I have a very reliable Rackshack server. My concern is what to do if it goes AWOL for any reason.
I've used ZoneEdit & Secondary.Com etc for slave zones and secondary mailservers etc. But I am not getting the flexibility I need.
A solution would be a junk secondary server providing slave DNS and backup mailserver. In emergency it could serve skeletal sites to keep people off my back till I sort the prime server.
A 64Mb P-100 would do the job. Indeed there is one in my garage doing it right now. But ADSL is not reliable enough and all the dedicated sellers stress bandwidth/power which I don't need and I don't want to pay for...
Is there not a dedicated supplier of extremely mature servers that just need a quiet life as they approach retirement? The cost of provision would be little more than the electricity to keep the fans rolling :-)
Originally posted by bizz I started my trial last night and I'm impressed so far.
I also tried vpservers.com (whose sign up procedure was uncoincentally identical) but there is a big difference in cost.
When I see things too cheap I worry - either its seriously underpriced and won't last, or there is a catch somewhere.
Have you used them for a while and found no problem?
I'm the same as you; I'm very skeptical around overly-cheap things but to be honest vehost.us was perfect, no flwas no bs or anything, they seemed to work perfectly fine. I no longer use virtual dedicated servers though, I recently purchased my own dedicated server.
The only negative thing I saw was, (from the traces I did) they only have one connection to UUNet and that's it... No redaundancy or anything, so that may be a drawback if your doing anything mission cirtial, I suppose. But overall I was very happy with them.
About vpservers.com they may use the same software as vehost, but I'm almost pretty sure they aren't resellers becasue their servers are located on a totally different network than vehost's network.
So, what did you do to setup vehost.us as the backup mail server and webpage?
This is a great idea. The first, main server goes down and the second one takes over. I would assume you would have the name servers listed on each domain for ns1.domain.com for your main service and ns3.domain.com pointing to the backup service.
You could have it so that any hit for any domain on the secondary server would bring up a temporarily down webpage. Brilliant!
How about the mail though? So the secondary service would catch the mail while the primary is down, but how would the customers check mail on both servers?
If you can, I would really appreciate you giving a little info on implementing this. I have a few customers that would appreciate knowing they are backedup.