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BuyVM - $15/Year 128MB VPS Coming on Monday 18 April!

BuyVM “Do BuyVM have any stock?” seems to be one of the most frequently asked questions here. And behold! Pony the Almighty has spoken. Jay wrote in to point me to this announcement on FranTech:

Francisco went to bzImage and said, “Thus says The Pony, the God of Frantech, ‘Let My people go, that they may purchase VPS goodness.” But bzImage said, “Not until Monday April 18th at 12:00pm GMT-7”

New Clients: Please remember to register with accurate account details as the red sea shall not be parted for fraud.

Not too sure whether there will be 10 plagues, and the last one kills bzImage’s first born process (die, init(1) die!) but at least the date/time is clear. Monday. April 18th at lunch time. BuyVM will have stock (yes Francisco — don’t make us disappointed). Including their popular $15/year offer.

  • 128MB guaranteed/256MB burstable memory
  • 15GB storage
  • 500GB/month data transfer
  • 1x IPv4 + lots of IPv6
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Their servers are with Hurricane Electric in Fremont CA, and BuyVM were voted the #1 in 2011 Q1 by the LowEndTalk community. Get your world clock ready if you are not in US :)

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  1. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    Still waiting on BuyVMs Europe Invasion. :P

    I think Francisco much be on drugs.

    April 17, 2011 @ 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Xypher:

      Same here, Daniel.. waiting for BuyVM’s “Europe Invasion”. – All Hail The Pony!

      April 17, 2011 @ 1:55 pm | Reply
  2. It is very good

    April 17, 2011 @ 12:43 pm | Reply
  3. I have wait for this time for a long time,I hope I can get one

    April 17, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Reply
  4. uZero:

    BuyVM doesn’t have solusvm or veportal. And suspending/reactivating is manually. ;(
    But VPS is pretty stable and good!

    April 17, 2011 @ 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Did you go to a different BuyVM? Mine certainly came with a SolusVM login.

      April 17, 2011 @ 1:06 pm | Reply
      • uZero:

        Really sorry. Yes, I have SolusVM too, I’ve found a link to SoluVM (at the end of the letter about VPS activation).

        April 17, 2011 @ 1:32 pm | Reply
  5. dd:

    Dang! I thought I would keep the scoop to myself this time and not post it here.

    April 17, 2011 @ 1:23 pm | Reply
  6. rm:

    I heard stock on the 128 plan sells out in 30 minutes or less after being made available.

    April 17, 2011 @ 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Jamie:

      It’ll be less now that everyone is getting ready for it :P

      April 17, 2011 @ 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Tom:

        Not. Franc releases them in batches, so you’ll have plenty of time to buy 1 if you need 1.

        April 17, 2011 @ 2:17 pm | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          I may code a PHP script to buy all of them in seconds! Maha!

          April 17, 2011 @ 2:53 pm | Reply
    • We sold 120 units in 30 minutes last time, our billing panel literally had a DDOS going on.


      April 17, 2011 @ 6:06 pm | Reply
  7. Tanmoy:

    Till now I missed twice their offer. I don’t know what will be happened this time :( I requested their sales team for sending the the invoice directly so that this time I can get one. But my ticket was closed proving an automated response.

    April 17, 2011 @ 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Tanmoy, maybe contacting Francisco directly may work for you. I know he’s offered to hold one aside for me. You’re a forum regular as well.

      April 17, 2011 @ 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Tanmoy:

        I did and waiting for response :)

        April 18, 2011 @ 5:54 am | Reply
        • Tanmoy:

          My box’s I/O is disappointing me totally! Only 15mb/s

          April 23, 2011 @ 2:19 am | Reply
        • Mind sending me an email with the log/etc?


          With the sale a bunch of torrent people slammed in so we’ve been having to cleanup some of the nodes and either force speed caps on people or tell them to get lost – sorry.



          April 23, 2011 @ 2:21 am | Reply
        • Mine is about 60MB/s

          April 23, 2011 @ 2:27 am | Reply
        • Some boxes will be around the 60 – 90MB/sec range as they’re on smaller arrays (just 4 disks) while others will get 100 – 200MB/sec :)

          As I said, we’re just cleaning up the last of this mess. We took the rest of our 512MB plans out of stock for now while we finish this.


          April 23, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply
        • If you are in the node 27… I have the same problem too xD

          Anthony told me that they will optimize while they get new raid cards :P

          April 23, 2011 @ 2:30 am | Reply
        • It has been about a half dozen nodes that have been going a bit crazy. We had a fellow move in and had an lighttpd blasting away 60MB/sec constantly. It ramped up node02 pretty badly and we had to have a chat with him.

          We suspended him and told him he had to cap/address it or he’d have to look elsewhere. He told us he would so we unsuspended them. 2 hours later he was back steam rolling the poor thing :P

          Either way, there’s anther 6+ users we’ve had to have chats with and we’re considering a TOS/AUP adjustment to deal with these.


          April 23, 2011 @ 2:33 am | Reply
        • LOL 60MB/s WTH was doing! :S
          Well, I will wait, we can’t do nothing else.

          April 23, 2011 @ 2:49 am | Reply
        • rm:

          I am also getting “meh-grade” performance at times on 28 and 31.
          So, here are some ideas for you, how to improve it ‘for free’.
          – is the host filesystem mounted with “noatime” (well I think you already do this);
          – how about setting up some test nodes with JFS or XFS instead of ext3 – those can be massively faster on certain scenarios, also cut down on fsck times by a factor of 10-100;
          – rolling out new kernels – between 2.6.27/2.6.32 and 2.6.18 there’s a whole eon in terms of kernel evolution – maybe I/O performance and ‘fairness’ will also be improved with those;

          April 24, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply
        • – The .32 kernels don’t have proper –cpus limiting which can end up with a single user blasting at CPU. Yes, there are cpuunits that should stop this, key word is should.

          – noatime works fine and most of our nodes are carrying that. noatime breaks some legacy systems as well as cpanel so we’re likely going to do some testing with relatime and see if it’s a good compromise.

          – XFS/JFS don’t support 2nd level quotas which countless users need for cpanel and general accounting withing their VPS’s. Our new setups are less likely to get beat up by FSCK’s.

          We’re well aware of where the issue is on some of the nodes, it isn’t actual user abuse or anything. The changes have already been applied to 06, 07 & the bastard child 27. IOWait for instance has dropped down to sub 1% the majority of the time and CPU spikes have gone away because of this as well.

          While it may seem that we’re off sitting on our thumbs I can assure you that my lack of presence on IRC is because i’m on a break of sorts. Right now i’d rather focus on any final changes we need to make sure everyone is performing tip/top without causing anymore headaches.

          Anthony is already scheduling some quick reboots for Monday/Tuesday to address some early kernel bugs that existed in the first roll outs of pony4-1. This was fixed in many later nodes once it was more apparent where the flaw was.

          On the 5420 nodes we’re going to be likely ordering them bigger RAID cards so we can make people stop asking to be ‘sent to a node that will get them 150MB/sec+ constantly to the disk’. I’m not entirely sure why people insist on being able to beatup the drives and seem saddened by their 80 – 90MB/sec on a $15/y VPS.

          With that being said, thanks for the additional ideas. Depending on how things go we’ll likely roll relatime out in the coming few days. Depending on when Anthony schedules the work he wants to get done we’ll reload some of the last stock we got on hand and I’ll arrange with Matt the last of the 128MB nodes :)

          May the pony be with you,


          April 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am | Reply
        • That should read:

          I can assure you that my lack of presence on IRC is not because i’m on a break of sorts

          Damn 4:45 AM essay writeups :P


          April 24, 2011 @ 11:45 am | Reply
        • I probably should clarify a bit more. Users on the L5420’s didn’t really have much in the way of user abuse, we actually had way more on the 5520’s. Nodes 06, 07, 27 and a few others (30, 31?) are hardware related and will be addressed pretty quick.

          We did have an interesting case on node02 the other day where a user went torrenting a bluray rip of some super popular movie series and left it in a crawlable folder. Within about 4 hours he was ripping out a good 60MB/sec and got to have a nice chat with Aldryic & Anthony about ‘resource abuse’. Since then the client cleaned up his act and may have landed himself a speed cap even.

          These large sales rounds do draw in abuse at times but we’re generally quite quick at catching it or spotting it before it even gets provisioned. Cases do slip by, it’s hard to do full checks on around 600 orders in a few days.

          Either way, it’ll be fixed up :)


          April 24, 2011 @ 12:06 pm | Reply
        • So how was the latest Harry Potter? Haven’t seen it yet. :)

          April 24, 2011 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

          bastard child 27 ahahahaha!!! I must be lucky xD

          At this moment it seems performing as before. I don’t care so much about I/O (currently around 25MB/s, for me is ok), but I need it usable and with decent cpu performance n_n

          April 24, 2011 @ 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Go:

      I had the chance to pick even 100 of their VPSs, at the time they started! And it was the time I was hardly researching a VPS too. But I did one prediction of my ultra-genius predictions, that guided me to believe their service isn’t going to be fine. It’s indeed sad, seeing some companies which I predicted good future for them proved fail service, and are no exist now.

      April 18, 2011 @ 3:47 am | Reply
      • The sad part is that for many people we’re a far more stable version of the ‘stock market’ :)

        There was a few people that picked up a half dozen this last round just to resell them at a much higher price (at least $10 profit off each for just being awake to snag it).


        April 24, 2011 @ 11:51 am | Reply
  8. We’ll have something like 200 – 300 128’s this round as well as a bunch of other stock.

    With the reorganizing and performing tuning we’ve been working at we have been able to re-purpose a lot of gear. This may very well be the last sales round we do for this year, it really depends how exhausted we are :)

    Since our last sales round we did get ipv6 RDNS in place for those interested in that.

    Thanks for the quick posting LEA!


    April 17, 2011 @ 6:04 pm | Reply
    • I should add, if we can someday get LEA to tag one of our sales thread with ‘ponies’, we win.


      April 17, 2011 @ 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Ben:

      Quite nice…. Even if I don’t know how many leaves has “a bunch” :-P

      Hope to succeed to get a medium one at least.

      April 18, 2011 @ 4:05 am | Reply
  9. qmesso:

    still Out of Stock :(

    April 17, 2011 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
  10. i will buy one。

    April 17, 2011 @ 11:32 pm | Reply
  11. So… noon PST is game time?

    April 18, 2011 @ 12:42 am | Reply
  12. fajar:

    I just count, if they sell around 250 vps.., with USD15/year, that will cost USD3750/year. It means USD312.5/month for server(s) cost, connection and support.. wow.., i can imagine?

    April 18, 2011 @ 12:47 am | Reply
    • We have many of these sold and come July we’ll have people ready to renew for their 2nd year on them :)


      April 18, 2011 @ 1:19 am | Reply
  13. ranboy:

    Is there an Ubuntu template with freenx ready? I need sound enabled remote server. 5.95/month will be my choice… :)

    April 18, 2011 @ 1:17 am | Reply
  14. ranboy:

    Thanks for the very prompt reply. I couldn’t imagine how fast the pony is than ferarri… Hahaha… I heard that vnc doesn’t have audio support…

    April 18, 2011 @ 1:29 am | Reply
  15. ranboy:

    Yeah that’s a very good idea replacing vnc with FreeNX. Cannot wait to order… So the vps come with an enabled audio?

    April 18, 2011 @ 1:42 am | Reply
  16. M.M:

    Good, good, so gooooooood! Buyvm is being excellent.

    I might have one for warehouse, until time for it comes!

    Just questions If I get $15 plan may I be able to upgrade to another plan any time later on regardless of the stock? Thanks a lot.

    April 18, 2011 @ 3:25 am | Reply
    • Usually we require people stay on the same payment periods due to WHMCS being annoying.


      – You buy a $15/y
      – later you want a 256MB which is $35.90/year
      – You’ll have to pay around $20 as a pro-rate for the rest of your year.


      April 18, 2011 @ 5:12 am | Reply
      • M.M:

        Thanks for clarification!

        April 18, 2011 @ 4:31 pm | Reply
  17. cd:
    April 18, 2011 @ 4:02 am | Reply
    • Nice! :)

      BTW, line 77 – Error: end tag for element “div” which is not open

      April 18, 2011 @ 4:09 am | Reply
      • cd:

        Whoops! Forgot to delete a closing tag – thanks! :)

        April 18, 2011 @ 4:31 am | Reply
  18. jojit:

    Where’s the love for us on the other side of the world? We’ll be asleep here in Asia by the time these become available and when we wake up, no more stock!

