Setting up a new VPS

Setting up a new VPS

Today i decided to get a new VPS from Shift to the cloud, a new project from Stone Internet Services (@stoneis). Stone IS has been a choice for webhosting and domain registration for me and my clients for years, and i have always been happy with their service.

In the past i have always counted on ULYSSIS for my personal hosting, as i have been vice-president of this organisation and have a free account because of that. But lately, i realized that, although their service is incredible for an organization of volunteers, it is not as open and free as having an own server at your disposal.

Ordering the server was rather easy, i only had an issue with the payment system, but i hope it was just a fluke and not something others experience. At least the service desk helped me out pretty quick. I opened an issue last night and it was fixed by the time i woke up this morning, on a Saturday.

After i got the base VM (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) running i started to configure it by installing some base packages like apache, openssl, php5, suphp, … After a while i noticed it didn’t have the promised IPv6 address, so i opened another support ticket, and it took them about 15 minutes to fix it. If that’s an indication of response time for the Best Effort SLA, i am impressed.

When the IPv6 address was enabled, i did get into trouble with Apache. Everytime i wanted to start it, it crashed with the following error:

Whenever i disabled SSL, it worked fine. After a few google searches, i came to the conclusion that the automatically generated SSL certificates became invalid with the change of network interfaces/addresses. I fixed that quickly by creating a new certificate, and my own Certificate Authority . If you need some info on how to do that, you can find a good tutorial on the website of Paul Bramscher.

And now that this blog is moved to the server, we’ll see how it goes. Next step will be to move my Symfony2 project from my development environment (VM on a personal vSphere setup on two local servers) to this server, so i can more easily access it from anywhere.

Other plans include setting up a monitoring system (Nagios) to monitor my internal network and some servers and environments of my smaller clients (who do not have the resources to implement it locally). This kind of monitoring system is already running on my local vSphere farm, but that means it uses my personal internet connection, which is just a commercial connection (once or twice a month it goes down in the middle of the night for 10-15 minutes).