How to Install a PvPGN server on a Windows VPS

If you want to have a PvPGN server running on your virtual private server, the first thing to do is to download the latest version from your web hosting company’s website. The required files and software for this purpose are:

  • PvPGN server
  • PvPGN support files

Chose the requisite files and then save them to your hard disk drive.

Set up connection to your virtual private hosting server:

In order to transfer the required files from your system to your VPS, you are required to mount the hard drive using Remote Desktop Connection from your Windows PC.

Prior to pressing ‘connect’, open up Options tab. This is the way to transfer the files from your computer system to your VPS. You will find a ‘more’ button on Local Resources Tab under the Local device and resources.

All of the available drives on your system will be found here. These drives can establish connection to your VPS. Select the drive where you have saved your server files. If the files have been saved to desktop instead of drive, you need to set up connection to the main drive C. If the files have been saved to second drive, you have to select the drive from the options.

As soon as you have connected to My Computer, you will find the drive that you have loaded. Navigate to the particular place where you have saved server files. Copy those files to the desktop of your VPS server.

How to install the files and software

Now you are done through the required connection set-up. What next? After all the required files have been transferred to the desktop, you can now install the software. You should start with extracting all the files from the *.zip.

At first, you need to extract the PvPGN server:

  • Right click on PvPGN-1.8.5-0-Win32-*.zip –> Extract All…
  • Extract the files to C:\Program Files (x86)\

Second, extract the pvpgn support files:

  • Right click on pvpgn-support-1.2.zip –> Extract All…
  • Extract the files to C:\Program Files (x86)\pvpgn-1.8.5\
  • Browse through C:\Program Files (x86)\pvpgn-1.8.5\pvpgn-support-1.2\
  • Select all the files and copy the same into C:\Program Files (x86)\pvpgn-1.8.5\files\

How to start the PvPGN server:

  • Browse through C:\Program Files (x86)\pvpgn-1.8.5\
  • Double click on PvPGN.exe

Now you have successfully crated a PvPGN Server

If you encounter any problem, check the automatically generated log file by the server in C:\Program Files (x86)\pvpgn-1.8.5\var\bnetd.log.

Dedicated Hosting on Windows & Linux

Many companies are offering unlimited and cheap web hosting on dedicated servers. However, the reality is only a few among the users understand what they need to consider while considering hosting service. The basic and most popular hosting options include Windows and Linux. In this article, we will compare between these two most popular web hosting choices to clarify the pros and cons on both sides so that you can make an informed choice for your purpose.

What will work best in your case will depend on the applications you will run on your server, target traffic, content type and the kind of control you expect to enjoy.

OS Choice for Web Hosting

Let us start from installation. Many website owners have a preference for Linux. However, its incompatibility with ASP, ASP.NET, MS SQL also creates problems. Assess the development plans, scope and expected necessary system functions on the back-end to make sure whether Windows-based application will serve your purpose or an alternative option will make an ideal choice for you.

Consider Security

Security is another important feature that can make huge differences between two available options for unlimited web hosting. Windows is considered to be an inefficient OS to deal with security threats and so is often prone to virus and attacks from hackers, placing additional work on the users.

Depending on what kind of information you want to host on your website, consider its security and also calculate the total time to update as well as adjust security measures to deal with more frequent security issues on a Widows-based server. On the other hand, web hosting on a Linux server is not a favorite target for the hackers and also offers enhanced protection against viruses, malware and other kinds of security threats.

Consider Cost

Cost is another factor that makes a big difference between these options. For many users, this is the major factor to sway their decision in favor of a particular type. A Linux OS can beat Windows in this niche as it is an open-source system and so can be set up at free of cost. In case of Windows dedicated hosting, the users are required to pay licensing fees yearly to Microsoft.

If it comes to performance and browser-level experience, both options are at par. But for the users who want to optimize their hosting experience, cost and level of security are considered key factors differentiating the two.

“DNS Already Exists” – What Will You Do after Seeing the Error Message

dns-errorBefore we jump to our subject matter i.e. an error message regarding existing DNS entry, let’s first define DNS and learn what it is actually meant for.

