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Last Edited by xmlguy May 3, 2013 at 09:13 PM
UPDATE! As of 12/30 it appears urlhasbeenblocked has released stock in all locations and at the moment, I have tested the promo code and confirmed that the promo code works on all locations.

Caution - Chicagp VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - it concerns you for 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths

if you run a >uname - a command you will see their kernel is 3 yrs old without the latest security updates Kernel version# 2.6.32-042stab061 , this is an issue because your VPS shares the same host kernel which will prevent upgrades. It will fail some of the upgrades [askubuntu.com]


urlhasbeenblocked appears to offer free backups:

We support a central backup system. Everyone gets 1 free central backup to store a copy of their VPS at the time of creation.
Each additional backup is $5 per month. Please open a support ticket for additional backup's.
Backup's are provided as-is and are not gaurenteed.




$40/year with promo code "STEALOFADEAL"

Link to *special* $40 per year packages


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The welcome email provides the IP address of your new VPS..
then you can do
ssh root@[new VPS ip from welcome email]
use the password set when configuring VPS

when configuring my vps I used the hostname and domain I will use when I finish building my server.
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In case anyone else wants to upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 to Ubuntu 12.04LTS on chicago vps, here is how I did it (64 bit). Everything seems to be working fine, so far

Code:
#update and install update-manager-core
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
apt-get install update-manager-core
#install recompiled libc
mkdir updateOpenVZ
cd updateOpenVZ
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-dbg_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-dev_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-i386_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-pic_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-prof_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc-bin_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc-dev-bin_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
dpkg -i *

#change to precise repositories to fix broken dependencies
#to do this, change you /etc/apt/sources.list file to have the following 4 lines (you can use the command "nano /etc/apt/sources.list")
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main restricted universe
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-updates main restricted universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner

apt-get update && apt-get -f install
do-release-upgrade
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EDIT* I found some options to CPanel - Please feel free to add, (optional any help inst- would be greatly appreciated.)
DirectAdmin
Webmin
Plesk - not free
ohh boy, what did I get myself into - help for novices like me [stevenkohlmeyer.com]
similar question [webhostingtalk.com], but not clear answers here

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In case anyone else is real noobish with VPS like I am, here's a real quick guide on how I setup my server:

If you're using Windows on your desktop, download Putty so you can SSH into your server:
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk...ham/putty/

You'll use the IP address in your account and the root login you defined when you purchased the VPS.


Then follow this guide to upgrade Ubuntu to 12.04 LTS through SSH:
http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-...-server-p2

For the most part, the guide follows 1-to-1 with the install. During the install, I had to tell it multiple times (like, 20) to follow the default action and leave some files. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it.


Then follow this guide to install the cPanel alternative, Virtualmin:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1197883

Most of the guide you can skip. There's no need to edit your fqdn, IP address, or host name. On mine, this was all set when the OS was first installed. AppArmor wasn't installed by default, so I didn't have to remove it. So really, you can start on the following line:

"We are now going to download the free open source Virtualmin installation script."

After that, it's like 3 lines of code and you're installing like a boss!
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In the middle of this blog post is what you need: http://vjetnamnet.com/how-to-inst...-centos-6/
Look for the section with "Now we’re enabling ip forward and create NAT iptables rules so we can access the internet with OPENVPN server"

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Here is what I found on installing a GUI on the VPS server, it seems like the desktop GUI can be installed, I am noobie as well bounce

Install A GUI linky [webhostingneeds.com]
#Install GUI on Ubuntu VPS
#After u get new ubuntu vps, first run apt-get update

Code:
apt-get update

#Now install desktop, vps images won't have this by default

apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

#Configure the Gnome Desktop Manager and XServer

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

#Install VNC software

sudo apt-get install vnc4server


#Start VNC server

vncserver :1 -geometry 1024x768 -depth 16 -pixelformat rgb565

#Now you will be able to connect to ubuntu VPS with VNC.

