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Configuring Virtualmin on CentOS 7 for Website Hosting: Part 1

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 12, 2019 @ 9:54 am, by Ryan Flowers

In the professional Linux web hosting world, cPanel rules as king. That’s not necessarily a bad thing! cPanel is rich in features and is for the most part stable and reliable. But it’s also completely unsuitable for a small, inexpensive VPS that you’d find here at LowEndBox.  Most likely the cPanel license will cost significantly more than the VPS you’re using, and it will severely tax the resources of a smaller VPS. Does that mean that you’re out of the web hosting game altogether? Not by a long shot! We have an excellent number of open source control panel options. In this tutorial we’re going to focus on installing one such solution:

Enter Virtualmin. Virtualmin GPL (the Free Open Source version of the Virtualmin commercial product) is a fully featured open source web hosting control panel that allows you to run multiple websites on the same server. Virtualmin  consumes a small amount of disk space (less than 1GB) and supports CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu without any extra complication. It’s got a friendly web based GUI for server and account management. Furthermore it respects the package manager of your chosen OS and allows you to make configuration changes outside of Virtualmin without overwriting them.

For this tutorial, we’re going to Virtualmin on a CentOS 7 VPS found right here on LowEndBox. Our KVM VPS has 15GB of disk, 1 cpu, and 512mb RAM. How is it possible to have a full web control panel on such a small server, you ask? Read on to find out!

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Configuring Virtualmin on CentOS 7 for Website Hosting: Part 2

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 12, 2019 @ 9:53 am, by Ryan Flowers

In Part 1 of our tutorial, we installed Virtualmin on CentOS 7 and did some basic configuration. In this second half, we’re going to dive deep into the Linux configuration files to optimize our new server for a low memory footprint. We’re also going to make sure we have a modern version of PHP installed and get all the interfaces secured with a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate.

Post Installation Work Continues

If you look at your browser’s SSL icon, you’ll notice that there’s no SSL certificate for Virtualmin. We can fix that in just a few steps! Firstly we need to install a virtual host (website) for your server’s FQDN. In our case, that was server.virtualmin-tutorial.tld. We’re going to host virtualmin-tutorial.tld on this server, so we’ll go to the top left of Virtualmin and click “Create Virtual Server”.

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Hosting73 – 250GB Reseller Hosting for $18/yr, 4GB RAM SSD VPS $25/yr & more in New York, USA!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm, by Frank Williams

Jared from Hosting73 is back with some awesome deals on reseller hosting and SSD VPS. Their servers are located in Buffalo, NY. Hosting73 has been featured on LowEndBox before with positive feedback/response from the community, so we are excited to share their new offers with you today! As always, if you decide to buy from them we are very interested in hearing your feedback/comments in the comments section below!

Their WHOIS is public and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

“Our purpose is straight forward and simple. Since our inception, our mission has and continues to be aiming to disrupt the hosting space by leading by good example. We do this by providing good service, reliable servers, high uptime, fast speeds, and personalized (and fast) support. By choosing to work with us, not only will you experience the best, but you are also supporting us in our purpose to better hosting services for everyone. And best of all, everything we provide is SSD powered, so you are being serviced with the most up to date technology. Welcome to Hosting73, and we look forward to working with all of you!”

Here’s the offers:

Reseller Special 250GB

  • 250GB SSD Storage
  • Unlimited Accounts
  • 3000GB Bandwidth
  • Shared IP Address
  • Softaculous/Free SSL
  • cPanel/WHM
  • DDoS Protection
  • New York Datacenter
  • Free Migration
  • $18/yr
  • [ORDER]

Reseller Special 600GB

  • 600GB SSD Storage
  • Unlimited Accounts
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Dedicated IP Address
  • Softaculous/Free SSL
  • cPanel/WHM
  • DDoS Protection
  • New York Datacenter
  • Free Migration
  • $39/yr
  • [ORDER]

