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We’ve had a huge response to the KVM/SolusVM beta so far, so a big thanks to everyone helping us out with that.

This month we’re giving away cPanel licences and DirectAdmin licences as well as offering 50% off the first month of new Xen signups and of course the SolusVM/KVM beta will be running until 1st May.

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FREE Direct Admin licence with OpenVZ orders

FREE Direct Admin license and installation on any new OpenVZ order received this week. Use our FREEDA coupon code during the checkout and we’ll install and license Direct Admin for you. Order now!

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50% Off Xen

What better opportunity to try out our sweet Xen platform? All April Xen signups get 50% off the first months bill. Just enter XEN50 during the checkout to get your discount. Order now!

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Upgrade to fully managed service and get a FREE cPanel licence

Add a fully managed service package to any VPS and get a FREE cPanel licence thrown in. Order now!

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FREE beta SolusVM/KVM packages

If you’ve been following us on Twitter then you’ve probably already know that we’re giving away free beta SolusVM KVMs until May 1st. Sign up now and enjoy a 20% discount if you decide to keep the package when the beta closes in a few weeks. Check it out!

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A common question we get asked is “Should I choose OpenVZ or Xen? Which is better? What are the differences?” OpenVZ and Xen are both different beasts and each platform is better for different applications – the trick is choosing the right one for your project. Hopefully this post should help clarify a few things!

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Want an alternative to SSH or just fancy a change? No worries – here’s a quick guide I’ve put together to setup a VNC server on your Ubuntu server and connect through an SSH tunnel:

1. SSH to your box and and install tightvncserver (on a clean Ubuntu install I had to apt-get update and upgrade first):

me@myserver:~$ sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

2. Install session manager (I like GNOME, you can use what you like:)

me@myserver:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session

3. Add the session manager to your xstartup in ~/.vnc on the server:

#!/bin/sh
xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid blackxport
export XKL_XMODMAP_DISABLE=1
gnome-session &

4. Start the server (the geometry and depth flags let you define the display resolution and the colour depth respectively):

me@myserver:~$ vncserver -geometry 1280x1024 -depth 16

5. Create the SSH tunnel from the local machine:

me@mylaptop:~$ ssh me@myserver -L 5901/127.0.0.1/5901

4. Fire up your VNC client – I’m using Chicken of the VNC on this Mac – and enter your connection info. Make sure to enter 127.0.0.1:5901 as the server to connect to:

5. Hit connect and you should see your desktop on the server:

ubuntu VNC server tutorial 2

One more thing I needed to do was disable a keyboard shortcut that had my D key held hostage. Go to System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts and look under Window Management for ‘Hide all Windows and set focus to the Desktop’ and disable it:

ubuntu VNC server tutorial 3

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SolusVM have added KVM support in their latest release (1.3.00 released on Monday) We’re putting packages together at the moment and we should be ready to offer SolusVM/KVM free trials shortly.

Improvements over the current KVM control panel include:

– API for basic stuff such as reboots, power off’s etc.
– Cleaner, easier to use interface
– Traffic, load and memory logs
– Backup manager (Backups from £5 per month)
– Console built into your control panel (for when you don’t have access to your smartphone, desktop or laptop 😉 )

Eventually, all KVMs will be migrated to the new platform to be managed under SolusVM.

If you want a free beta trial account to play about with get in touch here, or sign up online

Beta testing ends May 1st 2011. Any questions, let us know.

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I was just adding this to the KB and I thought it would make a useful blog post. So here goes:

1. Download the source file from the website

wget -q http://sourceforge.net/projects/rkhunter/files/rkhunter/1.3.8/rkhunter-1.3.8.tar.gz

2. Untar the archive

tar -zxvf rkhunter-1.3.8.tar.gz

3. Installation

cd rkhunter-1.3.8

./installer.sh

on some distros you will probably need to add –install switch like so:

./installer.sh --install

4. Run a scan

/usr/local/bin/rkhunter -c

You can take this further by setting up a cron job to automatically run a scan on a regular basis. Thanks to Surekha in our engineering team for the tutorial :)

http://rkhunter.sourceforge.net
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rkhunter

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Latest update: 13.26 – All nodes back online – please raise a support ticket if any problems persist.

Update: 11.36 – Servers being brought back up gradually, updates to follow…

There are power issues at BlueSquare data centres 2 and 3. Updates being tweeted and posted at http://ph-status.com/. Sorry for the inconvenience, we’re working with the DC to get things sorted out as quickly as possible.

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Welcome to the brand new CheapVPS site!

Key changes:

  • Now offering Xen and OpenVZ
  • New revamped VPS packages and pricing
  • Added details of our infrastructure and DC setup – http://www.cheapvps.co.uk/network.php
  • New Twitter page (@cheapvpsuk)
  • New service status page here: https://secure.cheapvps.co.uk/serverstatus.php
  • Improved live chat

…And of course this blog!

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