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Last Edited by widgit March 20, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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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Last Edited by JaminJaymon March 19, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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
http://askubuntu.com/questions/19...ubuntu-vps
http://www.lowendguide.com/networ...up-script/

VNC+ GNOME on VPS
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

Here are the test IP addresses you can ping/tracert:

Chicago, IL
Test IP: 206.217.137.110

Buffalo, NY
Test IP: 75.127.3.3

Los Angeles, CA
Test IP: 198.23.128.127

Atlanta, GA:
Test IP: 198.23.229.130



Maybe do research before buying. I can't post links so copy and paste these into google:

site:lowendtalk.com urlhasbeenblocked-hacked-bunch-of-vps-customers-offline
site:lowendtalk.com so-was-there-a-solusvm-exploit-or-not
site:lowendtalk.com urlhasbeenblocked.net-user-database-hacked-lastpass-security-email
site:lowendtalk.com urlhasbeenblocked-database-leaked-urlhasbeenblocked-customers-change-your-root-passwords-immediately

Important reading for anyone who has imporant data. Make your own backup!!

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Anyone else having issues with their rDNS?

It seems to constantly switch back and forth from my domain to host.colocrossing.com. This cause header banner issues and is getting me flagged by spam lists. It's basically crippling my forum. People can't get registration activation emails or change account options, etc..
How long ago was the change made? It might have been cached for some servers.

There is also a chance that not all of the authoritative rDNS servers were updated.

Did you try opening up a trouble ticket with CVPS?
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Anyone else having issues with their rDNS?

It seems to constantly switch back and forth from my domain to host.colocrossing.com. This cause header banner issues and is getting me flagged by spam lists. It's basically crippling my forum. People can't get registration activation emails or change account options, etc..
Just wondering. What does rDNS have to do with spam lists and banner issues, ad problems?
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Just wondering. What does rDNS have to do with spam lists and banner issues, ad problems?
rDNS (aka Reverse DNS) is resolving IPs to hostnames, just as DNS does the opposite.

Most spam comes from compromised boxes on the Internet. Those IPs usually resolve to nothing, ISP hostnames (ie: pool-123-45-1-23.cityst.dsl-w.verizon.net), or some other random thing that doesn't match up with the 'sender'.

To cut down on spam, many email servers will do checks to try and filter out this stuff. So if you have mail.domain.com pointed to 123.45.1.23, but it doesn't resolve back, it throws a red flag.

Additionally, having your IP resolve properly allows you to take advantage of mechanisms to 'whitelist' your sending server, making it less likely to be rejected by the recipient.
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rDNS (aka Reverse DNS) is resolving IPs to hostnames, just as DNS does the opposite.

Most spam comes from compromised boxes on the Internet. Those IPs usually resolve to nothing, ISP hostnames (ie: pool-123-45-1-23.cityst.dsl-w.verizon.net), or some other random thing that doesn't match up with the 'sender'.

To cut down on spam, many email servers will do checks to try and filter out this stuff. So if you have mail.domain.com pointed to 123.45.1.23, but it doesn't resolve back, it throws a red flag.

Additionally, having your IP resolve properly allows you to take advantage of mechanisms to 'whitelist' your sending server, making it less likely to be rejected by the recipient.
ah nice. I use Google Apps for Free (grandfathered) for my domains so that is why I do not have to worry about those stuff.
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ah nice. I use Google Apps for Free (grandfathered) for my domains so that is why I do not have to worry about those stuff.
I do as well. I used to run my own mail server, but it wasn't worth the hassle.

I still have 3-4 grandfathered GApps accounts, though I only really use one.
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So apparently, what I was told, the "datacenter", is redoing all their rDNS servers and they are trying to get them to get it done as quickly as possible. I have been pulling my hair out trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Even changed IP's. It wasn't till I kept hitting the ptr button over and over at mxtools.com that I saw it switch back and forth. lol

I'm not going to get all huffy about it since it's a "steal of a deal". But if you plan to run a site that needs email to go through you might want to wait till they get it right. It's pretty devastating for a forum to have email rejected since it means people can't register and current members can't change account info that requires verification. The good news is I haven't had any spammer registrations in awhile. lol
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Seems to be fixed for now.
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I could use some help, I am switching from shared hosting to VPS, simply for stability because of weird down times on shared hosting.

On re-launch I'm expecting 1-3k concurrent users(Peak 3 hour weekday, 5 hour weekend), site is well designed for minimal db usage from the users an initial 5-10 requests on login, then on average 1 per minute after that. (Better terms is every 15 minutes I expect 5-10 more db requests then no activity for 15 minute followed by another etc..these numbers are based on 1 month of testing)

I do not know much about VPS, but I have been recommended to use CentOS over the other options. More specifically Cent 6, I am not very familiar with CentOS and was wondering why 5 is the default?

Also I see many guides in the thread for ubuntu, anything similar for CentOS?

Thanks.
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that is an old code.
But new to me! wave
Me too and signed up last night. impressed with the service so far.
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I could use some help, I am switching from shared hosting to VPS, simply for stability because of weird down times on shared hosting.

On re-launch I'm expecting 1-3k concurrent users(Peak 3 hour weekday, 5 hour weekend), site is well designed for minimal db usage from the users an initial 5-10 requests on login, then on average 1 per minute after that. (Better terms is every 15 minutes I expect 5-10 more db requests then no activity for 15 minute followed by another etc..these numbers are based on 1 month of testing)

I do not know much about VPS, but I have been recommended to use CentOS over the other options. More specifically Cent 6, I am not very familiar with CentOS and was wondering why 5 is the default?

