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  1. This started all because I requested a refund and I explained why I was wanting one. I'm going to preface this by saying 1. I am well-aware that on sites like VPSboard, BuyVM is quite popular and what not so I don't expect impartial responses and I expect some negative responses but I am really not looking to argue. Just sharing my opinion/experience. 2. These issues stem from miscommunication/lack of communication and poor handling of the situation by management. 3. I let my anger get the best of me and I should've handled it better but I was completely caught off guard by rudeness but I am a bit embarrassed I got as pissed as I did. PLUS: From Aldyric(basically making excuses for Francisco's behavior): "I have to admit I find the opinion difference between myself and Francisco confounding - as the person that deals with our policy violations and billing issues, _I_ am typically the one that people dislike. Francisco will give you the shirt off his back if it were his last, so if he were actually irate, then there was a very good reason for him to be so." There is no reason for a professional company to catch an attitude, blame the customer or be condescending. Here is what I sent them in the ticket...wasn't rude at all: Hi Buyvm, I am going to go ahead and cancel my account. I want to know if it was possible to get my full payment back. I know it is per your TOS that you do not refund the Cpanel license back to a customer but I hope after reading you guys will consider. I am really disappointed tbh....I was expecting a lot based on the amazing reviews I've seen not to mention, while I don't agree always,. I enjoy the comments of Aldyric and Francisco on Vpsboard and other related sites. You don't see 'real' people with hosts...usually it is a façade and they are pretending to be perfect. That being said, it has been nearly 12 hours since I've signed up and nearly 24 hours since I've been in correspondence and I am not feeling happy enough with the service and it is day 1. 1. I spoke with Aldyric last night and he sort of disappeared on me when I was waiting my order to be done....I rationalized and said "well it was after hours." Francisco told me it was because I signed up with an email that was unverified paypal or something and that delayed my order. I am not sure how that is possible but that was okay because it got set up. 2. After speaking with Aldyric(who was a great help), I was told that I would have to wait for Francisco to do the litespeed installation and the ticket was put on hold. I wasn't sure if I should respond back because I still needed my site migrated over and I didn't want to mess anything up. I was later told Aldyric wanted to allow Francisco to do it as he wasn't that experienced with litespeed.....Okay I understand that and I don't mind him doing that. And he did actually eventually do it for me... But the response of Francisco being in a couple of hours sort of didn't sit right by me. 3. What bothered me now is the fact that I sort of went through the trouble of trying to get my backup onto the server and I was expecting the migration to be done.....it wasn't. Francisco went to lunch and I expected that might take an hour...I believe it has been nearly 4 hours and I've still heard NOTHING back from you guys about that. Not a good start and I didn't want to complain but it is like "Wow...." So I am going to cancel and I just wanted to know could I please get my full $23 back I paid? Thank you so much and I am sorry it didn't work out as I really wanted to use BuyVm and see the awesomeness I've heard about ************************************************ Wasn't rude at all. I made sure to be polite even though I was annoyed. So I then logged onto the sales chat to see if someone was on hoping they could get my ticket and this is the trouble started..... Notice I was not rude or disrespectful at all. Notice who caught the attitude first because of my ticket(above). 4 hours earlier, Francisco claimed that he was going to go get lunch but he wanted to know how long the upload was going to take. He then proceed to say "I'll go somewhere close" and be back soon....However notice below, how he then turns around and tells a lie....thus blaming me despite the fact he told me he was going to lunch. The "Owner" claims the refund policy isn't 7 days....despite me being told there was a refund period. I guess he doesn't know his own policies(I had asked Aldyric hours before about refunds...here is his response) Asking the 'Owner' about my refund...watch him basically give no fucks and make excuses..... The "Owner" has no control over business matters....he gave that up a long time ago.....Apparently if he were to step up and do something, a turf war would start. I guess we're in gangs now or something? Why would their be a turf war in your own company? Notice how he claims that he can see how long it supposedly was going to take(Despite it taking nowhere near his claims) but he then claims "How he was supposed to know it completed?" Didn't you just say you knew how long it would take? He claims he reached out to me in chat....but he acknowledged that I left...which means I probably didn't see the message. So why would you not open a ticket with your customer to make sure that they got the info that you claimed you sent? That's like me posting something in our chatroom just because Frank's name says online and then he leaves....I shouldn't assume Frank saw it if he didn't respond. ‌