    April 18, 2011 @ 4:58 am | Reply
    • I’ll likely have Anthony save a whole node worth of 128’s just for the Asia based people :)


      April 18, 2011 @ 5:11 am | Reply
      • Ben:

        That would be great: Thailand is still Asia as I can remember :-)
        But I’ll try to wake up in time, and maybe succeed to grab a slightly bigger one….

        April 18, 2011 @ 5:19 am | Reply
  19. jojit:

    That’s great. Thanks Francisco

    April 18, 2011 @ 5:20 am | Reply
  20. I’m in VietNam. It’s 1:15PM now, still waiting to buy my first VPS =D

    April 18, 2011 @ 6:14 am | Reply
  21. How about 256MB and 512MB? Any slot on Apr 18, 2011? Thank you.

    April 18, 2011 @ 6:21 am | Reply
  22. Mycroft:

    I think it is supposed to restock this time.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:33 am | Reply
  23. Nick Holloway:

    No stock yet :cry:

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:52 am | Reply
    • Mycroft:

      I want to correct mine, like it will restock 8 hours from now. Super morning on my timezone. >:( :P

      April 18, 2011 @ 11:03 am | Reply
      • I’m going to ask Anthony to split the stock so then Asia/Pacific people get a chance w/o having to skip sleeping :)


        April 18, 2011 @ 11:06 am | Reply
        • Thank you, Fran. It’s 6:38PM now :P

          April 18, 2011 @ 11:38 am | Reply
        • Phew! Wasn’t looking forward to having to get up at 5:00am and brave the DDoS! Any idea what time the Asia-Pac stock will go up?

          April 18, 2011 @ 11:46 am | Reply
  24. mohammed:

    Greetings from Egypt
    Can’t wait for the stock

    April 18, 2011 @ 11:02 am | Reply
  25. Adam:

    Nice, thanks

    April 18, 2011 @ 11:29 am | Reply
  26. As a reminder folks, it’s not uncommon for our billing server to get nailed with a literal DDoS for events like this. Should you happen to see a `Down for Maintenance` message on the site, don’t panic! We’ve merely disabled public access temporarily so that we can process orders and make sure everything’s working as it should. If you get that message, just check back at the next 15 minute interval (xx:00, xx:15, xx:30, xx:45).

    April 18, 2011 @ 1:37 pm | Reply
    • ab:

      the thing in your avatar is creeping me out, what is it o.O

      April 18, 2011 @ 2:15 pm | Reply
      • It reminds me of the mechanical straw men that hang out in the fields around Westfall in WoW

        April 18, 2011 @ 2:21 pm | Reply
      • My avatar is Robo-Ky, from the Guilty Gear series. A very, very fitting image for me :P

        April 18, 2011 @ 7:38 pm | Reply
  27. 9:34 PM (GMT +7) now =D

    April 18, 2011 @ 2:35 pm | Reply
  28. CPS:

    Maybe,, i should change my current logo to bull with red color or something. just for beating this ferrari. lol

    58 comments before deployment. well done!!! hahaha

    April 18, 2011 @ 3:16 pm | Reply
  29. All your VPS are belong to us.

    April 18, 2011 @ 3:31 pm | Reply
  30. Oops… http://www.buyvm.net looks down from my country and down from http://isup.me too :(

    April 18, 2011 @ 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Read Aldryic C’boäs’s post above =D

      April 18, 2011 @ 3:47 pm | Reply
      • NordicVPS:

        500 – Internal Server Error

        A critical internal error has occured.
        Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘’ (113)

        Looks like they are under heavy load :)

        April 18, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply
        • It’s OK now, but it shows ‘Down for Maintenance’ message :(

          April 18, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply
        • I see your new offer in WHT, nice try =D

          April 18, 2011 @ 4:00 pm | Reply
        • Tom:

          Looks like you are under heavy overselling yourself, your nice ad is like double the fail of your last oversold 15$ node with 60% uptime, 8Gb of space means ~180 clients on software raid 1 with 7200 satas. Hope LEA doesn’t feature you shity offer this team so less people though away money on something not even usable for backups.

          April 18, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          @Tom: Haha. Like you know anything.

          April 18, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply
      • Adam:

        @Tom I think you mix up things, in this case under heavy load is something positive as sign of many orders :)

        April 18, 2011 @ 4:14 pm | Reply
        • NordicVPS:

          Yes thats the point :)

          @Tom If you have any problems with our services, please submit a ticket and we will sort you out. Thanks

          April 18, 2011 @ 4:21 pm | Reply
  31. Sonic:

    Down for Maintenance
    Sorry for the delay, we’re preparing for the sales floods this afternoon ^_^

    April 18, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply
  32. etty:

    Cannot buy for plan 1 :(

    “Out of Stock
    We are currently out of stock on this item so orders for it have been suspended until more stock is available. For furthur information, please contact us. “

    April 18, 2011 @ 4:17 pm | Reply
  33. It’s 12:10 AM 19 April in my timezone. Still out of stock =(

    April 18, 2011 @ 5:11 pm | Reply
  34. LEB said it’s in GMT -7.

    April 18, 2011 @ 5:18 pm | Reply
  35. Just Google what is GMT. Sorry. I was thinking GMT+7 = 12h + GMT-7 :(

    April 18, 2011 @ 5:22 pm | Reply
  36. 3 times… and not one time did I get a stock… I gotta wait online to get one, although it will be 3:00 AM here!!!

    April 18, 2011 @ 6:03 pm | Reply
    • Don’t worry mate, I’m with you. It’s 1:23AM here.

      April 18, 2011 @ 6:23 pm | Reply
      • My plan is: keep watching, get a stock and go to sleep. I have to wake up early…

        April 18, 2011 @ 6:49 pm | Reply
  37. Mask:

    Anyone has a test IP/File for their network?
    Do they operate from only one location ?

    April 18, 2011 @ 6:53 pm | Reply
  38. Arthur:

    Still no stock :)

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | Reply
    • cdolphin:

      Yeah, no stock yet… I am refreshing :P

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:02 pm | Reply
    • :(

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Reply
    • m!nus:

      Yay got one, finally a USA node (and proxy) for me :D
      Status still says pending but that’s probably until it is set up.

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply
  39. Juno:

    Pressing F5 like the m*th**f*ck*ng fist of the north star jesus christ

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Reply
  40. pj1s:

    Give me stock. Not browser refresh again. ;)

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Reply
  41. Finally get mine…I need a good sleep

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:05 pm | Reply
  42. Purchasing…

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:06 pm | Reply
  43. Arthur:

    Well, there is stock but stuck with maxmind :( Doesn’t happen on other VPS providers I’ve used.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:09 pm | Reply
  44. G:

    Maxmind error, and when try to view invoice, says terminated. oh well.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:10 pm | Reply
    • G:

      Still receiving automated emails, so maybe they will hand verify mine or something, who knows.

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:18 pm | Reply
  45. I’ve paid but status is unpaid.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:11 pm | Reply
  46. Prepeev:

    Got 1 128vps LOL
    “BuyVM-128MB (-84 Available)”

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:11 pm | Reply
  47. Damien:

    I can see stock but not on the $15/y plan. Any idea why ?

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:13 pm | Reply
    • David T.:

      You were too slow.

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:15 pm | Reply
      • Damien:

        I was refreshing the page since 12h GMT-7 ! Too bad !

        April 18, 2011 @ 7:18 pm | Reply
      • M.M:

        What??? It seems remained like just 3 minutes :D

        April 18, 2011 @ 7:26 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          More like seconds lol

          April 18, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply
        • M.M:

          Seems more stock is coming:

          Down for Maintenance
          Why you guys keep DDoSing us ;; Thanks for the patience, we’re adding new stock. Check back in a few :3

          April 18, 2011 @ 7:29 pm | Reply
  48. cowabunga:

    did i miss it? :|

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:13 pm | Reply
    • cowabunga:

      yes i did, twice.

      April 18, 2011 @ 8:02 pm | Reply
  49. Lucky:

    WTF? I was refreshing it every 2 seconds and it still says out of stock!!

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:15 pm | Reply
  50. Ben:

    Seems I got my 256Mo…. Jumping to bed now :-P

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:16 pm | Reply
  51. Arthur:

    Wondering what will happen to my “fraud” order.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:17 pm | Reply
    • G:

      Mine was labelled as ‘fraud’ also, but got a couple automated emails, including an Order Confirmation, so maybe they will hand do those and then we can pay.

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply
    • They will ignore it :D

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Sniper:

      You should still get it, just it will take a few more minutes

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Arthur:

      I don’t really see the point of fraud check before paying. Just pay it and they can easily see the data is correct, might as well just delay the provisioning.

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:28 pm | Reply
    • I hand-check all orders that get flagged as Fraud. Just open a ticket, and I’ll get with you on how to fix. Most likely reasons are: Using a proxy/VPN, using a Cellular service (Sprint is horrible for this), being outside your registered billing postal code, etc.

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:44 pm | Reply
  52. cd:

    Great. Sold out of 128s.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply
  53. Tanmoy:

    Just ordered buyvm-256. Waiting for activation. Cannot understand whay I was charged $5.02 first month…

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:26 pm | Reply
    • They will charge for the remaining of this month :-)

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:28 pm | Reply
    • Tanmoy;

      Because the actual charge is from April18th – May31st :P You won’t receive another invoice until June, since we prorate all billing to the first of the month on the monthly plans :P

      April 18, 2011 @ 7:43 pm | Reply
      • Tanmoy:

        Thank for clarification. Is their setup manual? I paid succesfully but vps status is still pending… This is 2AM here, i’m too tired and sleepy. Hope to hav an active vps next morning…

        April 18, 2011 @ 8:02 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          It’s usually automatic (*after the first order*), but SolusVM died under the heavy load

          April 18, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | Reply
        • Yes, setup is manual for the protection of our clients (and because we distrust any automated system we did not build ourselves :P) That being said, once the initial sales rush is over, we’ll probably have all new orders processed within 4-6 hours. Thanks for your patience :3

          April 18, 2011 @ 8:14 pm | Reply
  54. Miguel Varela:

    Fortunately, got one 128:p

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply
  55. Why you guys keep DDoSing us ;; Thanks for the patience, we’re adding new stock. Check back in a few :3

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply
  56. ronnylov:

    I got a 128MB but status is pending.
    When can I start using it?

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:30 pm | Reply
  57. cdolphin:

    considering also grabbing a 256 slice… But I shouldn’t… Or should I ? Decisions….Decisions…

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply
  58. Alex:

    Have any of the 128’s been put up? Surely they can’t sell out in under a minute.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:34 pm | Reply
  59. BuyVM is marketing genius. After I got my 128m, I ended up with another 256m… I don’t know when I start to spend money like this!

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:36 pm | Reply
  60. For those of you that get `Fraud` orders, just open a ticket! I’ll be reviewing them as quick as I can, and I’ll let you know what needs to be done in each case to get your order completed.

    Also… I don’t know how Fran does this.. trying to keep up on multiple public fronts is murder XD

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Tanmoy:

      My one is pending. I opened a ticket. Plz do something.

      April 18, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply
      • cd:

        Be patient – they’re flooded at this time!

        April 18, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply
      • I’ll be getting to it as soon as I can, Tanmoy. We’ve got our hands full at the moment, but don’t worry, that stock space is still yours :P

        April 18, 2011 @ 8:12 pm | Reply
  61. minstrum:

    their 128’s is gone in literally under 3-5 minutes.
    I was just paid the first one and when back from paypal, it shows 0 stock lol.

    Wonder when they will open the second batch for Asian.

    April 18, 2011 @ 7:46 pm | Reply
  62. Macro:

    your site is down!!!

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:04 pm | Reply
    • cd:

      They got flooded!

      April 18, 2011 @ 8:05 pm | Reply
    • It’s in maintenance mode… apparently the new SolusVM panel can’t keep up with our heavy loads :P We’re getting stuff straightened out, everything will be back to normal soon :3

      April 18, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply
      • Robert N:

        How do we get an invite to the irc channel to partake in the madness! D=

        April 18, 2011 @ 8:09 pm | Reply
  63. Matt B:

    Got a server but I can’t pay the invoice, which is strange because I just used my card somewhere else and it worked fine there. Loggong on to my online banking, I keep seeing the following:

    Pre authorize transactions List
    Date Description Amount
    04/18/2011 15:15 FRANTECH 510-408-7669 USA $-15.15
    04/18/2011 15:12 FRANTECH 510-408-7669 USA $-15.15
    04/18/2011 15:12 FRANTECH 510-408-7669 USA $-15.15

    I’ve opened a ticket. Thanks for the great deal!

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Matt B:

      I just placed yet another order with my MasterCard, this time on Amazon, and that worked there as well. There is definitely no problem with the card.

