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Virtual Web System - Johannesburg

Welcome to the Signup page for a Posix VWEB Service
Scroll down for service descriptions

Username* Password* Type Password
Full Name* Company*
VAT No. Co. Reg. No.
Postal Address (for postal delivery)Street Address (for door-to-door delivery)
Postal* Street*
Postal (cont) Street (cont)
Postal (cont) Street (cont)
City* City*
Province Province
Post Code Post Code
Country Country
Phone numbers must be in the International format eg. '+27.113140077'
Telephone* Extn. Fax Extn.
Cell Phone E-Mail*
Verification Code
Case insensitive
TheCode Your IP Address  54.162.138.175

...some help regarding the above form
Username This will be your Username or Agent Name to identify you
Password This will validate the above. Careful (at this point) your password will be visible
Username should be a single word like 'fred' - no dots or e-mail addresses
If this is not for a Company - then make the Company 'private'
If there is no Reg. No or VAT No - leave the field blank.
Fields marked with a * are compulsory.
No Fax or Cell No.? - then blank the field.

This form is to allow you to supply and keep track of your contact details for Virtual Website Hosting done at Posix Systems. It will allow you to see/confirm your settings, control your Websites and to view your (MRTG) usage graphs.
For further assistance - call the Posix Help Desk - Office hours - on 012 807 0590. Once you have filled in the application - contact our office - and you'll then be able to 'login' to the System and add websites - etc.

As soon as we have checked your information - the system will become "live". You will be invoiced once a month. A lack of payment will make this system and your websites in-operatable. We can also take payment automatically via Debit Order.

The Facility:

Posix has its own hosting facility in the Midrand area strategically close to the main Internet Peering centre in Johannesburg. This allows Posix reasonably fast access to other ISP's in and around South Africa. There are separate links to some of the other ISP's - eg SAIX (Telkom). Our International Bandwidth also lands at this facility. The Facility has backup generators and the Virtual Web Servers are hosted in cabinets each with its own UPS - etc. The Hosting Centre is switched at 100Mb full Duplex. There are various security systems (Camera's, Keyed access - etc) to ensure the safety of the equipment. All machines are monitored.

Services:

Option 1:DNS Entry ONLY for a Monthly cost of R10.
Option 2:Extra E-Mails for a Monthly cost of R5.
Option 3:HTTP Redirect ONLY for a Monthly cost of R10.
Option 4:Micro Web site with one single web page (20 files), using up to 1 MB of space and including 2 E-Mails for a Monthly cost of R100.
Option 5:Standard Web site with an unlimited number of pages (1000 files), using up to 20 MB of space and including 20 E-Mails for a Monthly cost of R200.
Option 6:Large Web site with an unlimited number of pages (4000 files), using up to 100 MB of space and including 50 E-Mails for a Monthly cost of R350.
Option 7:Giant Web site with an unlimited number of pages (80000 files), using up to 1024 MB of space and including 200 E-Mails for a Monthly cost of R800.
Option 8:Extra 20Mb WebSpace with an unlimited number of pages (500 files), using up to 20 MB of space for a Monthly cost of R50 (only available in addition to a Web Site).
Option 9:Secure SSL site for a Monthly cost of R0 (only available in addition to a Web Site).
Option 10:Backend Database (MySQL) for a Monthly cost of R50 (only available in addition to a Web Site).
Option 11:ETRN E-Mail Service for a Monthly cost of R197.
Option 12:Domain Parking for a Monthly cost of R0.
Option 13:Domain Registration for a Monthly cost of R0.
Option 14:Entrepreneur Web Site with upto 3 discrete web pages (100 files), using up to 4 MB of space and including 3 E-Mails for a Monthly cost of R16.
Option 15:Submission E-Mail for a Monthly cost of R10.

For any sized Web Package services:

  • You get FTP access to your WebSite
  • Each E-Mail box can either be directly 'POP-ed' or forwarded to an alternative e-mail address
  • You administer your own E-Mail Users (eg. adding/deleting)

Payments:

All prices are excluding VAT.
We require one calendar month written notice for the termination of hosting services.
Pricing excludes any domain name and/or SSL certificate charges that may be levied by the appropriate authorities.

Terms and Conditions may be changed without notice.

Web Stats:

Some basic stats are auto generated at the end of every day. These are:-
  • Objects requested (JPEG's, HTML Pages - etc). Remember a single web page usually consists of a number of objects... usually an HTML page and a few pictures.
  • Bytes used in copying the requests. Some items do not get copied - ie - they are already in the requesters cache - or the cache they are using.
  • Hits from unique IP's. Unfortunately, if multiple people are using a single cache server - you will see only one IP.
  • Web Hits. This is the number of unique IP requests within a minute - so sits somewhere between Object counts and IP counts. It probably reflects the truest reflection as to the popularity of your web site.