  2. BuyVM Services is pleased to announce the Las Vegas launch of our new BuyShared cPanel-based Shared Webhosting plans. With three plans for personal use, and three plans designed for resellers and large-resource users, BuyVM brings our extensive knowledge, dedication, and professional integrity into the Shared Webhosting market. All BuyShared plans are hosted on superior hardware; a dual hex-core L5639 box with 72GB of RAM, and 8x 1TB SSD drives in a solid RAID 10. All plans also include: - cPanel Based Hosting - Full SSD RAID - Unlimited MySQL Databases - DNS Entries for Unlimited Domains - Additional IPv4 addresses for $1.00/m each - Free SSL certificates Shared Plans BuyShared 1G - Dedicated IPv4 Address - 1G Dedicated SSD Space - 100GB Monthly Bandwidth $5.00/year - Las Vegas - Luxembourg BuyShared 5G - Dedicated IPv4 Address - 5G Dedicated SSD Space - 500GB Monthly Bandwidth $10.00/year - Las Vegas - Luxembourg BuyShared 20G - Dedicated IPv4 Address - 20G Dedicated SSD Space - 1000GB Monthly Bandwidth $15.00/year - Las Vegas - Luxembourg Reseller Plans Reseller 20G - Dedicated IPv4 Address - 20G Dedicated SSD Space - 1000GB Monthly Bandwidth - Unlimited Sub-accounts $2.00/month - Las Vegas - Luxembourg Reseller 50G - Dedicated IPv4 Address - 50G Dedicated SSD Space - 3000GB Monthly Bandwidth - Unlimited Sub-accounts $4.00/month - Las Vegas - Luxembourg Reseller 125G - Dedicated IPv4 Address - 125G Dedicated SSD Space - 4000GB Monthly Bandwidth - Unlimited Sub-accounts $7.00/month - Las Vegas - Luxembourg All of our nodes are colocated in Fiberhub, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Test us! Las Vegas IPv4: Las Vegas IPv6: 2605:6400:2:fed5::1 Las Vegas Test Files: http://speedtest.lv.buyvm.net/ Luxembourg IPv4: Luxembourg IPv6: 2605:6400:3:fed5::1
  3. This thread will be a work in progress. First let me say: WARNING! Lots of images below! I wanted to show off some of the custom panels that a few providers that frequent vpsBoard have created. I'm a customer of each provider and have taken the time to go through and take a lot of screenshots of each company's control panel for you to review. All of them work great and without error or issues. AnyNode: (www.anynode.net) This is the VM list view. Very basic and simple. It does exactly as you'd expect it to do. (Note: The KVM with it's disk maxed is being migrated to a larger VM elsewhere. I'll continue to use the AnyNode one for other backups) Here you'll see the control panel for AnyNode's OpenVZ container management. Very straight forward and simple. It has all the basic settings you would need and gives you some basic container stats. Need to reinstall your VM? Here's the page to do it. Couldn't get a screenshot with the options displayed, the OS choices are quite limited. CentOS 5 x86, Debian 6.0 x86, CentOS 6.4 x86, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86, Debian 7.1 x86 and CentOS 6.4 x86_64 are your choices. This is the OpenVZ settings page. Once again, straight forward and easy to use. No room for confusion. KVM is similar, but appears slightly differently. For sake of being somewhat thorough I'll display the screenshots for KVM as well below: You'll note that OpenVZ lists 'Reinstall' and KVM lists 'Format Disk'. Both pages are pretty straight forward. For sake of keeping this limited to the basics of each panel, I won't include screenshots of them (unless requested to do so). Thoughts: AnyNode is a great company and I wish they got more coverage. Their panel is pretty basic, which isn't a bad thing. It's very easy to use and straight forward. No complaints here! @scv should be proud and I hope he introduces more stock soon. Backupsy: (www.backupsy.com) Backupsy's panel is intergrated directly into WHMCS and is very visually pleasing. Let's take a look at it. The above is actually WHMCS, but it was too good looking to not include. Click on "Active Services" to get to your service list. Nothing special on that page, just a list of active services. The VM management page however is shown below: Very clean page that shows off some billing related functions (due dates, billing cycle) as well as the basic VPS information such as graphs, and the ability to manage the VM state. Reinstalling the VPS is straight forward as you can imagine. I like that they generate a secure password for you, which prevents some of the stupid passwords people are sometimes known to use. (r00t, admin123, etc). Still worth disabling password auth after logging in and using ssh-keys instead. Thoughts: A very clean and simple to use basic panel. I'm unsure if it's 100% custom or based off of something existing, however I think it's wonderful and simple to use. Traffic usage appears to perhaps wrongly calculated or only updated in 24 hour intervals, as I am actively in the process of rsyncing data from my AnyNode VM (100GB) to my Backupsy VPS at this time so I know there is traffic. I'll check back in later to see if the 'traffic usage' stat has updated. Out of all the panels I'll be displaying, the Backupsy one is by far the most visually pleasing. @serverian runs a good company as made apparent by his consistent high rankings in LET's old quarterly 'top provider' polling. BuyVM: (www.buyvm.net) You may already be familiar with BuyVM's "Stallion" control panel, either because you've used it as a customer or have seen their promotion thread here: . @Francisco and @Aldryic C'boas are both active members here who you may have seen posting around the forum. Let's take a look at their creation below. I'm only including this as BuyVM's stallion is not integrated with their billing panel. List of active VMs! This is what the OpenVZ VPS management page looks like. Need to use the console? Here she is. OpenVZ VPS settings page. OpenVZ IPv4 settings page. (IPv6 page is the same, just with IPv6 addresses. No need to share that too) Here is the OpenVZ backups