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2Host – $50/Year for 2x 128MB Xen VPS

Tags: , , Date/Time: March 21, 2010 @ 9:35 am, by LowEndAdmin

2Host Via this WHT offer. Could this be the low end box deal of the year? 2Host has released some cheap Xen VPS packages that are cheaper than their normal 512MB plan. Starting from $50/year ($4.17/month) with $5 setup. You get

  • 128MB memory/256MB swap
  • 2GB storage
  • 200GB/month data transfer
  • Xen/SolusVM

Order that via this link. Then you can email their support and claim your second VPS for free (up to 24 hours to set it up)! So that’s 2x 128MB VPS for $50/year. From the test IP address it seems the servers are in Atlanta GA Asheville NC with Netriplex.

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48 Comments

  1. A brilliant offer, I might jump at this!

    March 21, 2010 @ 10:07 am | Reply
  2. Wow. I might also get one….although I wonder how they can afford to do this.

    March 21, 2010 @ 7:38 pm | Reply
  3. mina:

    Servers are in Asheville, not Atlanta :)

    March 21, 2010 @ 8:27 pm | Reply
  4. @mina — Yes you are right. Should have done a WHOIS on the IP address. Somehow Atlanta showed up in traceroute when I try to ping that IP address. I guess it’s just a city close by.

    March 21, 2010 @ 10:48 pm | Reply
  5. Matt:

    I’m getting 750kb from the UK on their testfile, thats the highest ever dl speed I’ve obtained from any datacenter in US! But… what do I do with 2 VPS?? LOL! Its a nice deal but I’m not too convinced with their customer service from all the WHT reviews. Seems like their response time is usually over 48 hours!

    March 22, 2010 @ 1:11 am | Reply
  6. True. Support is definitely not their strength. And fortunately I have not needed the support for a while :)

    # uptime
     01:36:29 up 261 days,  9:17,  1 user,  load average: 0.02, 0.01, 0.00
    

    My VPS at 2Host has been smooth sailing.

    March 22, 2010 @ 1:37 am | Reply
  7. kprice:

    It’s rare you find a VPS provider who supplies both stellar customer service and stellar service. I’ve recently signed up for their 1Gb plan out of Asheville, and have to say. As someone who only needs customer service for a rDNS entry, WOW. Server performance is … WOW. I have currently have four VPS servers across the US: Prgmr.com, Linode, VPSfarm, and 2Host. And in the last three years have been with many others who didn’t make the cut. If the billing “hassles” of 2host are only half as bad as I’ve heard, it might actually be worth it to move my primary server to them as well. My VPS “needs” started in the 64MB-128MB RAM range per VPS. Now they’re a 512MB XEN minimum. My primary is a 1GB using 250MB-500MB swap – yuck. My 1GB with 2Host has been such a good experience so far, that I’m looking at their 4GB VPS in addition.

    The great thing about blogs and reviews, you get information you wouldn’t normally. The bad thing about blogs and reviews, you get information for ignorant people that you wouldn’t get normally. Decide who you are, and what you want from a VPS provider. 2host certainly will not hold your hand. If you need hand holding, pay $20/month from Linode for their 360MB RAM entry offering. If you don’t, hey, maybe 2Host or Prgmr.com may be good fits for you. Both have billing issues (prgmr.com is getting better), but both seem to have rock solid service. Neither will help you set up Lighttpd if you haven’t read the howto’s beforehand.

    March 22, 2010 @ 4:26 am | Reply
  8. DVSide:

    After an incredibly fast and helpful service & support, I just have to add my experience and review:

    I signed up late 2009 with 2HOST and from start till the day now, they have been very fast in responding to my tickets. They always reply within 2-3 hours to my tickets!

    Their XEN VPS plans are incredibly fast and as mentioned by LowEndAdmin; VERY STABLE.The download speeds to europe are Excellent! They DO care about friendly support and a proffesional communication with their customers. I can’t say that about some other VPS providers I’ve been with! I currently have a few VPSs with 2HOST and I’m more than satisfied with both service and quality.

    They helped me with support issues and for the prices they offer, I really have to say this:

    2 BIG THUMBS UP FOR 2HOST!!
    Keep up the incredible work!!

    If you hesitatie about their quality: DONT! They offer quality far better than other providers!

    March 22, 2010 @ 9:59 am | Reply
  9. I have to agree with KRPRICE.