4GB SSD VPS

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 50 GB SSD Storage
  • 3 TB Monthly Transfer
  • 1Gbps Port
  • Linux OS
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ
  • New York Datacenter
  • $25/yr
  • [ORDER]

6GB SSD VPS

  • 6 GB RAM
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 80 GB SSD Storage
  • 5 TB Monthly Transfer
  • 1Gbps Port
  • Linux OS
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ
  • New York Datacenter
  • $38/yr
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SparkVPS – High Bandwidth KVM VPS! 2GB SSD KVM VPS with 5TB Bandwidth for $25/year and more in Dallas and New York (Free Month Offer)

Tags: , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm, by Frank Williams

Dylan from SparkVPS wrote in to share their new Spring specials with the community. We thought the offers looked pretty attractive for a KVM offer, so here it is. We have been told that everything here is powered by PURE SSD’s for maximum performance.

They’ve received positive reviews to their previous offers on here, and we hope you enjoy what they have to offer to you today! As always – we want to hear your feedback, so if you decide to buy one – please be sure to comment below!

Their WHOIS is public, and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. We have been informed that they are now accepting payments via Alipay. Additionally, they accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Monero, Bitcoin Cash) as available payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

“SparkVPS is a faster-than-SSD VPS provider. Here at SparkVPS, we specialize in providing VPS hosting. We are able to deliver unparalleled performance in the industry via our proprietary technology, which we call “MaxIO”, combined with our optimized local RAID-10 pure SSD access storage allows us to deliver VPS hosting that is twice as fast as traditional SSD VPS hosting.

Exclusive for the LowEndBox community, we have some KVM SSD VPS offers, which support Docker, Custom Kernel Builds, and so much more!”

Here’s the offers:

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2GB RAM SSD KVM VPS

  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 2048MB RAM
  • 25GB SSD Storage
  • 5000GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Root Access Included
  • Docker, Kubernetes, ServerPilot, Custom Kernels, Custom OS 100% Supported!
  • $25/yr
  • [ORDER]

4GB RAM SSD KVM VPS

  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 4096MB RAM
  • 50GB SSD Storage
  • 15000GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Root Access Included
  • Docker, Kubernetes, ServerPilot, Custom Kernels, Custom OS 100% Supported!
  • $55/yr
  • [ORDER]

6GB RAM SSD KVM VPS

  • 6 CPU Cores
  • 6144MB RAM
  • 80GB SSD Storage
  • 20000GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Root Access Included
  • Docker, Kubernetes, ServerPilot, Custom Kernels, Custom OS 100% Supported!
  • $90/yr
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How to Use ClusterCS to Manage Your Server

Date/Time: April 10, 2019 @ 4:08 pm, by Frank Williams

How to Use ClusterCS to Manage Your Server

Finally had enough of the CLI? Filled with rage every time you have to log in to your server just to change a basic setting? Or maybe, deep down inside, you have a fear for the letters “S”, ”S”, and ”H”?

Rejoice, for there is a solution to your server woes which we’ll be covering in this tutorial: ClusterCS.

ClusterCS is a cloud-based control panel for managing servers, and it is surprising how useful this server management platform can be, especially for small self-hosted setups.

Officially, ClusterCS is “a control panel for remote management of cloud VPS and dedicated servers.”

One of its treasured features is an out-of-the-box optimized, scalable LAMP stack with HAProxy support, ready to power most websites or apps in a few clickety-clicks. By default, ClusterCS enables its own hand-crafted server-side optimizations to keep your server running in top shape with minimal setup. And you can cluster and combine servers from any provider, bringing true democracy to your server environment.

Of course, as with most tools that abstract away the CLI, you have to decide whether you’re willing to sacrifice control for convenience. If you’re a diehard CLI commando, know that ClusterCS fully does away with the CLI as far as daily server management is involved.

Here we’ve written a walkthrough on how to manage a server with ClusterCS. It will show you the basic workflow from spinning up a server to managing your domains, services, and applications using the web-based control panel.

