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Server Management

  1. Security Center

    In the AdminCP under the System menu you will see an option for Security Center. This section contains many suggestions on how to secure your community both in terms of general settings and server-level options. When you load the security center it will display various suggestions to enhance security of your community. You should of course check with your system administrator to consider if these suggestions should be implemented. Working with Proxies If you are behind a load balancer or other proxy you may need to have the Suite recognize and honor IP reporting from those systems. Usually this is in a variable such as X_FORWARDED_FOR or similar. You should enable this setting if your Suite is reporting all the same IP for all members or if your system administrator indicates it's required. If you are on an internal corporate network or other environment where all members share the same, public IP address you may wish to disable checking IP addresses for sessions. You should only disable this if it is absolutely necessary as it does reduce security.    
  2. Moving to another server / server transfer

    Moving your site to another server / Server Transfer is a relatively simple task with regards to the way in which your software works. In order to do this, you would follow the process below. Step 1 - Your old hosting Switch your site offline ready for transfer to your new server Make a full backup of your database. Make a full backup of your files and folders. Step 2 - Your new hosting Create a new database Restore your backup from the above steps to the new database you have just created Upload your files and folder, which you backed up from your old server Ensure any folders which should be writable, remain writable on your new server. The folders which should be writable by the software are as follows

    uploads/logs Step 3 - Software configuration Open your conf_global.php file, which can be found at the root of your installations folder on the new server. In here you will need to edit the mysql username, password, and database name, to match the new database you have set up and restored to. Log into your admin control panel and run through the support tools by visiting System>Support>Support, and selecting "something isnt working correctly". You will need to select next only until it states cache has been cleared. Other considerations If you have also changed the URL of your site, or the folder in which your site will be in (for example moved it from a subfolder into root), then you will also need to change the site URL within your conf_global.php file. You should do this prior to running the support tool in the steps above.
      If you have a constants.php file (not all configurations will have this), then please ensure that you check any paths which may be present within this file as they will likely need to be updated. ----------------------- Test installations Creating a test installation would be the same process as above, however you would be copying, rather than moving the software. You would need to ensure you have changed your URL within your conf_global.php file as described above. In addition, you need to ensure you change to your test license key from the following location system>settings>license key Your test key, would be your current license key, suffixed with -TESTINSTALL . So for example, if you have a license key of the following 000-000-000 then your test key would be  000-000-000 -TESTINSTALL All test installations should be protected by htaccess, and not available to the public, as per your license agreement.  
  3. Configuring Amazon S3

    For those who wish to change your data storage method to Amazon S3, you can do this from within the following area within your admin control panel.  System>Overview>Files>Storage Settings>Configurations In this screen you will something similar to the following   Click on "Create New" to add a new Storage configuration to your installation, and select "Amazon S3" from the link provided.   From here, you will need to fill in all the details requested of you from your Amazon S3. If you have not yet set this up, watch the following video, which will give you an indication of how to set this up on AWS.   Once you have set up your new storage configuration, you can then apply it to any of the items in the storage settings tab as you see fit. Those items will then be moved over to your S3 storage area by background task.