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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Caution - Chicagp VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - it concerns you for 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths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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#151
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.
Thank you for getting back to me. Sounds fair enough. I've gone ahead and placed an order. Look forward to trying it out!
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Thank you for getting back to me. Sounds fair enough. I've gone ahead and placed an order. Look forward to trying it out!
Welcome aboard! We appreciate the opportunity you have given us, and look forward to hosting you for many years to come!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us, we are available 24x7 at support@urlhasbeenblocked.net

Thanks,

Kevin
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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
Sent you a PM
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Hi Xmlguy,

I have checked multiple times, but I did not receive a PM from you. Please re-send it.

Thanks,

Kevin
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Hi Xmlguy,

I have checked multiple times, but I did not receive a PM from you. Please re-send it.

Thanks,

Kevin
Quick initial impression about their services is positive so far. Setup was almost immediate. Submitted a support ticket and got an answer within a few minutes. Don't have time to actually play with the VPS right now, but looking forward to it all!
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Quote from Stryder5 View Post :
Quick initial impression about their services is positive so far. Setup was almost immediate. Submitted a support ticket and got an answer within a few minutes. Don't have time to actually play with the VPS right now, but looking forward to it all!
Glad to hear! An amazing feature about urlhasbeenblocked is that we have automated our infrastructure, which means that setup process is instant, you will receive your VPS login details in under a minute after you have completed your order, so there is absolutely no waiting around Wink

Thanks for choosing urlhasbeenblocked, and as always we are happy to help if you have any questions! Have a great weekend.
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#157
Wow, what a great deal! I'm currently paying Linode $80/month for a 2GB RAM VPS and it's only $30/year which comes down to about 2-3 bucks a month here. drool I'm definitely interested, but I need to head off to work in a few minutes and don't have time to read the 11 pages of replies here.

Just need someone to tell me if this deal is still available/valid?

Regards!
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Quote from Enicity View Post :
Wow, what a great deal! I'm currently paying Linode $80/month for a 2GB RAM VPS and it's only $30/year which comes down to about 2-3 bucks a month here. drool I'm definitely interested, but I need to head off to work in a few minutes and don't have time to read the 11 pages of replies here.

Just need someone to tell me if this deal is still available/valid?

Regards!
Offer is still good for the Buffalo location.
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Anyone has instructions to setup one as vpn?
anyone using as DNS?
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Anyone has instructions to setup one as vpn?
anyone using as DNS?
I think we only get 1 IP so I'm hosting my DNS else where and just setting up records to point back to it.

I'll definitely get a VPN setup sometime, just don't have time to figure out how yet.
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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.
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#162
Quote from Enicity View Post :
Wow, what a great deal! I'm currently paying Linode $80/month for a 2GB RAM VPS and it's only $30/year which comes down to about 2-3 bucks a month here. drool I'm definitely interested, but I need to head off to work in a few minutes and don't have time to read the 11 pages of replies here.

Just need someone to tell me if this deal is still available/valid?

Regards!
Quote from Stryder5 View Post :
Offer is still good for the Buffalo location.
Yep, this offer is still available in Buffalo but will likely be sold out soon until we get our next batch of servers.

Here's a direct order link just so you don't have to go pages back to find it:

https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...add&pid=66

Select the 12 month billing cycle option and use promo code 2GBYR when checking out to receive this VPS for just $30/Year!

Let us know if you have any additional questions Smilie

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. 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.
Is TUN/TAP enabled for your VPS? You can enable this in Manage. We have many clients running OpenVPN successfully on our VPS's, but TUN/TAP has to be enabled. It takes just a few clicks to enable in our VPS control panel Cool

Thanks,

Kevin
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Is TUN/TAP enabled for your VPS? You can enable this in Manage. We have many clients running OpenVPN successfully on our VPS's, but TUN/TAP has to be enabled. It takes just a few clicks to enable in our VPS control panel Cool

Thanks,

Kevin
I do have Tun/Tap and PPP enabled on the control panel, but I'm new to Linux, so the only thing I have to help me with the setup are various guides and scripts that I've found online. I guess I just haven't found the right one yet!
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I do have Tun/Tap and PPP enabled on the control panel, but I'm new to Linux, so the only thing I have to help me with the setup are various guides and scripts that I've found online. I guess I just haven't found the right one yet!
If you get it working, please post here since I plan on doing that too!
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#165
Quote from urlhasbeenblocked-Kevin View Post :
Yep, this offer is still available in Buffalo but will likely be sold out soon until we get our next batch of servers.

Here's a direct order link just so you don't have to go pages back to find it:

https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...add&pid=66

Select the 12 month billing cycle option and use promo code 2GBYR when checking out to receive this VPS for just $30/Year!

Let us know if you have any additional questions Smilie
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.
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