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SnowVPS – 3GB OpenVZ or KVM VPS starting from $25/year in Chicago, IL!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am, by Frank Williams

Brent from SnowVPS is back with an offer on OpenVZ/KVM VPS’s in Chicago! They have been featured on here in the past with good feedback, so we hope you enjoy what they have to offer and look forward to hearing any of your questions/comments/feedback below!

Their WHOIS is public and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept Credit Cards, PayPal, Alipay, and Bitcoins/Altcoins as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

“SnowVPS is a web server provider with servers based out of Chicago, Illinois. We provide both KVM and OpenVZ virtualized servers, and all of our plans use SSD drives to offer blazing high performance. What sets us apart is the personalized and human experience you get when you are a SnowVPS customer. From day one, one on one support is always available to assist you around the clock. When you contact us, you are getting a human on the other line, guaranteed. Additionally, we run all of our servers on enterprise grade equipment (with redundant power) – so you can be assured uptime and performance are at the forefront of our priorities when deploying infrastructure. We are overall here to make your hosting experience smooth, and if there is anything we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact us!”

Here’s the offers:

3GB OpenVZ VPS (SSD)

  • 2 vCPU
  • 3072MB RAM
  • 40GB SSD
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Network
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • Full Root Access
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ
  • $25/yr
  • [ORDER]

3GB KVM VPS (SSD)

  • 2 vCPU
  • 3072MB RAM
  • 30GB SSD
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Network
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • Full Root Access
  • SolusVM/KVM
  • Docker Supported
  • $34/yr
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WelcomeHosting – New Dallas Location! KVM VPS’s with Docker Support starting at just $21/year in Dallas & Los Angeles

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm, by Frank Williams

Brian from WelcomeHosting is back with a Spring Sale on KVM VPS’s in their new location. WelcomeHosting has been featured before on LowEndBox with very good reviews from users, so we are excited to feature their offers to you today. This is something new because they have recently expanded to Dallas, which is now available, in addition to their Los Angeles location.

They are offering various different pricing structure options based on the plan, however, the most savings and value are to be had when choosing to pay using an annual billing cycle. For example, the 6GB KVM VPS is just $69/year when paid annually, instead of $9/mo!

Their WHOIS is public, and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Alipay, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

Nowadays, it seems like it’s almost impossible to find a hosting company that understands its customers by their first name, not just another number. What is one aspect about home that is found nowhere else? Feeling comfortable and welcome, and that is exactly the type of client experience we aspire to deliver here at WelcomeHosting. We offer plenty of different hosting solutions, and we’re always available to help you every step of the way. Welcome to a personalized and worry-free hosting experience!

Here’s the offers:

1GB KVM VPS

  • 1024MB RAM
  • 1x CPU Core
  • 25GB RAID-10 Storage
  • 2TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1 x IPv4
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker/Custom ISO
  • Dallas or Los Angeles
  • $7/qtr OR $21/yr
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3GB KVM VPS

  • 3072MB RAM
  • 2x CPU Core
  • 40GB RAID-10 Storage
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1 x IPv4
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker/Custom ISO
  • Dallas or Los Angeles
  • $5/mo or $35/yr
  • [ORDER]

6GB KVM VPS

  • 6144MB RAM
  • 4x CPU Core
  • 60GB RAID-10 Storage
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1 x IPv4
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker/Custom ISO
  • Dallas or Los Angeles
  • $9/mo or $69/yr
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Lynis Overview & Installation

Tags: , , Date/Time: April 8, 2019 @ 9:29 am, by Frank Williams

Once a server is installed, you will want to keep a regular watch for points of vulnerability. Having a security auditing application will make this an easier task. Lynis is open source, server-based application that evaluates it for vulnerabilities and generates a report with the suggestions. You can then evaluate this and make necessary changes.

Before we get started, I must point out that security auditing takes a bit of time to review, revise and fine-tune before you get to the Goldilocks zone (neither too permissive nor too restrictive).

