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David LeBow
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Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by David LeBow » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:49 pm

Hello all,

Our web team is working to update the OutBack User Forum, porting it to a new hosting platform as well as adding proper security certificates.

The tech team is ready to do the shift tomorrow but internal bureaucracy may yet stretch this out until maybe Tuesday of next week - apologies for the lack of a more precise time-frame.

In any event, should you find the forum unavailable within the next week, please check back 2-4 hours later and please, pardon our dust.

IMPORTANT: due to the way that passwords are encrypted within the underlying forum engine, after we switch to the new platform, you will need to create a new password! All the forum is likely to tell you is that your password isn't valid.

It's all in the name of security, so please pardon the inconvenience.
David LeBow
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Alpha Technologies Inc. / OutBack Power Technologies
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by Ampster » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:16 pm

Thank you, I finally got it working. It would not let me reset my password on a Chrome browser but I got it working with the Microsoft one. I do occasionally get security messages but today is only Monday so no worries.
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by Mike Curran » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:29 am

IMPORTANT: due to the way that passwords are encrypted within the underlying forum engine, after we switch to the new platform, you will need to create a new password! All the forum is likely to tell you is that your password isn't valid.
I'm still using my old password and I'm on the https secure site :-k Maybe the change got stretched out to this week???
http://www.tigoenergy.com/site.php?95b2dca2-ca6c
https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/Hctc107221

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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by David LeBow » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:11 am

The move hasn't yet taken place. "The https site" is the same as "the http site" at this moment. Once it has been moved to the new hosting platform, you'll need a new password.
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by BruceS » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:44 pm

David I'm not sure how it 'works' from GoDaddy but I've shifted several phpBB forums in the past and never have had to renew passwords or anything else. It just 'works' as normal.
Sounds like a few happy chaps around here once it gets done. :wink: :cool:

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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by pss » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:23 am

Dear Outback Computer People:

There is a right way and a wrong way to go about hosting a company web forum.

Simply put, you already have the registrar for the domain name outback.com No problem there.

Next, you need to make sure you have DNS service for your domain name.

So how to achieve cost efficiency and reduce grief?

Simply put, you need to obtain your own dedicated server for this forum if you don't have one already. You decided on the specs for your server, then shop around. Once you have chosen the company from which you will lease the server, they will provide you with usernames and passwords to actually boot the system up just as if you were in front of it. This is done by the use of special firmware on the motherboard of the server. Then you have complete control of the server including the CD drives, etc. Install any OS you want to (Linux, Windows Server, whatever in whatever flavor you want. Choose how many IP addresses you want and what size bandwidth. Choose a dedicated raid controller in the system and a number of drives and size. Install your forum software and port over the current forum. Set up your certificates, etc. Once you finish the build out, it's your for however long you pay the lease and any upgrades and maintenance as well as parts is done for you. It is the only way to go to run an application you need to work. And there are many Linux consultants available if you don't have the talent in house.

If you need a recc on a server company, PM me and I will tell you my experiences.

I have been working with internet companies and hardware since 1995, a long time ago.

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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance

Post by mexsudo » Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:50 pm

David LeBow wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:11 am
The move hasn't yet taken place. "The https site" is the same as "the http site" at this moment. Once it has been moved to the new hosting platform, you'll need a new password.
thanks.
FYI: with current modern browser security settings it is getting Really difficult to get past the warnings and gain access to the site.

*enlist expert help making the move, I will gladly chip in on the cost.
Peter
peter ehlert (mexsudo)

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