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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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Quote from Darkmatter View Post :
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
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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...
So you' saying that since I posted that, that you've reinstalled, and ufw was in the build? Because it wasn't when I wrote that. It was before when I first got the vps, all I had to do was issue ufw commands. Then I reinstalled, and no show. I'm glad because it gave me the gumption to figure out iptables, which isn't that hard.
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Quote from Darkmatter View Post :
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...
If you are allowing all traffic from your Comcastic IP, you don't need a specific rule for SSH.
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Quote from SlickFerret View Post :
So you' saying that since I posted that, that you've reinstalled, and ufw was in the build? Because it wasn't when I wrote that. It was before when I first got the vps, all I had to do was issue ufw commands. Then I reinstalled, and no show. I'm glad because it gave me the gumption to figure out iptables, which isn't that hard.
I purchased my VPS on Friday and chose the LA datacenter (I'm in Seattle), installed Ubuntu 12.04 x86, and am fairly certain ufw was part of the standard build.

No disagreement about iptables, as I said, ufw is really just a front end for iptables anyhow.

Quote from phonic View Post :
If you are allowing all traffic from your Comcastic IP, you don't need a specific rule for SSH.
Right, the first rule was to only allow SSH and drop all other traffic while debugging certificate-based auth. I'm actually going to change it to allow SSH from anywhere so that it can be managed from elsewhere, or in case Comcast changes my IP (although it's been the same for nearly 7 years).
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Bought a VPS in Atlanta awhile back. Has been a good OpenVPN server for me. TY, TU, repped
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My vps is intermittently super slow and support ignored my email to them. Anyone else experiencing this? My other vps contract is expiring and I need to decide to keep it or not!
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My VPS has been going down at least once a day, i know this because the minecraft server i have running for 3 of my friends keep complaining whenever they try to connect its down, i have to restart manually each time.

my server is in Atlanta
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VPS in ATL:
12:20:08 up 8 days, 19:20, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
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My load avg is low too, even installed munin which shows little activity. It is slow nonetheless, as if there is a large delay in serving out the content. This is just a seat of the pants wordpress install, and I haven't actually measured page load times via google analytics, but it took several attempts to measure page load times elsewhere because it kept timing out.
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My VPS has been going down at least once a day, i know this because the minecraft server i have running for 3 of my friends keep complaining whenever they try to connect its down, i have to restart manually each time.

my server is in Atlanta
Have you looked for crash reports and examined the server logs in the Minecraft folder? What Minecraft server pack or addons are you running (if it's not vanilla)? How do you know it's the VPS crashing and not your Minecraft server?

Mine has been completely stable , at least over the weekend, we had 9 people on yesterday morning without any problems. (Feed the Beast Ultimate, no extra addons, no block logging / MySQL integration).

Quote from crakarjax View Post :
My load avg is low too, even installed munin which shows little activity. It is slow nonetheless, as if there is a large delay in serving out the content. This is just a seat of the pants wordpress install, and I haven't actually measured page load times via google analytics, but it took several attempts to measure page load times elsewhere because it kept timing out.
How "seat of the pants" is your Wordpress site security configuration? I wouldn't be surprised to see a Wordpress-based site slow at the moment due to countermeasures being deployed by hosters/ISP's/etc... Hopefully yours isn't one of the compromised machines.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2...er-botnet/
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I am running just regular vanilla version, I am checked the minecraft log, it just says has system time changed, etc., shutting down.

i will try to see if i can get the server logs to compare the time

Quote from Darkmatter View Post :
Have you looked for crash reports and examined the server logs in the Minecraft folder? What Minecraft server pack or addons are you running (if it's not vanilla)? How do you know it's the VPS crashing and not your Minecraft server?

Mine has been completely stable , at least over the weekend, we had 9 people on yesterday morning without any problems. (Feed the Beast Ultimate, no extra addons, no block logging / MySQL integration).



