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Planned Network Maintenance – Wednesday, May 29th, 2013; 5:00-6:00pm CST

Dear Valued customers,

VPSnoc is committed to keeping you informed about any changes in the status of your service with us. This post is to alert you regarding maintenance we will be performing on our network:

Start time: 5:00pm CST 05/29/2013
End time: 6:00pm CST 05/29/2013
Expected Outage/Downtime: No longer than 20 minutes.

All VPSnoc customers will be affected. So please schedule your peak times around this maintenance and be sure that your customers are notified.
Again, we expect downtime to be no longer than 20 minutes. The purpose of this maintenance is to install new core routing equipment and to increase bandwidth capacity.
Our network operations engineers closely monitor the network and will do everything possible to minimize any inconvenience to you. If you have any problems with your connection after this time, or if you have any questions regarding the maintenance at any point, please submit a support ticket in the system or send an email to support@vpsnoc.com.
We appreciate your patience during this work and welcome any feedback. Thank you for doing business with us here at VPSnoc.

Thank you,
Your friends at VPSnoc.

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Your all new VPSnoc: Website, packages and a lot more!

VPSnoc is proud to present its all-new website. The main goal is to improve usability and to organize content in a more intuitive way, in addition VPSnoc launched Xen® PV and Xen® HVM Plans due to increasing demand and requests from our loyal customers.

We are now offering Windows VPS plans based on Xen® HVM virtualization. Each Windows VPS is based on a real physical hardware allocation, and is completely seperate from all other Virtual Servers on the host node, Xen provides fixed memory and disk allocations opposed to burstable memory abilities on our OpenVZ VPS plans.

Our new Xen Linux VPS plans utilize Xen® PV (ParaVirtualization) technology. Xen PV technology allows near-native performance,  you can compile and run your own kernel & custom modules etc. We have added over 40 pre-created Xen-PV templates of your favorite Linux distribution.

We are proud to annouce that all our VPS plans now include Unmetered bandwidth! There are no hidden charges or limitations on bandwidth use, We simply do not count your bandwidth anymore. We now use world’s leading vps control panel SolusVM for our vps customers. Users do not have to manage most of services by contacting us, and can be done easily and directly through SolusVM control panel.

VPSnoc constantly strives to take our services forward in quality, support and service offerings. As such, IPv6 is now available on all our products, and as of 02/01/2013, they are available on all our Virtual Server platforms. Making us a leader in the market. There is no monthly charge for IPv6 addresses but justification for bulk IPv6 address requests is still required.

* We are offering New Year Discount! Get 50% OFF first month on all VPS Packages, Enter Coupon Code: ON2013 or get 10% OFF on recurring payments use Coupon: 10%OFF – offer expires on January 15, 2013.

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Scheduled Building Maintenance: Power

This Saturday 02/25/2012 starting at 06:00 CST, the building we are housed in is performing a major maintenace to the main power feeds. The outage is scheduled between 06:00 CST and 18:00 CST. We have been preparing for this event, and are not expecting in interuption in services but wanted to make all clients aware. We will be failing over the UPS and generator power for the entire event and bringing in an addtional generator to run cooling, and various other utilities that may be needed.

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VPSNOC: Company Ownership Change Notification

Hello Everyone!

We have an important announcement to make and a few important points to highlight!

The company’s ownership has been recently transferred and we apologize for the poor customer support you may have experienced in the past. We intend to give you 24/7 unbeatable support from now onwards!

*  If you think your support ticket has not been answered in the past please don’t hesitate to open a new ticket.

*  We are cleaning up , If you have more then 2 unpaid invoices/product clear them within next 48 or your vps data will be deleted and account shall be terminated.

*  All the new clients and returning clients will get 25% OFF on the entire order anually, quarterly, semi-anually and monthly. Don’t forget to use the promotion code “25OFF” to redeem this offer.

*  We will also be launching some new VPS packages soon so stay tuned!


VPSNOC
Staff

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VPS vs. VPN: What’s the Difference?