      April 18, 2011 @ 9:22 pm | Reply
  64. innya:

    users want to be flooded the buyvm.net. I think it is good thing for Francisco and his team:) make them busy!

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:14 pm | Reply
  65. John:

    would you check Ticket #620780 ?

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:15 pm | Reply
    • John;

      We’ll be provisioning as soon as we can. Over 500 orders within under an hour means quite the backlog for us to go through :P But we’re processing them as fast as SolusVM can handle, keep an eye on your inbox :3

      April 18, 2011 @ 8:19 pm | Reply
  66. Lucky:

    Are there going to be another $15.00/year deals anytime soon? I was really trying hard to get it:-/

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:18 pm | Reply
  67. Goring:

    I just got one 256Mb too! I’m hoping to use it soon

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:20 pm | Reply
  68. Concerning stock! We’ve temporarily zeroed out stock on all plans until we can get caught up on orders. I’ll reply to this comment (and on Twitter) shortly, once plans are ready to sell again. Thanks for the patience, everyone ^_^

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:21 pm | Reply
  69. John:

    Thanks, I’ve got mine.

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:38 pm | Reply
  70. Mykeul:

    How much for a pair of pedals for SolusVM ? :) Can’t wait for provisionning :)

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:43 pm | Reply
  71. rm:

    Are you dumping all the new people onto old nodes?? It took me several minutes to even log in now.

    134217728 bytes (134 MB) copied, 81.1607 s, 1.7 MB/s

    Also in SolusVM nodes are suddenly renamed to “128” and “512”. Went to IRC but no one is at home to sort this out.
    How about first ensuring that existing customers keep getting good service before adding new ones…

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Some is getting back filled since some nodes were under provisioned from previous sales rounds.

      With the amount of provisioning going on it doesn’t really help if you’re going to slam the IO some more though :) I’ll keep an eye on any extra tuning needed.


      April 18, 2011 @ 8:47 pm | Reply
    • cd:

      Really rm. Stock was delayed until all current customers were fixed up. New clients/vpses are put on whatever nodes have slots available, and it’s likely to see “some” slow down whilst all the people decide it’s a “good idea” idea to run massive amounts of benchmarks on a VPS. There was a recent SolusVM issue which is likely the cause for the incorrect node numbers. Why would FT suddenly migrate people from ~30 nodes to 1?


      (Note I’m not FT staff nor do I represent their opinions)

      April 18, 2011 @ 9:01 pm | Reply
    • rm:

      128+0 records in
      128+0 records out
      134217728 bytes (134 MB) copied, 528.538 s, 254 kB/s

      I guess this is now provisioned all-right.

      April 18, 2011 @ 9:10 pm | Reply
      • cd:

        You know, running even more ‘benchmarks’ isn’t helping :)

        April 18, 2011 @ 9:11 pm | Reply
        • rm:

          Sorry for sounding negative — but the most frustrating part for me was that the slow I/O (?) is somehow making Lighttpd “give up” on page generation, and it was just throwing “500 Internal Server Error” on all requests.
          Then I see nodes renamed in Solus (and both VPSes shown offline), then a login takes minutes because I/O is so slow, then unable to join #frantech to ask what’s going on (it was +i, invite-only), then no one of the staff is actually on the channel.
          So I feel generally left in the dark a bit. :/

          April 18, 2011 @ 9:29 pm | Reply
        • I apologize as I said RM.

          node28 took a dive into swap for no reason even though the node had well over 50% of its RAM spare so you get a combo of that with users provisioning and you got a painful IO mix there.

          We’ve been turning off swap on more and more of our nodes these days as these boxes have NO reason to even be in it (99% of our nodes are almost always at around ~50% RAM usage).

          It’ll be back to normal once my ‘get out of swap’ scripts are done. I apologize if you’ve been getting ignored at all, but we literally got the roof ripped off the place :/


          April 18, 2011 @ 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Tanmoy:

      I’m also totally disappointed for I/O.

      April 23, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply
  72. John:

    solus shows it’s off, and does not boot.
    do i have to wait?

    April 18, 2011 @ 8:51 pm | Reply
  73. m!nus:

    How long does it take for a server to be activated? Status still shows pending. Is that only me?

    April 18, 2011 @ 9:28 pm | Reply
  74. John:

    haha, the slowest vps I ever encountered, but it’d be better as time goes on and settle down.
    everybody is rushing to this tiny faucet to get water drops…

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:04 pm | Reply
  75. Jhonny:

    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 213.234 s, 5.0 MB/s

    I’ll be waiting until tomorrow :)

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:18 pm | Reply
    • It should be much better if you got sent to node28 :)

      I got some extra tuning going on right now but it feels a heck of a lot better for sure.


      April 18, 2011 @ 11:13 pm | Reply
  76. jojit:

    Woke up early and as usual, no more stock for me. So where’s the stock for the Asia/Pacific customers?

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:22 pm | Reply
    • fajar:

      i don’t think they every provide those.., i’m wake up at 2 oclock(gmt+7) and no stock, but 256 vps has stock, but get FRAUD..

      April 19, 2011 @ 12:38 am | Reply
  77. Go:

    I gave up now. No luck :’) I’m going to sleep then to travel early morning where I leave time, so when I come back it will be around +16 hours from now! Doesn’t make sense with something that an eye blink time seems to get you fail.

    I gave up and good luck all :x

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:34 pm | Reply
  78. It was 2:00 AM here when the stocks rolled out. And my alarm fails to woke me up. :(
    More stocks please?

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:55 pm | Reply
  79. Max:

    I don’t like how we have to wait and watch constantly to get a server. The deals may be great but that fact stops me from wanting to sign up. I buy a VPS when I need it, not when it’s available.
    Also, waking up at 4 AM on a worknight isn’t my idea of fun :p

    April 18, 2011 @ 11:52 pm | Reply
    • cd:

      More for the rest of us!

      April 19, 2011 @ 12:15 am | Reply
    • I apologize about that but with us colocating everything we don’t purchase new gear all of the time :( this isn’t because we can’t afford it, we simply decided we’d be taking a break soon.

      We don’t intentionally mean to cause these big rushes and the long waits, it’s just the luck of the draw alas.

      Thanks again,


      April 19, 2011 @ 12:29 am | Reply
      • Logain:

        Please excuse my (likely dumb) question, but I’m kind of curious.
        If investment capital isn’t the reason for a bottleneck on deployment for you, but rather overworked employees (I’m not sure how to interpret the ‘decided to take a break reason’), have you considered investing in that department?
        You sure seem to have a massive (even incredibly hyped) demand.

        April 19, 2011 @ 12:05 pm | Reply
  80. Taylor:

    Waiting for more 128. Hope I dont miss it…

    April 19, 2011 @ 12:00 am | Reply
  81. Yoki:

    Was in the middle of ordering and when I hit submit, the down for maintenance page showed up… By the time I was able to refresh it, the stock had been pulled ;_;. Now I’m stuck waiting for more stock to be staggered. Any idea when, or should I just keep refreshing until I pass out lol?

    April 19, 2011 @ 12:20 am | Reply
  82. fajar:

    my order get maxmind as FRAUD.., really dissapointed…

    April 19, 2011 @ 12:35 am | Reply
    • Open a ticket and we’ll fix that up ASAP for you :)


      April 19, 2011 @ 12:38 am | Reply
      • fajar:

        got my vps, network connection is fast, a little slow in disk access, but no problem.., looks good :)

        April 19, 2011 @ 4:59 am | Reply
  83. Taylor:

    Please tell us if there is going to be more stock tonight, I dont want to stay up for nothing. :P

    April 19, 2011 @ 12:41 am | Reply
  84. vps:

    How did i lost this OMG !

    April 19, 2011 @ 1:13 am | Reply
  85. Ben:

    First glance on my new 256Mo…. Everything seem fine, good IO, good network so far. I’ll come back to “play” later, but I’m glad I did not sleep that much :-)
    Thumbs up for Francisco and the team!

    April 19, 2011 @ 1:23 am | Reply
  86. dd:


    Why are there no 64 bit templates? 32 bit is kind of ancient and slow compared to 64 bit.

    April 19, 2011 @ 1:50 am | Reply
    • cd:

      64 bit gobbles ram compared to 32 bit.

      April 19, 2011 @ 1:57 am | Reply
      • dd:

        Hardly, It uses more RAM ONLY where pointers are involved. It is also faster than 32 bit because:

        1. It does 64 bit integer math in hardware which is 1000 times faster than doing it in software. This is very useful for https as SSL encryption depends on 64 bit math.
        2. It has lot more general purpose registers so more data is kept around in registers by the compiler so it is faster.
        3. Its general purpose registers are 64 bit wide so more data is kept around in registers by the compiler so it is faster.

        It can cause cache miss only for pointer data which will jump around in memory anyway as pointers can point anywhere. For all other data there will be no extra cache use.

        I use 64 bit on all my VPS except where VPS providers believe the myth that 64 bit uses double memory than 32 bit and don’t provide 64 bit templates at all. 64 bit usually uses about 10% more memory than 32 bit but that hardly counts these days. In return your VPS will perform significantly faster than 32 bit.

        April 19, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply
    • cd is correct, the 64bit templates use double the RAM in OVZ. Since we’ve had so many complaints, and even payment disputes, from people claiming we were ripping them off, we have disabled 64bit templates completely for the time being.

      April 19, 2011 @ 1:59 am | Reply
      • dd:

        “double the RAM”

        This is a disproved myth. Don’t spout numbers for things which you have not tested.

        April 19, 2011 @ 2:30 am | Reply
        • +1 It uses just a little bit more.

          April 19, 2011 @ 3:09 am | Reply
        • Vicky:

          Yes it nearly uses double the RAM whichever software I tested it with.

          April 19, 2011 @ 10:01 am | Reply
        • Gee, you’re right, we haven’t tested 64bit on our nodes at all! :3

          April 19, 2011 @ 11:11 am | Reply
        • rm:

          It is a terrible decision to remove 64-bit templates.
          A user PAYS for his allocation of the RAM resource. It should be completely his call, how he/she uses it. If some prefer a bit larger RAM footprint (and it’s nowhere near 2x) to gain improved performance in SSL and the like (see comment by dd above) then you should allow them this choice.

          April 19, 2011 @ 11:19 am | Reply
        • @rm – 64bit is possible just for 99% of our users they don’t need it.

          If you have a need for it you’re more than welcome to log a ticket and have it installed for no additional cost :) We get many users that will install cPanel or different applications and then log a ticket calling us a scam because a ton of RAM disappeared. A swap to 32bit and they were fine.

          Is this perfect for everyone? No but we do leave the option open for those that want it. We don’t list the templates by default, though, because people will run into a configuration error on their part and rush off reinstalling to 64bit thinking that will fix it. THEN rush back to complain to us.

          We’re simply cutting our own ticket volume down with it :)


          April 19, 2011 @ 11:28 am | Reply
        • dd:

          “Yes it nearly uses double the RAM whichever software I tested it with.”


          If you see: http://www.lowendbox.com/blog/wordpress-cheap-vps-lowendscript/
          64 bit uses only 39% more.

          To scare up some numbers for my own VPS, I just ran these and was surprised to find that 64 bit does not use 1M more than 32 bit.

