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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Caution - Chicagp VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - it concerns you for 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths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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#61
In for 1. Good price for what they are giving!
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#62
WARNING

I have dealt with this company before during promos like this. Although it said my VPS would be available immediately, it took over 5 days. For me that mattered, I ordered it because I needed it now. The guy who runs the place (Chris) was a HUGE pain to deal with.

Took them to the BBB, took him weeks to respond.

Buyer beware.
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#63
Got 1, thanks!
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#64
Quote from NYRangers30 View Post :
WARNING

I have dealt with this company before during promos like this. Although it said my VPS would be available immediately, it took over 5 days. For me that mattered, I ordered it because I needed it now. The guy who runs the place (Chris) was a HUGE pain to deal with.

Took them to the BBB, took him weeks to respond.

Buyer beware.
For $30, I'm not expecting much, but so far I'm happy. I signed up last night, and it was ready immediately.
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#65
How do you get this discount to apply? This cart software is terrible. It looks like its applied, but the final price does not update. I have tried monthly and yearly.

I never completed the process because the price never changes, but now my hostname is "in use". I love shitty ecommerce software.
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Last edited by ericnmu November 27, 2012 at 08:38 AM
#66
Can I install WIndows Server on this VPS?
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#67
Quote from tosh9i View Post :
Can I install WIndows Server on this VPS?
nope.
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#68
Quote from NYRangers30 View Post :
WARNING

I have dealt with this company before during promos like this. Although it said my VPS would be available immediately, it took over 5 days. For me that mattered, I ordered it because I needed it now. The guy who runs the place (Chris) was a HUGE pain to deal with.

Took them to the BBB, took him weeks to respond.

Buyer beware.
How is their uptime? Do they actually meet the 99.9% uptime they claim?

Quote from ericnmu View Post :
How do you get this discount to apply? This cart software is terrible. It looks like its applied, but the final price does not update. I have tried monthly and yearly.

I never completed the process because the price never changes, but now my hostname is "in use". I love shitty ecommerce software.
Make sure you use the right link in the OP, and that you specifically chose 12 months of service in the drop down. It should take.

Quote from tosh9i View Post :
Can I install WIndows Server on this VPS?
No.
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Last edited by junhao123 November 27, 2012 at 09:06 AM
#69
Any of you guys using this for VPN with OpenVPN?

I have another UK VPS for watching UK BBC TV shows using iPlayer . I can watch them after getting a SSH tunnel via Putty.

I configured OpenVPN on it and setup OpenVPN on my Win 8 desktop. VPN seems to connect fine but then I cannot go to any Internet sites after connected in Win 8.

Has anyone got OpenVPN to work in Win 8?

FYI I am using 32 bit OpenVPN now since 64 bit was crashing as soon as it opened in Win 8.
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#70
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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#71
https://www.google.com/webhp?sour...80&bih=925

Not seeing very many positive reviews on this place. Just because someone releases a very cheap deal doesn't mean it's worth it. This company isn't established and cannot find much history on them other then a couple negative reviews on quality of servers and support. Not buying.
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#72
Quote from gilbert_rebel View Post :
Any of you guys using this for VPN with OpenVPN?

I have another UK VPS for watching UK BBC TV shows using iPlayer . I can watch them after getting a SSH tunnel via Putty.

I configured OpenVPN on it and setup OpenVPN on my Win 8 desktop. VPN seems to connect fine but then I cannot go to any Internet sites after connected in Win 8.

Has anyone got OpenVPN to work in Win 8?

FYI I am using 32 bit OpenVPN now since 64 bit was crashing as soon as it opened in Win 8.
Have you configured iptables to route traffic through the tunnel? This might not be a Win 8 issue, and more of a routing configuration issue on the VPS
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#73
Quote from joshiee View Post :
Have you configured iptables to route traffic through the tunnel? This might not be a Win 8 issue, and more of a routing configuration issue on the VPS
Hmm..not done this yet. Still learning...Thanks I look into this next.
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#74
Chicago node doesn't take the coupon anymore. Only Buffalo and LA.
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Quote from gilbert_rebel View Post :
Hmm..not done this yet. Still learning...Thanks I look into this next.
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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