Verifying if a Watch My Domains SED v4 Installation is fully UP & Running

There are a number of scripts and services that check if a website is up and running. However, checking if a web application is fully functional is not exactly the same as testing if a web page is up. Web applications may still show it’s interface even if there are errors that are then displayed elsewhere.

You can easily verify if an installation of Watch My Domains SED v4 is fully functional by checking if it’s testpad.php page returns a

<p>OK</p>

response.

You can add https://<yourinstallpath>/testpad.php to any monitoring script and look for the above response to monitor the application’s status.

Domain Name Management Software: Transition to RDAP

The Registration Data Access Protocol, or RDAP, is soon going to replace the traditional port 43 Whois. Once RDAP has been deployed, ICANN no longer requires gTLD registries to provide a port 43 whois service. However, most registries are expected to do this in a phased manner .

All the current versions of our software products will be updated before the end of the year to support RDAP.

RDAP

What this means

Are you using older (major) versions of the software? Once the registries and registrars fully transition to the RDAP and abandon the port 43 Whois, you will no longer be able to retrieve domain related information using your version of the software.

To be able to continue using the software you will have to purchase an upgrade to the latest major version.

The transition to RDAP will not affect the domains that are managed using registrar APIs.

When will this happen?

Registries and registrars are likely to begin providing more information about their plans to phase out the port 43 service in due course. This will happen after the current Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) are amended. As per an ICANN blog post negotiations have been initiated to begin this process and to define a coordinated transition from the WHOIS protocol to RDAP.

Download CSV Data from Watch My Domains SED.

You can very easily download data in CSV format from Watch My Domains SED v4. The download options are available for both domain and report tables. Please see the screen shot below.

The download can be scheduled as a background task when the number of rows is more than 5000. You can select the rows and columns that appear in the download. You may also specify the column delimiter (between comma, semicolon and tab).

You may need to use the data import option in Excel to open the downloaded file in Excel.

Watch My Domains SED v4 Released

We have released Watch My Domains SED Version 4. Watch My Domains SED is a corporate Domain Name Management Software application accessible from the cloud / web. You can use it to manage your domain names, SSL certificates, MX, DKIM Records and more.

Version 4 brings an array of new features including multiple database support (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL / MariaDB or SQLite), improved DNS and SSL monitoring options, SAML/SSO support, integrated schedulers for lookup and reports, API support and more.

As usual you can download and evaluate the application before purchase. You may also request a dedicated managed installation on our servers.



What’s New in Watch My Domains SED v4

Check Upgrade Options (requires your existing license code)



Importing Data into Watch My Domains SED v4 from the Previous Version

Watch My Domains SED v4 (RC02 and above) supports importing data from the previous v3.

It is very important to use a different database when installing Watch My Domains SED v4. Please do not reuse the v3 database. It will corrupt the data and make it unusable from both versions.

If you can’t use a different database, change the ‘table prefix’ entry for Watch My Domains SED v4 so that new tables are created.

Importing data from v3 is very similar to importing data from registrars. Create a data source profile in the administration panel and the use the ‘Add Domains’ option as usual.

You will need to provide the database access details of the version 3 installation. Please see here for more details.

Selecting Database Server in Watch My Domains SED 4

The first release candidate for Watch My Domains SED v4 is now available for download.

Watch My Domains SED v4 supports multiple databases for storage. You can select from …

  • MySQL / Maria DB
  • Oracle Database
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQLite

You can select the database type in config.php.

Selecting database type

The Professional edition License is required for MS SQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle. The demo / evaluation version supports all databases. However, the application will not be able to access the data if you test or evaluate with Oracle, PostgreSQL or SQL server and then purchase and activate the basic or standard editions.

Track New Domains That Contain Trademarks or Keywords

Watch My Domains SED v4 Professional Edition supports monitoring for new domains that contain specific keywords.

This simply involves entering two extra API keys that are available to Professional Edition users and then specifying the keywords you want to monitor.

You can use % to specify keyword position. For example, enter %apple to monitor domains ending in apple, apple to monitor domains that contain apple and apple% to find domains that start with apple.

A daily report will be created and emailed to specified address. You can also view the data on screen or add it to the application domain list.

Creating Users in Watch My Domains SED v4

Watch My Domains SED v4 (beta) has a number of additional options for user administration that are not available in the current version 3.

(The user administration features are available only in standard edition and above)

Allow All Categories

One of the problems in version 3 was that the domain categories had to be individually enabled for each user. The new version has an extra user rights option to enable access to all categories for a user. If you set this option on for any user he/she will have access to all categories including ones that will be created in future.

This option is different from giving the user access to all existing categories by checking the corresponding category name boxes in the ‘categories’ list.

Access Levels

Access levels allow you to prevent certain users from ever accessing data from specific columns. For example, only users who have access level of 5 and above will be able to access columns that have access level 5. It is better to set all your users to access level 0 (minimum access level) by default.

Other Options

In addition to the above features there are extra user right flags that allow users to download data, make changes to UI, trigger lookups, allow editing categories / auto queries etc.

Watch My Domains SED v4 and User Access Levels

Did you know that you can precisely control which columns a user can view in Watch My Domains SED v4 ?

You can specify an access level (from 0-8) to every domain data column in Watch My Domains SED v4. You can also specify an access level to every user. Columns with level-0 can be accessed by all users, but columns with higher access levels can only be accessed by users with the same or higher access levels.

All administrative users have a default access level of 24, which means they can access all columns. It is possible to use the API to expand the access levels to 32 instead of the default 0-8 supported by the user administration interface.