          For 32 bit VPS at dallas:

          [root@dallas1 /]# ps aux
          root 1 0.0 0.2 2160 664 ? Ss Apr15 0:00 init [3]
          root 7353 0.0 0.5 6856 1460 ? Ss 09:33 0:00 nginx: master process /
          502 7358 0.0 0.7 7036 2036 ? S 09:33 0:00 nginx: worker process
          502 7359 0.0 0.7 7036 1840 ? R 09:33 0:00 nginx: worker process
          502 7371 0.0 0.7 7036 1840 ? R 09:33 0:00 nginx: worker process
          502 7381 0.0 0.6 7036 1832 ? R 09:33 0:00 nginx: worker process
          root 15411 0.0 0.2 2252 548 ? S<s Apr15 0:00 /sbin/udevd -d
          root 21932 0.0 0.2 1816 560 ? Ss Apr15 0:00 syslogd -m 0
          root 22495 0.0 0.4 4624 1268 ? S Apr15 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/mysqld
          502 23977 0.0 2.2 20928 5820 ? Ss 09:20 0:00 /usr/bin/php-cgi
          mysql 26036 0.0 2.1 40656 5672 ? Sl Apr15 0:00 /usr/libexec/mysqld –b
          root 26577 0.0 0.4 2544 1076 ? Ss Apr15 0:00 /bin/sh /command/svscan
          root 26615 0.0 0.1 1776 360 ? S Apr15 0:00 svscan /service
          root 27656 0.0 0.0 1604 256 ? S Apr15 0:00 readproctitle service e
          root 27687 0.0 0.1 1612 308 ? S Apr15 0:00 supervise tinydns
          root 27688 0.0 0.1 1612 304 ? S Apr15 0:00 supervise log
          500 27693 0.0 0.1 1732 296 ? S Apr15 0:00 /usr/local/bin/tinydns
          501 27722 0.0 0.1 1756 372 ? S Apr15 0:00 multilog t ./main
          root 31848 0.0 0.1 2000 304 ? Rs 11:07 0:00 vzctl: pts/0
          root 31849 0.0 0.5 4628 1448 pts/0 Ss 11:07 0:00 -bash
          root 32324 0.0 0.3 4348 936 pts/0 R+ 11:08 0:00 ps aux
          [root@dallas1 /]# free -m
          total used free shared buffers cached
          Mem: 256 46 209 0 0 0
          -/+ buffers/cache: 46 209
          Swap: 0 0 0
          [root@dallas1 /]# uname -i

          64 bit VPS in germany:

          [root@vps0197 /]# ps aux
          root 1 0.0 0.2 10352 756 ? Ss Mar20 0:00 init [3]
          root 1792 0.0 0.4 10764 1196 ? Ss Mar24 0:00 /bin/sh /command/svsca
          root 1794 0.0 0.1 3832 420 ? S Mar24 0:02 svscan /service
          root 1795 0.0 0.1 3648 324 ? S Mar24 0:00 readproctitle service
          root 5356 0.0 0.9 20752 2412 ? Ss 21:11 0:00 nginx: master process
          502 5357 0.0 1.1 20752 2928 ? S 21:11 0:00 nginx: worker process
          502 5358 0.0 1.1 20752 2948 ? S 21:11 0:00 nginx: worker process
          502 5364 0.0 1.1 20752 2948 ? S 21:11 0:00 nginx: worker process
          502 5365 0.0 1.1 20752 2948 ? S 21:11 0:00 nginx: worker process
          root 11899 0.0 0.5 11932 1424 ? S Mar29 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/mysql
          mysql 11955 0.0 2.5 78720 6684 ? Sl Mar29 0:00 /usr/libexec/mysqld —
          root 11985 0.0 0.3 21648 932 ? Ss Mar20 0:00 xinetd -stayalive -pid
          root 12022 0.0 0.1 3660 368 ? S Mar24 0:00 supervise tinydns
          500 12023 0.0 0.1 3912 436 ? S Mar24 0:00 /usr/local/bin/tinydns
          root 12024 0.0 0.1 3660 372 ? S Mar24 0:00 supervise log
          501 12025 0.0 0.1 3672 364 ? S Mar24 0:00 multilog t ./main
          root 23917 0.0 0.3 10728 988 pts/0 R+ 21:23 0:00 ps aux
          root 26601 0.0 0.2 12768 768 ? S<s Mar24 0:00 /sbin/udevd -d
          502 27649 0.0 2.8 95604 7560 ? Ss Mar27 0:00 /usr/bin/php-cgi
          root 27766 0.0 0.2 5912 620 ? Ss Mar24 0:00 syslogd -m 0
          root 29727 0.0 0.1 11208 348 ? Ss 21:08 0:00 vzctl: pts/0
          root 29729 0.0 0.6 12068 1676 pts/0 Ss 21:08 0:00 -bash
          [root@vps0197 /]# free -m
          total used free shared buffers cached
          Mem: 256 46 209 0 0 0
          -/+ buffers/cache: 46 209
          Swap: 0 0 0
          [root@vps0197 /]# uname -i

          I expected 64 bit to use more, what am I missing? Both were installed from the same scripts.

          April 20, 2011 @ 5:26 pm | Reply
        • dd:

          Also in this script:


          In the 64 bit stack cron is running but it is not running in the 32 bit stack, so if you subtract that the 64 bit uses 35% extra I think.

          “to gain improved performance in SSL and the like”

          Not only for SSL, the most commonly used functions like memcpy, memset and memcmp all are faster on 64 bit.

          On 64 bit we have the movsq, stosq, cmpsq commands that move, zero and compare 8 bytes at a time whereas on 32 bit movsd, stosd, cmpsd operate on 4 bytes at a time. So any program that copies, zeros and sorts (compares) memory (that probably includes every program out there) is faster in 64 bit.

          April 20, 2011 @ 6:17 pm | Reply
  87. WHOIS information for buyvm.net :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
    [Redirected to whois.internet.bs]
    [Querying whois.internet.bs]
    Domain buyvm.net

    Date Registered: 2010-4-27
    Date Modified: 2011-1-7
    Expiry Date: 2011-4-27

    DNS1: ns2.buyvm.net
    DNS2: ns1.buyvm.net

    April 19, 2011 @ 2:33 am | Reply
  88. Yoki:

    This is seriously disappointing. I’ve been waiting for two rounds of stock to be able to get another vps with buyvm, but it seems it’s not meant to happen. I had a 512 in my cart and when I clicked submit, the website was down for maintenance and then the stock was gone (I understand they removed it to work through the ones bought, but I was in the middle of submitting it -_-). It’s now 8-9 hours later and no stock has been added back. While this wouldn’t normally be an issue, I have work and class and am not able to stay up refreshing their page in the hopes that stock shows up. They have given no idea except “soon” which can be taken to mean anywhere from 1 minute to the 9+ hours it has been. They have also not given any specifics about the “second wave” that is meant for those residing in Asia.

    Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with their service, as it is fantastic (the one I actually managed to get), but the fact that this round of stock was only open for merely a few minutes.

    April 19, 2011 @ 4:09 am | Reply
  89. WHOIS information for buyvm.net :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
    [Redirected to whois.internet.bs]
    [Querying whois.internet.bs]
    Domain buyvm.net

    Date Registered: 2010-4-27
    Date Modified: 2011-1-7
    Expiry Date: 2011-4-27

    DNS1: ns2.buyvm.net
    DNS2: ns1.buyvm.net

    So if you forget to renew. Many people will pick it up :-P

    April 19, 2011 @ 4:54 am | Reply
  90. jojit:

    All that waiting for nothing. I really wanted to get one to see what all the hype is about, and to finally get a West Coast VPS.

    I already wasted half a day refreshing the stock page, I give up.

    Can LEA add stock availability as a criteria when conducting a top provider survey?

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:04 am | Reply
    • cd:

      At 10:30PM PDT there are 130 more units of 128s. Stock doesn’t break the fact that BuyVM is an awesome provider. Sorry.

      April 19, 2011 @ 5:05 am | Reply
      • jojit:

        I’m not saying that BuyVM is bad, I’m just saying that stock availability should be considered when voting. Why would you promote something if people cannot get it?

        Correction, people can get it for about 3 minutes every two months.

        Anyway, no need for people here to react. I’m just venting. I’m allowed to do that am I?

        April 19, 2011 @ 5:18 am | Reply
        • I believe BuyVM already owns all their equipment on the rack and are deploying probably a lot more VPS than many other shops featured here. Having no stock does not mean that they don’t have sizable setup — it just means they are containing their growth.

          So would you prefer a company that *always* have stock, because (1) they lease new servers from random places (2) they are happy to squeeze more VPS onto the servers to cater for extra customers, or (3) no one buys from them anyway?

          April 19, 2011 @ 7:30 am | Reply
        • Thanks LEA :)

          LEA is right, we work on the principle of a very controlled growth pattern. We own all of our equipment & IP space so we’re making sure that we can keep providing these plans at the price they’re at without fear of a sudden spike because someone upstream wants a nicer car.

          I’d always be fearful of any site/company pushing similar plans out the door w/o any sort of stock limit. These plans are fine for some quick upfront cash but unless you’re looking to scam your clients you’re going to run into funding issues quickly if you aren’t settled in properly.

          Thanks again for the listing,


          April 19, 2011 @ 11:32 am | Reply
      • no stocks for 512 ?

        April 19, 2011 @ 5:41 am | Reply
  91. BuyVM got stock now, hurry guys =D

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:36 am | Reply
  92. It’s moving FAST, about a unit a minute so be quick people!


    April 19, 2011 @ 5:39 am | Reply
  93. Macro:

    yup, yup, hurry up.

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:41 am | Reply
  94. jojit:

    Wow, finally got one. Good thing I took one last look at the twitter page. However I’m flagged as fraud by maxmind.

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:42 am | Reply
    • I’ll be going through fraud orders (and other issues) when I get to the office. Don’t worry, you don’t lose your order, it just means we have something to get fixed before proceeding :P

      April 19, 2011 @ 11:02 am | Reply
  95. David T.:

    Check out doesbuyvmhavestock.com. It’s beautiful, there are little ponies everywhere.

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:47 am | Reply
  96. Alex:

    Well I finally got a VPS at 1:40 AM local time, after watching the stock for nearly 12 hours straight. I appreciate the great deal, but this is a seriously poor method of distributing VPSs. It wastes a whole lot of everyone’s time. I do think that stock availability should be a criterion for the Best LEP survey.

    Obviously the definition of Soon(tm) at Frantech is similar to that of Valve (yet both have desirable products in their favor).

    “Thus says The Pony, the God of Frantech, ‘Let My people go, that they may sit by their computers all day and all night furiously refreshing cart.php?a=add&pid=67′”

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:47 am | Reply
    • As I said, I apologize if it comes off a little pompus but we try to fit everyones demand. Many have spent months waiting on these plans to come up, the least we can do is give them a concrete time. This is the first time we’ve ever segmented our stock to better service users in the Asia region, usually it’s just a big lump of stock at once.


      April 19, 2011 @ 5:52 am | Reply
      • Alex:

        I complain about it, but I’d be hard pressed to find a better distribution method than the one you have for your product, and I’m sure you’ve been working far harder than me these past 12 hours.

        Thanks for trying to meet the demands of all.

        April 19, 2011 @ 6:01 am | Reply
        • Logain:

          Given that you mention a possible distribution method, wouldn’t a simple ‘queue of interested customers’ fit the need of those waiting eagerly for a VPS and yet avoid the massive load of people rushing to grab a deal? You could simply sign up and once the pony decides that it’s time to fire up some more stock, 50% of that is distributed via the ‘old method’ of ‘first come first serve’. The other half would be issued to the people on the waiting list though (in chronological order), with an electronic mail notifying of the deal and two days time to issue a payment. After these two days, the chance/ticket is discarded and the offer handed to the next person on the list. Though a simple place number, one could evaluate the chance of consideration sooner (or later ;)). Just an idea though (and I’d say it shouldn’t take much resource wise to implement).

          April 19, 2011 @ 12:13 pm | Reply
      • john:

        Hey, Fran would you take care of my Order Number: 4753216188 ?

        April 19, 2011 @ 6:11 am | Reply
        • cd:

          Please be patient! They have ~135 orders to process (minus existing customers’ orders).

          April 19, 2011 @ 6:19 am | Reply
  97. 128 is up for grabs!

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:47 am | Reply
  98. LOOOOL Freaking ponies at http://www.doesbuyvmhavestock.com/

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:52 am | Reply
  99. mizi:

    Finally got me one of these.. The stock disappears like a $10 bill on the sidewalk

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:59 am | Reply
  100. innya:

    SOLD OUT! …… That’s all folk..!

    April 19, 2011 @ 6:01 am | Reply
  101. phc:

    got mine… woot woot, it’s raining ponies!

    April 19, 2011 @ 6:03 am | Reply
  102. Shah:

    OMG! Thats fast!!

    April 19, 2011 @ 6:11 am | Reply
  103. Anyone on Node9? It this node running well? I think this node has exhausted all RAM as I get 0 out of 0 on my SolusVM and cannot allocate memory in SSH.

    April 19, 2011 @ 6:33 am | Reply
    • Sounds like it’s just you :)

      (23:52:21) node09.buyvm.net (128mb):~ root: uptime
      23:54:20 up 20 days, 22:05, 3 users, load average: 4.59, 4.85, 6.93

      It’s a busy node but it works well.

      Lemme know!


      April 19, 2011 @ 6:54 am | Reply
  104. john:

    It’s been an hour and didn’t get any setup email yet.

    April 19, 2011 @ 6:35 am | Reply
    • They did suggest it may take up to 24 hours. Be patient.

      April 19, 2011 @ 6:44 am | Reply
      • fajar:

        I got my VPS less than one hour since pay. If I don’t complain to LOWENDBOX about FRAUD thing, I don’t think they respond my ticket.. Happy with the VPS right now..

