

Payvment: A Storefront for Facebook

By Addme on March 18, 2011 1:28 PM | No Comments | No TrackBacks

Social commerce is fast becoming a major trend in online retail, what with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks paving the way for greater, wider connection across the world. A number of e-commerce applications and platforms have been developed so that merchants can take advantage of this growing trend. One such application is Payvment’s social media selling platform for Facebook.

Payvment is an e-commerce solutions provider. Its social media selling app is integrated into Facebook and lets businesses, organizations, and individuals import their e-commerce products to a Facebook fan page, thereby allowing buyers to make transactions straight on the social network.

Business owners can set up a variety of products, categories of products (e.g. shirts, hoodies, shoes), photos, shipping options, terms of service, and more. After setting up an online shop on Facebook, a separate tab will appear on the seller’s profile or a page under “Storefront.” Selling on Facebook has never been so easy.

The social media selling app provides a number of advantages. First, customers won’t have to navigate away from Facebook in order to make a purchase. Payvment’s Open Cart Network lets customers finalize the purchase on any Facebook store. This means buyers don’t have to go through hoops trying to buy your goods, and there are fewer chances of customers dropping their shopping cart while in the middle of a transaction.

The app is free and easy to set up. Ever since Payvment was launched in November 2009, more than 20,000 individuals and businesses have used the application, and more than 500,000 FB users have bought items using it, according to Payvment. Clearly, merchandisers have recognized the potential of free ecommerce on Facebook.

Presently, Payvment supports over 20 currencies and is TRUSTe-certified. Merchants don’t have to sign up for an account to use the app, but should have a PayPal account to collect payments. Customers can pay using Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Discover, and American Express.

Open Cart Network

One of Payvment’s free ecommerce Facebook features, the Open Cart Network is like any other online shopping cart. What sets the system apart from other carts is that users only have to use a single shopping cart across thousands of Payvment-supported Facebook stores.

The feature increases the chances of closing a sale because the items remain in the cart until the user either removes the product or complete the purchase. The items can be paid all at once through PayPal.

Open Cart Network’s main goal is to lessen shopping cart abandonment. Since Facebook isn’t a shopping site in essence, many users are less likely to leave the website without making a purchase.

Every Facebook fan gets a shopping cart. Shoppers can pick out items from different stores, and then check out in one place.

Facebook Shopping Mall

In February 2011, Payvment launched the first ever Facebook “shopping mall,” an online mall with more than one million searchable products, over 50,000 retailers, and over 250 sign-ups daily. The mall includes a directory that lists a wide range of Facebook stores, from local businesses to celebrity brands.

Payvment encourages merchants to have their own Facebook fan page. To get top-of-the-line products virally noticed, the mall makes use of the “Like” button.

Within the Shopping Mall, users can view items according to price, the most likes, seller, bestsellers, and more. To get more products noticed, Payvment also promotes items based on products users previously liked.

To add a personalized touch, the app allows users to know what their friends like by looking at the “Your Friends like” section. There’s also a “Your Cart” function that holds on to the items previously selected even if the user doesn’t buy. Aside from products, visitors can also “like” retailers.

Fan Incentive Pricing

This feature can be activated from the seller’s storefront settings. Fan Incentive Pricing allows the business owner to set a discount amount to anyone who becomes a fan. Once the “Like” button is clicked, the discount becomes available store-wide.

While the special discounts applies to fans only, Payvment prompts non-fans to like the fan page.

Secure Payments via PayPal

To say that shoppers never leave Facebook throughout the transaction is somewhat misleading because the payment transaction technically is made through PayPal, one of the safest online payments solutions.

Selecting items happens within Facebook, but once users are ready to pay, they are redirected to a PayPal webpage. When a customer gets to the part where they have to enter their credit card information, a secure window opens. After the transaction is completed, the window closes.


Payvment’s fast growth and development on Facebook are remarkable. The online shopping mall and the rest of Payvment’s features certainly make sense considering that Facebook is increasingly becoming a destination for online commerce.

On the other hand, it’s perfectly possible for Facebook to open up its own virtual shopping mall, and there are currently several other Facebook apps that offer similar services. Even so, none of Facebook’s current apps offer the same level of integration as Payvment.

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Posted by: paragon | April 22, 2010

McAfee Response To Current False Positive Issue

In the past 24 hours, McAfee identified a new threat that impacts Windows PCs. Researchers worked diligently to address this threat that attacks critical Windows system executables and buries itself deep into a computer’s memory.