How "seat of the pants" is your Wordpress site security configuration? I wouldn't be surprised to see a Wordpress-based site slow at the moment due to countermeasures being deployed by hosters/ISP's/etc... Hopefully yours isn't one of the compromised machines.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2...er-botnet/
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Quote from Darkmatter View Post :
How "seat of the pants" is your Wordpress site security configuration? I wouldn't be surprised to see a Wordpress-based site slow at the moment due to countermeasures being deployed by hosters/ISP's/etc... Hopefully yours isn't one of the compromised machines.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2...er-botnet/
Just used some security settings as recommended in a tutorial. Munin doesn't show a lot of activity and I see no odd processes so I'm pretty sure the site isn't hacked. I'm just wondering if others have had a good experience; it sounds like you have, so I may just request to be moved to a different node to see if that makes a difference.
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My vps is intermittently super slow and support ignored my email to them. Anyone else experiencing this? My other vps contract is expiring and I need to decide to keep it or not!
Open a ticket. Open a ticket. Open a ticket.
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For those of you that are having issues understanding how to use iptables effectively or whatnot, I highly suggest using CFS [configserver.com].

It does far more than what just iptables/ufw does, logs the hell out of everything (if you want it to), had a web interface that's quite locked down if you want it, and even has the ability to lock you out of your own machine if you're not careful. (I'm not kidding about the last part either) It can even monitor processes and resource usage and send alerts when certain thresholds are met (but it tends to get spammy if you enable those without knowing what the settings do - I had about 1500 email alerts in 36 hours). It also takes care of port scans and whatnot automatically.

Best parts are that with a couple quick settings it will automatically import IP blacklists from the big blacklist providers. It's basically a comprehensive firewall package.

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That said, I found something interesting last night - my rDNS settings somehow reverted to colocrossing. I had to put in a ticket to have it reset back to my host, which happened quickly. Still, I have no idea why rDNS would have changed back to the upstream provider. If you have rDNS setup, you might want to check to make sure it hasn't been changed on you.
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Quote from Khegobier View Post :
For those of you that are having issues understanding how to use iptables effectively or whatnot, I highly suggest using CFS [configserver.com].

It does far more than what just iptables/ufw does, logs the hell out of everything (if you want it to), had a web interface that's quite locked down if you want it, and even has the ability to lock you out of your own machine if you're not careful. (I'm not kidding about the last part either) It can even monitor processes and resource usage and send alerts when certain thresholds are met (but it tends to get spammy if you enable those without knowing what the settings do - I had about 1500 email alerts in 36 hours). It also takes care of port scans and whatnot automatically.

Best parts are that with a couple quick settings it will automatically import IP blacklists from the big blacklist providers. It's basically a comprehensive firewall package.

---

That said, I found something interesting last night - my rDNS settings somehow reverted to colocrossing. I had to put in a ticket to have it reset back to my host, which happened quickly. Still, I have no idea why rDNS would have changed back to the upstream provider. If you have rDNS setup, you might want to check to make sure it hasn't been changed on you.
Cool, but does it work without cPanel or another admin console? It seems to tout integration features but it's not clear about the requirements. I could see using this if exposing other services for my server, but as a Minecraft server it seems like overkill, logwatcher + fail2ban + ufw (or iptables) are good enough for now.

•UI Integration for cPanel, DirectAdmin and Webmin
•Easy upgrade between versions from within cPanel/WHM, DirectAdmin or Webmin
•Easy upgrade between versions from shell
•Pre-configured to work on a cPanel server with all the standard cPanel ports open
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Quote from Darkmatter View Post :
Cool, but does it work without cPanel or another admin console? It seems to tout integration features but it's not clear about the requirements. I could see using this if exposing other services for my server, but as a Minecraft server it seems like overkill, logwatcher + fail2ban + ufw (or iptables) are good enough for now.

•UI Integration for cPanel, DirectAdmin and Webmin
•Easy upgrade between versions from within cPanel/WHM, DirectAdmin or Webmin
•Easy upgrade between versions from shell
•Pre-configured to work on a cPanel server with all the standard cPanel ports open
Yes, it's a completely standalone package. It just so happens that it also integrates directly with cPanel, DA, and Webmin as well if you happen to use one of those.

There are some interactive "screenshot" pages of its UI on the page as well, so you can get an idea of what using the UI would be like. You can also manage it from the command line as well. Basically though, it's ridiculously robust, currently supported and very thorough. And free too.

I'm personally using it because once you start using it, it's pretty easy to understand at least for the basic firewall stuff, and the UI makes it handy, and it's one package that replaces all of those other individual modules.
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