Why Lynis (Or Any Security Auditor for That Matter)?

One of the prime reasons you will need Lynis is to get compliance certified. By running a security audit you can prove to auditors that all necessary steps required for compliance are met. Other use cases for running Lynis are

  • Security auditing
  • Penetration testing
  • Vulnerability detection
  • System hardening

Lynis works on almost all UNIX based systems (including systems such as Raspberry Pi).

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[SECURITY VULNERABILITY] Apache HTTP 2.4.17 to 2.4.38 Local Root Exploit

Apache has recently made an announcement, revealing a major security vulnerability/exploit where servers running in Apache HTTP Server 2.4 releases 2.4.17 to 2.4.38, with MPM event, worker or prefork, code executing in less-privileged child processes or threads (including scripts executed by an in-process scripting interpreter) could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the parent process (usually root) by manipulating the scoreboard. Non-Unix systems are not affected.

More Details:
https://httpd.apache.org/security/vulnerabilities_24.html

Update Your Systems!

For those running Apache to their servers, we’d recommend updating as soon as possible. To do this on a CentOS based server, simply run:

yum -y update

Servers running cPanel/WHM have already been automatically upgraded. Or if not, you can manually upgrade it by running:

yum -y update ea-apache24*

After updating Apache, you can verify your current Apache version by running the following command, which should read Apache 2.4.39 or higher.

httpd -v

Frequently Asked Question: Are servers running LiteSpeed Web Server affected?

No, it is not. This only affects servers running Apache version 2.4.17 to 2.4.38.

[SPRING BLACK FRDAY] HostedSimply – 6GB RAM w/ 80GB SSD for $39/yr in Los Angeles & New York!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm, by Frank Williams

Peter from HostedSimply sent in a great Spring Black Friday weekend sale on some SSD and SSD Cached VPS offers in Los Angeles and New York. They are now offering a Pure SSD VPS equipped with 6GB RAM, 80GB SSD storage, 10TB bandwidth for just $39/year. For the same price, you can also opt for a SSD Cached version which includes 160GB of SSD cached storage. Looking for less power? They are offering a 4GB plan for $25/year as well!

Their WHOIS is public, and they were featured on LEB before and received a moderate amount of positive feedback. As always, we encourage our readers to share their thoughts below in the comments section. You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin and Alipay as payment methods. As always, if you do decide to buy one, we’d love to hear about your experience below in the comments section!

Here’s what they had to say:

“At HostedSimply, we bring together a variety of hosting solutions to make sure our customers are never short of the flexibility they would need for their businesses. Our pricing is geared towards being market competitive offering an edge through extra features and prompt support.

We are pleased to present the following Pure SSD VPS and SSD Cached VPS offers, exclusive for the LowEndBox community! These are available for deployment in either our Los Angeles or New York data center locations. This is our best deal yet!”

Here’s the offers:

Pure SSD – 6GB VPS

  • 80GB RAID10 Pure SSD
  • 6144MB RAM
  • 6144MB vSwap
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Uplink
  • Upgrade to 1Gbps for just + $1.50/yr!
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Los Angeles or New York
  • $39/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Cached – 6GB VPS

  • 160GB RAID10 SSD Cached
  • 6144MB RAM
  • 6144MB vSwap
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Uplink
  • Upgrade to 1Gbps for just + $1.50/yr!
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Los Angeles or New York
  • $39/yr
  • [ORDER]

Pure SSD – 4GB VPS

  • 60GB RAID10 Pure SSD
  • 4096MB RAM
  • 4096MB vSwap
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Uplink
  • Upgrade to 1Gbps for just + $1.50/yr!
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Los Angeles or New York
  • $25/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Cached – 4GB VPS

  • 120GB RAID10 SSD Cached
  • 4096MB RAM
  • 4096MB vSwap
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Uplink
  • Upgrade to 1Gbps for just + $1.50/yr!
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Los Angeles or New York
  • $25/yr
  • [ORDER]

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