        April 19, 2011 @ 8:18 am | Reply
        • fajar, there’s only two of us with the authority to set a Fraud order back to `Pending`. Combine that with the sheer amount of orders we received, it’s natural that it took a little while to get to it :P

          We never ignore a ticket, and we do our best to make sure they get answered in a timely manner, but sales days can be a bit hectic on us :3

          April 19, 2011 @ 11:14 am | Reply
  105. daikos:

    Anyone from buyvm could take a look to #334798 ?
    I have not my vps running yet.

    April 19, 2011 @ 9:09 am | Reply
    • Be patient… Let’s give some time to sort everything out. Two of my VPSs have not been set up yet…

      April 19, 2011 @ 9:28 am | Reply
    • We’re working at it, sorry.

      A very busy night so it may take a bit before your order goes through :)


      April 19, 2011 @ 9:29 am | Reply
      • CPS:

        getting Distributed Client Order of Services ey? thehehe good job buyvm. i really enjoy this offer. watching client in hurry and provider banging his head against a wall. :D

        April 19, 2011 @ 10:21 am | Reply
  106. G:

    I think they need to rethink there ‘fraud’ detection service.

    Ordering from a well known Canadian DSL with a IP that resolves properly is labelled as being from a vpn/proxy and then labelled as fraud? ok……

    April 19, 2011 @ 11:32 am | Reply
    • Maxmind can be a little jumpy, alas.

      If you have an order marked as fraud just log a ticket with billing and they can look it over and set your order by to pending if it proves to be OK :)



      April 19, 2011 @ 11:34 am | Reply
      • your buyvm.net the whois information shows 4.26 out
        Are you going to change your website?
        Or will register your domain XD:)

        April 19, 2011 @ 1:11 pm | Reply
        • Adam:

          Maybe they change the name to Pony.NET :)

          Status: Active

          Name Servers:

          Creation date: 27 Jun 2010 07:08:54
          Expiration date: 27 Jun 2011 07:08:00

          April 19, 2011 @ 3:03 pm | Reply
    • Arthur:

      I certainly question that fraud policy too.

      I can certainly put in a address that match the country of my IP and it will pass maxmind easily, but will fail paypal. Or I could put in my billing address in paypal which will fail maxmind. Just because I’m out of the origin country, which is quite normal typical for students who studied overseas.

      And I wonder what does maxmind really check? Marking orders from certain countries as possible fraud is one thing, but it can’t really verify exact address.

      April 19, 2011 @ 2:41 pm | Reply
      • I had no problems paying with a UK paypal account and a US address and IP.

        April 19, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply
        • Arthur:

          Only if I could enter a non-UK address in Paypal, which doesn’t seems possible in the Paypal profile. Nor I can do that with my Bank.

          I stick to the details that Paypal have on me which is legit. I’m afraid giving the “right” address just to get past maxmind might cause my paypal account to freeze, now or later on, because that address is “wrong” in Paypal’s fraud detection.

          I highly doubt that the benefit of a $15 VPS would cover my potential risk.

          If anyone in BuyVM see my message, feel free to remove my account and release the $15 vps slot that is held in my account. And, you might as well just say you don’t want to do business with whoever that failed the maxmind fraud test. Since your products get sold out quick every time you might as well save your trouble, and the trouble of that someone who got flagged.

          I don’t blame BuyVM for the fraud check, everyone have their own circumstances, however it raised a red flag this time (first ever in fact), in contrast with a dozen other VPS/dedicated that I ordered with other companies before.

          April 19, 2011 @ 5:42 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          @Arthur: Have you opened a ticket with billing to review your order?

          April 19, 2011 @ 6:44 pm | Reply
      • Arthur:

        Yes and they want my (non-billing) address because I’m out of country. Which is why I’m stuck, with reasons I stated above. If they don’t want my business, fine with me. End of story.

        April 19, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          Then why don’t you give them your non billing address..?

          April 19, 2011 @ 7:10 pm | Reply
        • Arthur:

          My guess is that it would flag my paypal account so I don’t want to risk it!

          April 19, 2011 @ 10:01 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          Don’t they just want it for their records? Paypal can’t access BuyVM’s records

          April 19, 2011 @ 10:15 pm | Reply
  107. Adam:

    The LEB Mob going crazy for Buyvm/Frantech sales reminds me of Justin Bieber fans :)


    April 19, 2011 @ 4:47 pm | Reply
  108. Josh:

    I don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Apart from their lucrative 15 bucks per year vps, the other plans are at par or higher than the rates of other budget providers. From LEB itself I can list about dozen of “good” and stable providers with equally attracive prices and similar or better support. The 15/yr plan goes out of stock in couple of minutes and people end up buying the other plans. So marketting wise its working well for dem. But folks if u are in anyway ending up getting the 256 or 512 slices, why wait for weeks and days and bear the frustration when the VPS world has plenty of choices for you ??

    April 19, 2011 @ 5:04 pm | Reply
    • We provide more features than any of the rest so I guess they want that :) We have a strong reputation and are seen as far more financially sound than many of these other deadpool candidates.

      We get a lot of Asia / Pacific business that love the ping times and extra features.

      We’re not the best priced anymore but we’re not going to drop our prices to compete on price alone :) We compete on features and generally just a fantastic community.


      April 19, 2011 @ 11:42 pm | Reply
    • Adam:

      Burst.net offers cheap OpenVZ in Los Angels with good ping times to Asia


      April 19, 2011 @ 11:46 pm | Reply
      • That’s perfectly fine :) We still move a lot of stock and people generally like our service. We’re not perfect but we work hard to address any issues and always work to improve everyones offerings, even the early adopters.

        @Josh – To expand on my original thought, the budget market is going to shrink very soon as IPv4 costs go up for everyone. Companies like burst & myself, though, have our own allocations from ARIN so we don’t “have” to raise prices.



        April 19, 2011 @ 11:49 pm | Reply
        • Josh:

          Francisco, I appreciate your services and I am myself having a BuyVM’s cheapest slice which is working quite well for past several months. Probably I am not apt enough to understand the crazyness. In terms of IP space, you do have a edge over other providers who have to depend on their DC. But I don’t think it is correct to calculate the stability of a provider based on his IP allocation. I don’t like your service because you own 9000 or so IPs. I like it because it simply is working for me. The day it stops doing that, I or anyone else would want to switch. So again I am unable to digest the IP alloc = stable host notion (pardon me for that).

          April 20, 2011 @ 1:47 am | Reply
        • I guess it came off wrong. The judge of a host isn’t that but it should be of how well they’ve planned ahead for the future to grow/stabilize their brand. :)

          There are many listings on here that are at prices that aren’t sustainable and likely just a ‘boost our market share’, but what happens when IP costs come and bite them? They may offer an OK service but that won’t help when they can’t cover their costs no?

          That doesn’t say there isn’t great brands that don’t just rent their IP space. RamHost & Quickweb both get their allocations from their providers and provide a great service.

          But, people selling 512MB for $24/y and things like that are going to have a serious reality check when they get kicked in the teeth when their costs go up, or maybe even worse, their providers start capping their allocations.

          Suddenly that great deal is going to tank or:

          – They have to suddenly move DC’s to try to shed costs/get a large allocation per node
          — Merge nodes together to handle costs

          Everything is relative and no one is going to give away free IP space for much longer with Microsoft willing to fork out $11 each.


          April 20, 2011 @ 1:53 am | Reply
        • Ghassem:

          Dear Francisco, it is about sunrise here, I’m waiting for your action regarding my ticket impatiently. 3 friends of mine have bought your services and are working on their VPSs after my recommendation, and I’m still behind the closed door :( (Invoice #19036)

          April 20, 2011 @ 1:59 am | Reply
  109. Ghassem:

    I’ve bought BuyVM-256MB, and paid it via a Visa card. Now the status of my invoice is cancelled and in the email it said me you should pay it?! What should I do?!

    April 19, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Log a ticket with billing and we’ll look into it :)


      April 19, 2011 @ 11:39 pm | Reply
      • Ghassem:

        I did… I’m very inpatient … Please give me my little baby sooner (Invoice #19036) :)

        April 19, 2011 @ 11:41 pm | Reply
        • Aldryic replied to your ticket so take a peak :)



          April 19, 2011 @ 11:50 pm | Reply
        • Ghassem:

          It is about 4:30 a.m. here, still waiting… I want to start working my server.

          April 20, 2011 @ 12:07 am | Reply
  110. finally, more stocks for 256 and 512 i got what i want with buyvm! :D

    April 19, 2011 @ 8:08 pm | Reply
  111. Anand:

    Any chance that Kloxo Host in a Box Template can be added?

    April 19, 2011 @ 8:40 pm | Reply
  112. Anand:

    I have been able to upgrade to the latest release after installation on my other VPSes. That was few months back. But Im not sure now.

    April 19, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply
  113. Eric:

    I just purchased a plan, how long does it take to get activated?

    April 20, 2011 @ 4:47 am | Reply
  114. earl:

    signed up for their 256MB package.. set up was quick, but support is not as friendly as they use to be!!not too impressed considering they were top voted I don’t think i will renew after my term is up..

    April 20, 2011 @ 4:58 am | Reply
    • Got a ticket ID I could look into?

      It’s quite possible that everyone is just exhausted so I’ll apologize if Anthony came off as rude.



      April 20, 2011 @ 4:59 am | Reply
  115. earl:

    I appreciate that Francisco.. but it’s not necessary really, I have already cancelled anyways, but Thank you

    April 20, 2011 @ 5:03 am | Reply
    • Ah well i’m sorry to hear that, but I wouldn’t mind a ticket either way :)

      If you could email me at admin@frantech.ca I’d at least like to track to what went wrong so I can make sure it doesn’t happen again.


      April 20, 2011 @ 5:04 am | Reply
  116. Carlos:

    Francisco, is the 128MB VPS plan out of stock “for life” or will you be able to still provide us a few more soon?

    April 20, 2011 @ 10:02 am | Reply
  117. kendid:

    Yay… I’ve got a few more VPS’s — and snagged a spare 128! Thanks BuyVM…

    I’m having problems with my 256 though I picked up. After typing in username, there is an almost 30 second delay to the password prompt!

    The even bigger issue with the 256 is that I have no internet access out on it… I can ssh into it, but nothing out (can’t ping or google.com)

    Got a ticket in (#683136) — I’m sure they are going to get me running as well (if not better) than the 128’s I got which have been completely problem free…

    April 20, 2011 @ 11:28 am | Reply
    • reboot the VPS once and see if it fixes up :) It sounds like a bug with your private IP.

      If that doesn’t help log a ticket and we’ll fix you up right away :)


      April 20, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply
      • kendid:

        Thanks… Already rebooted as suggested from support. Ticket is still open, the guys will probably get at it in the AM… Ticket(#683136)

        April 20, 2011 @ 12:23 pm | Reply
    • fanovpn:

      If you requested a different (US) IP, it might have gotten added after the private IP (e.g. venet0:17 vs. venet0:0), at least that’s what happened to me. If that’s the case, your server is defaulting to using the 172.16 private IP (since it sees it first) as its outgoing IP, and everyone’s ignoring you / can’t route back to it.

      You can either kill the 172.16 ip/interface (no good if you have other BuyVM servers you want to talk to), or change your outgoing IP. Using the new iproute2 interfaces that are apparently the “proper” way to do things now, the command is:

      /sbin/ip route change default dev venet0 src

      you can put that in your /etc/rc.local so you don’t have to do it manually all the time, though that might be too late in the boot process if you have daemons which need to do network as part of their startup (DNS lookups, etc). Then you’ll need to edit your network script, I guess.

      April 20, 2011 @ 5:39 pm | Reply
      • We actually added some more scripts to resolve this on reboot thankfully :)

        As stated a reboot will make our scripts force the 172 IP into the correct position (at the end).


        April 20, 2011 @ 5:44 pm | Reply
        • fanovpn:

          I should probably reboot then :)

          … Yup, that command in my rc.local is completely unnecessary now. Thanks!

          April 20, 2011 @ 6:20 pm | Reply
        • ken:

          Well, just did another reboot and still not able to ping out… Yes, I did request a US Ip address, so you are probably on the right track…

          Was hoping to hear from support today as the ticket should be one of the older ones in the system, but they must still be busy setting everyone up.

          No time right now to mess with figuring it out, I’ll just keep waiting and hope they stumble across my ticket… Too bad it wasn’t a Mac, “they just work”… (yes, kidding!)

          April 20, 2011 @ 7:50 pm | Reply
        • kendid:

          Just an update… Buyvm got me setup as expected! Only minutes after I posted. VPS is working great — no surprise!

          April 21, 2011 @ 10:18 am | Reply
  118. G:

    Just want to say, my order was flagged as fraud, but then was settled professionally by the staff and everything is working good. And performance seems very good for such a low price.