When faced with technical business decisions, many different terms are thrown around, and naturally, they are likely to confuse some of us. One of the most easily confused areas is the difference between VPN and VPS hosting. The acronyms are nearly the same, but the two offer completely different services. While both services offer more cost effective ways to control aspects of the company’s operation, your business may not need to use both services. Learn the difference between VPS and VPN, and how to determine which will best serve your company.

VPS: Virtual Private Server

VPS hosting is a web hosting option that enables businesses to gain the flexibility and features of a dedicated server without the expense. VPS hosting uses the principles of shared hosting to reduce the cost of operation by placing several accounts on the same server. Each account is placed on a virtual partition of the server to give it the independence of a dedicated server, allowing businesses more control over their server environment in addition to a host of other benefits. VPS hosting is ideal for small to medium businesses who are in need of fast performance and security, but are not in a position to pay for the additional cost. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Benefits of VPS Hosting

What is it?

VPS Hosting, or virtual private server hosting, is a hybrid between shared and dedicated hosting that offers several solid benefits to its users. It works by creating virtual partitions on the server, allowing each account to have its own server space without affecting the others hosted there. The benefits include: stability, increased performance, access to dedicated resources, flexibility, and affordability.

Stability

With a shared hosting account, the traffic and other activities from the other sites on the same server have the potential to adversely affect your website performance. With VPS, nothing any of the other accounts on the server do have the ability to affect your website. Stability, of course, is a vital element of any web hosting. Being accessible for customers, regardless of the time of day or night, is key.

Access to Dedicated Resources

Since you’ll have your “own” server with VPS hosting, you will have your own portion of resources, meaning you will have access to a faster CPU speed, more RAM, and more disk space for storage than you would have on a shared plan.

Increased Performance

Your website will experience increased performance as compared to shared hosting, because you will no longer have to share the server resources with hundreds or even thousands of other hosted accounts. Your website visitors will enjoy faster load times, which benefits your business.

If your website does not load quickly enough to keep your visitor on your site, your potential clients will likely go to your competitor. Once this happens, it’s difficult to recapture that audience. The general nature of web users is impatience, so the faster your site loads, the better. Read the rest of this entry »

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VPS NOC – Reverse DNS Panel

We finished testing our latest project, reverse DNS panel. Since everything worked out great this features is now added on the customer’s panel at https://vpsnoc.com/clients/rdns.php

Now our customers can edit the reverse DNS entries for their IPs at any time.

We will continue to add features for our clients based on their feedback and requests.

Soon we will be able to offer IPv6 via tunnel broker and hopefully in two or three months native IPv6.

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How to install OpenVPN on a Debian/Ubuntu VPS instantly

This is a follow up post to How to setup a VPN server on a CentOS VPS instantly same requirements and instructions apply.

Minor distribution specific changes were made on the previous CentOS script to get it working under Debian and Ubuntu. We might create one single script which will install OpenVPN on most distributions and architectures in future.

To install issue the following commands logged in as root on your VPS (Refer to this post if you are facing any issues)

wget http://vpsnoc.com/scripts/debian-openvpn.sh

chmod +x debian-openvpn.sh

./debian-openvpn.sh

For any other issues and feedback please e-mail us at support@vpsnoc.com

You may use and modify this script however you see fit, provided that you do not edit the original copyright.

#!/bin/bash
# Quick and dirty OpenVPN install script
# Tested on debian 5.0 32bit, openvz minimal debian OS template
# and Ubuntu 9.04 32 bit minimal, should work on 64bit images as well
# Please submit feedback and questions at support@vpsnoc.com

# John Malkowski vpsnoc.com 01/18/2010

ip=`grep address /etc/network/interfaces | grep -v 127.0.0.1  | awk '{print $2}'`
apt-get update
apt-get install openvpn libssl-dev  openssl
cd /etc/openvpn/
cp -R /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/ /etc/openvpn/
cd /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/2.0/
chmod +rwx *
. ./vars
./clean-all
source ./vars

echo -e "nnnnnnn" | ./build-ca
clear
echo "####################################"
echo "Feel free to accept default values"
echo "Wouldn't recommend setting a password here"
echo "Then you'd have to type in the password each time openVPN starts/restarts"
echo "####################################"
./build-key-server server
./build-dh
cp keys/{ca.crt,ca.key,server.crt,server.key,dh1024.pem} /etc/openvpn/