What is DNS?

DNS is the trimmed form of Domain Name System. It refers to a hierarchically distributed naming system for computer or other resources or services connected to internet or a private network. It correlates information with domain names which are assigned to every participating entity. Most importantly, DNS translates easily memorized domain names into numerical IP addresses required to locate computer devices and services worldwide. DNS is an integral part of internet functionality which provides a distributed keyword-based redirection service along the length and breadth of the world.

Domain Name System or DNS distributes the responsibility of domain names assignment and mapping the same to IP addresses by creating authoritative name servers for every domain. Authoritative name servers are designed to be responsible for the supported domains and are entitled to delegate authority over the sub-domains to other name servers. This system exemplifies a well distributed and fault tolerant service which is designed to avert any requirement for a single central database.

DNS also details technical functionality of database service. It clearly defines the DNS protocol and a comprehensive specification of data communication exchanges as well as data structures in DNS, regarded as a part of the Internet Protocol Suite.

Error Message in WHM – DNS Already Exists

Are you trying to do a new domain name addition in WHM? The following error message might flash on the screen:

Account Creation Status: failed
Sorry, a DNS entry for sample.com already exists, please delete it first
(from every server in the DNS cluster)

The error message means that a DNS Zone File exists for this domain. To fix the problem, follow the instructions below:

  • Click on ‘Delete a DNS Zone’ (You will find it in the WHM left-hand menu)
  • Remove the Domain name you have been trying to add.
  • Try again to create account.

Note of Warning: Make it certain that you are attempting to delete the correct DNS Zone and it does not have any setting as per your need. There is no way that you can undo your action or restore the DNS records, if it is accidentally deleted. Following deletion of existing DNS Zone, custom setting is to be recreated in the new DNS Zone.

So, you can see that the process involves no complication. Still if you feel uncomfortable, you can surely contact your web hosting support staff for help.

How to Re-provision Your Virtual Private Server

ReprovisionBefore we jump to the subject topic, i.e. re-provisioning of server, let us first delve into what it means by provisioning of server. In telecommunication field, provisioning refers to the process of preparing a network to enable it to provide services to the intended users. When it comes to NS/EP telecommunications services, provisioning is almost synonymous with “Initiation” and involves changing the state of existing capability or priority service.

Service mediation or network provisioning points out at provisioning of customers’ service to the networking elements, most of which are used in the telecommunication industry. It needs existence of network elements and heavily relies on network planning and designing. In an advanced signal infrastructure which employs information technology at every level, it is nearly impossible to differentiate between “higher level” infrastructure and telecommunication services. Provisioning is all about configuring any required system and providing the users with an access to technology resources and data information. It is also in high reference to enterprise-standard information resource management.

However, if you consider the picture from a management perspective, it’s usually managed by a CIO and involves a strong cooperation between IT departments and human resources to perform the following actions:

  • Grant the users authorization to system, database and networking applications or give them access to data sources on the basis of a unique user identity,
  • Suit their specific use of hardware assets, including computers, pagers, handsets and the likes.

After provisioning, the SysOpping process makes it sure that expected services are rendered and consistency in standard is thoroughly maintained. Provisioning, therefore, refers to only the setup or startup portion of service operation as well as SysOpping to the current responsibility.

Now let us come to re-provisioning of server. Undo all the changes, start from fresh installation and follow the instructions below for both Windows and Linux:

Windows

It has to be set manually from the end of your web hosting service provider. So, call your web hosting service provider for the necessary setting.

Linux

The web hosting companies allow their clients to re-provision their server from Virtuozzo Power Panel. Here are the guidelines how you can do that:

  • Login in to your hosting provider’s control panel
  • Select VPS (Virtual Private Server Management)
  • At the bottom, you will find a statement that reads ‘Login to VZPP’; click any one from the two links
  • Add an exception in the browser you are currently using to continue to the Panel
  • Choose Maintenance in the Management menu found on the top-left corner