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New Features

Management machines now run on Debian 8

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) vulnerabilities fixes using the CVE List. CVE helps because it provides a standardised identifier for a given vulnerability or exposure. Knowing this common identifier allows you to quickly and accurately access information about the problem across multiple information sources that are compatible.

Upgraded to Python 3.6.4

For the API which has a significant improvement in API Stability.

Automated Backups

In the drives and folder settings page, users can now set automated backup policies (backup every X amount of days, keep up to X amount of copies) and backups are taken (and old ones removed) automatically.

User Notes

Control panel support for user notes on virtualisation objects such as servers/drives/folders.

Remote Image Pulling

Drives can now be created by inputting the URL of an .iso file. The system will pull (and verify the checksum) of the image.

Microsoft Server 2016 is now fully supported

  • Containers

Microsoft is working closely with the Docker development team to bring Docker-based containers to Windows Server. Until now, containers have existed almost entirely in the Linux/UNIX open-source world. This allows you to isolate applications and services in an agile, easy-to-administer way. Windows Server 2016 offers two different types of containerised Windows Server instances.

  • Linux Secure Boot

Secure Boot is part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification that protects a server’s start-up environment against the injection of rootkits or other assorted boot-time malware.

  • The Resilient File System

The Resilient File System (ReFS) has been a long time coming in Windows Server. In Windows Server 2016, we finally have a stable version. ReFS is intended as a high-performance, high-resiliency file system intended for use with Storage Spaces Direct (discussed next in this article) and Hyper-V workloads.

Solid State Drives

Available on the management console.

  • In terms of read IOPS per watt, an SDD has up to an astonishing 179,500 percent advantage over an HDD.
  • SD can access memory addresses much faster than the HDD can move drive heads. This dramatically higher performance places SSD in the ideal position for high IOPs. Top performance storage tiers frequently use only SSD, although a storage tier one step down may combine high performance SSD with a high performing 15RPM HDD.
  • SSDs are ideal for high performance processing, whether they reside in an all-flash array or in hybrid storage arrays. They clearly top HDD in performance. Companies typically reserve SSDs for high performance applications.

Ways to protect your business from Ransomware

Strong backup and disaster recovery plan
Make sure your backup system is up-to-date, secure and running. Use the 3-2-1 rule. Keep three backups of your data, on two different storage types, and at least one backup offsite.

Proactive antivirus system
The antivirus that comes with your operating system typically is not enough protection. Especially for ransomware. These apps don’t use real-time detection or scanning. The best antivirus detects and learns from malicious activity, giving you the most real-time protection possible. Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall.

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How to Set up a Linux Cloud Server

Step 1: Login to your Account

Login to your account. If you don’t have an account you can sign up for a 5 day free trial here.

You are now in the Control Panel, from here you can Control all your servers, create new servers, drives, VLAN’s and more.

Step 2: Add a New Server

You will now add a New Ubuntu Server using on of our Pre-Installed images.

Click the “Add” button.

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New Linux Pre-Installed Images added

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In keeping with all of the image updates we have been making available on the platform this week, the Go2Guys have refreshed and added new Linux Pre-Installed images.

Now you can go from Zero to a New Linux Server in 60 seconds. Just login to your account or sign up for a 5 day free trial and add a New Linux Server using one of the following new Images:

  • Debian 7.4 (Wheezy)
  • Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)
  • Ubuntu Linux 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)
  • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr)
  • centOS Linux 6.5

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How to Set up a Windows 2012 R2 Cloud Server

Step 1: Login to your Account

Login to your account. If you don’t have an account you can sign up for a 5 day free trial here.

You are now in the Control Panel, from here you can Control all your servers, create new servers, drives, VLAN’s and more.

Step 2: Add a New Server

You will now add a New Windows 2012 R2 Server using one of our Pre-Installed images.

Click the “Add” button.

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New Open Source Images added to Library

The beauty of Open Source is that there really are a great number of Appliances and Software that you can make use of, and there is no easier way to enable these great applications than to make use of a Go2Cloud Cloud Server.

Whilst it is easy for you to upload your own custom installer into your account and make use of it, the Go2Guys hope to make things even easier by providing an ever growing library of Software Images and Appliances for you to make use of.

One of the great providers of Linux based appliances is Turnkey Linux, we have taken the liberty of adding that latest versions of a number of their images. You will find the following images under “Self-Install” in the Go2Cloud Control Panel read more…

New and Updated Windows Images

The Go2Guys have been hard at work updating our existing Windows Pre-Install images as well as Creating some new ones.

Sign up for a Go2Cloud account today and take one of these images for a spin. Experience what it is like to go from Zero to Fully Functional Windows server in a matter of Minutes.

We have just added the following New Images :

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Own License)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Subscription License)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard with SQL 2014 Web Edition (Subscription License)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard with SQL 2014 Standard Edition (Subscription License)

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Control Panel Enhancements 3 of 3

The third instalment in our series on the latest updates to the Go2Cloud Control Panel is around some enhancements to changing some of your server settings (namely CPU and Firewall) while the server is still running.

While our platform offers complete flexibility and scalability of your servers, there was often a need to restart your server for some of those changes to take effect.

We are continually working to improve the real-time scalability of the platform and have introduced 2 new updates. read more…

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