clear
echo "####################################"
echo "Feel free to accept default values"
echo "This is your client key, you may set a password here but it's not required"
echo "####################################"
./build-key client1
cd keys/

client="
client
remote $ip 1194
dev tun
comp-lzo
ca ca.crt
cert client1.crt
key client1.key
route-delay 2
route-method exe
redirect-gateway def1
dhcp-option DNS 10.8.0.1
verb 3"

echo "$client" > $HOSTNAME.ovpn

tar czf keys.tgz ca.crt ca.key client1.crt client1.csr client1.key $HOSTNAME.ovpn
mv keys.tgz /root

opvpn='
dev tun
server 10.8.0.0 255.255.255.0
ifconfig-pool-persist ipp.txt
ca ca.crt
cert server.crt
key server.key
dh dh1024.pem
push "route 10.8.0.0 255.255.255.0"
push "redirect-gateway"
comp-lzo
keepalive 10 60
ping-timer-rem
persist-tun
persist-key
group daemon
daemon'

echo "$opvpn" > /etc/openvpn/openvpn.conf

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s 10.8.0.0/24 -o venet0 -j MASQUERADE
iptables-save > /etc/iptables.conf
echo "#!/bin/sh" > /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables
echo "iptables-restore < /etc/iptables.conf" >> /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables
chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables
echo "net.ipv4.ip_forward=1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf

/etc/init.d/openvpn start
clear

echo "OpenVPN has been installed
Download /root/keys.tgz using winscp or other sftp/scp client such as filezilla
Create a directory named vpn at C:Program FilesOpenVPNconfig and untar the content of keys.tgz there
Start openvpn-gui, right click the tray icon go to vpn and click connect
For support/bug reports email us at support@vpsnoc.com"

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How to setup a VPN server on a CentOS VPS instantly

We have made a small and dirty bash script which installs and configures OpenVPN on CentOS 5 32bit. The VPN server’s primary (and only) use is for safe browsing i.e. tunneling all your traffic through your VPS. The script also generates your client configuration file along with the necessary keys for authentication.

Requirements

1. CentOS 5 32bit minimal OS template

2. TUN/TAP device enabled on your VPS

3. iptables NAT support

You will have to open a ticket to request a TUN/TAP device to be enabled on your VPS. If you’re not a customer of ours and your host’s support staff doesn’t know how to do this, you may tell them to execute the following commands on the hardware node where your VPS is hosted.

vzctl stop YOUR_VEID
vzctl set YOUR_VEID --devices c:10:200:rw --save
vzctl set YOUR_VEID --capability net_admin:on --save
vzctl start YOUR_VEID
vzctl exec YOUR_VEID "mkdir -p /dev/net; mknod /dev/net/tun c 10 200; chmod 600 /dev/net/tun"
# iptables support
vzctl stop YOUR_VEID
vzctl set YOUR_VEID --iptables ipt_REJECT --iptables ipt_tos --iptables ipt_TOS --iptables ipt_LOG --iptables ip_conntrack --iptables ipt_limit --iptables ipt_multiport --iptables iptable_filter --iptables iptable_mangle --iptables ipt_TCPMSS --iptables ipt_tcpmss --iptables ipt_ttl --iptables ipt_length --iptables ipt_state --iptables iptable_nat --iptables ip_nat_ftp --save
vzctl start YOUR_VEID

Make sure they will replace ‘YOUR_VEID’ with your VPS’s VEID and you will be ready to roll

Login to your VPS as root and execute the following commands

wget http://vpsnoc.com/scripts/install-openvpn.sh
chmod +x install-openvpn.sh
./install-openvpn.sh

You will be prompted to enter values for your server and client certificate, feel free to accept (hit enter) the default values. Its not recommended to setup a password for your server certificate as you will have to type in the password each time you wish to start/restart the openvpn daemon.
You can however set a password for your client’s certificate since it offers extra level of protection in case your certificate and key files are compromised. You will be prompted for that password each time you connect on your VPS’s VPN.

