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(StillGoing) urlhasbeenblocked - 2048MB RAM, 50GB Disk, 2TB Bandwidth, 2x IP address $40or$30/year - 4 Location Choices

SlickFerret 1,026 March 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM in Internet & Websites (3)
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urlhasbeenblocked is now offering a 2GB VPS for $40 per year, this time with 2 IPv4 addresses and now offer an additional location option (Atlanta)

UPDATE: The wiki went bye-bye, don't know why. Look at post 5 for most of what was in there.

UPDATE: I just found a code that seems to give you almost the same deal at $30, 2GBYR
More info from Kevin:
to clarify about the $30/yr deal. It is valid for the "Enterprise" plan listed here: http://urlhasbeenblocked.net/openvz.html. It only includes 1x IP, and is only valid for our Chicago, Buffalo, and LA location (Not Atlanta). The $40/yr STEALOFADEAL offer is separate order links like I gave you earlier, and includes 2 IP addresses. It is also available in our new location Atlanta.

This is not technically a repost, because the other thread about this particular deal got deleted. The STEALOFADEAL offer actually costs $10 more than the previous deals, and it comes with 2 IP addresses.

2048MB (2GB) Dedicated Ram
50 GB Diskspace
2TB Monthly Bandwidth
100Mbps Port
2x IPv4 Address with STEALOFADEAL
1x IPv4 Address with 2GBYR code, but $10 less, but no Atlanta
SolusVM/OpenVZ
Instant Setup (most of the time)
Free Backups
3 or 4 Location Choices: Los Angeles, Chicago, Buffalo, (Atlanta on the $40 code)

$40/year with promo code "STEALOFADEAL" & 2 IP addresses
Order in Chicago, IL - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=160
Order in Buffalo, NY - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=161
Order in Los Angeles, CA - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=162
Order in Atlanta, GA - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=163

$30/yr deal. with 1 IP address and no Atlanta
http://urlhasbeenblocked.net/openvz.html - Choose Enterprise, 1 year recurring


The promo code to use is STEALOFADEAL or 2GBYR- over $200+ in savings Just be sure to select the 12 month billing cycle when ordering then on the next page you will find the option to enter in the promo code. This price doesn't go up after the year is up either.

When signing up, use an easy password, and change it later. Some folks had trouble with complicated password during signup.

Disclaimer: I don't work for, nor am I anyway associated with urlhasbeenblocked. I have one VPS with this company, and I paid $40 for it. They aren't giving me anything. Yes, I know they should, but they haven't. shake head

What is this, you may ask? It is an online Linux computer that you have root access to, and can install and run practically anything. Read the TOS, 'cause that doesn't include P2P sharing, folding, bit coin mining, seti stuff, and anything else stupid like that, that might kill the performance for everyone else.

Anyways, like I said, you get root access to a Linux box, and when you screw that up, no problem, they give you a control panel that lets you reinstall a new OS in minutes. Pretty cool. With a small effort, you can even vnc into it with a full GUI.

Don't expect the world from this, you get more than you pay for. Think twice before you bet your business on this, although I think there are people that do.

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#511
I am still "confused" about how people are using this VPS for setting up private nameservers/ secondary name servers.

I have a domain.com. I have updated nameservers to ns4 - ns7.urlhasbeenblocked.net.
I need to use ns1.domain.com and ns2.domain.com and give it to my customers. How do i do the same? I have webmin installed on Fedora.

Any help is appreciated.
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Quote from plumberg View Post :
I am still "confused" about how people are using this VPS for setting up private nameservers/ secondary name servers.

I have a domain.com. I have updated nameservers to ns4 - ns7.urlhasbeenblocked.net.
I need to use ns1.domain.com and ns2.domain.com and give it to my customers. How do i do the same? I have webmin installed on Fedora.

Any help is appreciated.
It sounds like you are confusing running/hosting your own DNS servers and utilizing CVPS's nameserver service.

If you run your own DNS servers, as I do, you need to install a DNS service, most common is Bind9, and configure it to respond to DNS queries. You would then configure the NS record for your domain, with the respective registrar, to point to your VPS server's IP. You can create a host record, ie: ns1.domain.com, to point to one of the IPs, and then setup ns1.domain.com as the primary NS server.

