Sunday, October 15, 2017

New: bulk-add vhost mail addresses

Starting 10/15, you can bulk-add forwarding addresses for mail virtual hosting by uploading a CSV file.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Expected power outage 8/2

Due to a wildfire, the UC Berkeley campus is expecting a power outage around 2:40 PM today. All OCF services have been powered down in preparation.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Update (9:02 PM): services have been restored.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Downtime for security updates evening of 7/8

There will be a brief period of downtime tonight (July 8th, 2017), around 9 PM, likely lasting about 15-30 minutes. We plan to apply kernel updates to our servers for recent security vulnerabilities and upgrade one of our servers to the most recent version of Debian stable (stretch). Let us know if you have any questions or concerns and thanks for flying OCF!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Announcing HTTPS for web apps

Last summer, we introduced automatic HTTPS for all OCF-hosted websites with virtual hosting, helping keep private data sent to these websites safe from government spies and would-be password thieves. Today, we are announcing the same feature for our web application hosting service.

This enhancement has already been rolled out for existing web apps, and it will come out-of-the-box for new ones. For more info, check out the original announcement as well as the updated FAQ below.

What do I need to do?

Most likely, nothing. Thanks to greatly increased Let's Encrypt request rate limits, we can download certificates and configure your website to use SSL almost immediately.

Will this break existing links to my website? Do I need to update posters with the new link?

No. We will issue 301 redirects to the updated URL.

Are you sending the HSTS header?

Still not yet, but it's certainly on the agenda now that we've been using HTTPS on regular virtual hosts for almost a year. We already send the HSTS header for, including all websites for individual accounts.

What even is app hosting? How do I get it?

Web application hosting is a relatively new service we offer which allows groups to develop sophisticated websites using modern web technologies not available with regular virtual hosting. The eligibility requirements are the same as for regular virtual hosting, and you can apply be emailing Please read the help page for more information.

If you have any more questions, please email us.

Finally, you can log into your website at ease!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Downtime this morning - Thursday 4/20 6:53 to 11:15 AM

From around 6:53 to 11:15 this morning a majority of the OCF's services were down, including websites, email forwarding, software mirrors, etc. We take downtime issues like this very seriously, so we are still in the process of doing a full postmortem on exactly what happened and the timeline it followed. Expect that to be posted soon as we finalize the details of what happened, but everything should now be back up and working again. If you notice any problems, please contact us and we'd be happy to help.

Thanks as always for flying OCF!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mirrors disk migration 3/17

There will be a short period of downtime between 10 AM and 12 PM (noon) today (3/17) to migrate the disks containing our software mirrors from one server to another.

Update 10:18: Our mirroring server is down, and the disks are being migrated.

Update 10:34: Our mirroring server is back up with its disks full migrated! Let us know if you encounter any problems.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LDAP/Kerberos upgrade Sunday 2/19

As part of our ongoing work to transition from jessie to stretch at the OCF, we will be migrating our LDAP/Kerberos server today starting around 7:20 PM.

To do this, we'll import LDAP and Kerberos data from our on-site backups to test that they still work. Although they have been tested before, it's always nice to make sure that backups actually work and include the right data. After importing these backups, a final dump and sync will be made in case any data has changed in the small amount of time that it takes to import the backup data.

All users will be unable to log in while the migration is taking place, but this should only be a very short time, as the majority of the migration will be done before the final sync is done.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the upgrade!

Update 7:40: All users should be able to log in again, please let us know if you have any issues with accessing your account!