The research team created detection and removal to address this threat. The remediation passed our quality testing and was released with the 5958 virus definition file at 2.00 PM GMT+1 (6am Pacific Time) on Wednesday, April 21.

McAfee is aware that a number of customers have incurred a false positive error due to this release. We believe that this incident has impacted less than one half of one percent of our enterprise accounts globally and a fraction of that within the consumer base–home users of products such as McAfee VirusScan Plus, McAfee Internet Security Suite and McAfee Total Protection. That said, if you’re one of those impacted, this is a significant event for you and we understand that.

Our initial investigation indicates that the error can result in moderate to significant issues on systems running Windows XP Service Pack 3.The immediate impact on corporate users was lessened for corporations who kept a feature called “Scan Processes on Enable” in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise disabled, as it is by default, though those customers could also be impacted when running an on demand scan.

The faulty update was removed from all McAfee download servers within hours, preventing any further impact on customers.

McAfee teams are working with the highest priority to support impacted customers. We have also worked swiftly and released an updated virus definition file (5959) within a few hours and are providing our customers detailed guidance on how to repair any impacted systems.

Corporate Customers
– These entries in our virus information library and the knowledge baseprovide workarounds for this issue for corporate customers
– Customers are discussing the issue in our online support community

– This support page provides information for impacted consumers
– Consumers are also discussing the topic in the online community

To contact McAfee by phone in your region, go to the “Contact Us” page on our Web site and select your country for the correct number.

We are investigating how the incorrect detection made it into our DAT files and will take measures to prevent this from reoccurring.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our customers and will update this blog posting as more details become available.


PS: I just published another blog in response to some of your comments below.

(Updated at 3.35 PM PT to include statement on number of customers impacted.)
(Updated at 3.50 PM PT with a link to details for consumers who were impacted.)
(Updated at 5.13 PM PT with link to knowledge base.)
(Updated at 5.44 PM PT to correct the number of impacted consumers.)
(Updated at 8.20 PM PT removing detail on 5959 DAT capabilities.)
(Updated at 9.27 PM PT to provide additional detail on customer impact added link to new blog post.)
(UPdated at 10.01 PM PT to add a link to the support community.)

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Install software updates and security patches without rebooting

IT Best Practices Alert By Linda Musthaler, Network World 
February 12, 2010 12:03 AM ET


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There’s a real irony to my article this week. Just as I began to write, I got an e-mail from one of my hosted service providers. To paraphrase the message, it says: “Dear Customer, we will be performing maintenance on your application server for a few hours this weekend. We plan to install critical software updates and security patches. During this window you may experience brief interruptions in service. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

You’ve seen similar messages before. Perhaps you even write them and send them out to your own customers when you need to install software updates and security fixes. While the process of installing software updates is disruptive and expensive — Gartner estimates downtime for a critical system costs $42,000 an hour — there’s no getting around the need to apply updates. According to Microsoft, 90 percent of the attacks in the wild exploit known vulnerabilities.

It’s essential to patch systems to keep them reliable and secure. But while you must patch, must you reboot the server to apply the patch? Not necessarily.

There’s a new subscription service launching this week that provides rebootless updates. Ksplice has just announced the general availability of its Ksplice Uptrack service for Linux servers. When a vendor releases software updates, Ksplice makes those updates into a module that can be applied to a server without rebooting it. This saves you the hassle of notifying customers of downtime and planning for staff members to work at 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The update can be applied painlessly and without any disruption to anyone’s work.

The company Ksplice was founded by four MIT engineers. The technology they’ve developed is based on thesis research, and it has received numerous accolades and honors, including The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Award. The technology can be applied to virtually any type of software, including operating systems and applications, running on a wide variety of devices, such as servers, network routers and switches, storage arrays, mobile devices and more. The potential for this technology is huge; if you aren’t using it today, you might use it in the not-too-distant future.

In the life cycle of a software update, the process starts when someone discovers a bug or security hole in the code. The software vendor releases an update, which the administrator installs. To apply the update and have it take effect, you typically restart the software; in the case of an OS patch, this means rebooting the machine — an inconvenience for you and all the users.

With the Ksplice service, when the software vendor releases an update, Ksplice makes the update rebootless and delivers it to customers where it can be installed and applied without any disruption. The software is up to date and secure.