Keep in mind that this is much more complicated then simply using a provider's DNS service. You also should run at least two instances, ideally sync'd with eachother, on two different machines/networks/etc. for redundancy. If your server(s) go offline for any reason, no one will be able to go to any of your domain addresses.

However, you may also chose to use a providers DNS service, Your registrar probably provides this for free, or you could use CVPS's. Odds are, the former option would be superior to the latter in most cases. If you go this route, you would set your domain(s) NS servers to whatever the provider tells you to (ie: ns1.urlhasbeenblocked.com, etc.).

You could also run your own and use a provider for backup (or vice versa), but most providers (AFAIK) don't let you sync yours to theirs, which means any change would need to be done manually on both/all.

Clear things up?
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#513
I think I got it setup using Webmin, bind, registrar offering child nameservers etc.

So, as of now, i have my ns1.domain and ns2.domain pointing to cVPS ips.

New domain domain2.com has ns1.domain.com and ns2.domain.com as nameservers and all seems to be working fine.

But, I am unsure what you mean by : setup ns1.domain.com as primary NS server?
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#514
Quote from plumberg View Post :
I think I got it setup using Webmin, bind, registrar offering child nameservers etc.

So, as of now, i have my ns1.domain and ns2.domain pointing to cVPS ips.

New domain domain2.com has ns1.domain.com and ns2.domain.com as nameservers and all seems to be working fine.

But, I am unsure what you mean by : setup ns1.domain.com as primary NS server?
What I meant is that you need to setup who the authoritative nameservers are for your domain. You do this with the registrar you got them at. It doesn't necessarily have to be "ns1.domain.com" (with 'domain.com' being your domain of course). It can be anything, though the standard syntax is ns1., ns2., etc. And it doesn't have to be on the same domain as the one you are configuring. But it needs to be setup so that people who query something like www.domain.com will get a valid response from whatever nameservers you are using.
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Quote from phonic View Post :
If your IP has to change, that's not a big deal. You can easily update any NS records and/or system configuration. Also, if it stays in the same DC, it's likely they could keep the same IP and move you to a different node.

Also, one of the key benefits of a VPS is the ability to move them from one host to another. This happens all the time.
What is the benefit of having 2 IPs?
(redundancy?)
Is there any redundancy in this VPS offering(since hardware/server is same.)? We would have to buy 2 of these dedicated servers with 1 IP each. correct?
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#516
Quote from nitin25 View Post :
What is the benefit of having 2 IPs?
(redundancy?)
Is there any redundancy in this VPS offering(since hardware/server is same.)? We would have to buy 2 of these dedicated servers with 1 IP each. correct?
There is no redundancy. With a vps, it's trivial for them to take your virtual server, and move it around to different nodes/locations if your're having problems at your current location. Some folks use the 2nd IP for SSL sites, but for most purposes, the 2nd one isn't used or necessary. It's just nice to have the extra one in case you need one.
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#517
Up until now I've had great luck with urlhasbeenblocked - extremely fast page serving with my Magento store, faster than Rackspace or Linode which was amazing to say the least. All of a sudden today it's been extremely slow, which means someone on my shared server hit the traffic jackpot. Nothing I can do I suppose other than request to get moved to another server. Anybody here have any experience with how long such transfers usually take?
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Quote from worldwave View Post :
Up until now I've had great luck with urlhasbeenblocked - extremely fast page serving with my Magento store, faster than Rackspace or Linode which was amazing to say the least. All of a sudden today it's been extremely slow, which means someone on my shared server hit the traffic jackpot. Nothing I can do I suppose other than request to get moved to another server. Anybody here have any experience with how long such transfers usually take?
When you run into an issue like that, the first reaction should not be "move me to another server".

First, while it's certainly likely that one of your fellow node users is being a dick, it could be due to some other issue that the provider can resolve.

Second, moving to another node will not necessarily resolve your issue. The other node might actually make things worse. In fact, if you've been extremely happy with your situation so far, odds are that the overall experience will be worse, as the cummulative load on the new node might be much higher then your current one.