    April 20, 2011 @ 11:47 am | Reply
    • kendid:

      I got flagged my first time… They just needed my actual address overseas where I was, rather than my billing address in North America… No problems this time around with getting flagged!

      April 20, 2011 @ 12:26 pm | Reply
  119. Anand:

    @ Fransisco : any chances of 128MB VPS plans to come ? Or is it closed for the sale this time?

    April 20, 2011 @ 6:53 pm | Reply
    • I’m hoping to get the last batch of them for the year in a few weeks :)


      April 20, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | Reply
      • Anand:

        Any possibility of reserving 1 for me?

        April 20, 2011 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
      • Anand:

        Coz I am losing it out from October 2010. Don’t know if you remember but I was asking about the availability in the IRC chat from then but couldn’t make it through any of the time :(

        April 20, 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Reply
  120. MACRO:

    Node 27 is down!

    April 21, 2011 @ 2:16 am | Reply
    • Yes we know, there’s an announcement on our site :)

      We have a few nodes that we bought 2nd hand that have buggered motherboards and they refuse to work past 100mbit. We’re replacing them right now to get everything tip/top.



      April 21, 2011 @ 2:18 am | Reply
  121. MACRO:

    Ups, didn’t receive or went into other folder probably.
    Any ETA?

    April 21, 2011 @ 5:09 am | Reply
  122. Can post a hdparm?

    April 21, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply
    • Vicky:

      As far as I know hdparm doesn’t work inside a OpenVZ container/VPS.

      April 21, 2011 @ 11:55 am | Reply
    • hdparm does not work in openvz, but I got 100MB/s with dd when I tested about a hour ago.

      April 22, 2011 @ 3:32 am | Reply
  123. Shadowsurge:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out

    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 62.6335 seconds, 17.1 MB/s

    got this speed on node 20.. is this normal ?

    April 22, 2011 @ 12:51 am | Reply
    • Shadowsurge:

      Node 26
      dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
      16384+0 records in
      16384+0 records out
      1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 122.462 seconds, 8.8 MB/s

      April 22, 2011 @ 1:00 am | Reply
    • Not at all :)

      We’re doing an initial check on 27 tomorrow to see if we have multiple bad disks in this set of gear. We should have a good idea by tomorrow. While adaptec has some good monitoring programs like arcconf we’ve had drives report 100% fine until a reboot happens – suddenly the drive kicks out.

      The majority of the nodes are fairly good (70MB/sec+ the majority of the time), but I’m thinking there’s a collection of bad ones in the L5420 nodes.

      We’ll know soon and roll replacements if that’s the case :) We have a batch of spare drives on site so we don’t have to wait on newegg/etc.



      April 23, 2011 @ 7:39 am | Reply
  124. Jacky:

    Should really say that you need verification of id and current physical address in the first message about ordering through vpn. Had to wait for second response about it, but by then the stock of 256 was already almost out.

    April 22, 2011 @ 4:02 am | Reply
  125. Yay! I finally got one!

    One question, though: I was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of IPv6 addresses, but a bit puzzled by how the node doesn’t seem to have the ip6tables modules loaded. Really, if I can’t set up a firewall for the IPv6 addresses, then I’d rather have the addresses disabled. Am I missing something here?

    Also, there was a slight hic-up during setup. Apparently passwords can only be alpha-numeric, or it screws up their setup script. I had to submit a ticket to get it straightened out. So, watch out for that.

    Otherwise, I can’t wait to get started! I’ve heard nothing but good things about these guys, and it’s not a minute too late, as I’ve been having issues with my previous provider.

    April 22, 2011 @ 6:54 am | Reply
  126. Craig:

    i am riding one of their pony now,
    and it feels so a smooth ride :)

    April 22, 2011 @ 6:41 pm | Reply
  127. doesbuyvmhavestock has been ponified!! :)

    April 23, 2011 @ 7:14 am | Reply
  128. macro:

    server goes down every other day..

    April 23, 2011 @ 7:16 pm | Reply
    • You’re on 27 then :(

      We scheduled some work to check into the raid. Adaptec cards have issues where they don’t actually mark drives bad at times without a reboot. We just finished checking with HE and the box will be online in just a few minutes.


      April 23, 2011 @ 7:22 pm | Reply
  129. macro:

    hope you let us know in advance.

    April 23, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply
    • We had an announcement up :)

      Either way! 26 is feeling much better and i’ll keep an eye on it. IOWAIT feels a load better as well. Thank you!


      April 23, 2011 @ 10:32 pm | Reply
  130. macro:

    down again.

    April 24, 2011 @ 2:01 am | Reply
  131. c:


    There is a problem of the ubuntu 10.04(it is LTS).

    root@u4:~# mkdir abc
    root@u4:~# touch abc
    touch: setting times of `abc’: Bad file descriptor

    And also I cannot do apt-get upgrade.

    A buyvm staff told me that I have to replace the tar with the one you buyvm provide. It is hackish.

    LTS is so important, can you fix this template?

    See ticket #617329 for detail.

    April 24, 2011 @ 2:04 am | Reply
    • Hi C,

      The issue is actually in ubuntu so i’ll check if they have a replacement version around. The replacement isn’t really hacky since the ‘proper fix’ has been in upstream debian for the better part of a year.


      April 24, 2011 @ 2:25 am | Reply
    • Hi C,


      – Replaced your /bin/tar
      – We’ve chattr +i /bin/tar that way it isn’t replaced with the one in ubuntu (this one is from debian 6 so it’s fine)
      – I’ve run apt-get upgrade and it seems fine.

      Let me know,


      April 24, 2011 @ 2:34 am | Reply
      • c:

        Thx, Francisco.

        Yes, the apt-get upgrade seems has no problem now after replacing the tar binary.

        But touch a dir still shows the issue.

        root@u4:~# mkdir abc
        root@u4:~# touch abc
        touch: setting times of `abc’: Bad file descriptor

        That is one reason I don’t want to replace the tar binary, since there may be so many other bins need to be replaced.

        April 24, 2011 @ 2:43 am | Reply
        • OK how about this.

          Would 64bit work for you? 64bit has this quirk addressed and, while we don’t do it much, I have no problem rolling you out a 64bit container if you’re all backed up.

          Let the guys know, i’ve already talked to Anthony :)


          April 24, 2011 @ 2:59 am | Reply
        • c:


          I don’t want a 64 bit system.

          Can’t you fix this in a few days? It hasn’t to be fixed today for me. I can wait for a few days.

          April 24, 2011 @ 3:19 am | Reply
        • We’ve already commited the error to OVZ and are awaiting a patch.

          A 64bit system would work just fine for your needs and run whatever software you need that’s 32bit as well. The 64bit option would resolve this for good.

          Let me know,


          April 24, 2011 @ 3:23 am | Reply
        • c:

          ok. So please roll me out a 64 bit container. Thx.

          And btw, I have no data on that box, I just bought it a few days ago, so I don’t need to back anything up.

          April 25, 2011 @ 12:09 am | Reply
        • c:

          wait wait, I just got a message from you buyvm said “We will be rebooting the nodes listed below to enable fixes for a few kernel bugs”. Is that fix this issue? If it will be fixed, I think I don’t need to move to a 64 bit container.

          April 25, 2011 @ 12:11 am | Reply
        • Unrelated :) We’re still waiting word back from OVZ on your bug.

          I’ll let Anthony know.


          April 25, 2011 @ 12:12 am | Reply
  132. macro:

    Hey Francisco, since there is an announcement, is it o.k to shut down every other day?
    Why don’t you just shut down with ‘announcement’?

    April 24, 2011 @ 2:06 am | Reply
    • The quirk on 27 isn’t really something that we do daily or something, we had a panic. 27 was up for well over a couple months before this and the IO quirk we were addressing.


      April 24, 2011 @ 2:24 am | Reply
  133. macro:

    I didn’t sleep for 2 nights to get one of these based on your reputation, price, etc.
    This happens every other day now, and wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow.
    of course there will be an announcement of course, it justifies everything, right?
    I will just move on.
    thanks anyway…

    April 24, 2011 @ 2:43 am | Reply
    • Hi Macro,

      I apologize if you’ve had an issue with 27, but i’ve also worked hard with the guys to improve performance on the node since there was a hardware issue. Some of the reboots that happened before todays lunch one were unplanned since the node simply went south. If we were prepped for it I could have had a tech at HE help me resolve it but that wasn’t the case.

      Your spot is saved for you for now for another few days.

      I should add that this is the only node that has had any sort of crash issues. A few other nodes have some bad drives but we’re resolving those and will schedule work on those this week.



      April 24, 2011 @ 2:58 am | Reply
    • cd:

      Hey macro, I’m sorry to hear that you aren’t satisfied with your BuyVM. I can assure you that this isn’t their normal level of service, as many of my containers do have a higher uptime/performance rating. (See: http://servers.cedricd.org ). BuyVM is one of the best providers I’ve ever seen, providing a great price with more features then most of the other VPS hosts. I hope you can find it to stay with them a while more, as I’m confident that the issues will be resolved. Be assured that they will take care of current clients, whereas some other hosts focus more and more on the newer clients and leave the older ones in the dust. I have notified the administration that there may be an issue with the mass announcements as I have also not been getting them which is understandably annoying at times.

      ~ C

      April 24, 2011 @ 3:08 am | Reply
      • Hey cd, can you share the implementation of that website? n_n

        April 24, 2011 @ 3:11 am | Reply
        • cd:

          Not at this time unfortunately – I will see into releasing it as a whole in the future though

          April 24, 2011 @ 3:14 am | Reply
        • I just glanced at it pretty neat good work @cd

          April 24, 2011 @ 5:04 am | Reply
        • cd:

          Thanks :)

          April 24, 2011 @ 5:17 am | Reply
      • Nice server status page :)

        April 24, 2011 @ 4:28 am | Reply
      • Ben:

        :-) You don’t have any “node 12” … I don’t have nice stats as you do, but I can confirm it’s working well too :-)
        Thumbs up for Francisco and his team: I appreciate you being so open here!

        Too bad I hardly can’t access it because of the net from Thailand these days.

        April 24, 2011 @ 5:14 am | Reply
        • Maybe you should try a US IP :)

          We’ve had interesting results with Asia where different subnets give different latency/etc.


          April 24, 2011 @ 11:59 am | Reply
      • M.M:

        Honestly It’s more important to me -by now- of a host to stay alive as long as it can, and be serious in this regard (staying alive). Whether they have 100 clients and giving them 5 star service, or 10000 clients and giving then 0 star care.

        April 24, 2011 @ 11:11 am | Reply
        • This was a triumph.
          I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS
          It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.

          Aperture Science:
          We do what we must because we can
          For the good of all of us
          except for the ones who are dead

          But there’s no sense crying over every mistake
          You just keep on trying ’till you run out of cake
          And the science gets done and you make a neat gun
          For the people who are still alive

          I’m not even angry
          I’m being so sincere right now
          Even though you broke my heart and killed me
          And torn it pieces
          And threw every piece into a fire
          As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
          Now these points of data make a beautiful line
          And we’re out of beta, we’re releasing on time
          So I’m glad I got burned
          Think of all the things we learned
          For the people that are still alive

          Go ahead and leave me
          I think I prefer to stay inside
          Maybe you’ll find someone else to help you
          Maybe Black Mesa
          That was a joke, ha ha, fat chance
          Anyway this cake is great, it’s so delicious and moist

          Look at me still talking, when there’s science to do
          When I look out there it makes me glad I’m not you
          I’ve experiments to run, there is research to be done
          On the people who are still alive

          And believe me I am still alive
          I’m doing science and I’m still alive
          I feel FANTASTIC and I’m still alive
          While you are dying I’ll be still alive
          And when you’re dead I’ll be still alive
          STILL ALIVE
          still alive

          Sorry, it was just way too tempting :D


          April 24, 2011 @ 11:56 am | Reply
        • M.M:

          Well this really nice and lightening fast work!

          You are unique in many aspects ;) Wish you long life :p

          Wondering do we have any new stock soon? Or as already announced early?

          Thanks :-)

          April 24, 2011 @ 1:00 pm | Reply
        • Craig:

          see.. ?

          they are even a good buddy when you needed it in the bar :o)

          April 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm | Reply
      • Antony:

        Wow, what do you do with all those buyvm boxes cd?

        April 28, 2011 @ 9:37 am | Reply
  134. Battletux:

    Man…. Why do I always miss out on the best deals…. Oh well.

    April 25, 2011 @ 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Logain:

      The Pony (BuyVM) needs a waiting list for a little ride (cheap, reliable hosting), so the ones that do not have a neat VPS with them can get a chance. Then again, I fear that even the waiting list would be flooded within hours *sighs*.

