Microsoft's Update KB951748, released July, breaks the Virtuozzo 4.0 Service Container. When accessing the Parallels Management Console, you're getting the error "Error 422 (Named Pipe connection failed, error #2 [The system cannot find the file specified)"


Reinstall the Service Container.

From the command prompt, type in

vzsveinstall -s 10.184.88.xx -w -f

Lesson learned. Be sure to check updates first on the Virtuozzo website to avoid hassles.

So you're looking for a way on how to set the time on your VE or container? But I suppose that you already know that VE's clock is synchronized with the time settings of the Hardware Node? If not, read this knowledgebase entry from Parallels.

On the hardware node, you have all the right to change the time zone settings or sync the clock with an NTP server (Network Time Protocol). From the command prompt, run:

net time /

You can use whatever NTP server you like. For my example, I used the server.

All changes made on the hardware node is automatically reflected on the Containers or VEs.
For the Virtuozzo for Linux servers, check out this post.

Well well. We got a new release from the Parallel's team. Haven't upgraded to this version because of having this Plesk upgrade fears. I don't know but for some reason, we haven't got any update instances that successfully ran without errors. So fingers crossed. But I daresay Plesk is not that bad at all. Plesk 8.4 compared to the lower versions is loading fast. Hopefully this release wipes away all the tears. lol.

Anyway, got this shoutout from Sergius of the Parallels forum:

Changing DNS zone SOA serial number format - The DNS zone SOA serial number format used by default in the Plesk Control Panel is Unix timestamp. You can change the format of the DNS zone SOA serial number to YYYYMMDDNN, which is recommended by IETF and RIPE and mandatory for many domains registered in some high-level DNS zones, mostly European ones.
Improved DNS zone update - Users can make multiple changes to a DNS zone without having to save every single change each time – all changes made to the DNS zone are now highlighted and visible to the user before saving them. The DNS zone is updated when the user saves the changes.
Permission for clients to select a target DB server - You can allow your customers to select a database server of each type for creating his or her databases, not only use the default database server.
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS support - Plesk now can be deployed on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
PHP 5.2.6 update - Plesk now ships with PHP 5.2.6
PostgreSQL 8.3 support - Plesk now works with PostgreSQL 8.3.
Safari 3.1 support - Safari 3.1 browser can now be used to work with Plesk.
Fixed issue with empty mail user name - Fixed issue with empty mail user name displayed in logs of Plesk installed on SuSE.
Fixed issue with AWstats monthly history - Fixed issue with incorrect calculations and display of AWstats monthly history.
Fixed issue with forwarding e-mail messages signed by DomainKeys - Fixed issue with e-mail forwarding not working if e-mail messages were signed by DomainKeys.
Security fixes and other bug

You can download Parallels Plesk Control Panel 8.6 here:

Fingers crossed. :p

After days and hours of trying to make the PHP autoinstaller work on a windows 2003 VPS, I finally gave up. I've been playing around with these for a couple of days but to no avail, it doesn't work. It doesn't recognize php pages and just throws a 500 internal server error. I thought things would be easier if I use that program. Currently, I am using a Windows 2003 virtual private server (virtuozzo) with IIS 6 installed. I haven't got any single problem with the Mysql installer. Anyway, here's how I've managed to make php a part of my web server. :)


1. Download the Windows binary zip file from the PHP's download site. I have downloaded the latest release which is PHP 5.2.6.

2. Create a folder named PHP on your drive C:. (C:\PHP)

3. Unzip and move all contents of the downloaded file ( of course we are talking about the PHP files) to the directory C:\PHP.

4. Rename php.ini-recommended to php.ini and then place a copy of it to the C:\Windows folder.

5. Open IIS Manager and then navigate to the website you want to use PHP with, right click and then choose Properties. You should be able to see the Home Directory tab, click Configuration.

6. Under the Application Configuration, Mappings tab, add .php extension to the application extensions. Click Add, and then browse to the PHP directory, in our case (C:\PHP) select php5isapi.dll. Type the ".php" under the Extension directive without the quotes. Set all other options to its default.

7. Also do not forget to set the "Scripts only" permission on the application settings. Just navigate the Home Directory tab to do this.

8. Go back to the IIS Manager, find the Web Service Extensions.

9. Click "Add new web service extensions..." type PHP for the extension name, choose add and then browse to the php5isapi.dll. (C:PHP\php5isapi.dll) Tick the "Set extension status to Allowed" and then click ok.

10. Finally, reboot the server.

To test if php pages are now being served by your server, create a sample php file. Include the following lines to the document:

Name it info.php. This file also lets you see the existing configuration for your PHP installation. Do not also forget to set the following in your php.ini:

a. Loadable Extension (Modules) Path

extension_dir = "C:\PHP\ext"

b. Session Save Path

session.save_path = "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp"

If you will be using the program with mysql, simply uncomment the php_mysql.dll from the Dynamic Extensions portion of the INI file (php.ini).

Hmm so far so good. I guess that would be all. Hope this post helps. Do drop a shoutout if you think I missed out something.


If you haven't got the latest windows xp SP3, go grab a copy of it now. Always make sure you have the latest updates. Not will it only fix certain bugs in your system, but also a bunch of security holes.

Windows service pack 3 is available from the Microsoft's downloads site. According to the Microsoft guys, windows sp3 includes all previously released updates for the operating system, in addition to a small number of new updates. You can read the rest of the topic here.

Download Windows Service Pack 3 here.

Sorry for posting an out-of-topic post but have you heard of the prophecy guy named "Mr. Juseleeno Nobulega DaRoose" from Brazil who predicts that an earthquake will hit Philippines this July 18, 2008 and Japan, and tells something about some other stuffs that are really creepy.

But please people, do not panic. No science or nobody can ever predict an earthquake. They are just doing this to scare you off.

And to the pigs who helped in spreading this hoax, we pity you. Probably a 10.0 magnitude earthquake hit their brains.

Let's just hope for the best. If it's really our time then so be it. =)


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