Migration from bigdog.runbox.net

We’d like to let you know that we’ll migrate all Runbox Web Hosting accounts currently residing on bigdog.runbox.net on:

Sunday, 28th and Monday 29th of December 2014

The accounts will be moved to a new server named host02.runbox.net, with better performance and increased reliability.

Please continue reading for important information about how this affects your website.

NEW SERVER: host02.runbox.net

Our new US based web hosting server Host02 is equipped with a Xeon E5 processor, 48 GB memory, and 2 * 500 GB SSD (Solid-State Drive) for super fast response times. Performance monitoring and backup of stored data is of course included.

Note: Runbox also offers Norwegian web hosting — please contact us for more information.

Upgraded software packages

This migration will also include some software upgrades:

  • MySQL will be upgraded from MySQL 5.0.96 to Percona Server 5.5.37.
  • Default PHP version will be upgraded from 5.3.15 to 5.5.16.


When we migrate to the new server, all accounts must change their DNS (Domain Name System) record to point their domain to the new server’s IP address.

You either have your domain’s DNS records hosted on Runbox’ servers or with an external domain registrar. If you don’t know where your DNS is hosted you can look it up for instance at http://intodns.com

  • If the Name Server field is ns1.runbox.net and ns2.runbox.net, your DNS is hosted with Runbox.
    If you have DNS hosted with Runbox, you don’t have to do anything as we will update your DNS settings to point to the new server’s IP address.
  • If you are using an external DNS service such as GoDaddy or Enom, the IPs your domain(s) are resolving to won’t auto-update. You will have to manually change all occurrences of the old IP address to the new IP address:


During the account migration and for up to a few hours, your domain name might still be pointing to the old server because it takes time for the DNS updates to propagate through the Internet. This depends on your domain’s DNS settings and the ISP you’re using.

Accessing your account during migration

Once the migration of the data in your account has been performed, and before the new DNS settings have propagated, you may see a page on your website noting that ‘This account has been moved.’ Don’t fret! You can access your cPanel and your files immediately on the new server by going to https://host02.runbox.net/cpanel and logging in with your Web Hosting username.

If you use an FTP client to manage your files on the server and you’re using bigdog.runbox.net as FTP host instead of your domain name, you will have to change to host02.runbox.net after migration.

If you have a dedicated IP address, you can also find the new IP address for your domain by logging in to https://host02.runbox.net/cpanel.

If you want to contact us about this migration, please open a support ticket here https://support.runbox.com or use the contact form: https://runbox.com/contact/

UPDATE 31.12.2014 18:15 CET: The migration is taking longer than expected due to the large number of accounts. The sysadmins are working as quickly as possible, but note that there might be some downtime for your website during this process.

UPDATE 01.01.2015 12:00 CET: The migration has completed and all websites should be running normally again. The new server is performing very well with plenty of capacity to spare, so all websites should be responding quickly and reliably.

2 thoughts on “Migration from bigdog.runbox.net”

  1. I’m totally confused… you have a long, splendid blog post about “Why Runbox being in Norway is important”, and you move the web server to US??

    Anyway, it’s no big deal for me, but residing in Denmark, I would prefer my site to stay in Norway rather than in US. You still offer hosting in Norway – are there drawbacks by staying there for me, if you will permit it?

  2. Hello Henrik,

    This is web hosting for our customers that have web hosting as a add-on product to their email hosting. We offer that kind of hosting in the US and in Norway (the user can choose where they want it), as the post says. Some of our customers want their web hosting to be in the US.

    All our email infrastructure, including the web servers that are running our web infrastructure, is hosted in the Digiplex Data Center in Norway. That will not change.

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