Docker Test Container For Watch My Domains SED v4

CodePunch Solutions have published a set of simple docker files that will allow you to quickly spin up a test container for Watch My Domains SED v4 on Mac OS X or Windows desktop.

This requires a working installation of Docker Desktop in your system. You should then clone or downlod the docker files from github to get started.

Download Required Docker Files

Clone the project into a convenient folder (or download the ZIP from githuib and unzip into a folder) and then edit docker-compose.yml to change the MySQL root and user passwords. You may also change the port from 8000 to whatever you want to use.

Edit wmdsed4/config.php to change the MySQL user password to the same one you setup in the YML file. While there, change the setup user name and password ($db_config_setup_name, $db_config_setup_password) too.

Open a terminal (in Mac) or Windows command-line and change to the docker-wmdsed4 directory. Now run

docker-compose build

followed by

docker-compose up -d

wait for the containers to spin up and then open http://localhost:8000 in your browser. There will be a short delay before the Watch My Domains application starts up for the first time. Use the setup username and password you specified in the config.php file to login.

Notes

This is purely for a quick test of Watch My Domains SED, don’t use in a production environment unless:

  1. Physical or remote access to your system is restricted AND
  2. You really know what you are doing

The application will be run without SSL. You can modify the docker file (wmdsed4/Dockerfile) to include SSL support and access the application over SSL.

The database files are stored in a host folder (wmdsed4/mysql), so you can safely stop the containers without losing data.

This doesn’t include any of the application files. The evaluation version of Watch My Domains SED is downloaded from domainpunch.com when you build the container.

Watch My Domains SED v4.2

Watch My Domains SED v4 is getting another update has been updated to include a new monitoring module. Other additions include additional themes, ability to update the application using the command-line tool even when installed into non-standard folders, etc.

Here are some screen-shots of the new module.

The new monitoring module makes it very easy to manage domain portfolios that are not extremely huge. You can use it to quickly view snapshot views of your domains without having to scroll through large spreadsheet like domain lists. The monitoring module can be used to track both domain expiry dates and SSL certificates.

Upgrading Hosted & Managed Versions of Watch My Domains SED

If you are currently using the hosted and managed versions of Watch My Domains SED v3, you should consider contacting us to schedule an upgrade to the current v4.

Upgrading will be painless because you will have access to the old and new versions and we will take down the old installation only after you have confirmed that it is okay to do so.

The new installation will have all your domains, custom data columns (plus data) and your categories intact. You will need to recreate your users and assign access rights. You will also need to configure the reports and scheduled emails. This is not complicated because you can do this easily from the user interface.

What’s New in Watch My Domains SED v4

Before scheduling an upgrade you should fix a date and time after which you will stop making any additions to your current version 3 installation. Then contact us for setting up the new version.

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.