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    Need advice what to do with my server in the slow months

    I have a really nice server through allmanaged

    2.8GHz HT
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    2x160GB SATA HD
    1500 GB Bandwidth

    Its perfect for my site during the active months (late August-Early May) but may - august, what should I do with it? I cant come to terms with playing $120 a month for a server that will hardly be in use.

    Any ideas? I dont think i can cancel because I got a special price on a special server so if I cancel, I'll probably lose it...

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    Well, I have the same situation too. What I'll do is try to make at least sufficient money in the active months to cover the cost of the server for the entire year.

    If not, try hosting some other contents in there to utilize the server ? Maybe some other business venture ?

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    If you're using an open source OS or other software, then why not mirror some open source software as a thankyou back to the community ?

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    That is a great deal, was it part of their grand opening specials?

    Is that fully managed?
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    Ugh, it's that time of year again, when people leave their homes and goto a place they call "outside".

    Originally posted by monaghan
    If you're using an open source OS or other software, then why not mirror some open source software as a thankyou back to the community ?
    Sounds like a plan actually. I might have a semi-spare server coming up soon, so this looks like a good idea...

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    where did u get that server..i need one like that??

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    where did u get that server..i need one like that??
    Read virtually any "I need hosting" thread on here. You'll find servers like that.

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    CLKeenan,

    I would personally use it to host a few open-source communities.
    Pay them back - say if you use any CMS to develop your site, etc.

    You could also setup something on your own site during the summer months to keep your own users coming back all year round!
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    well, I think you must be more concerned about making sure there are no dry periods.. seeif you can have traffic for 8 months then adding another 4 to them shudnt be a big problem
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    Originally posted by RossMAN
    That is a great deal, was it part of their grand opening specials?

    Is that fully managed?
    Yes, this was part of the original shipment of servers for AllManaged, these were part of the new line of servers that we'll be adding shortly. Anyway, instead of P4 3.06's and Dual Xeon 3.0's they shipped P4 2.8's and Dual Xeon 3.2's. Except, they also shipped the P4's with 2GB DDR2 RAM and dual 160 SATA's so we alerted clients about the error but the upgrade as well, and if they wanted to keep them as is, they could, otherwise we'd adjust the specs to what they paid for, no questions asked. The pricing was part of the grand opening special though, so it's no longer in effect at this time.

    As far as the OP, those servers were highly sought after, and still are (with those specs) so I never have them available. I would either do as suggested, open it up as a mirror, or perhaps look into some business geared towards school kids who will be home during the summer months.

    Thanks,

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    Originally posted by sagomatt
    Yes, this was part of the original shipment of servers for AllManaged, these were part of the new line of servers that we'll be adding shortly. Anyway, instead of P4 3.06's and Dual Xeon 3.0's they shipped P4 2.8's and Dual Xeon 3.2's. Except, they also shipped the P4's with 2GB DDR2 RAM and dual 160 SATA's so we alerted clients about the error but the upgrade as well, and if they wanted to keep them as is, they could, otherwise we'd adjust the specs to what they paid for, no questions asked. The pricing was part of the grand opening special though, so it's no longer in effect at this time.

    As far as the OP, those servers were highly sought after, and still are (with those specs) so I never have them available. I would either do as suggested, open it up as a mirror, or perhaps look into some business geared towards school kids who will be home during the summer months.

    Thanks,
    I wish I got that server instead of my P4 3.06

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    I got really lucky! I think i remember them saying something along the lines of my server being the last one like that. That extra gig of ram has really really really come in handy

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    if i were to mirror an open source product, would I have a landing page on my server for them to download from? Or would they download the file directly from my server?

    Thanks,
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    I'd be looking for that deal if it wasnt managed. Do they have the same thing unmanaged?

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    not sure, but if possible, could we stay on topic. I'll be happy to answer any PMs about allmanaged via PMs

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    Originally posted by sagomatt
    or perhaps look into some business geared towards school kids who will be home during the summer months.

    They should like porn, try your hand at that.
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    lets be serious now
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    Originally posted by sagomatt
    Yes, this was part of the original shipment of servers for AllManaged, these were part of the new line of servers that we'll be adding shortly. Anyway, instead of P4 3.06's and Dual Xeon 3.0's they shipped P4 2.8's and Dual Xeon 3.2's. Except, they also shipped the P4's with 2GB DDR2 RAM and dual 160 SATA's so we alerted clients about the error but the upgrade as well, and if they wanted to keep them as is, they could, otherwise we'd adjust the specs to what they paid for, no questions asked. The pricing was part of the grand opening special though, so it's no longer in effect at this time.

    As far as the OP, those servers were highly sought after, and still are (with those specs) so I never have them available. I would either do as suggested, open it up as a mirror, or perhaps look into some business geared towards school kids who will be home during the summer months.

    Thanks,
    He has a flash ad for interland hosting on his front page. That's kinda funny.
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    .... as much as i love the bumps, i really would appreciate an on-topic, serious response.

    Why dont you refresh the page? I bet it will change... because I personally am not choosing which advertisements are displayed. Maybe you've heard of tribalfusion.....