    My experience with 2Host so far is more than decent. They actually offer fast, reliable, stable and quality for a few dollars. I prepaid for a year and was doubting wether it was a smart thing to do. But I’m more than happy with their services.

    BTW, I have a 1GB xen plan with them. Compared with other providers, I doubt you will get a better deal.

    I was on OpenVZ before switching over, now running on a Xen with 2host.

    At this moment I quite LOVE 2host :-)

    Greetz!

    JB

    March 22, 2010 @ 10:11 am | Reply
  10. The pre-sales support is good, they even provide a trial account for me to test, the download/upload speeds is same fast as servercomplete’s vps. So I will give it a try, since it is really low price for xen.

    The only question now: is that wise to pay annually?

    March 22, 2010 @ 10:55 am | Reply
  11. Canking:

    Are these VPS is based on OPENVZ or ZEN? I Need ZEN VPS.
    that’s seem is OpenVZ.

    March 22, 2010 @ 6:12 pm | Reply
  12. chris34:

    I lol’ed reading DVSide and kprice comments. They look like the fake reviews you can see for other (unrelated) services.

    March 22, 2010 @ 7:13 pm | Reply
  13. @Canking — those are Xen (there’s nothing zen about these virtual servers).

    @chris34 — haha. What’s wrong with positive reviews? I have one VPS from them since May last year and it has been a good performing server so far.

    March 22, 2010 @ 10:29 pm | Reply
  14. chris34:

    Nothing at all. I’ve also had a good experience as well with them even if their billing system is totally messed up. It’s just the way they wrote it. Deja-vu lol.

    March 22, 2010 @ 10:39 pm | Reply
  15. LP:

    Yeah,

    Be careful. Was with them last year in the fall, where my account was canceled without any warning for non payment… at least when I sent the paypal proof, I got a reimbursement but my data was gone.

    So watch out… your (two) vps may disappear for no reasons!

    March 23, 2010 @ 10:57 am | Reply
  16. I have got 512MB VPS from 2host, the setup was instantly, the so called debian minimal has little bloated, Gentoo 2010 64Bit used 1.4G space, Ubuntu 9.10 64Bit used 559.44 MB, but port 22 has no response, then change to Ubuntu 9.04 64Bit, used 503.7 MB space, has no problem to login. they should put the OS size in the Re-install OS page.

    March 23, 2010 @ 5:40 pm | Reply
  17. I have my first VPS with them for almost a year now. Performance and stability is excellent. There were few times where network seems unreliable. I agree with few others… the support sometimes is not there. But for what I am paying, I do not have problems with it.

    Leased second VPS about a month ago. Their price have increased a little, but still… good price/product ratio. Two thumbs up!

    March 25, 2010 @ 4:33 am | Reply
  18. DVSide:

    Seems 2Host has raised their pricing and stopped the “BUY 1 – Get 2 VPS” special.

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=937088

    Too bad.. wanted to grab one for a friend of mine :(

    March 29, 2010 @ 1:06 am | Reply
  19. Chris34:

    @LowEndAdmin just ordered one and so far so good..I even got a more recent kernel and a fancier panel! lol.
    Next time I’ll pay when I get the invoice. my mistake, tough.

    Just one problem so far. the UTC time is totally out

    sh-3.2# date -u
    Mon Mar 29 08:09:34 UTC 2010

    UTC time when I did “date -u” on the server was:
    1:10pm

    http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/

    March 29, 2010 @ 1:19 pm | Reply
  20. How “recent” is your kernel? I think with Pygrub kernels the clock is detached from the hardware node. It’s a good idea for Xen VPS to run its own NTP anyway.

    March 29, 2010 @ 1:27 pm | Reply
  21. @Chris34, the UTC time is almost 5 hours slow, but you can adjust by
    http://forums.2host.com/showthread.php?2-How-To-Change-Time%28zone%29-for-your-VPS

    What is your kernel version, mime is 2.6.18-164.11.1.el5xen, and the kernel seems not upgradable.

    March 29, 2010 @ 1:50 pm | Reply
  22. Chris34:

    tried to but it doesn’t change anything. I also did ” echo 1 > /proc/sys/xen/independent_wallclock” but the date back to the wrong date after a reboot. so not really reliable.

