[Freedombox-discuss] Completed: Dynamic DNS Server Migration

Sunil Mohan Adapa sunil at medhas.org
Fri Dec 17 17:46:44 GMT 2021

On 11/19/21 11:04, Sunil Mohan Adapa wrote:
> ## Summary
> On 15th December 2021, the Dynamic DNS server corresponding to the 
> freedombox.rocks domain is moving to infrastructure provided by the 
> FreedomBox Foundation. Keeping your privacy in mind, we need your 
> explicit consent for moving your account and you need to update the 
> Dynamic DNS configuration in your FreedomBox.
> ## Target Audience
> FreedomBox users who are using the Dynamic DNS service provided by 
> gnudip.datasystems24.net with the domain freedombox.rocks must take action.
> Users who are not using a Dynamic DNS service are not affected. Also, 
> users who are using Dynamic DNS services other than the one provided at 
> gnudip.datasystems24.net are also not affected.
> sds-ip.de domain is not being migrated, so no action is needed. However, 
> you are advised to move to freedombox.rocks domain. See below.
> ## Action Needed
> You must take the following actions before the 15th of December.
> 1) You need to provide your consent to migrating your account to the new 
> server.
> - Login with your Dynamic DNS account at https://gnudip.datasystems24.net.
> - Click on "Go" against "Change Settings"
> - Click "Consent to transfer data to Freedombox foundation*" and click 
> "Save Changes".
> 2) Update your Dynamic DNS configuration in FreedomBox web interface to 
> use the new server. Change the "GnuDIP Server Address" from 
> "gnudip.datasystems24.net" to "ddns.freedombox.org". Also change the 
> "URL to look up public IP" from "http://myip.datasystems24.de" to 
> "http://ddns.freedombox.org/ip/". You final settings should like this:
>     - [✓] Enable Dynamic DNS
>       (same as before)
>     - Service Type: GnuDIP
>       (same as before)
>     - GnuDIP Server Address: ddns.freedombox.org
>       (changed from gnudip.datasystems24.net)
>     - Domain Name: <mydomain>.freedombox.rocks
>       (this is same as before)
>     - Username: <myusername>
>       (this is same as before)
>     - Password: <mypassword>
>       (this is same as before, leave it blank so as not to change it)
>     - URL to look up public IP: https://ddns.freedombox.org/ip/
>       (changed from http://myip.datasystems24.net)
> ## Forgot Password?
> If you have forgotten your password to the GnuDIP account, use the 
> "Forgot Password" option on the login page to get a one-time login link. 
> Use this to login. Change your password after login and update 
> FreedomBox's Dynamic DNS settings with the new password.
> Alternatively, you can also peek the current password configured on your
> FreedomBox by reading the files /etc/ez-ipupdate/ez-ipupdate.inactive or
> /etc/ez-ipupdate/ez-ipupdate.conf using command line interface.
> ## Non-consent/Inaction
> If you don't consent to this migration or don't take any action before 
> the migration date, your subdomain under freedombox.rocks will stop 
> working after 15th December. Your subdomain and username will still be 
> reserved on the new server and no one else can claim them. After 
> December 15th, if you wish to migrate your account to the new server and 
> resume the service, you can contact the administrators of both services 
> via email to Daniel Steglich <admin at datasystems24.de> and FreedomBox 
> Administration Team <admin at freedombox.org>.
> ## sds-ip.de
> Apart from freedombox.rocks, sds-ip.de domain was also provided by the 
> Dynamic DNS service at gnudip.datasystems24.de. However, sds-ip.de 
> domain is not being migrated and will stay on the current server. So, 
> without any action on your part, you can continue to use this domain. 
> However, you are advised to close the sds-ip.de account and move to 
> freedombox.rocks as it may not receive newer planned features (see 
> below). You can do this before or after the migration date. If you do it 
> before the migration, perform the consent and configuration actions 
> described above.
> ## Migration Details
> Dynamic DNS service has been provided by FreedomBox contributor, Daniel 
> Steglich, to all FreedomBox users, free of cost since 2015. Notably, 
> users could assign domains <mydomain>.freedombox.rocks and 
> <mydomain>.sds-ip.de to their FreedomBoxes. Now, we wish to move this 
> service to infrastructure provided by the FreedomBox Foundation. This 
> service will be managed by FreedomBox Administration Team. Currently, 
> the team consists of Daniel Gnoutcheff from the FreedomBox Foundation 
> and contributors Sunil Mohan Adapa, James Valleroy and Joseph Nuthalapati.
> If you consent to data migration, the following information related to 
> your account will move to the new server provided by the FreedomBox 
> Foundation: email address, account name, account password (MD5 hash), 
> domain name, current IP address and account settings.
> We are doing this so that we can potentially improve the service:
> - Automatically manage DNS entries related to mail exchange and spam 
> protection. This will be useful for the upcoming email server app in 
> FreedomBox.
> - Automatically manage subdomains for your domain. Enable setting up 
> apps that require a dedicated subdomain. Obtain Let's Encrypt wildcard 
> TLS certificates for such domains.
> - Obtain Let's Encrypt certificates using an auto-assigned domain name 
> to simplify initial FreedomBox setup.
> - Improve the Dynamic DNS client side implementation while maintaining 
> server compatibility.
> - Provide IPv6 support.
> - Replace the outdated GnuDIP server software with better software.
> - Improve user interface for Dynamic DNS domain setup with automatic 
> registration.
> - Share server maintenance burden among members of current 
> administration team.
> ## Acknowledgments
> Many thanks to Daniel Steglich for implementing Dynamic DNS support in 
> FreedomBox, setting up and maintaining the server and continuing to 
> contribute on Dynamic DNS efforts.

Server migration has been completed. No further user action is required. 

* Accounts on the old server[1] that have consented to data migration 
are now available on new server[2]. Users may login, change password, 
set IP address/preferences, etc. on the new server.

* Accounts on the old server that have not consented to data migration 
have not been migrated to the new server and those users will not be 
able to login to the server. However, these usernames/domains have been 
reserved on the new server so that other users will not be able take 
these domains.

* Users wishing to consent now and migrate their disabled accounts from 
old server to the new server can still do so by logging into the old 
server and providing consent.

* New registrations have been enabled on the new server and disabled on 
the old server.

* Domains for users who have not done their configuration changes will 
also continue to work as the old server will now forward DNS update 
requests to the new server. However, this will stop on January 15th, 
2022. Please update your configuration to point to the new server if you 
already have not.

* There is no further user action required for configuration changes as 
these have already been done by users who consented.

* There was no down time during server migration. If you face any 
issues, please contact us.


1) Old server: https://gnudip.datasystems24.net/
2) New server: https://ddns.freedombox.org/


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