Web based Stats:

Full web stats with graphs - go to your domain name prepended with "stats". This is using awstats.

E-Mail Stats:

Basic E-Mail stats are generated on the delivery of email into the users mail folder. These are:-
  • Mails received
  • Total size of the EMails received.
These values are incremented every time the E-Mail System is about to put some received into your mail folder. At this point - it has already rejected mail from malicious (Black-Listed SPAM) senders or broken (according to internet RFC's (rules)) machines -and- scanned and thrown away (to the best of our ability) virus infected E-Mails.

POP3 E-Mail Guidelines:

The E-Mail system under VWeb is comprehensive. Facilities include:-
  • Mail Users can be created, changed, suspended or deleted at any time by the domain administrator (Admin). Changes are immediate.
  • For each e-mail user, mail can be
    • Fetched via 'fetchmail' from another remote mail server - eg - Via POP3
    • Automatically sent (forwarded) to an alternative address (or up to 30 'comma and space' separated addresses)
  • Each user has a unique and changeable password
  • With the Auto-Responder, a user can be 'on Vacation' with a custom message.
  • Individual mail users can login (as user@domain.co.za) and control their own settings
  • Users can either POP their mail or use the webmail interface to process their e-mail
  • Users can be marked as a 'WebMaster' - their login identity can then be used for maintaining any appropriate website
  • Users can decide the level at which e-mail is seen as SPAM (Unsolicited E-Mail) - and thus have the system ignore it. Levels range from Zero (most mail is also discarded) to 99 (there will be no spam filtering either). The default level is 50 and is inherited from the domain's value.
  • The Administrator can create a default user called '*' which will act as a 'catchall' for unknown users at your domain - this must be forwarded to a valid e-mail address.
  • Each user can have a different mail box size - from 1MB up to 2GB, but will be charged a unit price for every 200MB used
  • Each user can have a different maximum message size - from 1MB up to 50MB

POP3 Configuration

To configuration this in your e-mail client, you need:-
  • A User Name - usually your full email address
  • Your Password
  • The machine to connect to - usually the second part of your e-mail address (after the '@'). It is usually proceeded with 'pop.', 'pop3.' or 'mail.' - something like mail.vweb.co.za
You should also be aware that this is a POP3 connection and runs on Port 110. SSL (security) support is coming soon. Mail may be left on the Server if you POP mail from more than one device, e.g. Laptop, Tablet and Cell Phone, but we recommend that you keep this to a minimum like 7 days. This setting is under Advanced or Extra settings.
  • Tick Leave a copy of messages on the server
  • Change Remove after 7 days
  • Tick Remove from server when deleted from "Deleted Items"

OutBound E-Mail Guidelines:

Traditionally, users will use the Mail Server of the ISP who they are connected to.
Some common examples of these are:-
  • Posix Capped ADSL: as per Telkom
  • Posix Uncapped ADSL: as per AfriHOST
  • Telkom: smtp.saix.net -or- smtp.saix.co.za
  • MWEB: mail.mtn.co.za
  • Cell C: smtp.cellc.co.za -or- mail.cmobile.co.za
  • iBurst: smtp.iburst.co.za
  • Vodacom: smtp.vodacom.co.za
  • AfriHOST: smtp.afrihost.co.za
  • Axxess: smtp.axxess.co.za
This single setting is placed in the "Outgoing mail server (SMTP)" box. This service runs on SMTP Port 25 and is not encrypted.

This is fine if your Mail Client is static and always connected to the same network provider, otherwise you'll be changing the settings everytime you move to a different Internet Connection.
If you are always moving about, swapping Internet connections, travelling both locally and internationally, then you should opt to purchase the Mail Submission option for your e-mail account. Once setup and working - it never needs touching again. In this case, outbound e-mail is sent to our relay server. For this to work, you provide your username and password details to authenticate yourself.

SMTP Mail Submission settings

You will find these under Advanced or Extra settings.
Typical settings are:
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): relay.vweb.co.za (for VWEB accounts, relay.mydomain.co.za also works) -or- relay.posix.co.za (for ADSL Accounts)
  • DO NOT tick the encrypted SSL connection
  • Tick Outgoing SMTP server requires Authentication (your username/passwd combo)
    • Tick Use same user settings as for fetching e-mail
  • Change Outgoing SMTP server on port 587 (and not 25)
  • Select Encrypted Connection type is TLS (choosing from None, SSL, TLS and Auto)

Database Guidelines:

Once Database use is requested for a domain, you can administer control of the database yourself. By clicking on the Database Admin button, you are presented with the ability to Create and Delete databases at will. Each Database has a single Username/Password and can also be accessed from a single remote point as well as the local site.
In addition, there are two tools for assisting with Databases, one to create tables and another for providing a summary of the current tables.
Database space counts towards your Web Space allocation.