    The kernel is 2.6.18-164.11.1.el5xen while on the old server it was 2.6.18-128(?).x.x.el5xen (x = I don’t remember exactly)

    March 29, 2010 @ 2:28 pm | Reply
  23. Chris34:

    date back = the date goes back to

    March 29, 2010 @ 2:28 pm | Reply
  24. Chris34:

    ok one weird thing. sorry for the 3 posts.. just noticed it now. the /boot folder has
    sh-3.2# ls /boot
    System.map-2.6.26-2-xen-amd64 initrd.img-2.6.26-2-xen-amd64
    config-2.6.26-2-xen-amd64 initrd.img-2.6.26-2-xen-amd64.bak
    grub vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-xen-amd64

    in it while uname shows

    sh-3.2# uname -v
    #1 SMP Wed Jan 20 08:06:04 EST 2010
    sh-3.2# uname -r
    2.6.18-164.11.1.el5xen
    sh-3.2#

    March 29, 2010 @ 2:33 pm | Reply
  25. @Chris34 the kernel is non-upgradeable, I have a thread at WHT(936704)

    March 29, 2010 @ 3:04 pm | Reply
  26. for date, you can take a look at this http://alturl.com/orww and this is my problem http://alturl.com/uz9a

    March 29, 2010 @ 3:07 pm | Reply
  27. Chris34:

    Thanks. That’s what I thought. poked around and ended up thinking that the template for the domU was one for a dom0 that uses pygrub. Thanks for confirming.

    March 29, 2010 @ 3:23 pm | Reply
  28. John:

    Chris, you need to add xen.independent_wallclock = 1 into /etc/sysctl.conf and set up a ntp cron job to sync your clock in regular intervals.

    March 30, 2010 @ 5:53 am | Reply
  29. Chris34:

    Yes, thanks John and Eric. Wish I had seen your post saying to set it in sysctl.conf before. Would have saved me from asking a stupid question (again.)

    I submitted a ticket last night for a RDNS, so I also asked them about the kernels and grub in the /boot folder and also about this problem with the date/time. They gave me the link to the forum post and said they’d get back to me about the kernels… (going light a candle but I have low hopes.)

    March 30, 2010 @ 9:51 am | Reply
  30. Chris34:

    John and Eric, are you guys are running Debian or Ubuntu on your VPS?

    seems that there’s a problem with (I don’t know what) and the root account isn’t being created during the mysql install process.. I had to create one manually to get phpmyadmin to install correctly.

    did you guys run into the same issue?

    March 30, 2010 @ 2:10 pm | Reply
  31. Chris34:

    nevermind found the cause of the problem. the permission for the /tmp folder wasn’t properly set. chmod 1777 /tmp fixed it.

    March 30, 2010 @ 11:45 pm | Reply
  32. mina:

    Looks like mine VPS with them is getting other VPSes packets :o

    I just noticed from iftop that my vps answers to other destination addresses than my own. Looks like I need to stop this behaviour with iptables. It’s like that their Xen is working as a “hub” than “switch”, strange though that this can happen.

    iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -d 127.0.0.1 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -d VPSIP -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -j DROP

    April 1, 2010 @ 11:03 am | Reply
  33. Chris34, I’ve got the same problem with 2host, ubuntu 9.04 template. however chmod 1777 /tmp didn’t seem to fix it, and I can’t create a root account, mysqld –skip-grant-tables stops me from granting privileges, and logging in with debian-sys-maint gives me access denied to grant privileges. Any idea how to fix this?

    April 5, 2010 @ 8:30 am | Reply
  34. Chris34:

    I didn’t try anything more than just installing Mysql on Ubuntu. Gave up and tried the CentOS template when I ran into the same problem trying to install Mysql.

    On debian I tried two things but I don’t really remember which worked.

    I either ran mysqld_safe “mysqld_safe –skip-grant-tables” or used the debian-sys-maint account to create a root account.
    I don’t know if it’s the same for ubuntu but when you install Mysql on debian, the install process creates a file named debian.cnf in /etc/mysql with an account named “debian-sys-maint” and a password (in plain text) in it that has full admin rights.

    if this doesn’t work then I dunno. sorry. Ask them, they might know what’s going on/might be wrong with their templates. Installing mysql works “out of the box” with their Centos template but doesn’t with the Debian and Ubuntu ones. Go figure.