      April 26, 2011 @ 3:51 pm | Reply
  135. c:

    I reinstalled with the debian6 template just now. I found that this template had the apache installed already. Why don’t you provide a pure system like the ubuntu 10.04? (I would like to ubuntu 10.04 but due to the futime issue I cannot use it until it is fixed)

    May 1, 2011 @ 2:36 am | Reply
    • We’ll be stripping our templates down more at a later time but for now we’re focused on other things :)

      check out 10.10? I checked the futime on there and it was fine. In fact I thought it was fine on the new 10.04 template as well.


      May 1, 2011 @ 2:38 am | Reply
      • c:

        I have talked to Anthony about the ubuntu 10.10. But I cannot choose 10.10 since its support will be ended next year.

        I like ubuntu, but I would not use any ubuntu other than LTS version as the server’s system since the support period of non-LTS version of ubuntu is too short.

        Finally, I chose debian 6. Because debian is like ubuntu and it has a longer support period than non-LTS versions of ubuntu.

        The reason why I want long term support is that I want the security updates there even I have been using it for years. And I don’t want to upgrade or reinstall the system, since the upgrading and reinstallation will make my service down and I may have to reinstall many things.

        With LTS, I only have to reinstall/upgrade operating system every 5 years, not every 2 years.

        May 1, 2011 @ 2:51 am | Reply
    • cd:

      Debian 6 was very minimal for me the last time I installed it, @Francisco: did that change?

      May 1, 2011 @ 3:04 am | Reply
      • Ben:

        It obviously changed not long ago as I remember something about “Cedric’s bravery”… No idea who is that Cedric by the way.
        I’ll be re-using that Debian 6 template very soon again…

        May 1, 2011 @ 4:17 am | Reply
        • cd:

          That was just a description change and not a template change – I heard they updated the Debian 6 template from the OpenVZ repos and OpenVZ thought it was a “good idea” to include apache/extra crap.

          May 1, 2011 @ 4:24 am | Reply
        • cd:

          and it could be possible that OpenVZ thought…*

          May 1, 2011 @ 4:25 am | Reply
      • The template we had was a little bit quirky so we put the official template on for now :)

        When I get back from my vacation I’ll be re-rolling the majority of our templates.


        May 1, 2011 @ 4:26 am | Reply
        • cd:

          How so? It was working perfectly fine for me

          May 1, 2011 @ 4:28 am | Reply
        • Ben:

          @Francisco: Happy vacation then :-)

          But when you come back, don’t forget a clean Debian 6 template :-)

          May 1, 2011 @ 4:31 am | Reply
        • There’s a lot of work going on while i’m out, namely a few extra nodes going online ;)

          We’ll have a good supply of 128’s we didn’t sell on the previous round.


          May 1, 2011 @ 4:35 am | Reply
        • Could have sworn that you had sold them all out. Returns and/or cancellations?

          May 1, 2011 @ 3:35 pm | Reply
        • We’ve been reclaiming gear from our Frantech brand at this point to cover the last of our BuyVM sales :) There was some gear that I didn’t originally mark for reclaim but after a fairly lengthly audit/reorganization I was able to reclaim another 2 – 3 128MB nodes. They won’t last long as usual but that’s how it goes :)

          We’ll have:

          – 2 128MB nodes based on L5320 CPU’s
          – 1 128MB node based on L5420 CPU’s
          – Either 2 1024MB/2048MB nodes based on 5520’s
          – Around 50 – 70 512MB’s left over

          The 128MB’s will have adaptec 2405 RAID cards and the 5520’s will have 5805 (8 disk) arrays.

          At this point we’ll judge what would work best for the 1024’s. For all we know we’ll take one of them for 256’s.



          May 1, 2011 @ 5:09 pm | Reply
  136. john:
    [root@ ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 519.239 seconds, 2.1 MB/s
    May 2, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply
  137. zlotowinfo:

    is this same? as http://www.yardvps.com

    both Out of Stock

    May 2, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | Reply
    • cd:

      No. BuyVM and YardVPS are different companies.

      May 2, 2011 @ 9:31 pm | Reply
      • zlotowinfo:

        both out stock, isnt strange?

        May 2, 2011 @ 9:56 pm | Reply
        • cd:


          May 2, 2011 @ 9:59 pm | Reply
        • Jamie:

          No, not really. YardVPS has been concentrating on their Xen products for a while. They’re the budget brand of PhotonVPS.

          May 2, 2011 @ 10:00 pm | Reply
        • YardVPS’s OpenVZ offerings have pretty bad performance (from what I heard) and I think they have shifted their focus on Xen and back to their PhotonVPS brand.

          BuyVM just chose to slowly build up their fleet of servers.

          May 2, 2011 @ 10:42 pm | Reply
        • Jamie:

          I have one and I/O wait is the problem. The base plans have their I/O priority to the lowest which mainly causes it i believe.

          May 2, 2011 @ 10:51 pm | Reply
  138. rm:

    I wonder why this was NOT e-mailed out, like all similar announcements in the past => https://my.frantech.ca/announcements.php?id=60
    Or do you love crowds of people coming to your IRC asking wtf happened to their VPS all of sudden?)

    May 2, 2011 @ 9:40 pm | Reply
    • @rm – 95% of our clients don’t read their emails for even invoices much of the time, why are they going to read for announcements?

      We post them and do our best to keep all mediums up to date but with me out of town the guys are doing their VERY best. At this point you’re just griping about every little thing and i’m more than happy to pro-rate you a refund, even the amount that LEA paid forward for the raffle last year.

      We do our best to keep things informed and minus the issues with the pony4 kernel we had fairly long periods of solid uptime on 95% of our nodes so I’m really not sure where your concerns are. If we were so terrible we’d not have the sales rushes we do.

      Our 128MB plans make up a fairly small amount of our inventory so please, either take it up in a ticket as it’s non important or just request a refund because i’m about done.



      May 3, 2011 @ 7:42 am | Reply
      • cd:

        Delta: Now poof and enjoy your time off, you deserve it :)

        May 3, 2011 @ 7:48 am | Reply
        • Haha nah I’m just handling emails and such to make sure everything is OK :)

          We rolled the new kernel which was, for the most part, good. Node28 really didn’t like it so Solar already logged a bug report with OVZ about it.


          May 3, 2011 @ 7:59 am | Reply
        • cd:

          Ahh, glad to hear :). New kernel indeed, I hope everything works out for the best with the new one :)

          May 3, 2011 @ 8:20 am | Reply
      • rm:

        I am not griping about little things, guess I am just used to you being perfect, so little things like these do really stand out and surprise in a unpleasant way. I do not want refunds, on the contrary I was leaning towards prolonging both VPSes instead of just one, but when it’s almost every week either this or that, perhaps I’ll need to think twice, for example this is past 14 hours of node 28: http://ompldr.org/vOGo4dw/2011-05-03T101333Z-buyvm.png Posted a ticked, logged in to IRC, what else can I do to have this fixed?

        May 3, 2011 @ 10:19 am | Reply
        • node28 is pretty much the only node that didn’t take kindly to the pony5 kernel. For some stupid reason it just simply stopped routing packets at one point and was spiking like mad for really no reason. At this point the guys rolled it back to pony4 and it has been stable with minimal/no CPU spikes as far as i’ve seen.

          It’s hard for me to diagnose any sort of lag since the line i’m on in Vegas is GARBAGE (a shared T1 for the entire Luxor as far as I can tell) but I’ve been keeping tabs with the guys to make sure i’m not being crazy.

          We’ve worked hard to work out any last quirks and will continue to do so. We’re disappointed that the pony5 kernel didn’t take properly on 28 but at this point we’ll just leave 28 alone until we get more word from OVZ about the potential bug.


          May 3, 2011 @ 5:15 pm | Reply
        • rm:

          So a conversation with the BuyVM billing staff member ended in me receiving a complete refund for both of my VPSes. While it has been handled less than satisfactory in some aspects, I must say it is quite impressive that you can admit your problems and provide refund even in some circumstances where it is not per your written ToS.

          Since I am in Russia and due to PayPal restrictions can not actually receive payments, I have chosen the refund amount to be directed as a donation to the Free Software Foundation (FSF.org) instead.

          May 3, 2011 @ 7:57 pm | Reply
  139. macro:

    Don’t you know their tactic?
    If server goes down, before they tried to fix it, they write announcement first, as if it was scheduled, in order to cover their behind.
    And if you complain, they point to the announcement, what a tactic!
    Their mindset is weird, as long as there is announcement, server can go down one week.
    No problem, is there? They announced it.

    May 3, 2011 @ 12:43 am | Reply
  140. macro:

    Edit by LowEndAdmin: @macro — watch your language.

    May 4, 2011 @ 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Hi Macro,

      The only time announcements get posted after the fact is if the box is acting up and requires us to reboot it/etc.

      Any sort of planned maintenance work gets announced 24 hours before it gets done, as per our SLA/FAQ page. You’re welcome to ask one of the 120+ clients in our IRC channel for logs of the bots announcing it showing that we’re not editing dates.


      May 4, 2011 @ 9:06 pm | Reply
  141. Mykeul:

    My VPS and manage.buyvm.net are down … no support ticket possiblity ..

    May 6, 2011 @ 10:52 am | Reply
  142. all down! my vps, too

    May 6, 2011 @ 11:12 am | Reply
  143. Adam:

    They are probably updating some network routing / DNS — They will be back within few minutes.

    May 6, 2011 @ 11:13 am | Reply
    • NordicVPS:

      frantech.ca -> -> Colo4 in Dallas
      buyvm.net -> -> Colo4 in Dallas
      manage.buyvm.net -> -> EGIHosting in California

      So most likely some delayed DNS updates ..

      May 6, 2011 @ 11:21 am | Reply
      • NordicVPS:

        My bad – Colo4 is at our end – so basically no route to host from our terminal

        May 6, 2011 @ 11:27 am | Reply
  144. Hudson Nguyen:

    Could anyone post a notice when your VPS back online please ?

    May 6, 2011 @ 11:28 am | Reply
  145. Adam:

    Did anyone check their announcement site?

    May 6, 2011 @ 11:37 am | Reply
  146. NordicVPS:
    May 6, 2011 @ 11:39 am | Reply
    • NordicVPS:

      From HE.NET: A utility failure is affecting much of Fremont, CA, USA, damaging some electrical equipment. We are currently working to restore power.

      May 6, 2011 @ 11:41 am | Reply
    • Tom:

      I see you have time to post that Fremont has been down, but when will you get around to the crashed servers reprovisioned? The last email I have received from you is from April 25.

      May 6, 2011 @ 5:14 pm | Reply
  147. Again… no again….

    May 6, 2011 @ 4:09 pm | Reply
    • cd:

      It’s not really their fault, but they are working on getting everything back from the power failure :)

      May 6, 2011 @ 5:43 pm | Reply
  148. HE had a large scale outage in Fremont 1 again it seems :/

    We’re spinning everything quickly.


    May 6, 2011 @ 4:35 pm | Reply
    • innya:

      3 datacenters including HE got an outage between late last night and this morning US time.

      May 6, 2011 @ 7:10 pm | Reply
  149. One of my BuyVM VPS is back, the other one is not…looks like ponies are working on it :)

    May 6, 2011 @ 5:26 pm | Reply
    • We got an announcement up documenting each node that’s still pending some work. At this point some are just in the middle of a FSCK but a lot of them are online.


      May 6, 2011 @ 5:32 pm | Reply
  150. CPS:

    The great linode, The almighty prgmr, The pony buyvm, all down (fremont only -red). and i’m thinking about, how much user/client going down this day!? hahaha (including me) -___-“

    May 6, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply
  151. Re: http://forum.linode.com/viewtopic.php?p=38996#38996

    Like pretty much every colocation centre, they either failed when needed to deliver the goods, or some previous incident damaged part or all of all of the UPS system, and so the facility was running on street power whilst the UPS systems were being repaired, and then when street power goes, so do the servers.

    I’m convinced the highly paid, highly qualified, highly regarded enginers who design these systems are morons, because they have failed to notice that the systems they design and specify fail time and time again.

    This is why you test them once a month. I’m amazed that very few datacenters actually do this.

    May 6, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply
    • Go:

      I can’t understand what really took that datacenter down, this is isn’t in favor for datacenters reputation. As it is not a hurricane or fire or whatever accident, but power is down, sould’ve gone normal.

      May 6, 2011 @ 10:40 pm | Reply
  152. Node 27 rebooted.. again? u_u (Ksplice failed??)

    May 16, 2011 @ 2:32 am | Reply
    • Last night it did and that was entirely on me. ksplice wasn’t related to that but we have been rolling out updates on it with great success.

