as a while I was searching for a dedicated server with JUST windows 2003 standard edition installed and nothing else ( like pannels or other staff) to test betta versions of web applications that I am developing (which one of them is a hosting controler panel itself) and also host my personal web sites.
Finaly the cheapest I found is a 2.0 celeron with 256 MB DDR ram from nipix at about $60
but I saw lots of bad reviews about their VPS outage and data lose.
I need your comments about their dedicated servers.
I think you'll be better off picking up a box from www.managed.com. Their network isn't all that bad and support is getting better. I really don't know about Dinix other than the horrendous merger.
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Are you talking about Dinix.com or nipix? Anyhow, I was with Dinix VPS for a while, and their support has always been great. So based on that, their dedicated should be the same as well. However, I literally had to make a run for it at moving out of Dinix's VPS package ASAP. It was the slowest, most often overloaded peice of server I've ever been with. One moment it's fine, then the next, things would be so slow I probably could take a nap and the page would still be requesting. Each time I emailed support, they took care of the problem, but the problem would soon return. I doubt I'll use Dinix for anything else in the future because of this.
Have you check Windows VPS at solidhost.com yet? Their VPS is a closest alternative to cheap dedicated windows standard edition. Each VPS comes with root access and fully dedicated files storage and access.