#On ubuntu, it won't start "vncconfig" on booting. You need to run "vncconfig" to share clip board between vnc.

vncconfig


#On Ubuntu 10.04, i get a terminal window on login. You can start gui application from this window. It use less CPU. If you need genome desktop, edit file

vi /root/.vnc/xstartup

Find

x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
x-window-manager &

Replace with

xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
gnome-session &

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#46
Quote from UltraLaser View Post :
The links in the first post are incorrect because they will add a Xen virtual machine to your cart and those are not on the deal. It has to be OpenVZ. Instead go to the lowendbox link and use their links to for the deal. Note that OpenVZ VM's are less secure than Xen as far as VM separation on the host goes.

I got one to play with but honestly I'm not sure I would trust these guys. The default Debian install has all kinds of crazy stuff installed that you should never install by default because of security risks (samba, xinetd, bind, etc). I mean you can install that stuff yourself if you know what you are doing but it should never be in a default install.

OK, this one is just personal opinion but the default filesystem is farking reiserfs which is what unskilled admins that think they're some kind of awesome hacker use (versus XFS, ext, or some other stable and reliable fs).

Plus they got hacked. According to them it was a brute force. Whatever the reason they either had a security hole or weak primary admin password.

They seem to lack skill all the way around, hence my lack of trust. It's too bad because I get a really good ping to my core backend business systems from these guys but I just can't see trusting them with something like that. Probably a wasted $30.
Agreed, samba in default install is madness.
Putting effort into patching reiser4, when ext4, btrfs, xfs, etc are already available is silly. I could understand patching ZFS for its features, but reiserfs has been basically dead for 4 years.

But then again would you trust a $30/yr VPS from some random guys whose datacenter you haven't seen in person, connected to your backend? Yikes.
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Last edited by junhao123 November 26, 2012 at 06:48 AM
#47
Quote from UltraLaser View Post :
I got one to play with but honestly I'm not sure I would trust these guys. The default Debian install has all kinds of crazy stuff installed that you should never install by default because of security risks (samba, xinetd, bind, etc). I mean you can install that stuff yourself if you know what you are doing but it should never be in a default install.

OK, this one is just personal opinion but the default filesystem is farking reiserfs which is what unskilled admins that think they're some kind of awesome hacker use (versus XFS, ext, or some other stable and reliable fs).

Plus they got hacked. According to them it was a brute force. Whatever the reason they either had a security hole or weak primary admin password.

They seem to lack skill all the way around, hence my lack of trust. It's too bad because I get a really good ping to my core backend business systems from these guys but I just can't see trusting them with something like that. Probably a wasted $30.
I got an OpenVZ account with Debian x86-64, and it doesn't have samba/xinetd/bind installed. The only active network service is sshd.

I agree that I wouldn't trust them with any important/sensitive data though.
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#48
Quote from eyv View Post :
I got an OpenVZ account with Debian x86-64, and it doesn't have samba/xinetd/bind installed. The only active network service is sshd.

I agree that I wouldn't trust them with any important/sensitive data though.
Interesting, I'm using the 32-bit install. Maybe just that one is tweaked weird. This type of lack of attention to detail doesn't make them look good at all in my book. Smilie
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#49
Quote from crushyou View Post :
They Use an older OpenVZ kernel that doesn't support Ubuntu 12.04. Many budget VPS providers use the older OpenVZ kernel.

Don't try to upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 without going through the steps listed here [askubuntu.com]
Those instructions didn't quite work for me - but their alternate libc packages did, installed manually.

In case anyone else wants to upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 to Ubuntu 12.04LTS on chicago vps, here is how I did it (64 bit). Everything seems to be working fine, so far

#update and install update-manager-core
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
apt-get install update-manager-core
#install recompiled libc
mkdir updateOpenVZ
cd updateOpenVZ
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-dbg_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-dev_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-i386_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-pic_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc6-prof_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc-bin_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~izx/+archive/ovz-libc/+files/libc-dev-bin_2.15-0ubuntu10%2Bopenvz0~oneiric_amd64.deb
dpkg -i *

