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How to setup your brand new Windows VPS for glory and profit?

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  1. dbyrn

    dbyrn Power Member

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    How to setup your brand new Windows VPS?

    Number 1

    So you've just bought your new shiny Windows 2008 VPS ? Before you go for scraping and spamming it good to setup a few things. It will make your software run better and still keep you safe.

    From you hosting provider you've probably received an email with your VPS administrator account details. DO NOT RUN YOUR SOFTWARE FROM THIS ACCOUNT. Swarms of worms & viruses are eagerly waiting to eat your server. :D

    Create a standard user account instead and user the administrator account only for administration and application install.
    How to do this?
    Go Start->Control Panel->User Accounts->Add or remove user accounts->Create a new account

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    Type in new user name (BHWtest is my example) and select standard user option then hit Create Account. Your new account avatar should appear on the users list out of the blue. Click on it then choose Create Password and setup the password you want (you made it different than administrator's, didn't you?). ;)

    It's not the end yet! Stay focused and it comes real geeky stuff. :smash:



    You need to allow your new user to connect with the machine using the Remote Desktop. To do that just start the Server Manager (it's on the task bar or Start->Administrative Tools->Server Manager).
    Unfold the tree on the left: Configuration->Local Users and Groups->Users.
    Select the user (BHWtest in my example) and right click on it. Select Properties and choose Member of tab. Go for Add button.

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    Geeky, isn't it?
    Now you have to input exactly the same text in to the textbox:
    Code:
    Remote Desktop Users
    .
    Then just hit every Ok button you can find on that screen. (Remote Desktop Users should appear in the Member of tab).


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    Now you can login to your VPS with the new user name & password using Remote Desktop.
    And you can bury the administrator's password in your basement.


    Number 2

    Do you know that your Windows 2008 Server treats you like a nutty toddler? :17:It won't let you surf to some webpages and both you and your SEO software need it. So if you're old enough to take care of yourself go to Server Manager (it's on the task bar or Start->Administrative Tools->Server Manager). Take a look on Security Information panel to the right and select Configure IE ESC. Turn off this option for all users!


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    Confirm the new setting by running Internet Explorer and going to Tools->Internet Options->Security Settings:

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    THE END

    Any comments, reps, flames, thanks, swears welcome!


    And you can post here your own tips for Windows 2008 VPS.


    Take care,
    D.
     
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  2. valhalla777

    valhalla777 Registered Member

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    Great Post!

    But Is this the same procedure for a dedicated? and do you need kvm over ip? or will remote desktop let me access the box remotely to install my seo tools?
     
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    It's exactly the same for dedicated server. It's just windows. If your dedi server is pre-setup with windows and remote desktop access you just can login like you login to VPS.
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    Good one db, I know you are enjoying your brand new VPS :D

    Infact, if you can give write these in a doc file and send me, I can add that in my knowledge and I will add your name in the credits :)
     
  5. derekmhc

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    Thanks! Just got a VPS and this came in handy. Did part 2 but not part 1 before I read this. FML. More time to set it up right.

    For working on the go, there are iphone and ipad apps that you can RDP into your VPS. Very useful to keep an eye on things. I started a scrapebox blast from my iphone. That got me giddy. :)
     
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    Yes, this RDP stuff is simply great!
    I'm aiming to get some nice tablet to do my VPS things on that from virtually everywhere.

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    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    IE ESC is the most annoying feature enabled by default.
     
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    I can't understand why you should not run as administrator...
     
  9. inthecloud

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    By running it as a secondary user, it allows the Administrative account to remain clean in the event you need to do a good server scrub after some dirty SENuke campaigns.
    OP, nice writeup!
     
  10. seoexpert2010

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    interesting post! Will soon have a VPS too.
     
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    Some trojans, viruses and web creatures like that will have a bit tougher task to compromise your system. Many SEO tools use standard web browser as a backend.

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