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This page keeps our clients up to date with what is happening on our hosting network. All of our clients should regularly check this page for any announcements we make. Our 'Latest News' is displayed in the left hand column below. 'Unscheduled Maintenance' on the server network, is displayed in the right hand column below. Clients can also subscribe to our free RSS newsfeed services below, which will automatically deliver you our announcements via your newsfeed reader software (eg Outlook), via Live Bookmarks in your web browser, or via your mobile phone (via an RSS news reader). More information can be found here.

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All the servers we use are hosted by professional datacentres, and managed 24x7 by their professional technicians and server administrators. In the event of a web hosting problem with one of the servers or server networks, it may not immediately appear on this page, however the datacentre technicians will usually have already identified the issue, and will be working on resolving it as soon as they can. Please don't be alarmed if there currently appears to be an issue with a server, but it doesn't yet appear on this page, as we operate this page independently from the datacentres. This page will also normally only be updated during normal New Zealand business hours.

If you are experiencing an issue with your Website Hosting or Email, please also check our Troubleshooting Your Website FAQs or our Troubleshooting Your Email FAQs, to make sure that the problem isn't at your end or with your ISP, home/office network, or your computer..
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RSS Subscribe .kiwi.nz domains will be available from the 11 September 2012
Posted on 30/08/12 02:42PM

.kiwi.nz domains will be available for registration through our Lounge Network Domain Manager from the afternoon of 11 September 2012. They can be registered from this date though our Domain Manager system at www.domains.loungenetwork.co.nz

Please note that there is a 500 domain threshold before their .kiwi.nz domains will be be delegated to DNS during the provisional registration phase. This basically means that .kiwi.nz domains wont work until they hit the 500 threshold. So if they don't reach that threshold, they won't be delegated. More info can be found at http://dnc.org.nz/story/internetnz-approves-new-second-level-domain-kiwinz



RSS Subscribe New .kiwi.nz domain extension approved
Posted on 24/08/12 04:20PM

The .kiwi.nz domain has been approved by internet NZ, and will be available for pre registration from 10am on Tuesday, 11 September 2012. All going well it should be available to the general public shortly after this from inside our Domain Manager system at http://www.domains.loungenetwork.co.nz. However according to the media release, there is a 500 minimum registration threshold before they will be activated, so if that is not achieved, .kiwi.nz will not become active.

Media release from internet NZ below


InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that it has approved the creation of a new second level domain in the .nz domain name space - .kiwi.nz. This expands the range of choice New Zealanders have in the domain name market and means that people will soon be able to register personalised domain names ending in .kiwi.nz.
The implementation of .kiwi.nz is being managed by InternetNZ’s subsidiary company the Domain Name Commission Ltd. Authorised .nz registrars will be able to take registrations for these names from 10am on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan describes the .kiwi.nz application as fitting perfectly with its previously published criteria for new second-level domains. Under its current policy, a new second level domain can be created if it:

· represents an identifiable, significant community of interest.
· represents an on-going and long-lived community of interest.
· does not conflict with, duplicate or cause confusion about, any existing second-level domain and is a useful addition to the current DNS (Doman Name System) hierarchy.
· uses a name to represent the domain that is an obvious derivative of a word that properly describes the community of interest, e.g. .org.nz for organisation, or a complete word, e.g. .maori.nz.
· does not bring the .nz domain name space into disrepute.

InternetNZ President Frank March says, “The .kiwi.nz application clearly met these requirements and should be an option for .nz registrants. The InternetNZ Council agreed that it met all the policy requirements and so approved it. We congratulate the Domain Name Commission for undertaking an open and transparent consultation process with the community.”

“The policy for evaluating a new second-level domain takes into account existing second-level domains in .nz but not possible future changes, such as direct registration under .nz (which is currently being consulted on) or new generic Top Level Domains that may or may not be introduced at some point in the future.”

The application for the creation of .kiwi.nz was received in April 2012. A 25-day period of public consultation followed, with 14 submissions received. After considering these submissions, the Domain Name Commission recommended to InternetNZ that the domain be created.

Monahan says that as part of introducing a new .nz second level domain, a threshold of registrations must be received before the domain is made active.

“We encourage those interested in securing a .kiwi.nz registration to contact a .nz registrar and ask what they need to do to obtain the name of their choice in the .kiwi.nz zone.

“Registrars will advise prospective registrants that if the threshold of 500 for .kiwi.nz is not met, .kiwi.nz will not be made active and they won’t have their name but we think it is a great opportunity for people to get a true ‘kiwi’ tone into their domain names,” she says.




RSS Subscribe 3rd nameserver added: ns3.nameserver.net.nz
Posted on 20/08/12 09:34PM

We've added a third nameserver for users of our Corporate and Business Hosting plans, as well as our parked domains - ns3.nameserver.net.nz.