You should notify the provider about the issue and let them investigate. If something is broken, they can fix it. If it is another user causing the issue, see if they can move them to a loser node, throttle him back, etc.

The people causing issues need to be dealt with, not everyone else. Otherwise everyone will just keep moving around and around.
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#519
Exactly what I was going to type out before I read your response. Open a ticket.
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#520
Quote from phonic View Post :
When you run into an issue like that, the first reaction should not be "move me to another server".

First, while it's certainly likely that one of your fellow node users is being a dick, it could be due to some other issue that the provider can resolve.

Second, moving to another node will not necessarily resolve your issue. The other node might actually make things worse. In fact, if you've been extremely happy with your situation so far, odds are that the overall experience will be worse, as the cummulative load on the new node might be much higher then your current one.

You should notify the provider about the issue and let them investigate. If something is broken, they can fix it. If it is another user causing the issue, see if they can move them to a loser node, throttle him back, etc.

The people causing issues need to be dealt with, not everyone else. Otherwise everyone will just keep moving around and around.
Done - thanks for the advice!
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#521
@SlickFerret simply awesome, I tried to rep you on this post, its said too old, or something like that worship
  1. I was trying to setup a the UFW firewall, and its been very hard with the openVZ for a different port on SSH. At first i thought it was my allow command, ufw allow ssh, then uwf allwssh/tcp, i edited the services file with the new port. but still no go.

    found this link on UFW [bodhizazen.net]
    Quote :
    problem with ufw (firewall) is that it attempts to load kernel modules via modprobe and change sysctl settings. Since you can not load kernel modules in an openvz guest ufw fails. Because sysctl does not work, we get error messages
    .

  2. Chicago VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - if you're concerned about 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths to verify this, 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] - anyone care to help, if there's a way to upgrade the kernel?
  3. Also, to note, they haven't updated their Ubuntu images in their Chicago centers (their OS images are at 11.10 from 2011 while Ubuntu is at 13.04, which they don't make available), this impacts your bandwidth quota, because when you do an apt-get update/upgrade the packages eat into your bandwidth.

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I am going through the google caches, and if I find a good tip, I'll put it in the wiki so people don't have to wade through 30 pages of complaints, ping results, and other stuff. Anyone can help. If you click the link below, and then go up to the address bar, at the end of the url is the page number. You need to change it to get to another page, as the links in the pages point to the deleted thread. Some pages seem to be missing, just jump around until you get a hit, most are there.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?v=1&q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fslickdeals.net%2Ff%2F5887804-NEW-urlhasbeenblocked-2048MB-RAM-50GB-Disk-2TB-Bandwidth-2x-IP-address-40-year-4-Location-Choices%3Fpage%3D28

It seems the wiki disappeared. I'm reposting it here.

First Steps
http://plusbryan.com/my-first-5-m...ux-servers

OpenVPN
http://www.webhostingtalk.com/sho...?t=1167872
http://tipupdate.com/how-to-insta...buntu-vps/
https://forum.ramhost.us/bbs/viewtopic.php?id=4
http://vpsnoc.com/blog/2010/01/ho...instantly/

PPTP VPN on Ubuntu
Slickferret's Easy-Peazy 2-Minute Guide To Setting Up A PPTP Server On Ubuntu 12.04
http://askubuntu.com/questions/19...ubuntu-vps

VNC
http://forums.hostv.com/how-tos/1...buntu.html

VNC alternative (credit 2 Brobee)
If you're on osx:

* http://xquartz.macosforge.org/landing/

windows:

* http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/

you can then basically run any GUI based application through ssh on your local box in an environment you're already comfortable with. it gives you the best of both worlds... being in a GUI you know and running applications as if you're on the remote server. the cool thing about doing this is you're not trying to run an intense 1024x768 window @ 16/32bit color with the latency from their location to yours... while minor (30ms-70ms) its still noticable... it's easier to use the above methods... once you get it running it's pretty awesome and should fit 99% of what people need to do if they're buying a $40/y option. this should also make applications pretty snappy since you're only using resources required for individual applications vs. running a full blow kde/gnome/etc environment.

