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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Caution - Chicagp VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - it concerns you for 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths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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#166
Quote from Enicity View Post :
Ordering now, thank you for the awesome offer and sorry for the delay I was at the office working on a project for work.

Back home for the evening.
No problem, we appreciate the opportunity to be working with you. If you have any questions or face any problems when ordering don't hesitate to let us know!

Thanks,

Kevin
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#167
Quote from birdwax View Post :
I have no skin in this game, but you are absolutely not helping your company's reputation by being confrontational on a public forum.
X2.

More than anything it seems to prove the guy's point. I think I'll pass on paying to be abused not to mention the no refund policy. Kind of says "We know you're likely to be unhappy."
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#168
Quote from TooncesToo View Post :
X2.

More than anything it seems to prove the guy's point. I think I'll pass on paying to be abused not to mention the no refund policy. Kind of says "We know you're likely to be unhappy."
There is some kind of a refund policy:

Quote from urlhasbeenblocked-Kevin View Post :
We offer refunds on a case by case basis. If we are at fault and you are not satisfied with our services, we have no problem in issueing a refund as long as its for a legitimate/genuine reason.
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#169
All ordered in buffalo as of about 30 minutes ago. Got my VPS login details instantly, seems pretty snappy. Will be moving my websites on here.

Thanks Kevin!
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#170
Quote from SDRebel View Post :
Anyone has instructions to setup one as vpn?
anyone using as DNS?
Quote from EWJ2l View Post :
I'm looking to use this as a VPN as well and have tried a ton of different guides to get it installed with pptpd or openswan, all with no luck. I have PPP and Tun/Tap enabled from the control panel. Is there something else that needs to be enabled through a support ticket for VPN, or can someone point me to a guide or script that will work with this specific VPS? I don't have a preference on operating systems, but have been trying with ubuntu 12.04 x86_64. The ability to connect to the VPN with my iPhone while traveling is what I really need.
Try OpenVPN. I haven't tried it yet, but will attempt this coming weekend:
https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/ser...envpn.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenVPN
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#171
Quote from Stryder5 View Post :
Try OpenVPN. I haven't tried it yet, but will attempt this coming weekend:
https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/ser...envpn.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenVPN
thanks. i might also setup a dns just for fun Stick Out Tongue and we'll see what else. i guess i can also use this to access my home files throurg the vpn somehow..
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#172
I haven't used OpenVPN for routing/bridging/traffic forwarding, but OpenVPN *does* work on my VPS with TUP enabled through the control panel (enabling reboots your server).

Depending on your purposes for OpenVPN, you may not need to bother with VPN. If you're looking to traffic forward so you can browse from open wifi... why not use something like:
ssh -D8008 -t example.com

Then you configure your machine to use your server (actually 127.0.0.1) as a SOCKS proxy and... done! Worked for me in just a couple minutes.

The DNS offerings are insufficient for me. DNS was showing slow performance from several countries, and the interface doesn't seem to support the "_" character needed in many configurations, including Google Apps and Amazon Web Services. That said, for $30/year I don't really care. I can use DNS elsewhere.

Links: http://dltj.org/article/ssh-as-socks-proxy/
http://rudygems.com/post/56978731...our-friend
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#173
Quote from Enicity View Post :
All ordered in buffalo as of about 30 minutes ago. Got my VPS login details instantly, seems pretty snappy. Will be moving my websites on here.

Thanks Kevin!
Welcome to urlhasbeenblocked! We still have limited stock available in Buffalo for this special.

Kevin
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#174
I posted earlier in this thread, and just wanted to update.

Speeds in Chicago are slower than Buffalo for me, but, much faster originally thought. I used only a couple of websites to test speeds, others are much faster, although not as fast as I would like, but very fair for the price.

Buffalo speed tests are much faster than I thought I would get... like 18M/s speeds (faster than 100mbit.)

My Chicago VPS had a couple of issues early on. My experience with support, thus far, has been stellar. Replies within minutes each and every time. In fact, I sent a ticket to billing at nearly 1am (I am a night bird sometimes) and received a reply within 15minutes!

It doesn't seem like a huge company as many of the people I have dealt with have been the same, but I prefer this as the support and responses are more personal.

I now have 3 VPS's with them. I also have many VPS's with other venders, and may consider switching some to urlhasbeenblocked (I like redundancy,) if the service and support stay consistent.