Any domains that already use both ns1.nameserver.net.nz and ns2.nameserver.net.nz set as the default nameserver setting, and are also registered with us, will automatically have their third name server set to ns3.nameserver.net.nz tomorrow morning (21/08/2012). If your domain is registered elsewhere you can add this new nameserver manually.

We do not expect any negative impact from this change, which adds redundancy.

Our Nameservers are as follows:
ns1.nameserver.net.nz 119.47.119.1
ns2.nameserver.net.nz 66.29.25.63
ns3.nameserver.net.nz 118.127.36.80



RSS Subscribe Windows Server Updates 12/07/2012
Posted on 10/07/12 03:21PM

Details

We have scheduled Windows updates on most of our servers, starting at 10PM this coming Thursday night (12/07/2012) and completing on Friday (13/07/2012) morning at 4AM. We anticipate up to 60 minutes of downtime during this period and apologise for the inconvenience.


The following shared servers will be affected:

MW1
MW2
MW3
MsSQL1
MsSQL2


RSS Subscribe Lots of Updates to the CPanel servers...
Posted on 09/07/12 04:47PM

We have made lots of updates to the CPanel servers recently.

You may have noticed that CPanel now looks a bit different when logging in, and this is because the software has had a major update.

We have also updated our website builder software, RV Site builder, to the newest version. This is now at version 5. RV site builder is a great way to setup a free website in your hosting account, with no web design knowledge required, as you build it in your web browser.

We have now also added the option for full DNS Zone File modifications from inside CPanel, using the 'Advance DNS Zone Editor'. So if you need to make those changes, you can now do this all yourself using the self service system.



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RSS Subscribe Spamcop spam scanning service failure affecting some email accounts
Posted on 01/02/21 11:00AM

Dear Customers,
 
Please note that due to a Spamcop spam scanning service failure, our upstream providers are experiencing an email sending outage on some of the email accounts. This is a Global issue affecting email providers all over the world that use Spam Cop. It is affecting the New Zealand based hosting network, and as Spamcop is a third party service, it is outside of our upstream providers control. Our upstream providers technical team are monitoring the situation closely and have been assured by their third party provider that it should be corrected soon however there is no ETA on this.This page will be updated.
 
--UPDATE--

This appears to have now been resolved. Apparently the cause was Cisco / Spamcops domain expiring, and a delay by Cisco in renewing it. Due to this, it resulted in propagation delays across the internet and during this time some emails were bouncing any others weren't . It is still possible that some emails from some email providers may still bounce depending on when they last flushed their DNS cache. This should correct itself over the next few days as DNS caches update themselves across all providers around the world. Cisco and Spamcop are a third party spam filtering service that email providers all over the world use to reduce the amount of spam that email servers get, so this has affected email users and providers all over the world. 

--UPDATE--

Please note that this email outage issue is now resolved. Cisco, the upstream provider with the SpamCop email solution acknowledged fault due to a domain expiry. Read more at https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/spamcop-anti-spam-service-suffers-an-outage-after-its-domain-expired/

 

 
Thank you.




RSS Subscribe Happy Christmas and New Year for 2020/2021
Posted on 20/12/20 04:24PM

Happy Christmas and New Year for 2019/2020. We hope you have a great holiday break.

Our team will also be having a break, so our office will be closed between the 24th December until the 18th January. We will be offering limited email support during this period. If you however need emergency support during this period, please use the emergency support form (charges will apply). The servers will be continued to be monitored 24/7/365 as per normal, in case of any problems with servers or the network during this time.
 
We would like to wish all our clients a safe and enjoyable holiday over the Christmas and New Year break.
 
Merry Christmas
 
Kind Regards
The Team @ Lounge Network.




RSS Subscribe Wellington Earthquakes and Office disruptions
Posted on 14/11/16 01:36PM

As you may already know Wellington and upper parts of the South Island were rocked by a severe earthquake this morning, causing quite a bit of damage. The regions continues to be rocked by severe aftershocks. We hope everyone is safe and ok across NZ.

Our main office has been disrupted by the Wellington earthquakes. As a result of the quakes, we have had periods of no power or internet  access. So this may affect our ability to respond to enquiries during this time. We may have more power outages as aftershocks continue to strike our offices. 

Our web hosting services however are not affected in anyway. The servers are housed in professional datacentres in Auckland, Wellington and overseas, and are designed to withstand these types of earthquakes. So please bear with us during this time.






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Network / Server Status:
Should a web hosting issue occur, and it doesn't appear above then we may post it below under the specific Network / Server that is having an issue.
Albany Server Network:
Housed in the Albany Datacentre, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.



Linux Server Network Cluster

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.


Windows Servers

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.


Orcon Server Network:
Housed in the Orcon Datacentre, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.


Libra Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.


Concorde Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.


Nitrogen Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.




Carbon Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.



 




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