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XMission's Company Journal

System Administration

Five Tips for Businesses to Avoid Downtime

Salt Lake City companies never expected a tornado to take their business offline but that’s exactly what would have happened to XMission if we hadn’t properly prepared for the worst. Back in 1999, we decided to expand into the empty former battery factory next door and convert it into a modern data center. The Internet bubble was in full […]

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Upgrade to Zimbra licensing and save 25%! – EXPIRED

Readers: As of 6/30/15, this promotion is no longer in effect. For the next month, Zimbra licensing has a fantastic savings opportunity. Upgrade to Network Edition from XMission by the end of the month and save 25%! When you are ready upgrade to Network Edition from open source Zimbra, XMission will sweeten the deal by including three […]

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Is Colocation Right for Your Enterprise?

While most Internet savvy people have heard about data centers, many don’t know what it means to colocate servers in one, why they’d want to, or how to when it makes good business sense for them to do so. Why would you need to colocate? Virtually all web sites you visit online are hosted in […]

Zimbra Server Admin Tip: Mailbox Password Migration and Server Settings Comparison

Mail server administration is not easy. That is why, for over 8 years, XMission has provided Zimbra Email & Collaboration services for thousands of businesses that don’t have the time and resources to manage their own mail server. We also sell Zimbra server licensing for those that do have the resources. This post will focus on […]

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7 tips for aspiring systems administrators who also like to sleep at night

Nobody likes to get a call in the middle of the night that the company web site is down, or worse, hacked. It’s one of the key reasons why businesses often choose managed hosting solutions, after all. Of course, not all web sites can be run by someone else and in many cases administrating your […]

Who Still Needs Colocation?

Cloud hosting has been getting a lot of press in recent years. It’d be easy to assume that everything is going to “the cloud.” With promises of lower CAPEX and higher elasticity, some business owners might feel obligated to move everything over. But is that the best choice for all organizations? Statistically, most companies still […]

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Announcing secrets.xmission.com – A Self Destructing Encrypted Notes Service

Today, XMission launched https://secrets.xmission.com, our new free, publicly available service to fight off Big Brother, snooping individuals, hackers, and adversaries. Background Off and on for a few years, I had been toying with the idea that I wanted the general public to have access to 100% transparent encryption, repudiation, and deniable plausibility. I am a […]

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Disaster Recovery Finally Affordable for SMBs

Any company that relies on computers to store and process data should understand the importance of backups. Unfortunately, many small and medium-sized businesses feel overwhelmed at the prospect and don’t know how to proceed. Sound familiar? Thanks to free and easy to use software, sensible off-site backups for disaster recovery can now be accomplished cheaply […]

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Building a Stratum 1 NTP Server with a Raspberry Pi

Introduction I wanted to build my own NTP stratum 1 time server. An NTP server is a server that connects to the Internet to serve time to clients who can use that time to adjust the clock on their computer. NTP uses stratum levels to determine the distance from the source clock. A stratum 0 […]

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The Salt of XMission

As system administrators at XMission, we hold to the Three Great Virtues of programmers, immortalized by Larry Wall, the inventor of Perl, but adapted for admins: Laziness– The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving scripts and configs that other admins will find useful, […]

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