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VPS with Jelastic: CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows

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Jelastic VPSMost people choose VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting because it doesn’t have the limitations of shared hosting and it allows for reinforced security, flexibility and complete control over your environment.

Today we will review how to set up VPS using Jelastic and 3 pre-configured certified stack templates on top of 3 operating systems – CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows.

Virtual Private Servers

CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) is a free community-driven project, with open source code delivered from RHEL Linux distribution.

CentOS offers enterprise-level stability strengthened by robust performance and represents a reliable, low-maintenance, secure option for running virtual private servers.

Ubuntu is one of the most popular operating systems for running virtual private servers inside the Cloud. Built over the Debian Linux distribution, Ubuntu shares its commitment to principles of open-source software and offers continually developing solutions with agile, secure and versatile performance capabilities.

Windows Server OS (2012 and optionally 2008 R2 versions are provided) allows you to run any Windows-based software on your virtual machine with support of popular tools and technologies: ASP.NET, PHP, SQL, Visual Studio, Active Directory, etc.

Due to the fact that Windows OS is a proprietary software and can’t be distributed freely (i.e. requires the license to be applied to the platform), you can be charged for using such containers (regardless of whether it’s running or stopped).

Installation

Let’s see how easy it is to install your own VPS in the Jelastic cloud.

1. Firstly, log in to your Jelastic account and access environment topology wizard.

2. Select the VPS section at the bottom left corner and choose which VPS (Ubuntu 16.04 in our example) from the expandable options list.

ubuntu vps

Specify the cloudlet limits for this node, scale it out (if required) and type the name of the environment and click on Create.

3. In a couple of minutes, your new environment with the chosen virtual server will appear at the dashboard. You’ll also receive an email notification with its administration data (i.e. login / password credentials, attached Public IP and access URL).

And it’s that simple – now your own virtual private server is up and running!

environment success

Elastic VPS Scaling

Flexibility of VPS hosting in Jelastic’s Cloud is achieved because of automatic scaling, both vertical and horizontal, that is easily tuned during creating and configuring your environment topology.

Automatic vertical scaling allows to choose your scalability limits with the appropriate settings, whilst make your hosting costs meet your budget and at the same time prevent outages during unexpected load spikes. The system will automatically provide the server with the required resources based on the load.

To scale your environment, simply increase/decrease the maximum number of available resources (cloudlets), moving the cloudlet sliders in the Vertical Scaling section.

vertical scaling

Horizontal scaling allows you to easily adjust the number of servers in your environment using the appropriate “-” and “+” buttons. Operating several same-type nodes in the confines of a single environment highly increases its management capacities – all of them can be simultaneously configured, reset to get new passwords, inspected for logs and statistics, restarted etc.

All the newly added VPS instances will clone the master node (i.e. the initially created container) with all its configurations. However, each node will have its own hostname and administration data, delivered via the corresponding emails. These are going to be independent servers that are able to handle separate applications.

horizontal scaling

Make sure to Apply changes you’ve made.

Access Your VPS

You can apply some basic settings to your VPS instance directly via the dashboard UI with a set of inbuilt tools, provided by Jelastic.

In case you want to implement more complicated configurations, simply access your VPS using:

Use Cases

To see how you can use your VPS in practice and make some widely-used configurations, review the following tutorials:

Java Console Application with CentOS VPS. Installing a sample of Java console application to your СentOS virtual private server and checking its operability.
Setting Mail Server Inside CentOS VPS. Integration of mail server to your virtual private machine, accessing the required container over SSH protocol and using the preferable connection flow.
Setting Windows VPS Roles and Features via Server Manager. Basic functionality of inbuilt Server Manager for configuring Windows VPS.

Conclusion

VPS, Virtual Private Servers, is an advanced solution to run large scale applications and ensures their simple administration at the same time. That’s why VPS hosting becomes is the preferred choice of both inexperienced and advanced users, being able to suit anybody’s needs. Try VPS with Jelastic with a free 2 week trial to see how a virtual private server solution can work for you.

Create Your Own Minecraft Server with Jelastic and Docker

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Jelastic Minecraft Private ServerMinecraft – that’s all my 7 year old nephew talks about. We purchased him the XBox One version for his birthday, before realizing that we could create our own private Minecraft server using Jelastic, a simple manifest and a Docker Container

So what is Minecraft? Apparently it’s “COOL”, incredibly popular (for all ages) with more than 100 millions user around the world.  Minecraft offers a massive variety of maps, mods and extensions in an endless virtual custom world.

In order to set up our own server, we used a pre-configured JPS package, that deploys your private Minecraft server to Jelastic Cloud – in no time.  In addition, we will show you how to establish a connection to your private server via a Minecraft game client.

Benefits of Running your own Minecraft Server

By creating your own Minecraft server, you can ensure that you won’t be sharing a JVM, CPU or any other resources. There are no limitations with regard to the disc size, bandwidth and RAM and you can manage the mods and plugins for your server. If you’re sharing resources, as with any shared environment, your Minecraft instance can be crippled, based on load spikes and the number of users online. By creating your own server, it allows for an increased number of player slots, which means that you can grow and promote a larger community – which you have full control over.  You are the master architect of your Minecraft server. And you can access it anytime.

And, deployed to Jelastic – it’s blazingly FAST and you only pay for the resources consumed.

So let’s get started. This should take less than 10 minutes. Read More

Create a PokemonGo Map with Jelastic and Catch Rare Pokemon in your Area

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Create a free PokemonGo MapIf you haven’t heard about PokemonGo then you’re either not connected to technology or don’t have children walking by, ignoring you and stumbling yelling “there’s one!”

So I decided to play the cool parent card and found a way via Jelastic to get my own PokemonGo Map up and running, so I could show my boys where specific Pokemons they have been searching for are located.

It’s incredibly fast and easy.

Warning: Using this software is against the ToS of the game. You can get banned, use this tool at your own risk.

Just follow these simple steps.

Click on this link and you will be redirected to the Webhosting.net Jelastic login screen.

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