New POP in Montreal Online

March 4, 2013 — We have gone live with our new 100% Juniper network in a new state of the art data center in the Montreal Stock Exchange building. The network is currently in the testing phases as we await cross connects to be completed. Over the coming month, we will be deploying new Intel E5 based VPS nodes for Large and Extra Large VPS accounts. Current customers will be migrated seamlessly once they are available.

We will also be increasing resources on the Small and Medium plans as we have added more bandwidth capacity.

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cPanel Black Friday Sale

Possibly the best Black Friday sale we’ve ever had.

Get any shared hosting account with cPanel for 2 years, and pay the 1 year rate.

This promotion is perpetual (meaning the pricing will not change as long as you keep the plan).

New customers and existing customers can take advantage of this offer.

Fine Print

You cannot update an existing plan to the new rate. This promotion is for new accounts only. (Existing & New customers welcome).

Visit our Home Page between November 21 – November 27 to take advantage of this offer.

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vSWAP Replaces User Beancounters

Since the release of CentOS 6, OpenVZ has modified the memory management model, replacing User Beancounters. This new method is called vSWAP and is what we will be offering to all new customers as a new standard.

It eliminates a lot of confusion between Guaranteed/Burstable memory models in the old system, and allows your VPS to behave in a more predictable way (more like a dedicated server).

Most of our customers have been migrated to the newer CentOS 6 nodes and vSWAP has already been implemented. If you have been migrated, the guaranteed RAM is what you will now see in your SolusVM interface and the burstable RAM will now show as SWAP within your VPS.

You can view how much SWAP you have allocated by typing the command:

# free -m

This is the official description for vSWAP provided by the OpenVZ Wiki:

New RHEL6-based OpenVZ kernel has a new memory management model, which supersedes User beancounters. It is called VSwap.

Now you can set two primary parameters: physpages and swappages, while all the other beancounters become secondary and optional.

  • physpages
This parameter limits the physical memory (RAM) available to processes inside a container.
The barrier is ignored and should be set to 0, and the limit sets the limit.
Currently (as of >= 042stab042) the user memory, the kernel memory and the page cache are accounted into physpages.
  • swappages
This parameter limits the amount of swap space which can be used for processes inside a container.
The barrier is ignored and should be set to 0, and the limit sets the limit.

The sum of physpages.limit and swappages.limit limits the maximum amount of allocated memory which can be used by a container. When physpages limit is reached, memory pages belonging to the container are pushed out to so called virtual swap (vswap). The difference between normal swap and vswap is that with vswap no actual disk I/O usually occurs. Instead, a container is artificially slowed down, to emulate the effect of the real swapping. Actual swap out occurs only if there is a global memory shortage on the system.

As always, if you have any questions regarding this post, please contact us or post a comment below.

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Ubuntu 11.10 CPU at 100% on Boot (Init Process) Bug

There is a bug in Ubuntu 11.10 running on OpenVZ that causes the CPU to spike to 100% shortly after booting.

To fix this issue without asking for assistance by an administrator, type the following commands as root:

# apt-get install python-software-properties
# add-apt-repository ppa:jammy/upstart.fix-880049
# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
# reboot

Once your VPS has been rebooted the bug will go away.

This only affects Ubuntu version 11.10.

If you have any additional problems, or if this doesn’t fix the problem, please open a support ticket.

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How to Ensure the IPv6 Default Route is Active On Boot

IPv6 World LaunchA common issue we notice is that users who have IPv6 enabled on their VPS have connectivity issues when rebooting. The problem 99% of the time, is the default route for IPv6 traffic is not present. By default, OpenVZ virtualization doesn’t seem to add the default route via the venet device unless specified by the user (unlike IPv4 behaviour).

The solution

Type the following command as root:

ip route add ::/0 dev venet0

While the above solution will work, it is not practical as most admins don’t want to manually type this each time they restart network services or reboot their machines.

To ensure the default route is present on boot. Add the following 2 lines of code to the /etc/sysconfig/network file.


This will ensure that your OS will add the default route for IPv6 on boot.

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Hosted DNS as a Service Now Available as VPS Account Addon

In order to support the demand for DNS hosting requested by our customers over the previous months, we are pleased to announce the availability of two packages that can be added on to any VPS server.

  • DNS10 – Ability to host 10 domains and up to 100 records. ($2.50 per month with any VPS account)
  • DNS20 – Ability to host 20 domains and up to 250 records. ($5.00 per month with any VPS account)

This service can be added on to all current VPS accounts by creating an upgrade order from the ePortal. The web interface to control all DNS records is seamlessly integrated with the SolusVM web console.

If you have any questions regarding this service, please email

Media-Hosts Inc.

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Reverse DNS (PTR) Records for VPS

We are happy to announce that reverse DNS records for VPS accounts are now fully controllable via the SolusVM control panel.

Starting today, it will be no longer necessary to open a support ticket to modify reverse DNS entries.

We hope this will add an extra layer of simplicity to the service.


Media-Hosts Inc.

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Softaculous Now Available on All cPanel Web Hosting Plans

Automatic Script Installer

The Softaculous Script auto-installer for suite for cPanel is now available on all web hosting plans.

As of the date of this post, Softaculous has over 259 scripts available for installation including the following very popular blogging and cms scripts:

WordPress, b2evolution, StatusNet, Drupal, Mambo, phpBB, SMF, AEF, Coppermine, Gallery, Jcow, OpenClassifieds, openX, WebCalendar, Shadows Rising, phpList, SquirrelMail, LimeSurvey, Piwik, SugarCRM, PHProjekt, osCommerce, Magento, phpBook, HESK, osTicket, kPlaylist, VidiScript, Gregarius, CodeIgniter, Moodle, Elgg.

What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is an auto installer for cPanel.  Unlike other auto installers Softaculous is much faster, well designed and it installs all scripts in just ONE STEP. 

If you have any questions, please open up a sales ticket and one of our reps will get back to you with more information.

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New Customer Notice: Phone Verification Codes Now Required

Due to the increasing amount of fraudulent orders we have been receiving. As of February 1st 2012, all new clients (or clients who do not have at least one active order in their account), will need to complete an automated phone call verification on submission of their first order.

This phone call will be the last step in the checkout process. An automated system will call the telephone number you provide when entering your billing information. It will read out a four (4) digit code twice. You will need to enter this code on your screen to finalize the checkout process.

If this step is not completed, your order will need to be manually reviewed and processed, which will increase the time for activation.

At the current time, we expect that this system will help to improve the overall stability and quality of our services, and help keep our overhead costs (mostly related to chargebacks and fees) to a minimum in our effort to keep our pricing at industry low levels.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time.

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.xxx Domains Available at lowest industry pricing $100.00 per year

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Starting December 7th 2011. We are kicking off sales of .xxx domain names at industry low pricing.

You are able to register/transfer/renew domains with the .xxx tld extension for 1-3 years at a rate of $100.00 per year.

Click here to register or transfer a new .xxx tld today.

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