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    How to set up Unmanaged VPS?

    I'm interested in buying an unmanaged VPS plan but I don't have an idea how is it like, I might be able to handle everything easily and I might not but that's the problem I have never even logged into a vps cp or whatever it's needed.

    Anyone has any tips or vps plan recommendations?
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    All I use are managed VPS and dedicated boxes. Unless you have a good, and I mean good grasp on server hosting stuff, I'd say stay away from that one.

    A friend of mine, who I consider knowledgeable enough to manage his own VPS and box, was not able to make it back from a ddos attack from China. Security seems to be a major issue, and something I feel more comfortable playing for.

    Though, I'd be interested to hear what others have to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalFusion View Post
    All I use are managed VPS and dedicated boxes. Unless you have a good, and I mean good grasp on server hosting stuff, I'd say stay away from that one.

    A friend of mine, who I consider knowledgeable enough to manage his own VPS and box, was not able to make it back from a ddos attack from China. Security seems to be a major issue, and something I feel more comfortable playing for.

    Though, I'd be interested to hear what others have to say.

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    I supposed you're referring to Unmanaged VPS as it's the one I mentioned, would you recommend better I should go with a Managed VPS or do you think I would face the same security problems and problems due to my poor hosting experience with the Managed VPS?

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    Yes, I was referring to an unmanaged VPS. Let me understand what you said:
    I have never even logged into a vps cp or whatever it's needed.
    That mean that you've never used a VPS, even a managed one? If that's your case, go with a managed solution until you take the time to learn and scalate.

    There are some VPS packages that even though are unmanaged provide some level of support. You also have to consider the level of understanding required to deal with linux commands, httpd.conf, .htaccess, php.ini, etc. Some servers will need a lot of tweaking, which if you don't know what to do, then you'll bring the VPS down to its knees in a sec.

    Security vulnerabilities (port scanning, dos attacked, malware/virus injection, hacking attempts, etc) are serious things to consider. Also keep in mind the level of backup needed to keep you going. Who and how is it going to be managed?

    I use WHM and Cpanel for my VPSs. Found it easy to deal with and comfortable for people in my company to also understand. But, for me to venture going with an unmanaged solution, I'll have to hire a linux/sever guy who has a good understanding and is available. Tech support can be found on the web on an hourly rate from $40 to $120. And yes, that can be expensive in a crisis.

    Hope that helps with your decision

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    Depends on your budget, there's actually even a full dedicated server for as low as $39 before installing a control panel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalFusion View Post
    Unless you have a good, and I mean good grasp on server hosting stuff, I'd say stay away from that one.
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    Though, I'd be interested to hear what others have to say.
    I definitely concur.

    I went the opposite direction -- and it's a huge hassle.

    We have two HP DL-380 G5's, two HP DL-380 G-3's, two HP 48-port switches, two Cisco CSS load balancers, and a NetApp StorEdge S500 NAS.

    We have one part-time network/security/system admin and we're adding a full-timer on 1 July.

    Avoid what I have done for as long as possible.

    • If you can use shared hosting -- avoid upgrading to a VPS.
    • If you can use a managed VPS -- avoid upgrading to an unmanaged VPS.
    • If you can use an unmanaged VPS -- avoid upgrading to a dedicated server.
    • If you can use a dedicated server -- avoid upgrading to colocation.


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    Why dont you buy it for month or two and start experimenting with nothing serious.

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    You could probably find a managed VPS for nearly the same price (as whatever you have currently been quoted). O2.net.nz are of my highest recommendation. It's not worth the extra hassle.

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    Listen to Will. This not something to experiment with if you do not know anything about managing a server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Listen to Will. This not something to experiment with if you do not know anything about managing a server.
    Why not? If you put some small site, you will at least learn little bit?

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