SSL Certificate Guidelines:

If you wish to run a Secure Website (SSL: Secure Socket Layer), you first need a unique IP for your website. Once this has been provided (please contact Support at Posix), you can create the SSL site providing it with the given IP address. A Temporary (but functional) SSL Certificate is automatically provided. By Clicking on the SSL SubSystem button, you can view the CSR (Certificate Request), which is needed by the CA (Certificate Authority) in order for them to provide you with your own Trusted Certificate. Once received, you can simply cut'n'paste in your new certificate.
Changes to this system are recognised on every 5 minute clock tick.
TLSA Records for the Domain can be automatically generated and DNS updated from SSL Certificates that are managed here.
Access to ithe free SSL "Lets Encrypt" service is coming soon.

Domain Management

Agents who hold domains can easily manage their domains.
  • Columns can be adjusted so that data fits within a screen.
  • If the DNS column is Green, your nameservers are correctly delegated, if Red - no data exists at all, if Orange then Data exists but not what is expected. You can check the "Orange" condition by clicking on the Domain in question and then clicking on the Tool-Box next to the DNS option.
  • If the SSL column is Green, all is well. Red shows an expired certificate and Orange indicates the SSL certificate is close to expiring.
  • The Expire column indicates when a Domain will be expired by the Parent organisation. Green is healthy, Orange suggests you need to renew (repay) soon, Red suggests your domain is about to stop working.
All these features are available on the Domain page as well.

DNS Zone Entries can be fully managed, including TTL's

Domain Name Parking - Trademark Protection

Posix Systems recognises the need to allow customers to 'Park-a-Domain' - that is - provide customers the facility to have the technicalities taken care of - so a domain name can be easily acquired. You'll still need to pay any applicable Registry fees but we offer the technical side for nothing. This service is only for Domains where Posix is the Registrar, that is, Posix administers the Domain Registration fee.
The service is restricted in that you can park the domain with us but no further facilities are available with that domain name until the service is upgraded to a 'Paid-for' service. In order to change to a 'Paid-for' service - please contact Posix Systems or your Agent during normal office hours. We hope that once you need to use the domain name - you'll choose us as your preferred Hosting and Access Provider.
This is also an excellent way to safeguard Domains that are Trademarks. Register the domains and park them here. Only you can 'unpark' them. The only cost then is the yearly Registry renewal fee.

Domain Registration Only

You are welcome to use VWEB to just register your domains. If you already run your own NameServers and just want to have a System that works with the new COZA EPP system, then use VWEB for just that. You also get a front end management system with colour coding - so you can see what is happening at a glance. There are also monthly movement reports. Domains can be set to be automatically renewed or dropped at their anniversary date. The only charges are Domain charges from the Registry. We charge less than the Legacy Price for 'CO.ZA' domains. New domains such as NET.ZA, WEB.ZA and ORG.ZA are also fully supported via EPP.

DNS - Secure DNS

One can add to and modify most DNS records. There is full support for Quad-A records (IPv6 addresses). The zone can also be signed with NSEC (and NSEC3 - on demand) records. As time of writing - there are only a few ccTLD's that allow support for Signed Zones - but you can use ISC's (Look-aside) Trust Anchor. The system already supports the uploading of DNSSEC material to EPP based Registry systems such as 'CO.ZA' using the EPP DNSSEC extensions.

UTF-8 and IDN - Internationalised Domain Names

This VWEB site is fully UTF-8 aware (you can add your data in most languages) and will convert any non-ascii portions of a Domain Name into PunyCode (the ascii equivalent of the UTF-8 characters). All DNS operations are then performed with the PunyCode version of the name - eg café is shown as 'xn--caf-dma' where as all file and directory operations use the original UTF-8 characters.

Access Control Lists and One Time Passwords (Two Factor Authentication)

This VWEB site supports user defined ACL's and OTP (for Two Factor Authentication) - for Agents and Domain Owners. To enable ACL's, fill in the 'Access List' field as appropriate. Multiple IPv4 and IPv6 lists are supported and all IP's use CIDR notation. To allow your IPv4 block to work - something like '41.126.3.0/24' may be appropriate. Access lists are checked and rewritten by the system.
If an ACL is defined yet you need to access the system from outside the defined ranges, set up Two Factor Authentication (or the OTP system). There are multiple applications available for most mobile devices (Apple, Android, etc) (see http://motp.sourceforge.net). Copy the 20 character 'seed' from your mobile device into the 'OTP Management' field and give yourself a 'PIN' number. Now, when out of the ACL managed networks, type in your PIN number on the Mobile and include the provided OTP at Login time. Your Mobile *must* be time syncronised to within three minutes of the correct time.
To activate OTP regardless, use an improbably ACL of something like '1.0.0.0/32'.


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