Also I see many guides in the thread for ubuntu, anything similar for CentOS?

Thanks.
You can use cPanel or webmin on CentOS for your web management. Note that cPanel costs money. I use centos 5 and webmin on my websites and they are good. Also I wouldn't recommend going if a super cheap option like this for a website that has 1-3k concurrent users, I think Apache(the http) and possibly the PHP processes will use up lot's of memory for that many users. If your site is that big I suggest looking for a VPS with a little more memory or even consider a dedicated server. I mean with that many users concurrently, the ads will be more than enough to cover stable server costs.
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You can use cPanel or webmin on CentOS for your web management. Note that cPanel costs money. I use centos 5 and webmin on my websites and they are good. Also I wouldn't recommend going if a super cheap option like this for a website that has 1-3k concurrent users, I think Apache(the http) and possibly the PHP processes will use up lot's of memory for that many users. If your site is that big I suggest looking for a VPS with a little more memory or even consider a dedicated server. I mean with that many users concurrently, the ads will be more than enough to cover stable server costs.
I wasn't really focusing on ads, because the redesign for the site is more focused on people using it as a mobile quick assist type site, rather than "browsing" the site.
It would be nice to just quickly get this up and running and give it a go then switch if needed.
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I wasn't really focusing on ads, because the redesign for the site is more focused on people using it as a mobile quick assist type site, rather than "browsing" the site.
It would be nice to just quickly get this up and running and give it a go then switch if needed.

You can purchase this as a test server, test out all the linux distributions and control panels then switch if it doesn't work out. That is all I would have to say if you just want to try out to see which linux distro you like the best.
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If people are planning on using this for any high volume applications (1-3k concurrent users hitting a webserver!??!?!) then I can pretty much guarantee you that you will be very disappointed.

If you need that level of performance, a VPS (any VPS) is not for you.
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You can purchase this as a test server, test out all the linux distributions and control panels then switch if it doesn't work out. That is all I would have to say if you just want to try out to see which linux distro you like the best.
Think of it more as a test server. Min time between user usage is about 15 minutes and the 3000 peak is only a few hours. So I'm really expecting much less as technical "concurrent" users making requests. Even at 3000 people logged in because of the nature of the service they are likely to log in do whatever, 15-30 minute delay, then require more db search.

The majority of the time I'm expecting 1k users, and 1-5 requests every 15-30 minutes.

So 60 requests a minute. Seems reasonable to test one of these.
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As far as I can tell, the ufw firewall disappeared from the Ubuntu 12.04 image recently, it's not there if you reinstall. If you apt-get it, it doesn't seem to allow any ports through, and I locked myself out when I logged out with it enabled. I tested it out after allowing ssh, then enabling it, by trying to ssh from a 2nd computer while staying logged in with the 1st. I could not get in until I disabled it. Not that I'm joe ubuntu or anything...

So I came up with some basic iptables rules... No guarantees, but they work for me. I tried to install iptables-persistent to make the rules survive the reboot, but it errored out, so I found a workaround.

If you try them out, don't do the 2nd code set until you tested out everything, that way you can reboot and hopefully be back to where you were. Use at your own risk. Btw, if you later add a port to unblock, add it to the code then run it all with the flush command so it doesn't get added after the drop, and never take effect. Use 'iptables -L' to list your current rules.
Code:
#setup iptables
iptables -F # flush existing rules

# next 2 rules allow all outgoing traffic from vps
iptables -I OUTPUT -o venet0 -d 0.0.0.0/0 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I INPUT -i venet0 -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

#remove leading pound sign to unblock ports needed below, not the one after ACCEPT

#iptables -A INPUT -i ppp+ -j ACCEPT # ppp, for pptp
#iptables -A OUTPUT -o ppp+ -j ACCEPT # ppp, for pptp
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 1723 -j ACCEPT #pptp
#iptables -A INPUT -p  47 -j ACCEPT #gre, for pptp
#iptables -A OUTPUT -p 47 -j ACCEPT #gre, for pptp
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT #ssh
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 25 -j ACCEPT #smtp
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT #dns
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT # http
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT # https
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5901 -j ACCEPT # vnc display 1
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 10000 -j ACCEPT # webmin
iptables -A INPUT -j DROP
iptables-save -c > /etc/iptables.rules
Code:
#ending lines restore rules after reboot

/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo '#!/bin/sh'>/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo 'iptables-restore < /etc/iptables.rules'>>/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo 'exit 0'>>/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo '#!/bin/sh'>/etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
echo 'iptables-save -c > /etc/iptables.rules'>>/etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
echo 'exit 0'>>/etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
chmod +x /etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
chmod +x /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
I had no issues with ufw on Ubuntu 12.04 x86, it just works. To be fair, my rules are really simple, designed for a Minecraft server VPS:

Goals:
Allow SSH from my Comcast IP address at home (my first rule, drop everything else)
Allow any traffic from my Comcast IP address here at home
Allow outbound DNS, pop, smtp, http, https (not sure I need them all, but wanted sendmail to email logwatcher records)
Allow anyone on the whitelist.txt to connect to a Minecraft server hosted on the VPS

To Action From
-- ------ ----
Anywhere ALLOW 71.231.x.x
22 ALLOW 71.231.x.x
110 ALLOW 198.46.x.x
80 ALLOW 198.46.x.x
53 ALLOW 198.46.x.x
25 ALLOW 198.46.x.x
443 ALLOW 198.46.x.x
22565/tcp ALLOW Anywhere
22565/tcp ALLOW Anywhere (v6)

Under the covers, afaik ufw manages iptables, so either way it doesn't really matter how you get there...
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