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To start I would like to point out that I am expressing my personal opinion and not my company's, although my experience comes from there.

In the last 2-3 months, we noticed an important increase of really hungry customers forcing us to upgrade our infrastructure almost weekly. While this is fun it is also very expensive and requires a lot of prefinancing; something that shouldn't be taken for granted these days. Most of these hungry customers are no doubt seedboxers and they consume an average of 75-85 MBIT/s on a so called unmetered 100 MBIT Port. All of this is fine for me, but I really start wondering what other professionals in this business think of these customers and how they control their bandwidth usage? OVH seems to be pretty clear about this: the more servers you get into your account, the less speed you get per server unless you pay for the pro SLA. I find it interesting, but I doubt that anybody who wants to run a seedbox is actually going to pay a few hundred bucks just to get bandwidth for something that may or may not generate some (legal?) revenue.

Just to ensure those who are following this and might be customers of us: No, we are not going to kick you out! I just want a discussion and get some point of views from others who have been facing the same issue before we actually did.

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where I can get a business or personal web packages, email packages or domain registration at one place with smart utilities. Hosting Company must be in local Middle East countries.

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I have started up a UK based company with a few people and our work is mainly based with online websites.

I need a reliable UK web host, with servers based in the UK and the availability to call up for any support.

The company needs to have many years in the business and are available to transfer my CPanel accounts.

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I have set up Windows Small Business Server 2003 and was testing it over the past week. Everything has been going well and yesterday it requested to install an update (not to sure what it was now) and soon after the update was installed a restart was required.

After the server shutdown and tried to restart the system will not restart.

The machine powers up and then I am faced with a blank black screen (no load bar nothing). The monitor led light flashes from green to orange then to a static green light after the Dell splash screen.

I can load up into safe mode although I do not know how to work out what is wrong. I am guessing the update has caused the issue, possibly a boot sector needs repairing. There are no new additions to control panel -> install/remove programs which i believe is where all updates can be uninstalled from.

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Friend of mine is starting up a business and is looking for a reliable and fast web host in the UK but also not too expensive around 100/year and maybe 100gb bandwidth not sure on that.

Looked over and picked out some high rated ones with more than 5 reviews, however every single one I have read horror stories about elsewhere (including ukfast which seemed so good looking at reviews).

Can someone recommend any decent ones to me who won't screw up payments or have much downtime, with maybe a year or more of being with them? All I need to start is a bit of bandwidth for pretty much one image to start with, uptime and email, already got the domain from domainmonster.

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I would like to start selling dedicated servers.So how can I start with?

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I remember back in 2005, when I saw some providers offering hosting and they used Yipes as a carrier.

I believe they used to be cheap, next to cogentco in pricing. Their website reflects like they are still in business but as a different name.

Anybody use them, are they good? or better than cogentco? Hows the pricing?

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I've been poking around here for a few evenings trying to find someone else who's asked just the same question I need to ask, but I'm not really seeing it.

My situation is this. I am writing a website in ASP.Net 2.0 for a small business. I do web development for a living, so the database admin, asp/ coding is not an issue. However, I've never dealt with the hosting side of things.

I need the following:

1) ability to host two different domains using some shared DLLs that provide funtionality used by both sites. I've read that some hosting companies won't let you put DLLs on their servers, so I'm not sure if I can do this.

2) Ability to send and recieve e-mails at "". I think this is a no-brainer.

3) Ability to use SQL Server express.

4) We will be taking orders with credit card numbers, so I need to be able to do HTTPS and I need to know my data will be secure.

5) obviously, I need a server that has the .Net 2.0 framework on it.

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I'm thinking about starting my own Colocation Business in Egypt, I'm not servers or networks expert but I know good info about both of them but of course I intend to hire some one for the servers and the networks.

I'm not planning on spending much in the beginning .. as a start I'll start with Bargain servers to offer them as cheap dedicated servers so that I'll be able to get some popularity , May be 1 or 2 high end server too so that I don't look like a cheap provider.

I made some searches on the networking and racks and all the other equipments and I can buy what suits me in the beginning but the question is:

Will it work?

I can accept loss at the beginning of course but do you expect me to gain any profits?

If so do you think that if you live outside Egypt you might get a server in Egypt for some reason?

Because I don't think the Egyptian market will have that much clients interested in Dedicated Servers & Colocation..

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I completely amazed on how this Company has managed to engineer their TOS & AUP in such a way that they can in essence discriminate, destroy your hardware and steal your money in the process...

The developed some type of a bias against me, and then the true colors came out. It all started with a simple argument over a Cpanel License on a VDS that I had rented from them. I decide to send my own server instead to save a few dollars and I overnight the box.

-- For support to tell me that the brand new Corsair 750Watt PS is dead. We had sealed the server with stickers to ensure that no one would open it and tamper with the hardware inside. That's the first thing they did, was to remove the stickers and pretend that they PS was dead and that they had to Trouble Shoot.

-- I get the power supply back and it was in perfect working condition, obviously after they had made a few dollars on handling the shipping.

-- I asked them my options and they then try to make me buy a PS from them. Until I ship another one in. They let that ride 2 days until I send a ticket for a reboot. Right away, ohh that PS apparently died right there and then. 4 minutes after I open the ticket asking for a reboot.

> Then I notice some type of QoS going on specifically on my IP. As I know a few others that have servers there and we verified the routes back to our local provider. My upload was about 50kbps. I inquire to get the usual "routes" cannot be controlled.
As well I would see when downloading something from my box; the speeds would startup at max out and throttle all the way down to around 50kbps and maintain. From different local points as well.

> Anyhow I decide not to complain and to pay. Thus I get 2x Internap dedicated bandwidth @ $225.00 a month + $99.00. 1x Internap per Eth interface. That is after I had already paid them $269.00 for the initial VDS as well which I never got a refund for, that was just wasted money now.

> I got to enjoy that for about 8 days. Until I asked for a reboot before I messed up accidently a ifconfig command. That's when it went again, from ohhh the box is rebooted. Took about 4 hours, three techs telling me it was beeing rebooted. Never could I connect again. Then I ask them if I they have perhaps KVM over IP so I Can take care of the problem and save them time. All of a sudden the story evolves to a dead motherboard. When I question the tech, he tells me that he swapped all parts and tested them and that the motherboard was dead. That was as well a brand new WS motherboard. Running at around 34 degrees celcius temp for the 8 days very stable without any issues.

> Of course I complained some, looked for the owner to have a discussion. Stumble on Better Business Bureau US and find that others complained there. Mentioned that in the ticket and they terminated my service; keeping of course the rest of my money; Because that too is in their AUP/TOS no refunds

Thus if I get it right, they can randomly choose people that they believe they can easily take. Or simply dislike. It's simple, break their hardware. They will have no choice to ship it back; to then fill their place with another customer because they are low on space. But still bill the first one for the rest remainder of the month, why? Because they can, it's in their well engineered TOS/AUP. So I got to use it from the 26th of last month to today but still will pay until the 26th of this month.

They are allowed to do all of the above, why because they are big now Right!

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