Set Up Your External DNS Registrar To Point To Your VPS
NameCheap:
http://www.namecheap.com/support/...?aff=22524
GoDaddy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUcIFlGX-jY

HowTos and Guides
http://library.linode.com
http://www.howtoforge.com
Debian Administrator's Handbook http://debian-handbook.info/get/now/
Getting Started With Ubuntu http://ubuntu-manual.org
Linux For Beginners http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_...index.html
Ubuntu Guide http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubunt...antal#EPUB
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#522
Quote from xmlguy View Post :
...this impacts your bandwidth quota, because when you do an apt-get update/upgrade the packages eat into your bandwidth.
You get 2TB of bandwidth with this deal. The couple hundred MB (maybe) of updates aren't going to make a dent in that. And even if the VPS was running 13.04, you would still need to update a lot of stuff in a few months anyway, making it basically null.
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#523
Quote from xmlguy View Post :
@SlickFerret simply awesome, I tried to rep you on this post, its said too old, or something like that worship
  1. I was trying to setup a the UFW firewall, and its been very hard with the openVZ for a different port on SSH. At first i thought it was my allow command, ufw allow ssh, then uwf allwssh/tcp, i edited the services file with the new port. but still no go.

    found this link on UFW [bodhizazen.net]
    .

  2. Chicago VPS kernels are very outdated by 3 yrs at least - if you're concerned about 1) security 2) patches 3) speed 4) upgrade paths to verify this, 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] - anyone care to help, if there's a way to upgrade the kernel?
  3. Also, to note, they haven't updated their Ubuntu images in their Chicago centers (their OS images are at 11.10 from 2011 while Ubuntu is at 13.04, which they don't make available), this impacts your bandwidth quota, because when you do an apt-get update/upgrade the packages eat into your bandwidth.

I see 2.6.32-042stab072.10 for mine (that was released in Jan 2013). Not sure why yours is 3 years old. Different centers have different templates or maybe the OS is different? Also I have Ubuntu 12.04 running on mine.

Is there a way to upgrade 12.04 to 13.04? I don't mind using my bandwidth.
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#524
Over2clock: question - did you change ssh ports, and try to allow the new ssh/tcp ports. I modded the sshd config file, and the rules look fine, but UFW wont let me connect with it enabled/up. Later, I found it was erroring out in the init.

Quote from ovel2clock View Post :
I finally got it to work. My issue with it hanging on the verifying username/password was that there was no /dev/ppp. I needed to create it using:

I am using ufw which seems to be another pain point. I wound up needing to add the following to /etc/ufw/before.rules

So now I was able to connect and surf, but was getting some timeouts on certain websites, ie, bankofamerica.com, speedtest.net, ipchicken.com and others. I needed to add the following to /etc/ppp/pptpd-options :

as well as the following to /etc/ppp/ip-up

SlickFerret: I noticed that you didn't modify your mtu. Do the listed sites above work for you while connected to the VPN?
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#525
Quote from daniel32 View Post :
I see 2.6.32-042stab072.10 for mine (that was released in Jan 2013). Not sure why yours is 3 years old. Different centers have different templates or maybe the OS is different? Also I have Ubuntu 12.04 running on mine.

Is there a way to upgrade 12.04 to 13.04? I don't mind using my bandwidth.

The actual kernel in your OS 12.04 - ships with kernel 3.2. Now, that release date on 2.6 is misleading, that's the patched date. Your kernel, the 2.6.32 kernel shipped in 9.10 & 10.04 LTS (2010) - hence patching dates, is what you're seeing. You can request an update, look at Kevins post, you qualify

Issues like the default firewall UFW, and other issues are because the kernel libs don't support those features, that's why they don't work on a straight install. i.e. they're built on the newer code.

scroll down you will notice in the wiki link 1) [wikipedia.org] and main line here [ubuntu.com]

I'm no expert, but I think this is what you're asking - on your upgrade, in get-apt, if you do distro option, or just use webmin, it will you upgrade to next release. Now sure if you can jump two releases, or a fresh install on a VPS
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