Does anyone have experience with the Total Control Servers with the Planet. How much of it is managed? Would this be considered a totally managed server or would one still have to have an exstensive knowledge about servers to have one? Thanks in advance for the comments.
I have managed 3 of them... so far so good. By the way, you should know how to manage your server since they are very slow in support.
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I would definetely reccomend these. I have several and love them. They're very powerful and work great. I do not rely on them for support but I don't really need to. They come with DRAC Cards so I can reboot on my own when necessary. They are not considered fully managed but do have some management when necessary.
RaineTech: should be getting my TC server any minute now and looking forward to it - any experiences in running a 2.6.x kernel on them? any probs ? or any major improvements visible running a 2.6 (especially when it comes to mysql / networking)
We do not use the 2.6 kernel yet. Still waiting for it to be a bit more tested and stable. We use the 2.4.x kernels. Make sure you get the SMP version to support dual hyperthreaded processors . And as for the DRAC Card, it basically gives readings of voltage and temperatures on the server. It does hard reboots of course. It shows IP's and your ethernet cards. It also shows processes currently running and a few other things. Quite useful .
DRAC Card by the way is Dell Remote Access Card for those who don't know.
Well, the gold managed plan entitles you to 1hr of tech support, kernel upgrades, and os updates, so in a sense, they are more managed than their entry level sister company, and offer more bandwidth for the buck, not bad I think. Regardless of being slow or not, just getting something updated that you may not know how to do, is pretty good, if you want a server that you only want to manage, that's what their SM line is for last I checked.
DRAC is a proprietary extension/implementation of IPMI. IPMI cards have to be supported by the motherboard, ime. pretty much every vendor has their own IPMI card and a range of motherboards that support it.
Another thumbs up for the TC servers from me. We have one of the original RLX boxes, which has performed flawlessly for three months. Haven't needed to use TP for any management - everything just works
BTW the tickets I have opened have always been updated in a time appropriate for the ticket content: while the non-urgent ones hung around for a while, the ones reporting a problem or asking questions got answered within a few hours. I opened a reverse DNS ticket at 9am my time (3am TP time) and it got sorted in under an hour!
I purchased a servermatrix server and the $50 gold plan for the first month and added
fastservermanagement on as an extra and I have to say that for the $29 fastservermanagement is excellent. They install 3rd party software etc. Whereas the planets gold service took my 1 hour admin time just to install fantastico on my cpanel. The server was supposed to come with fantastico in cpanel installed so go figure.
Also fastservermanagement is as they state: fast they get things completed with a few hours.
whereas the panet gold service takes a few days depending on what is.