page. If you need to re-install your VPS, you've got a lot of OS images to choose from. I didn't want to take a screenshot of each category available, but you've got plenty of options for OS reloads. Lots and lots of options to choose from. BuyVM KVM screenshots below. Much of the below is similar to what is shown above for the OpenVZ VM's, however for sake of reference I'll show some of the KVM specific features below. More or less the same as the OpenVZ display page but with some different stats/management options. KVM settings. Some of the KVM templates available. Here is a ton more KVM OS options, including Networking and PBX specific distros. I included this particular screenshot for the humor. Thoughts: Very thorough with a ton of features. Integration with billing would be ideal to have a single login, but that's more of a personal preference than a complaint. SecureDragon: (www.securedragon.net) SecureDragon's VPS control panel is intergrated in with WHMCS as well, and despite it's simplicity it's actually probably my favorite out of those listed above. No fuss, everything you need is right where you want it. Take a moment to check out the options available on this page. Lot of features all on one page, easily accessible. Despite it's simplicity in appearence, Wyvern packs some great and unique features that the other panels lack. This is a DEV VPS, so I don't mind messing with it. Here I am randomizing the SSH port. Sure, I could do this via SSH easily, but it can also be done from the client area! The red arrows were added by me. After changing the SSH port I got confirmation it was updated, and the new port number is shown highlighted in yellow under your VPS information/billing details. When you disable password authentication, you can expect the same process. A popup to confirm you want to proceed, and the confirmation displayed as it does when you change your ssh port. Let's add 10 IPv6 to my dev VPS... Clicking 'Add 10 IPv6' has no confirmation popup, it just literally assigns 10 IPv6 addresses to your VM. As with the other options, the confirmation of success is shown above highlighted in green, and highlighted in yellow in the Wyvern integration to WHMCS. Thoughts: Wonderfully simple. Excellent features. @KuJoe deserves more recognition for Wyvern as it's simply great.
  4. On a RamNode OvZ: # free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 512 374 137 0 0 350 -/+ buffers/cache: 23 488 Swap: 512 1 510 # swapon -s Filename Type Size Used Priority /dev/null partition 524288 1116 -1 Same thing on a BuyVM OvZ - /dev/null for swap. Both these plans list vSwap and I don't think those providers are trying to cheat me :-) I'm wondering how the container sees/uses swap? So if it's, say, a 512/512 plan, Is the container allocated 1024MB of RAM (half physical RAM, half disk)?
  5. I finally had a chance to sit down and put together some of the better (read: more amusing) pictures from our cruise. Out of the ~600 or so between all of us, I picked these to help tell a short story of how things went, and to share our antics. Airport security is a bit... mortified at how we greeted each other upon arrival. Leaving the airport before security has an absolute fit, we catch a cab and head over to the boat: Words don't really do justice to just how MASSIVE this thing was. The name on the lifeboats did not instill much confidence >_> But the view as we were leaving was pretty breathtaking. (Left to Right) Fran, Matt, myself, and my wife Kristi gather on the deck as we explore the ship. Of course, first thing I found was a bar >_> (seriously... every deck had at least two bars. I never went more than 20 feet without a drink in hand) We had a pretty hard time trying to figure out how spilled enamel and an aggressive cumshot could be considered 'art' <_< Found these waiting in our rooms. Wasn't quite sure what to make of it - the folks cleaning the rooms would continue to troll us with these in various forms over the course of the trip. First real vacation in ages, and the first thing Fran does? TO THE INTERNET. (yes, those are like 20 packs of Chicklets on his desk) Relaxing after a nice day. The boat was mostly old folks and middle-aged parents - we were pretty much guaranteed a hottub to ourselves after 2300h or so each night. First actual stop on the cruise... Haiti. Karen (left) and Kristi pose while we try to figure out how pictures work. Matt making advances on a tree in Haiti. We couldn't show pictures of what happened after >_> Probably my favourite pic of the entire batch. The tour guides were giving us some funny looks after that one. Goddammit... we get back to our rooms, and these things are back. At the market in Jamaica. We sit down and have some lunch waiting on the tour to start. Tortuga rum is absolutely delicious. That bottle got passed around like a drunk stripper. Polishing off lunch, getting ready to head out. "Goddammit, we're gonna get arrested" Seriously, that bottle just followed us everywhere >_> *to be continued in the next post
  6. Running top on a kvm vps, there is a statistic called "st %" which I read is the time "stolen" from my VPS. Or more precisely, "waits for a real CPU while the hypervisor is servicing another virtual processor". So does that mean, "your VPS was assigned 2 virtual processors (in my kvm's case), so it expects to be able to use those two processors exclusively, but in the real world, you are sharing those with other processors so if there aren't cycles available, the KVM steal % is the amount of wait you experience waiting for those processors"? What is a reasonable st %? I see my BuyVM storage kvm frequently hit 50-60%. Sometimes CPU is a little sluggish but usually it's fine.