#change to precise repositories to fix broken dependencies
#to do this, change you /etc/apt/sources.list file to have the following 4 lines (you can use the command "nano /etc/apt/sources.list")
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main restricted universe
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-updates main restricted universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner

apt-get update && apt-get -f install
do-release-upgrade
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Last edited by Barret November 26, 2012 at 09:13 AM
#50
@barret - This is Ubuntu upgrade is so helpful worship
Just curious, which other locations did others pick and what HW did you get, I tried LA, but got Chicago...
  1. I have centOS, and dont know HW, what can I do to get HW info and change over to Ubuntu, and new users.
  2. I have used Ubunut Desktop version before, I recently switched to Mint, will the Ubuntu server be just as friendly. I need to be able to admin the box easily, idiot proof it and not leave any open access Big Grin.
  1. Are there any free/cheap alternatives to Cpanel that are easy for a novice (I can cd dir, chmod permissions), but that's the limit.
  2. Is it possible to use scriptaculous on this for 1 click installs
  3. I want to run some PHP open sources like Joomla or W P
  4. I also want to install Mono
  5. What are some of the other apps/ways people typically use the box? I bought it on a whim

Besides Putty, is there another GUI / RDP /RemoteDesktop way to manage/connect, any recommendations, Any Cpanel coupons, maybe we could collectively bargain like groupon Smilie

EDIT* I found some options to CPanel - Please feel free to add, (optional any help inst- would be greatly appreciated.)
DirectAdmin
Webmin
Plesk - not free
ohh boy, what did I get myself into - help for novices like me [stevenkohlmeyer.com] Big Grin
similar question [webhostingtalk.com], but not clear answers here
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Last edited by xmlguy November 26, 2012 at 09:52 AM
#51
I've been with them before and had a terrific experience. This is a steal of a deal.
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#52
Quote from rivacom View Post :
Usually you can put any domain in the " Use my own", I think usually the domain(unless you purchase or transfer" is used as a identifier in billing.



Doesn't show the share though. So you could get awesome results now, but maybe only because no one else is using their share. What the other poster is trying to figure out is, how much cpu at once are you promised. If everyone is running a high cpu applications, who gets what? Say it's a 16GB server, at 2GB per user (assuming he/she doesn't oversell) you have 8 people sharing 16 cores. Now is it 4 cores dedicated to each user?, etc etc.
well, think about it...

X3450 supports 32GB ram max [intel.com]. It's a 4 core with hyperthreading (8 threads) at 2.66-3.2ghz

with no overselling, 32GB / 2 = 16 people (well 15, if you have to count hypervisor overhead)

obviously with overselling at 50% (doable with swap/SSD), maybe 32 people... you get half a thread at best?



urlhasbeenblocked might get those as working pulls from off-lease... ebay sells them for $600-$1000 (search ebay for Dell Poweredge R210 / x3450)

$30 * 32 people = $960 for a year...
minus networking costs, power costs, maintenance, location costs (google colocation... maybe $40/month)... so $960-$40*12 = $500

standard 3 year depreciation rate - $500 * 3 = $1500 < cost of the server on ebay

could be doable
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Last edited by paperwastage November 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM

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#53
Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this?
I can't seem to login using Putty.

I just need to find a way to get to the damned hard drive to upload files. I already managed to forward my nameservers, but that is as far as I got.

Is there a way to just login using filezilla?
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#54
I think the deal has ended. The promocode won't replicate anymore Frown

I only bought one; should have bought more. I have several friends that didn't get one on time...
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#55
is there some special way to get this started? for status, mine says offline and i ordered at like 2
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#56
I was trying to order but as it gave a 'recurring discount' for ~$224/yr, it wouldn't apply to any sort of server configuration. Dead?

Edit: Seemed to work fine for LA but not Chitown

Edit2: Mine shows up with 4 instances of a
Quote :
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz
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Last edited by timironi November 26, 2012 at 08:41 PM
#57
I ordered the package, but having some basic problems. Anyone familiar with their system want to PM me to answer a few basic questions? I'm having trouble just ssh'ing into the system (password is correct but nothing happens after logging in).

Thanks!
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#58
Quote from leoninto View Post :
I ordered the package, but having some basic problems. Anyone familiar with their system want to PM me to answer a few basic questions? I'm having trouble just ssh'ing into the system (password is correct but nothing happens after logging in).

Thanks!
You login with root as username and then you type in your password (which is correct?) and then what happens?
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#59
They allow adult hosting? IRC, etc.

Don't use this for anything you want to count on being up.

They allow adult hosting? IRC, etc.

Don't use this for anything you want to count on being up.
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Last edited by Zoomer November 26, 2012 at 09:28 PM
#60
Can anyone tell me how to install a red5 server on this?

Do I need to change the OS? If so, how?
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