Here’s the recipe for the secret sauce — how Ksplice makes an update rebootless. Ksplice has the source code for the software to be updated, say a Linux OS, as well as the source code for the update itself. The company then compiles the program twice, once without the patch and once with the patch. Ksplice compares the two versions and identifies the functions that have changed. Ksplice pulls out just these functions, packages them into a kernel module, and ships this module containing the replacement code to customers.

Customers then load the corrected version of the software module into memory. At a safe time, the old buggy version of the function has its first instruction replaced by a jump command. All callers to this function jump over to the corrected version of the code. Basically, it’s a detour around the old code so that the new code is always executed in memory.

Since the changes are in memory only, they aren’t persistent. This means an administrator still needs to apply the permanent fix at some point down the road. In the meantime, however, the Ksplice fix keeps the software secure without disrupting service.

Some 30 or so hosting companies have been early adopters of the technology, including SingleHop. Andrew Brooks is a security engineer at SingleHop, and he uses Ksplice Uptrack on about 500 (soon to be 600) Linux servers. “A zero-day exploit spreads like wildfire,” Brooks says. “We use Uptrack because it’s the fastest way to get a security patch applied to our servers. This gives us a competitive edge if we can reduce downtime for our customers.” Brooks says he spends less time on administration by having the patches waiting for him via RSS feeds. He can install an update without rebooting and without having to coordinate reboot schedules with hundreds of customers.

You can sign up for a free trial of the Ksplice Uptrack subscription service. If you like it and find value in it, sign on as a customer and reduce the worry of patching your software.

Read more about software in Network World’s Software section.

Linda Musthaler is a principal analyst with Essential Solutions Corporation.

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Posted by: paragon | March 26, 2010

Configuring Litespeed Webserver


If you are looking for a fast webserver, stop searching and take a look at LiteSpeed Webserver. It is an apache emulator with high performance. It can double the server speed at the same time reduce the server load by half. LiteSpeed has now powered some of the world’s popular websites like WordPress.Com, AirLiners.Net (both having 30+ millions hits per day). LiteSpeed Web Server is the core product of LiteSpeed Technologies Inc. The web server survey conducted on 2006 shows that LiteSpeed powers over 3,00,000 domains and is the 6th most popular web server platform in the world.

1.1 Features of LiteSpeed WebServer

– Runs on almost all platforms like Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Mac OS X etc
– It is fully compatible with most of the common control panels like cPanel, Ensim, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc.
– PHP scripting is up to 50% faster than Apache’s mod_php
– supports CGI, Fast CGI, PHP, Servlet/JSP, Proxy, SSLv2/SSLv3/TLSv1, IPv4 and IPv6
– GZIP compression
– high performance .htaccess implementation, this alone can double the server capacity and reduce server load by 5-10 times against using apache.
– LDAP authentication
– Apache compatible URL rewrite engine
– MS FrontPage Server Extension
– Strictest HTTP request validation
– Deny any buffer-overrun attempt
– Secure against popular DoS attacks
– Chroot support
– Chroot and suexec CGI script
– supports FastCGI suEXEC for improved security
– Small memory footprint
– Thousands of concurrent connections
– Increase scalability of external web applications
– Efficient and high performing CGI daemon and Perl daemon
– SSL Hardware acceleration
– can recover from service failure instantly
– Migration from other webservers is quite quick and easy
– this can also act as a security guard in front of current webserver and hence improving performance, scalability and security.
– can perform up to 50% better during high loads when compared to httpd and lighttpd.
– With PHP LiteSpeed SAPI, LiteSpeed’s PHP performance is up to 100% better than Apache’s mod_php.
– Ruby LSAPI is about 50% faster than Ruby FCGI for the simple “Hello, World” test.

2. Install LiteSpeed

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# tar -xvzf  lsws-3.1.1-std-i386-linux.tar.gz
# cd lsws-3.1.1
# ./

You will encounter few questions and need to select the following options:

  • Do you agree with above license? Yes
  • Destination [/opt/lsws]: /opt/lsws [ /usr/local/lsws can also be used]
  • User name [admin]: admin
  • Password: youradminpassword
  • Retype password: youradminpassword
  • User [nobody]: nobody [use a non-system user that doesn’t have a shell access and home directory]
  • Group [nobody]: nobody [group the webserver will be running as]
  • HTTP port [8088]: 1080 [you can give any port you wish to run lsws. If any other webserver is running on this port, stop it before starting lsws]
  • Admin HTTP port [7080]: 7080
  • Both these ports should be enabled in the firewall
  • Setup up PHP [Y/n]: Y
  • Suffix for PHP script(comma separated list) [php]: php
  • Would you like to change PHP opcode cache setting [y/N]? N
  • Would you like to install AWStats Add-on module [y/N]? N
  • Would you like to import Apache configuration [y/N]? N
  • Would you like to have LiteSpeed Web Server started automatically when the machine restarts [Y/n]? Y
  • Would you like to start it right now [Y/n]? Y

LiteSpeed Web Server started successfully! Have fun!

