Managing Colocation network details

Description

From the Network page, you can update the reverse lookup for assigned IP address(es) and null router an IP address.


Contents

Network

In the Network section of the Colocation Server Management page, you can view and interact with the public network switch port that the server is connected to. In the case of a rack, you can only view the status of the router port.


You can also view the current port speed, and open or close the switch port that that server port is connected to.

Click  → A new panel will appear:

Click Close (or Open, if the port was closed). To open or close the switch port.

DDoS Mitigation

In the DDoS Mitigation section, you can view the current status as well as manage your settings.

To manage your settings, click the Edit link.

In the manage settings dialog, you can enable or disable email notifications for Nulling events and Scrubbing events.

Standard DDoS IP Protection is an always-on feature. Mitigation by nulling and scrubbing cannot be disabled, only the e-mail notification of such an event can be disabled.

For more information please refer to the DDoS IP Protection page.



IP Details

The IP Details section on the Network Server Management page displays the server IP(s), the prefix length in CIDR notation, the Gateway address, if nullrouting is enabled/disabled, the Reverse DNS and you can Nullroute the IP.

IPDisplays the IP address and prefix length in CIDR notation
GatewayDisplays the gateway address
Nulled

Whether or not the IP address is nulled

Reverse DNS

Displays the domain name that is associated with the servers IP address and the edit link to set reverse DNS.

ActionsDisplays the Null route link to enable/disable Null routing

Note

If you need to know the subnet mask, it can be computed from the CIDR subnet size:


CIDR Prefix lengthSubnet Mask
/24255.255.255.0
/25255.255.255.128
/26255.255.255.192
/27255.255.255.224
/28255.255.255.240
/29255.255.255.248

Setting Reverse DNS

To set a new Reverse DNS click the Edit button.

Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) in the highligthed area for the server to provide reverse lookup, click Confirm.

Null- route an IP address

You can stop all incoming and outgoing connections to an IP address by null routing it. If you have multiple IP addresses associated with your server, null routing is an alternative to disabling the switch port, which would result in a server that is completely unreachable.

Why would I null-route an IP address?

There could be a lot of traffic heading towards an IP address that is used by your server. This can be caused by a popular website going viral or it can be caused by malicious traffic. The problem is that the extra amount of traffic can be generating more bandwidth usage than you committed to in your contract, resulting in an increase of your monthly bill. Or it can use all the resources of your server resulting in downtime or very slow responses for all of the services on that server.

By null routing the IP the generated traffic will be stopped at our core router infrastructure so it will never reach your server.

How to null-route a IP address

Perform the following steps to null-route an IP address:

  1. In the IP details section of the server click the Null route link.


    The IP Null-routing dialogue box displays.


  2. Enter the following information, and click Confirm.

    Field NameDescription
    Comment*Enter a comment when null routing the IP address.
    TicketEnter a ticket number that you want to associate with the null route. (optional)
    Null-routing duration (hours)Enter the total hours for which you want to null route the IP address. (optional)
    Note: If you do not enter a value, the IP address will be null routed until you remove it.
  3. The confirmation box appears displaying the IP which is null routed.

How to remove a null-route

If there is no time specified when null-routing the IP address. The null-route will remain active until removed manually. To remove a null-route proceed with the following steps.

  1. In the IP details section click the Unnull link.


    The UnNull IP Address message box appears.


  2. Verify the IP address displayed in the box and click Confirm.

    The confirmation box appears.

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