A few things I would like to see changed:

More than 1 IP address.
For most applications (SSL, DNS, and so on) more than 1 IP address is required.

A better deal on CPanel
Cpanel is a wonderful tool that allows for quicker changes (although you should be able to do most tasks command line, this makes it easier.) Although $15 isn't a bad deal, another low cost provider that I use, charges $10 for the license.

A bit more disk space.
Obviously for this price this is an insane deal, but maybe an option to get more than 50gb would be nice.


All in all, these are the cheapest VPS servers I have by far, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I have read good things about urlhasbeenblocked and bad, I am hoping to stay in the former category.

Good luck to all,

John
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#175
+1 for urlhasbeenblocked, I signed up with them yesterday, and support is really fast and on the dot. Sent in a total of 2 support tickets as I had some quick questions, and one of the ticket I sent in was at 4 AM in the morning (generally I'm @ the night to morning shift at work), got a reply in exactly 7 minutes.

I then sent in another one asking a quick question asking about additional IPs this afternoon, got a reply in 11 minutes. Not too shabby! Smilie And as for the VPS itself it has been nothing short of great so far. Heh, to be honest it has better disk and network performance compared to my Linode VPS I'm paying $80 per month for!
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#176
Thanks for the kind words! Just a heads up John we do offer additional IP addresses for a small fee if one is not enough. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Hope everyone here had an awesome weekend Smilie
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#177
Hi, I've a similar DNS question, I am trying to point 2x domain's (e.g. coolstuff.com hotstuff.com) and all sub domains (except mail) of that domain to this vps server

In my registrar account (say goDaddy), for the @ record,
  1. In the Chicago VPS management panel, for the host name entry do I put in the fully qualified domain name, i.e www.coolstuff.com or just coolstuff.com. Do, I need to do anything else here
  2. back in my registrar account, what IP do I put in the @ record - do I put in the my VPS servers static IP address or, do I put in the ns1.urlhasbeenblocked.net nameserver
  3. How will the Chicago DNS know the IP of my server I am asking because I thought the name server does this
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Quote from chukdotcom View Post :
Right, I understand what a VPS is, etc. I'm wondering what is the significance of the actual server name that I choose when signing up. It asks you the domain name (coolstuff.com), but then it asks you for a server name. That server name then shows up under your account. (chuk.coolstuff.com). What is the server name portion for?
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#178
I have created a new ticket again and emailed again, but my server is still offline ~4th week now!!! Mad they need to prorate my account. I would like to cancel this account (and possibly start fresh open another one in LA or Buffalo).

The management panel has been very slow, any changes or web page refresh/'s take very long.



Quote from urlhasbeenblocked-Kevin View Post :
We offer refunds on a case by case basis. If we are at fault and you are not satisfied with our services, we have no problem in issueing a refund as long as its for a legitimate/genuine reason.



Sorry about any inconvenience this may have caused! This does not sound like us, and I would be happy to look into this for you personally.

What is your ticket ID? I am not seeing any server down tickets awaiting reply right now in our support queue.

Thanks,

Kevin
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Last edited by xmlguy December 11, 2012 at 09:40 AM
#179
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Hi, I've a similar DNS question, I am trying to point 2x domain's (e.g. coolstuff.com hotstuff.com) and all sub domains (except mail) of that domain to this vps server

In my registrar account (say goDaddy), for the @ record,
  1. In the Chicago VPS management panel, for the host name entry do I put in the fully qualified domain name, i.e www.coolstuff.com or just coolstuff.com. Do, I need to do anything else here
  2. back in my registrar account, what IP do I put in the @ record - do I put in the my VPS servers static IP address or, do I put in the ns1.urlhasbeenblocked.net nameserver
  3. How will the Chicago DNS know the IP of my server I am asking because I thought the name server does this
nod
If you don't understand the basics of DNS, this may not have been the wisest purchase for you. Point the A record for the "@" sign to the IP of your VPS. That should get it working for you.

Of course, you'll need to setup your VPS to have an actual accessible server though.
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#180
Thanks for the response, I need to start somewhere.

When does the urlhasbeenblocked DNS come into the picture, or does it not, since I am using goDaddy's DNS setting

Can I point both domains to the same IP on my box?

Quote from Stryder5 View Post :
If you don't understand the basics of DNS, this may not have been the wisest purchase for you. Point the A record for the "@" sign to the IP of your VPS. That should get it working for you.

Of course, you'll need to setup your VPS to have an actual accessible server though.
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