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About H-Sphere Hosting Control Panel

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H-Sphere is a scalable multiserver web hosting solution. It has many advanced features and a sophisticated billing system to automate and improve your web hosting tasks. H-Sphere was designed to work on many servers and can be scaled by adding more web, mail, database, and DNS servers without any downtime. It provides a simple, easy-to-use web interface that can be maintained from any computer with internet connection. H-Sphere was written in Java and works with any SQL-compliant database. It runs only industry standard software.

Hosting Control Panel Outline

H-Sphere offers the highest level of web-hosting operations by providing:

H-Sphere follows true centralized model to allow highest level of manageability. The data is stored in the centralized database. Control Panel server dispatches commands (using ssh or http protocols) to different servers. New servers can be added on the fly.

H-Sphere Supported Operating Systems


We support the following *nix versions:

Operating System

Supported OS Version

Trustix™ Secure Linux Trustix™ Secure Linux 2.2
Trustix™ Secure Enterprise Linux release 2
RedHat Linux 7.2, 7.3
RedHat Enterprise Linux (WS, ES, AS)
up to 3.0
White Box Enterprise Linux 3.0, 4
CentOS 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 4
FreeBSD* 4.8, 4.9, 4.10
4.11, 5.3, 5.4

If your distribution is not listed, we don't support it. We don't support beta, testing, or unstable versions of any distribution.
For example, Red Hat 8 and 9, Fedora, Debian, and Mandrake aren't supported.

Hosting Control Panel Servers

The heart of H-Sphere is the Control Panel Server. It knows about every other server in the configuration. The Control Panel server manages all new machines, users, domains, and events behind the scene. When a user enters the system and creates a new account, the control panel server dispatches commands to DNS, Mail, and Web servers to configure themselves. It also writes all the information about user into its database. From this moment on, H-Sphere knows which computers the account resides on, the properties of the account, how it is billed and any other information it might need to know. All settings are configured in real time.

An H-Sphere configuration includes the following servers:


Server Type

Operating Systems

Supported Software

1 Control Panel System Database: PgSQL 7.x
Java 1.4 and Tomcat
You can have only one CP server
2 Mail Qmail and vpopmail Any number is supported
3 Unix/Linux Web Apache 1.3.x Any number is supported
4 DNS Bind 8.x, 9.x Two is recommended,
any number is supported
5 User MySQL MySQL 4.x Any number is supported
6 RealMedia RealMedia Server Any number is supported
7 User PgSQL PgSQL 7.x Any number is supported
8 Windows Web IIS 5.0, 6.0 Any number is supported
9 User MS SQL MS SQL 7 Any number is supported
10 VPS RedHat Linux 7.3
RedHat Enterprise Linux v.3.0 (ES/WS/AS)
CentOS 3.1, 3.3, 3.4
White Box Enterprise Linux Release 3
FreeVPS and H-Sphere VPS Any number is supported

You can put servers 1 through 5 to one or more boxes combining them any way you want.
The Control Panel server is required; other servers can be installed later.

You need more than one box if you are going to offer one of the following:
1) Windows hosting: Windows Web, MS SQL, and Windows RealMedia servers are set up separately on Windows platform and can also be combined in any possible way.
2) PgSQL database hosting: PgSQL server for user database hosting can't share the box with the control panel server, because the latter runs with system PgSQL database.
3) VPS hosting: Virtual Private Servers require special software that is installed on a separate RedHat Linux box.

H-Sphere Requirements

H-Sphere can be installed on any number of computers. A minimum configuration can be installed on one box, but more is recommended.


If you are going to install H-Sphere to only one computer, make sure it is at least Pentium III, 500MHz CPU and 512MB RAM. This will allow to host only a small number of customers. Adding SiteStudio will require at least 1000MHz CPU and 1GB RAM.

Other Requirements

- Full control of DNS, mail, web and other hosting servers is a must while installation and testing.
- H-Sphere can be installed only on public IPs.
- To provide domain registration services with OpenSRS, you will need a Full Access account. They will waive the requirements for the full test.

H-Sphere Assured Security

H-Sphere ensures data and transaction security at all levels, including:
- Site performance under site owner (both Unix and Windows);
- SSL / shared SSL certificate support for individual domains;
- SSL encryption for the entire control panel; - Server-side encryption of credit card numbers.

However, we find it important to emphasize that the security of the server at the lowest level must be provided by the system administrator.

Tips on how to increase H-Sphere security are available here (courtesy of Dynamic Net™).

H-Sphere Pricing

H-Sphere licensed is at $4.50 per account one time fee.
There is additional nonrefundable $95 setup fee.

See also

Admin Guide
User Guide
Sysadmin Guide

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