    April 5, 2010 @ 11:25 pm | Reply
  35. y3k:

    I actually tried all those options with no go. odds are it’s a problem with their OS templates but I figured there would be a way to fix it. sadly the debian-sys-maint doesn’t seem to have full rights, it errors with access denied when attempting to grant privileges. I’m more used to work with ubuntu/debian, which is the reason why i’m trying to stick to it (In fact, I have practically no experience with CentOS and none whatsoever for any other templates they have). They’ve posted your fix in 2host’s forum, I replied it and will be waiting for a response. Thanks for the help.

    April 5, 2010 @ 11:42 pm | Reply
  36. Chris34:

    “They’ve posted your fix in 2host’s forum” I lol’ed reading this.

    Seems that they have no clue what might be wrong with their Debian/ubuntu templates either. :(

    read your pastebin and
    CREATE USER ‘root’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘123456password’;
    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO ‘root’@’localhost’ WITH GRANT OPTION;

    worked fine for me on Debian before chmoding, purging and reinstalling Mysql to check if it fixed the problem.

    Maybe Ubuntu uses /var/tmp instead of /tmp? (I might be wrong, only used Ubuntu a few times..)

    I’ll check the thread to see if they give you a fix. Hopefully, they’ll get it sorted out soon. well I hope. wouldn’t like to be forced to use CentOS either.

    April 6, 2010 @ 12:13 am | Reply
  37. I reloaded with Ubuntu 8.04, updated, installed mysql-server, WOO root account active. although i also had to change the apt sources from great britain to the US. I don’t get where all these faulty templates come from, I’ve had to deal with this with another vps provider too. hopefully i can setup a proper LEMP server now… fingers crossed.

    April 6, 2010 @ 2:08 am | Reply
  38. Joe:

    Well it appears the owner is now selling this domain on Sedo lol – i would run away from them as early as possible if this is true!

    http://www.sedo.com/search/searchresult.php4?linkurl=&language=e&search_type=advanced&keyword=2host.com

    April 7, 2010 @ 6:38 am | Reply
  39. DVSide:

    LOL!! @ Hintswen

    hahahaha that one really cracked me up :D

    Joe how far are you with running by now? :P

    I contacted 2Host for a new VPS I wanted to order but I needed more space.

    Today Tim contacted me with a thread of their new offers :)

    Thought I would share it:

    http://forums.2host.com/showthread.php?146-New-BIGGER-10TB-Xen-VPS-plans-available!-08-04-2010

    Pricing is a bit higher though, plans are now a buck higher priced.. :/

    April 8, 2010 @ 12:36 pm | Reply
  40. John:

    Joe, that was a good one! LOL!

    April 10, 2010 @ 6:23 am | Reply
  41. I think Joe might have got it from this WHT discussion thread, and SEDO is no longer listing 2Host.com is for sale. The listing was from previous owner who has already sold the domain to the current hosting company, but somehow the SEDO listing was still there…

    April 11, 2010 @ 12:27 pm | Reply
  42. JoeyF:

    What’s up with the SolusVM panel being so sluggish? Also, all my VPS’s display as being offline all the time.

    April 19, 2010 @ 10:20 pm | Reply
  43. Wiz:

    According to soluslabs, if you cramp too much VPS on a single server you will encounter that problem. So obviously the node you are on is heavily loaded!

    April 19, 2010 @ 11:28 pm | Reply
  44. Chris34:

    Thanks Wiz for the answer about the (sometimes) very slow panel. Forgot to ask them when I asked why the VPS was being displayed as offline the other day.

    JoeyF, they said that they’re working on the node and to ignore the offline status in SolusVM.

    April 20, 2010 @ 9:37 am | Reply
  45. JoeyF:

    @Chris34 – hmm “they’re working on the node”, I wonder which one? I’ve got a VPS on 15, 16 and 17 and they all are like this and never “sometimes”. Perhaps you are on a newer one that hasn’t been saturated, 18+?

    April 20, 2010 @ 12:02 pm | Reply
  46. Chris34:

    I’m on node 16. It can be sometimes very slow however overall it’s slow but still usable. Sorry should have been more precise

    April 20, 2010 @ 12:59 pm | Reply
  47. Andrew:

    Thank goodness it isn’t just me that is having the mysql-server issue with the root user. Spent like 3 hours trying different fixes. I signed up with Volumedrive and won’t renew the 2host vps.

    May 29, 2010 @ 3:06 am | Reply

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