      I’m going to be making a public apology and document about what we’re doing to get over the last few humps we’ve had due to the power outages and such. I hope to have that written by tonight.



      May 16, 2011 @ 2:38 am | Reply
  153. kevin:

    I’m on Node 27, i even can’t ‘yum update’, nor install php-common.
    I have a friend who has same package(yearly) on different node, he can do whatever he wants to,
    even can install full virtualmin without any problem, but Node 27, I think it is a piece of crap.

    May 25, 2011 @ 8:30 pm | Reply
    • There’s known issues with yum requiring gobs of ram.

      If you need a temp ram boost you can log a ticket.


      May 25, 2011 @ 10:30 pm | Reply
    • 100% success on a 128/256 vm I created on a node to test some ideas for this problem, add the following line to /etc/yum.conf

      exclude=udev kernel* mkinitrd module-init-tools MAKEDEV filesystem* tzdata*

      Then yum -y update

      May 26, 2011 @ 3:33 am | Reply
  154. kevin:

    Tech told me so.
    Only on node 27, so much problem, I think this is worse than (no joke) hostrail’s $1.05 vps.
    Don’t need any boost, I won’t use it.

    May 26, 2011 @ 1:13 am | Reply
    • We had a thread on this over on LET but I can;t find it right off. Something big came down and you had to do a temp bump up in memory to get it to install.

      May 26, 2011 @ 1:16 am | Reply
    • Anthony told you what? that you needed a ram boost? We’ve given out a few dozen+ boosts so far.

      Anyways, if you’d like a refund just log a ticket as i’m sure there is many other people that’ll take a sprint for the slot. I’d rather you be happy with the plan or simply have your cash back.


      May 26, 2011 @ 1:31 am | Reply
      • Jonee:

        Francisco I would be very happy to take his slot should he cancel. Please reserve it for me. Thanks!

        May 26, 2011 @ 1:51 am | Reply
      • kevin:

        no, I don’t want refund.

        May 26, 2011 @ 1:58 am | Reply
        • So what can I do to help you enjoy your VPS a bit better? :)

          I can schedule you get put on the new 128MB node going up soon? Node27 has been fine since the last work but if another node would make you happier that’s doable.



          May 26, 2011 @ 2:03 am | Reply
  155. kevin:

    No, i was just frustrated, my lack of knowledge, jealous to my friends who have same in different node that have no problem, I wanted to learn to use it within given environment, etc. etc….
    that’s all. I thought you could give me some direction of why it even does not ‘yum update’.
    if it’s lack of memory(I don’t believe it for even a second), why other guys in different node have
    no problem with 256? Any direction to give me?

    May 26, 2011 @ 2:23 am | Reply
    • Are you sure your friends didn’t log a ticket asking for a RAM burst?

      As I said, we allow temp. RAM bursts to deal with the ‘filesystem’ package that got changed, just open a ticket.

      Here’s a thread on LET about it – http://www.lowendtalk.com/questions/7679/anyone-having-issues-updating-centos-today


      May 26, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply
      • kevin:

        No, my friend didn’t need any ticket or anything, everything is smooth.
        I will just put min. webmin and use it without upgrade, I think webmin will ask to upgrade using their system, we’ll see. If nothing works, then I will ask for temp. boost.

        May 26, 2011 @ 2:33 am | Reply
        • You can try adding “filesystem*” to an exempt line in your /etc/yum.conf :)

          The tools it provides are useless on OpenVZ since there isn’t a real filesystem.


          May 26, 2011 @ 3:12 am | Reply
    • So — same BuyVM plan, 256MB guaranteed/512MB burstable, and your friend is able to do `yum update` but you can’t?

      What error message are you getting? Did you check your `/proc/user_beancounters` to see whether there’s a fail in trying to allocate memory (last column)? Maybe you are running some extra processes but your friend are not?

      May 26, 2011 @ 2:48 am | Reply
      • kevin:

        oh no, this 128/256mb yearly plan. Also, there is no error, it just stuck and do nothing when I do ‘yum update’.
        My friend can because he is on different node, but my node 27 is like ‘area 27’.
        I just installed webmin barebone and trying to update from there, but not all of them
        is updating. well lack of update won’t harm any, I’m just using it for my own small

        May 26, 2011 @ 3:22 am | Reply
        • Do as I said :)

          exlude filesystem* and tzdata* in your yum.conf and it’ll update properly from now on.

          webmin burns a fair bit of RAM, likely 1/4+ of what you have


          May 26, 2011 @ 3:23 am | Reply
  156. kevin:

    thanks, I will do. I won’t report here, if I’m quiet, that means it worked. :)
    I will sleep first, too late.
    thanks, Francisco..

    May 26, 2011 @ 3:32 am | Reply
  157. kevin:

    I don’t see any of those;filesystem* and tzdata*


    # Note: yum-RHN-plugin doesn’t honor this.

    installonly_limit = 5

    # PUT YOUR REPOS HERE OR IN separate files named file.repo
    # in /etc/yum.repos.d

    May 26, 2011 @ 3:37 am | Reply
    • actually derp, sorry.


      You should see it under [base] :)


      May 26, 2011 @ 3:53 am | Reply
    • Jamie:

      Just add exclude=filesystem* tzdata* under [main]

      May 26, 2011 @ 3:53 am | Reply
  158. kevin:

    I’m going to bed; Here is what happened;

    yum update
    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/yum”, line 29, in ?
    yummain.user_main(sys.argv[1:], exit_code=True)
    File “/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py”, line 309, in user_main
    errcode = main(args)
    File “/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py”, line 178, in main
    result, resultmsgs = base.doCommands()
    File “/usr/share/yum-cli/cli.py”, line 345, in doCommands
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py”, line 101, in _getTs
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py”, line 112, in _getTsInfo
    pkgSack = self.pkgSack
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/__init__.py”, line 662, in
    pkgSack = property(fget=lambda self: self._getSacks(),
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/__init__.py”, line 502, in _getSacks
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/repos.py”, line 232, in populateSack
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/repos.py”, line 79, in doSetup
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/plugins.py”, line 179, in run
    func(conduitcls(self, self.base, conf, **kwargs))
    File “/usr/lib/yum-plugins/fastestmirror.py”, line 181, in postreposetup_hook
    all_urls = FastestMirror(all_urls).get_mirrorlist()
    File “/usr/lib/yum-plugins/fastestmirror.py”, line 333, in get_mirrorlist
    File “/usr/lib/yum-plugins/fastestmirror.py”, line 376, in _poll_mirrors
    File “/usr/lib/python2.4/threading.py”, line 416, in start
    _start_new_thread(self.__bootstrap, ())
    thread.error: can’t start new thread
    vi /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/fastestmirror.conf
    # yum update
    base | 1.1 kB 00:00
    extras | 2.1 kB 00:00
    updates | 1.9 kB 00:00
    vz-base | 951 B 00:00
    vz-updates | 951 B 00:00
    Excluding Packages from CentOS-5 – Extras
    Setting up Update Process
    Resolving Dependencies
    There are unfinished transactions remaining. You might consider running yum-complete-transaction first to finish them.
    The program yum-complete-transaction is found in the yum-utils package.
    –> Running transaction check
    —> Package filesystem.i386 0:2.4.0-3.el5.centos set to be updated
    —> Package shadow-utils.i386 2:4.0.17-18.el5_6.1 set to be updated
    –> Finished Dependency Resolution

    Dependencies Resolved

    Package Arch Version Repository Size
    filesystem i386 2.4.0-3.el5.centos updates 1.0 M
    shadow-utils i386 2:4.0.17-18.el5_6.1 updates 1.0 M

    Transaction Summary
    Install 0 Package(s)
    Upgrade 2 Package(s)

    Total size: 2.0 M
    Total download size: 1.0 M
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    Downloading Packages:
    shadow-utils-4.0.17-18.el5_6.1.i386.rpm | 1.0 MB 00:00
    Running rpm_check_debug
    Running Transaction Test
    memory alloc (134217728 bytes) returned NULL.

    May 26, 2011 @ 4:39 am | Reply
    • @Kevin,

      You have not disabled the filesystem package. Add the exclude clause to your /etc/yum.conf:


      Alternatively send in a ticket to request for a temporary RAM increase, that’s what I did. And, most importantly, you should feel lucky that you’re with Pony and not the give-me-more-money YardVPS.

      May 26, 2011 @ 5:38 am | Reply
    • kevin, add the following in the [main] section or you will break udev and pty/tty and need to log a ticket every time you reboot your VM

      exclude=udev kernel* mkinitrd module-init-tools MAKEDEV filesystem* tzdata*

      May 26, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply
      • kevin:

        I did, and it must’ve worked.

        [root@]# yum update
        base                                                           | 1.1 kB     00:00     
        extras                                                         | 2.1 kB     00:00     
        updates                                                        | 1.9 kB     00:00     
        vz-base                                                        |  951 B     00:00     
        vz-updates                                                     |  951 B     00:00     
        Excluding Packages in global exclude list
        Excluding Packages from CentOS-5 - Extras
        Setting up Update Process
        Resolving Dependencies
        There are unfinished transactions remaining. You might consider running yum-complete-transaction first to finish them.
        The program yum-complete-transaction is found in the yum-utils package.
        --> Running transaction check
        ---> Package shadow-utils.i386 2:4.0.17-18.el5_6.1 set to be updated
        --> Finished Dependency Resolution
        Dependencies Resolved
         Package              Arch         Version                      Repository       Size
         shadow-utils         i386         2:4.0.17-18.el5_6.1          updates         1.0 M
        Transaction Summary
        Install       0 Package(s)
        Upgrade       1 Package(s)
        Total size: 1.0 M
        Is this ok [y/N]: y
        Downloading Packages:
        Running rpm_check_debug
        Running Transaction Test
        Finished Transaction Test
        Transaction Test Succeeded
        Running Transaction
          Updating       : shadow-utils                                                   1/2 
          Cleanup        : shadow-utils                                                   2/2 
          shadow-utils.i386 2:4.0.17-18.el5_6.1                                               


        May 26, 2011 @ 2:51 pm | Reply
      • Pffff yum is a crap xD

        Well, I am just a debian user n_n

        May 26, 2011 @ 3:10 pm | Reply
  159. kevin:

    ya, now I can’t install even php-common funny.
    I will ask for ram boost, see what happens.

    May 26, 2011 @ 6:17 pm | Reply
  160. kevin:

    Somehow, I made it work with Anthony’s help.
    Now it works fine, smooth and fast, just hate to do all those tweaking stuff.
    Anyway, thanks everybody..

    May 27, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply
  161. c:

    hey, there. Has the ubuntu 10.04 problem(OVZ) been fixed?

    May 28, 2011 @ 7:32 am | Reply
    • I’m rolling/testing a batch of new templates in the morning so I’ll let you know if it’s OK on the 32bit templates :) I need to test a new centos one and see if it helps.

      We’re likely going to roll out Ubuntu 11.04 & Scientific Linux 6 this weekend as well.


      May 28, 2011 @ 9:31 am | Reply
      • c:

        Hey again.. Has the ubuntu 10.04 problem(OVZ) been fixed now?

        June 22, 2011 @ 10:15 am | Reply
  162. KLIKLI:

    Sorry to comment on their plans, but doesn’t their 12.95$ plan doesn’t make much sense compared with their 5.95$ plan?

    July 8, 2011 @ 1:25 pm | Reply
    • cd:

      How so?

      July 8, 2011 @ 7:57 pm | Reply
    • What’s wrong with it?

      July 8, 2011 @ 10:20 pm | Reply
    • KLIKLI:

      With 2x 5.95$ boxes you can much more resource compared with the 12.95$ plan while paying less..

      July 9, 2011 @ 6:39 am | Reply
      • True, but many people need the high RAM in a single spot :)

        People buying the 1G/2G plans are after the RAM and not the BW/space since those are cheap addons anyone can buy on other plans. Anyone using us for CDN like traffic patterns is using nginx/lighttpd which is low CPU/RAM and then just adding gobs of BW.


        July 9, 2011 @ 6:56 am | Reply
  163. Is their IRC working? I try via mibbit via a link on their home page but it drops me into an empty channel. :(

    July 16, 2011 @ 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Raj:

      Yep. I’m online right now. Not sure where mibbit connects you to, but I connect to irc.dairc.net #frantech.

      July 16, 2011 @ 8:09 pm | Reply
      • Hmmm….

        Does dairc.net block Germany? Coming through the VPS as I’m on one of the library reference terminals and not one of the regular internet terminals.

        July 16, 2011 @ 8:14 pm | Reply
        • cd:

          Nope, but some ISP blocks it along the way – try using irc.frantech.ca

          July 16, 2011 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

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