2.1 Check Litespeed

Take on the browser, you will see a Litespeed welcome page.

Let us check if it is listening to the port we have mentioned.

# netstat -pant | grep lshttpd
tcp        0  *       LISTEN      18718/lshttpd
tcp        0      *      LISTEN      18718/lshttpd

2.2 Admin Area

You can manage the admin area at

Here is my local machine’s ip.

2.3 Log Files

The log files are located at /opt/lsws/logs.

3. To Integrate with Cpanel

LiteSpeed Web Server works very well with cPanel managed web sites. The
performance will increase up to 10x times by replacing apache with lsws.

To replace Apache with LSWS :-

3.1 Goto admin area

Access admin area at and with the admin username and password.

3.2 Goto Configurations >> Server >> General.

Keeping the cursor against the button along with each option will give you a small definition about the same.

3.3 Scroll down to “Using Apache Configuration File”

        Load Apache Configuration => Yes
        Auto Reload On Changes    => Yes (Changes made in WHM/cPanel will be applied automatically)
        Apache Configuration File => /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf
        Apache Port Offset  => 1000    (Try LiteSpeed on port 1080 and 1443 first, change to 0 later)
        Apache IP Offset    => 0
        PHP suEXEC          => Yes        (Run PHP in suEXEC mode)
        PHP suEXEC Max Conn => 8  (The maximum PHP processor each account can have)

3.4 Scroll back up to “Index Files” and set it as follows:

            Index Files                index.html, index.php, index.php5, index.php4, index.htm
            Auto Index                 Not Set
            Auto Index URI             Not Set

3.5 scroll down to “HT Access”

    Allow Override   Check: Limit, Auth, FileInfo, Indexes, Options Uncheck: None
    Access File Name        .htaccess

3.6 Goto Configurations >> Server >> Listeners

delete all current listeners.

3.7 Now restart the webserver

    service lsws restart

4. PHP

By default, Litespeed comes with PHP 4.4.x compiled with LSAPI and hence we have to install latest stable version of PHP with LSAPI for our LiteSpeed. With PHP LiteSpeed SAPI, LiteSpeed’s PHP performance is much more efficient than Apache’s mod_php or fast_CGI.

# /opt/lsws/fcgi-bin/lsphp -v
PHP 4.4.7 (litespeed) (built: May  30 2007 05:16:33)
Copyright (c) 1997-2004 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v1.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2004 Zend Technologies

4.1 Download the latest stable PHP

# wget
# tar -zxf php-5.2.3.tar.gz
# cd php-5.2.3
# cd sapi

4.2 Download and expand latest LSAPI for PHP into the “sapi”folder:

# wget
# tar -zxf php-litespeed-4.0.tgz

4.3 Change directory to php-5.2.3 and run commands:

# cd ..
# touch ac*
# ./buildconf --force

4.4 Configure/Compile PHP:

4.4.a # php -i | grep configure | sed "s/'//g" | sed "s/'//g"
4.4.b # Remove the "--with-apxs=/usr/local/apache/bin/apxs" part from 6.4.a
and add '--prefix=/php5' '--with-litespeed' '--with-config-file-path=../php'
# ./configure '--prefix=/php5' '--with-litespeed'
'--with-config-file-path=../php' --with-mysql ...[append the full options from
# make
# make install

Note: You must compile PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions) support in
order for the default auto-index PHP script to work correctly (at least this
is true for 3.0RC2).

4.5 Replace the lsphp binary in /opt/lsws/fcgi-bin/lsphp with /php-5.2.3/sapi/litespeed/php:

# cd /opt/lsws/fcgi-bin/
# mv lsphp lsphp.old
# cp /php-5.2.3/sapi/litespeed/php lsphp

4.6 To check installation success:

# /opt/lsws/fcgi-bin/lsphp -v

PHP 5.2.3 (litespeed) (built: May  31 2007 14:05:12)
Copyright (c) 1997-2004 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.1.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2006 Zend Technologies

4.7 php.ini

The php.ini file will be located at /opt/lsws/php/php.ini

If we want to use the old PHP.ini just copy it here.

