29 Jan 2012

ZPanel on AWS EC2 - 2 : Route 53 DNS for eMail and Web

In Part 1 of this series we looked at installing ZPanel to an AWS EC2, a quick and easy process, however to 'go-live' with your new installation you'll need to let the internet know where your domain and website are, and where to send your eMails to (and from). You could manage your DNS through your domain registrar using their own namservers + related records config, or, you could use Amazons superb Route 53. I really like Route 53 and in this post I'll show you how to configure it, with tailored settings go get you up and running in quite literally, 1 minute.

24 Jan 2012

ZPanel 6 on AWS EC2 - 1 : Installation

This is a two-part post continuing along a hosting theme, today looking at ZPanel, why you should use it and how to install it on an AWS EC2 instance with linked Route53 DNS management.
We've previously looked at EHCP, discussed it's DNS inclusive feature set and highlighted its intuitive interface and ease of install, however if you're looking for complete resolution resilience, and even more polish, I think we might have just the thing. Read on....

3 Jan 2012

Mini Me - OSX on the Dell Mini 9

I wasn't going to write this post as there are plenty of others detailing the experience and procedure, however I'm so happy with the result I felt obliged to spread the love.

Basically (as many others have done) I've turned my Dell Mini into a pocket sized Apple OSX Netbook, and the results are quite surprising. So, here I'll provide an overview of the procedure I used with a few extra comments covering minor glitches I encountered and how to fix them.

1 Jan 2012

EHCP - Domain Creation and Management

The previous post gave a compared first look at EHCP, the install procedure and its admin GUI, here we'll go a step further into Domain creation and management.

EHCP offers a really nice 'Easy Add Domain' utility, which does exactly what it says. You simply type in a domain name and it populates a DNS template for you containing all required default records (NS, A, CNAME etc). Once done you can manage extra domain functionality or package installs via it's own admin panel.