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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Caution - Chicagp VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - it concerns you for 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths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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#391
Quote from urlhasbeenblocked-Kevin View Post :
To clarify the situation with the avenues of support - while Chris and I occasionally frequent SlickDeals and answer any direct questions/concerns (to a certain extent to ensure we violate SD site rules), it is still an un-official channel for support, and if you have an urgent matter I recommend contacting us via our helpdesk [urlhasbeenblocked.net] because we have technicians who actively monitor our ticketing system around the clock.

Thanks for the interest,

Kevin
I'm not sure if my sarcasm came through clearly Big Grin

I've actually had a great experience with my VPS so far. I'm a linux sysadmin, so I come to the table already knowing how to use the system, but even so, support from urlhasbeenblocked has been above-and-beyond anything I'd expect for this tier of a VPS. I'm sure you've seen the banter (ref: previous 2 pages of comments) and that was where I was coming from with this sarcastic comment.

I'm also in technical support in my day job -- it is commendable that you would even consider offering support on a 3rd party forum that is completely unrelated to your product. Why anyone would consider this forum to be a valid avenue for timely technical support is, frankly, beyond me...

Your efforts here are appreciated though. Thanks for posting up the deal way-back-when!
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Quote from g0bez View Post :
I'm not sure if my sarcasm came through clearly Big Grin

I've actually had a great experience with my VPS so far. I'm a linux sysadmin, so I come to the table already knowing how to use the system, but even so, support from urlhasbeenblocked has been above-and-beyond anything I'd expect for this tier of a VPS. I'm sure you've seen the banter (ref: previous 2 pages of comments) and that was where I was coming from with this sarcastic comment.

I'm also in technical support in my day job -- it is commendable that you would even consider offering support on a 3rd party forum that is completely unrelated to your product. Why anyone would consider this forum to be a valid avenue for timely technical support is, frankly, beyond me...

Your efforts here are appreciated though. Thanks for posting up the deal way-back-when!
No no - it came through loud and clear, I just wanted to make it clear for others reading Smilie

Glad to hear everything is working well for you, I appreciate the kind words.

Kevin
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Honestly your link is not useful one bit... Is it supposed to be negative?
One person asking for advice about a different provider is supposed to turn people away?
There are actually a couple intelligent responses in there that maybe you should read...and I'm talking about the positive ones.
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Quote from KevinM822 View Post :
Honestly your link is not useful one bit... Is it supposed to be negative?
One person asking for advice about a different provider is supposed to turn people away?
There are actually a couple intelligent responses in there that maybe you should read...and I'm talking about the positive ones.

whatever
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#396
Has anyone noticed that the host kernel has not been updated on the VPS, and its a security issue

2.6.32-042stab061.2

Ref:
http://www.lowendtalk.com/discuss...and-openvz
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Quote from xmlguy View Post :
Has anyone noticed that the host kernel has not been updated on the VPS, and its a security issue

2.6.32-042stab061.2

Ref:
http://www.lowendtalk.com/discuss...and-openvz
Yup. Frown
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They had upgraded kernels
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#399
Stay away. My VPS is down more than 48+ hours now. I still can't access my server.
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Last edited by eatwell June 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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Frown sucks. Every one thought we were crazy when we said it happened to us before. Thankfully I am still up during this down. I would have moved off right away if I had not prepaid a year.
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I agree that the way they handled this was mind-blowingly unprofessional... 12+ hours of downtime before even sending out a notification, and when I submitted a ticket after 3+ hours of downtime, I got this cryptic response "We are working on the issue and will be issuing a statement shortly" -- wtf?? Even if they don't have all of the details they should've been way more proactive about this. Yes, downtime is bad, but if the customer has to contact the host about an incident like this, that just makes it worse.

But, seriously... for a vps at this price from a place with this reputation, if anyone wasn't managing their own backups, or running in production on this VPS without any kind of redundancy, they were basically inviting this headache. These days, there just really isn't any reason for someone to not have backups of their own critical data, and some sort of redundancy / quick-restore plan.
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Yup, last time I was down for 48 hours, total data loss, no compensation at all, and worthless communication. I am a "backup whore" so I had plenty of remote backups to get back up and going once they were back online.
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I submitted a ticket 24 hours ago about restoring my backup. Haven't heard anything from them since.
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Frown sucks. Every one thought we were crazy when we said it happened to us before. Thankfully I am still up during this down. I would have moved off right away if I had not prepaid a year.
No, I believed you. I just thought this was a killer deal for a development VPS... don't put anything on it that matters, and maintain your own backups. I'm disappointed that this happened again, but I already got my money's worth.
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No, I believed you. I just thought this was a killer deal for a development VPS... don't put anything on it that matters, and maintain your own backups. I'm disappointed that this happened again, but I already got my money's worth.
FYI wasn't trying to call you out specifically. Just the thread in general.
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