After the script finished installing openvpn (should be very quick) the client keys and the openvpn client configuration file will be archived in /root/keys.tgz
You may use a sftp/scp client such as winscp or filezilla to download the archive on your computer.

If you already haven’t installed openvpn for windows you may do so now.
You may use winrar or 7zip to extract the content of keys.tgz in C:Program FilesOpenVPNconfigVPN (create a folder named VPN there)
After you have extracted the files from keys.tgz in the above folder, you may start openvpn-gui from the start menu, right click the tray icon, go to VPN and click connect. After the icon turns green all your traffic will be forwarded through your VPS, no extra configuration on your browser/IM client/email client is required.

If you’re facing issues make sure that your computer clock is synchronized, if so make sure that your VPS’s clock is correct as well. If it’s not you will have to ask your host to sync it.

For any other issues and feedback please e-mail us at support@vpsnoc.com

You may use and modify this script however you see fit, provided that you do not edit the original copyright.

#!/bin/bash
# Quick and dirty OpenVPN install script
# Tested on Centos 5.x 32bit, openvz minimal CentOS OS templates
# Please submit feedback and questions at support@vpsnoc.com

# John Malkowski vpsnoc.com 01/04/2010

ip=`grep IPADDR /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-venet0:0 | awk -F= '{print $2}'`

wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm
rpm -iv rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm
rm -rf rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm

yum -y install openvpn openssl openssl-devel
cd /etc/openvpn/
cp -R /usr/share/doc/openvpn-2.0.9/easy-rsa/ /etc/openvpn/
cd /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/2.0/
chmod +rwx *
. ../vars
./clean-all
source ./vars

echo -e "nnnnnnn" | ./build-ca
clear
echo "####################################"
echo "Feel free to accept default values"
echo "Wouldn't recommend setting a password here"
echo "Then you'd have to type in the password each time openVPN starts/restarts"
echo "####################################"
./build-key-server server
./build-dh
cp keys/{ca.crt,ca.key,server.crt,server.key,dh1024.pem} /etc/openvpn/

clear
echo "####################################"
echo "Feel free to accept default values"
echo "This is your client key, you may set a password here but it's not required"
echo "####################################"
./build-key client1
cd keys/

client="
client
remote $ip 1194
dev tun
comp-lzo
ca ca.crt
cert client1.crt
key client1.key
route-delay 2
route-method exe
redirect-gateway def1
dhcp-option DNS 10.8.0.1
verb 3"

echo "$client" > $HOSTNAME.ovpn

tar czf keys.tgz ca.crt ca.key client1.crt client1.csr client1.key $HOSTNAME.ovpn
mv keys.tgz /root

opvpn='
dev tun
server 10.8.0.0 255.255.255.0
ifconfig-pool-persist ipp.txt
ca ca.crt
cert server.crt
key server.key
dh dh1024.pem
push "route 10.8.0.0 255.255.255.0"
push "redirect-gateway"
comp-lzo
keepalive 10 60
ping-timer-rem
persist-tun
persist-key
group nobody
daemon'

echo "$opvpn" > /etc/openvpn/openvpn.conf

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s 10.8.0.0/24 -o venet0 -j MASQUERADE
iptables-save > /etc/sysconfig/iptables
sed -i 's/eth0/venet0/g' /etc/sysconfig/iptables # dirty vz fix for iptables-save
echo "net.ipv4.ip_forward=1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf

/etc/init.d/openvpn start
clear

echo "OpenVPN has been installed
Download /root/keys.tgz using winscp or other sftp/scp client such as filezilla
Create a directory named vpn at C:Program FilesOpenVPNconfig and untar the content of keys.tgz there
Start openvpn-gui, right click the tray icon go to vpn and click connect
For support/bug reports email us at support@vpsnoc.com"

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VPSNOC Operating Systems: Debian VPS

Debian is a mature Linux operating system that dates back to 1993. The Debian OS is used popularly as both a server or VPS operating system and a computer desktop. Debian is open source software that is currently being developed by over 1,000 developers around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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