# cd /opt/lsws/php
# mv php.ini php.ini.old
# cp /usr/local/ZEND/etc/php.ini .

4.8 Restart Litespeed Webserver

Finally restart LSWS and use our new PHP binary.

/opt/lsws/bin/lswsctrl restart and thats it.    You are done !!!

5. Limitations

This webserver comes as Standard version (which is free and it has several limitations) and it comes as an Enterprise version (which is more optimized and it doesn’t have much limitations). Few drawbacks of free version are: the Maximum Concurrent Connections is limited to 150, it cannot utilize more than one processor etc. Hence, to utilize the full advantage of LSWS you have to purchase the Enterprise version.

6. Conclusion

We have installed LiteSpeed Webserver and integrated it to use with CPanel. Now the web pages will load fast. At the same time the server load and memory usage will be lower. More web sites can now be hosted on this server and we can feel the speed. In short, LiteSpeed is the best choice for shared hosting service providers in terms of performance, security and server capacity.

Go ahead, give LiteSpeed a try and discover why over 300,000 internet domains are currently powered by LSWS.



Articles by Divya Jithin
About the author:

Divya Jithin works as Sr. Software Engineer (Grade II) in She has worked in Bobcares for over 3 years and mainly specializes on Linux server administration.

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Posted by: paragon | March 25, 2010

cpanel php out of memory wordpress, phpbb, etc

cpanel php out of memory wordpress, phpbb, etc
By TEDDY | Published: FEBRUARY 9, 2010
in short: Check the apache RLimitMEM in httpd.conf.. remove it if not really required.
complete story:
did you just install cpanel fresh? after installing wordpress, phpbb, or any other php applications… did you have a problem like “Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 20185088) (tried to allocate 13056 bytes)” ?
well, i just got that problem. and after hours of trial and errors, i overlooked the fact that i had this module enabled in apache.. i thought the problem was only php
so i checked the php.ini and .htaccess trying to remove/tweak the memory_limit setting
i saw this option “Memory Usage Restrictions” in the apache configuration page of cpanel/whm, but couldnt remove it..
so i went to edit it manually, vim /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf
and removed the two entries RLimitMEM and RLimitCPU
for cpanel to store your changes permanently, run
/usr/local/cpanel/bin/apache_conf_distiller –update
restart apache, and violla! all works fine now.. phew..
i hope that helps others too.
this was on cPanel 11.25.0, CENTOS 5.4 x86_64, PHP 5.2.12, Apache 2.2.14
Posted by: paragon | March 20, 2010

SoftLayer® Adds IPsec for Secure, Robust Remote Access

Press Release

SoftLayer® Adds IPsec for Secure, Robust Remote Access
IPsec Provides Customers Remote Access to Infrastructure and Services

DALLAS—March 10, 2010—SoftLayer®, a global provider of on-demand data center hosting and cloud services, has announced the addition of Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) to its best-in-class portal allowing customers to securely connect to their infrastructure environment through a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

IPsec provides a framework of protocols for protecting transmissions over an IP network. This allows the creation of a secure VPN over the existing Internet, with data fully encrypted and secure when transferred between two points. IPsec resides at the network level and can be implemented regardless of applications used, giving remote users full access to their network and to robust data, voice, or video applications.

IPsec at Softlayer includes:

  • Secure, site-to-site network connectivity (PPTP and SSL VPN are generally limited to desktop-to-site connectivity)
  • Multi-phase authentication process (in contrast to username/password security common to PPTP and SSL)
  • Network Address Translation (simplifying the connection of resources on either side of the IPsec tunnel)
  • Transparent connectivity for applications (other technologies often require additional configuration)

“As we continue to enhance the SoftLayer customer experience, IPsec VPN services bring an additional option for remote access,” said Ric Moseley, SoftLayer Vice President of Network Operations. “IPsec provides customers an extremely robust pipeline for accessing information on their SoftLayer infrastructure. IPsec’s extensive level of access to remote applications makes it ideal for managing applications from a distance and increasing productivity.”

About SoftLayer Technologies
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer provides best in class, on-demand IT services on a global basis from facilities in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates and automates all IT elements to innovate industry-leading services—including cloud, dedicated, and virtual computing environments—all managed through a single interface. Enterprises of all sizes benefit from gaining complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management for their IT solution. For more information, please visit or call 866.398.7638.

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