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    Originally posted by CLKeenan
    .... as much as i love the bumps, i really would appreciate an on-topic, serious response.
    Well, that would require me to whip out the MBA in all of it's glory - requiring me to totally ignore my ethics, principles, whit, charm...

    Ok, here goes......

    I coach people out of these situations all the time. Some guy jumps on this special "deal", he has some super duper Dual Xeon 5.0 Processor and just refuses to let it go......

    Let the Damn thing go. I have looked at your website. You have 23 pages of members, and not enough forum participation to hold a good conversation over a 30 minute lunch.

    1.) Get a decent PIII machine on a good network. You could probably scare one of those up for about $60-$70.

    2.) Get a VPS. Should cost you about $30 - $40.

    3.) Get a hosting account. Run from $5.95 - $9.95.

    If you have to scratch your head with what to do with a machine that powerful, you simply don't need it.

    Thank you, class dismissed.
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    Actually, I had a VPS, didnt work. The amount of database load crashed the server. I have thousands of people online at peak time in the night.

    Not losing the server

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    I would definatly qualify his forums as "big".
    Offer some hosting space on the side... cheap shared web hosting.

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    Ok, I am going to make a guess as to what your use of this $120 package is....

    2.8GHz HT - 1%
    2 Gig DDR2 RAM - 30%
    2x160GB SATA HD - 4%
    1500 GB Bandwidth - 10%

    How close did I come?
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    WHy are you ragging on him, it's his money let him spend it how he wants. He just asked for some advice....

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    Originally posted by detz
    WHy are you ragging on him, it's his money let him spend it how he wants. He just asked for some advice....
    How do you give advice if you don't know how much of his machine is used up?

    How do you give advice if you don't ask questions?
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    2.8 - between 20-40% depending on the day/time
    2 Gig Ram - 40-70% on avg w/ peaks up to 95%
    2x160 GB ram - probably around there but that would be true with any server that gives 100+ gig HDs. However, I am using the 2 drives to backup the others.
    1500 GB Bandwidth - closer to 15-20%
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    That's pretty mean to assume those figures... Is this question asked so often, you feel you need to be rude?

    Seems like a legitamate question and a pretty good deal to let go, since they don't offer it anymore...

    I'd say do some extra hosting on it, you have everything you need to do it and then some to spare... And that would at least get you a few bucks to help out during the off months..

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    Originally posted by CLKeenan
    2.8 - between 20-40% depending on the day/time
    2 Gig Ram - 40-70% on avg w/ peaks up to 95%
    2x160 GB ram - probably around there but that would be true with any server that gives 100+ gig HDs. However, I am using the 2 drives to backup the others.
    1500 GB Bandwidth - closer to 15-20%
    Ok, now we are getting somewhere.

    See, it seems that your main website really does take up some resources, and you don't want to open your machine up to shared hosting, and all of the problems that come with that.

    Remember someone said do hosting? Remember when you said you were in a VPS situation and crashed the entire server?

    Remember some one else said "make it a mirror website". Well mirror's don't put cash in your or allmanaged's pocket.

    It seems like most of your revenue streams are from advertising. I would either strengthen this relationship, to where it were more profitable, or do some some type of vertical integration where you were selling coffee mugs for late night studiers, t-Shirts, I don't know, something else.

    For god's sakes, don't get into the shared hosting business like others have said. Grow and focus on your core business.
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    Shared hosting and opening up to a couple of people isn't the same thing

    Extra hosting - host 1-10 people you know, probably locally/personally would help pay for the machine during the off months. I don't see how this would hurt, since he has the infrastructure in place. Reliability, Backups, Lots of space, Large amount of bandwidth... Seems like there's enough room for a cushion... Maybe do something for the local colleges?

    Granted doing an entire conversion to shared hosting is ill-advised.

    I'm a little lost on why he would choose to advertise more during the off months? It would make sense to do that sort of thing during the academic months... The site looks like it doesn't have a lot of traffic during the summer, and probably will never have a lot of traffic during the summer... I know first hand being a recent graduate!

    The last thing any student wants to do during the summer is social studies! Except for the few proud brave souls...

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    i definately dont have the time to go full out on shared hosting... so thats definately out of the question.

    Im considering starting up another site but i am really at a lost for ideas that arent already over saturated.
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    Originally posted by CLKeenan
    Im considering starting up another site but i am really at a lost for ideas that arent already over saturated.
    I would pick something like specializing in web hosting for vineyards, or something along those lines.
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    Originally posted by PSFServers
    I would pick something like specializing in web hosting for vineyards, or something along those lines.
    I obviously have absolutly nothing to do tonigh other than research people i don't even know.

    Tell us, back when you were conspiring to comit fraud with your brother in order to pay for college, what did you do with the $3,000 to $4,000 a month income from your website?

    Did that ever get resolved?

    You seem to be making enough money to pay for a $120 server.....I understand now, why would you dirty your hands with shared hosting.......
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    I actually decided against doing anything like that. I kept all my money in my name and will be paying taxes in my name.

    You seem to be making enough money to pay for a $120 server.....
    Regardless how much money I am making, its always good to be thrifty.

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    last up for ideas
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