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Posted 13 July 2016 - 08:53 PM

Hey guys,

 

I've currently got a shared hosting account with GoDaddy but I really would prefer having full control over my environment. I want to rent a VPS and I want to know if there's much difference between providers. What VPS providers have you guys used? What should I look for?


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Posted 19 July 2016 - 05:35 PM

What exactly do you want to do on it? If just website hosting use a reseller server from OpenHost, if just general VPS go with Digital Ocean, very good and cheap!


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 01:30 PM

I just really hate Parallels Plesk. I want to be able to use a command line. What is a reseller server exactly?

 

I'll check out Digital Ocean.



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Posted 21 July 2016 - 10:52 AM

Digital Ocean looks absolutely awesome. Thanks! When my laptop arrives I'll make a Droplet.



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 12:50 PM

I use digital ocean, very good value, great features and speed.

 

However all my servers at some point must've ended up on a list somewhere and have been pounded with SSH attacks, I deal with them, but it does add an unnecessary strain.


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:00 PM

Have you installed Fail2Ban?



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 05:20 PM

Have you installed Fail2Ban?

 

Yeah and I use UFW.


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 05:23 PM

How did you find GoDaddy Josh? I'm after a new shared host for a basic wordpress site. Don't wanna derail your thread though, my ones here.

 

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 07:41 PM

No worries, I guess this can just be a general hosting discussion.

 

I went with GoDaddy because they had $1.25/year .com's and after I got my domain I wanted to try out hosting. GoDaddy is horribly slow compared to DigitalOcean. GoDaddy's website also seems like it's more than 5 years old. The support is decent. The documentation is decent.

 

In my case, the problem with comparing DO to GD is that with DO I use a Linux VPS droplet and with GD I use Windows Shared Hosting. I hate Parallels Plesk with a passion, which is the platform GD employs for managing Windows Shared Hosting. I'm much happier with the flexibility and comfort of using the command line in Linux.


Yeah and I use UFW.

 

Post your Fail2Ban config.



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 09:29 PM

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Post your Fail2Ban config.

 

http://pastebin.com/1qZnHXfA

 

I get at least hit with 10 new IPs each day, the second their ~2 hour ban is over, they almost always start again. One day I got hit with nearly 1000 IPs.

 

Fail2ban is working, and before I installed it and was just using ufw, it was crazy.

 

I don't have any security concerns though, as I use a key pair lol.


Edited by tehkhop, 25 July 2016 - 09:30 PM.

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 11:54 AM

I get at least hit with 10 new IPs each day, the second their ~2 hour ban is over, they almost always start again.

 

Extend the ban time?

 

Another thing you could do would be write a script that permabans IP's that have been sent to jail more than 3 times.


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Posted 26 July 2016 - 10:09 PM

Extend the ban time?

 

Another thing you could do would be write a script that permabans IP's that have been sent to jail more than 3 times.

 

I often input the wrong password for my key, due to the fact I'm a sloppy typer. So I'll need to do some research to see if I can make incorrect passphrase for the key not trigger Fail2Ban.

 

I'll probably move my ssh port, to stop the simple port scans from working. Maybe also turn off ping responses.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 09:30 AM

The passphrase for the key is to decrypt the key, and therefore I would expect it to be happening totally on your machine. So I don't see why the server would even know that you made multiple attempts.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 01:15 PM

I changed my SSH port from 22. It seemed like a good idea. Another thing you can do is put it in a TCP wrapper.

 

A simple guide/explanation: http://www.akadia.co...cp_wrapper.html


An additional thing you could try would be logging the IP's and using a script to find subnets they're in. Then you can ban the subnets in iptables.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 10:39 PM

The passphrase for the key is to decrypt the key, and therefore I would expect it to be happening totally on your machine. So I don't see why the server would even know that you made multiple attempts.

 

Ah ok, thank you. So the passphrase is only relevant to the private key, gotcha.

 

I changed my SSH port from 22. It seemed like a good idea. Another thing you can do is put it in a TCP wrapper.

 

A simple guide/explanation: http://www.akadia.co...cp_wrapper.html


An additional thing you could try would be logging the IP's and using a script to find subnets they're in. Then you can ban the subnets in iptables.

 

Thanks for that. I'll have a read. I'll move my port and see how that fairs, and then look into TCP wrappers if necessary.

 

Also, this thread rn:

 

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 06:08 PM

All good. Maybe a mod could change the title to "Server admin general"?



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Posted 28 July 2016 - 06:27 PM

I could, but I'm not quite sure that I like that title – but you're still welcome to change it to that if you want to, by editing the first post.


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 06:52 PM

OVH.net are very good and very reasonable - have used them without trouble for around a year now, a breath of fresh air compared to the likes of FDCServers who I was with for about a decade previously



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:25 AM

All good. Maybe a mod could change the title to "Server admin general"?

 

Or just a new thread lol.


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Posted 06 August 2016 - 12:36 PM

Has anyone tried Amazon's AWS?



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Posted 07 August 2016 - 12:20 AM

Has anyone tried Amazon's AWS?

 

I have, and was happy with it. What do you want to know in particular? It has a huge amount of customisation, and an API you can script instances with. I never got too far with the scripting as the GUI is easy enough to be dangerous.


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