Monthly Archives: July 2017

How to add a DNS record in Vesta

In this knowledge base post we will show you how to add a DNS record to your domain.

To add a DNS record for you domain in Vesta:

1. Access the Vesta CP

2. From top menu choose DNS.

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3. Look for your domain in the list and click the ADD RECORD button

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4. In the new window, enter:
Record – the new record that you want to create
Type – choose the record type. You can select from: A, AAAA, NS, CNAME, MX, TXT, SRV, DNSKEY, KEY, IPSECKEY, PTR, SPF, TLSA.
IP or Value – enter the IP or value, depending on the record type
Priority – the priority for the record, an optional field.

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5. Click Add button. The new DNS record will be added to the domain name records.

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Configure, create and restore backups in Vesta

Vesta can generate backups for your domains. It’s always a good idea to have backups for your domains. You should keep them onsite but also offsite.

How to work with backups in Vesta CP:

1. Navigate to your Vesta Control Panel

2. From the top menu click on Backup

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3. To create a new backup, use the CREATE BACKUP button. You will receive an email when the process is done. Also, you will see the new backup in the list. A message will appear Task has been added to the queue. You will receive an email notification when your backup is ready for download.

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4. Other operations that you can do with backups.

– you can download archives via the DOWNLOAD button
– you can restore a full backup or parts of the backup by the CONFIGURE RESTORE SETTINGS button.
– you can delete a backup with the DELETE button

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How to add/delete packages in Vesta

Before creating a new user (that will be able to add new web domains) in VestaCP you need to create a new package. 

To create a new web hosting package in VestaCP:

1. Log into Vesta Control Panel as admin

2. From top menu choose Packages

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3. You will see the web hosting packages list. To create a new one, click the ADD PACKAGE button.

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4. Now enter the package details. When done, click the Add button. The new package will be created and you will see it in the packages list. Also a message will be displayed Package package_name has been created successfully.

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Vesta allows you to configure many options for new packages:
Package Name – the desired package name
Web/ Proxy/ DNS Template
SSH Access – if you want to allow SSH access or not.
Web Domains – how many domains the package will allow
Web Aliases – how many web aliases per domain the package will allow
Mail Domains – how many domains will be able to use the mail service
Mail Accounts – how many mail accounts per domain will be allowed
Databases – no of databases 
Cron Jobs – no of cronjobs
Backups – no of backups
Quota – the max disk space (in megabytes)
Bandwidth – the max bandwith (in megabytes)

To edit or delete a package, just click the Edit/Delete buttons from the package row.

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Create email accounts via the Vesta interface

You created a new site and you want to set up an email account? You can create email accounts via the Vesta interface.

How to create email accounts in Vesta:

1. Log into Vesta CP

2. From top menu choose Mail.

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3. Look for the domain on which you want to create a new email account and click the ADD ACCOUNT button.

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4. Enter the account name – like john ,  and your email address will be john@domain.com. Also enter the password – notice that the system can generate a password.
On the right side of the screen you will see the mail server connection details.

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5. Click the Add button. The email account will be created and you will be able to access it via IMAP/SMTP or via webmail.

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How to create and delete cron jobs in Vesta

We will show in this article how to create a new cron job in VestaCP. Cron jobs are automated tasks that run on server at specific time intervals.

To configure cron jobs in Vesta:

1. Connect to your VestaCP account

2. Look at the top of the page for CRON link. Click on it.

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3. You will see the list of the cron jobs. To create a new one, click the ADD CRON JOB button

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4. Enter the Command (usually it’s the “php /path/to/the/script.php”) and the interval at which do you want the cron job to be executed. VestaCP has some predefined values – choose the value you want and click the Generate button.

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5. Click the Add button. You will see a confirmation message Cron job has been created successfully.

6. You can also EDIT or DELETE cron jobs. Use the buttons on the right side.

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You can check the cron jobs with the command crontab -u username -l :

[root@webcp ~]# crontab -u john -l
MAILTO=john@plothost.com
CONTENT_TYPE="text/plain; charset=utf-8"
* * * * * php /home/john/cron.php
[root@webcp ~]# 

To check the cron job log for a specific user use cat /var/log/cron | grep john :

[root@webcp ~]# cat /var/log/cron | grep john
Jul  6 08:06:01 webcp crond[188]: (john) RELOAD (/var/spool/cron/john)
Jul  6 08:06:01 webcp CROND[16439]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:07:01 webcp CROND[16475]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:07:11 webcp crontab[16484]: (root) LIST (john)
Jul  6 08:08:01 webcp CROND[16488]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:09:01 webcp CROND[16497]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:10:01 webcp CROND[16516]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:11:01 webcp CROND[16712]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:12:01 webcp CROND[16725]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:12:01 webcp crontab[16731]: (root) LIST (john)
Jul  6 08:13:01 webcp CROND[16737]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:14:01 webcp CROND[16748]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:15:01 webcp CROND[16761]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:16:01 webcp CROND[17277]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:17:01 webcp CROND[17287]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:18:01 webcp CROND[17302]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
[root@webcp ~]#

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