H-Sphere 3.1 Beta 2
Windows Features and Improvements
- Installation model based on MSI packages in order to unify installation/upgrade
of H-Sphere components and 3rd party products
H-Sphere 3.1 Beta 1
(Unix-only; ETA: early October 2007)
Unix Features and Improvements
- Support of Apache 2.2.x, with a possibility to
switch between Apache 1.3.x and 2.2.x
- Advanced PHP configuration:
- Added customizable config file templates
for Apache 2.2.x and PHP 4/5 for Apache 2.2.x.
Apache, PHP and FTP custom config file templates need to be recustomized after the update to H-Sphere 3.1.
- ExtraPacks: packs of preset bundled resources to be offered to end users.
- Simplified plan wizards
- Setting max values for resources directly in Plan Wizard.
- Enhanced domain management:
Introduced new Hosting Alias and Mail Service Alias resources as a replacement to the deprecated Domain Alias resource.
It makes possible to assign a domain to be either a hosting domain alias to another domain with the "Hosting" resource turned on,
or a mail domain alias to a domain with "Mail Service" enabled, or both.
Besides, it's possible now to register via domain registrars those domains which are to be used as domain aliases.
- New H-Sphere VPS 2.x branch. In particular:
- Ruby On Rails support
(requires manual installation)
- Implemented possibility to configure FTP over SSL/TLS
for shared IPs with shared SSL enabled
- H-Sphere Jail: users are granted SSH access within their home directories, a
chrooted shell environment with a set of widely used utilities and file managers:
- Updating physical Unix boxes from CP Web interface
- Physical Server Profiles:
sets of update rules to be assigned to an individul *nix/Windows physical server or to a group of physical servers.
- Resource Prerequisites:
- Some resources (like SSL, FrontPage, Throttle, Ruby On Rails, etc.)
can be enabled or disabled for selected logical server groups despite their availability on physical boxes.
These resources are called resources with prerequisites
- H-Sphere periodically checks resource prerequisites availablity, showing results in admin CP
- Enabling/disabling of resources with prerequisites automatically affects end users,
without a need of editing respective plans
- Added possibility to
stop, start or restart services on a physical server via admin CP
- Sign-up validation
- Extended functionality of suspending and resuming accounts.
- Web access control to particular directories of a domain's DocumentRoot.
- Mail SMS resource: forwarding email to SMS to any number of recipients,
without excessive content, with filtering sender addresses and setting the size and number of messages.
- Autoresponder mail resource improvements:
- On the Admin CP level:
- autoreply is provided if SENDER originating IP corresponds to a target recipient IP or Subnet only
- autoresponder is blocked globally if wildcard pattern engine is not enabled for specific mail resource
- On the User CP level:
identifying the list of recipients allowed to get replies on the mail resource level
- Added cron for removing all mail relays on a chosen mail server
- Added validation for virtual mail resoures on mail relay servers. For this, provided the procedure of synchronous creation/removal
of pseudo users on a mail relay server for respective mail resources of the main mail server.
- No install/update any longer available for RedHat 7.3, RedHat AS/ES/WS, FreeBSD 4.11 since 3.1 Beta 1.
All H-Sphere servers under these operating systems need to be migrated to other
supported OS's before the update.
- Possibility to bind custom skill icon sets to a particular plan
- WebShell 4.4.3 with Web 2.0 driven WebShell Protect Wizard.
- New mechanism of SiteStudio user authentication: now SiteStudio is isolated from H-Sphere database,
runs from a separate studio user and on a separate Tomcat server.