Running Vagrant in your VPS

vagrantVagrant is often used to set up development environments in a standardized way, so that your software project deployed via vagrant has a standard environment with all the operating system components and set-up it needs to work properly. It creates a virtual machine to provide this environment, so that different developers can work on it without needing to reconfigure their workstations to the requirements of the application.

If you want to use vagrant on a rimu server, you'll have no problems with a rimuhosting dedicated server. However, if the project budget doesn't stretch that far yet, what other options do you have? Normally you can't create virtual machines on your VPS, because it's a virtual machine itself, and currently virtual machines can't be nested inside other virtual machines. However, you can use Vagrant's docker provider, which uses linux containers to provide the virtual machine. This works because linux containers, unlike virtual machines, will run inside the XEN virtual machines that are used for VPSs.

In this post, I show how to set up a Debian docker container with systemd and an ssh server, so we can ssh into it and it behaves like a regular VM. (This is not the "Docker way" of doing things, but it works well with Vagrant.) Continue reading

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Getting help

sandrThe following conversation plays out in our inbox and Live Chat a good few times a week.

In fact, you may have received a link to this post from one of those places.

If so, then the dialog below could be an easy way for you to better understand your situation and to get the quickest resolution to your problem...

"Is there a problem in $datacentername?"

There might be.  There are lots of servers and switches in each of the data centers we use.

A better opener might be something like "When I go to $someurl it says $something and instead it should be loading $suchandsuchapage".

Let us know:

  • what you are doing (URL you are on, command you are running, ...),
  • what you are seeing, and
  • what you expect to see.

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Restoring an Exploited WordPress files

wordpress-hackedI previously had a 10 step process to replace all the files in a wordpress, this got rid of most file based exploits.

Since then i have written a shell script that pretty much incorperates that

chmod +x
./ /full/path/to/documentroot

Note: This does not do custom themes or plugins (only ones from, and its a good idea to double check the wp-config.php is clean, either before, or immediately after doing this.

Please let me know if you have any issues at all with this script, or modifications needing to be made.

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Free Kubernetes hosting for developers

KubernetesRimuHosting are working on a command line tool set to easily setup and manage a Kubernetes cluster.  We are currently in a trial phase.

During this phase we will be providing free Kubernetes cluster hosting to developers needing an easy-to-setup, publicly-accessible Kubernetes cluster to hack on.

Just email support at rimuhosting, mention this blog post URL and give us a brief summary of what you plan to do.  We will help get you setup with your own Kubernetes cluster for a few months (no cost).

If you are heading to KubeCon this month, this could be the perfect setup for trying out different recipes.

For more details on our Kubernetes management tool stack see our project at .  We invite you to fork the project and contribute improvements.  Let us know what you are working on: $$$ bounties are on offer.

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Kubernetes support on RimuHosting VMs

Kubernetes"Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions. Using the concepts of "labels" and "pods", it groups the containers which make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery."

After our recent introduction of CoreOS support we are extending our containerization support by adding a Kubernetes toolset: commandline tools that work with our server management API to setup a Kubernetes master server and multiple minions.  This toolset has been open sourced and is available for you to use in setting up and operating your Kubernetes clusters.

This is an initial release and we welcome your pull requests and feedback.

For the latest version of this document see

Using rimuhosting-k8s

Get a server API key at

If you do not already have a server with us, you will need to email RimuHosting and ask them to enable automated server setups on your account.

Git clone this project as well as The project has a few changes required for rimuhosting-k8s and Python3.

Then on both run:

python3 build install

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RimuHosting offering CoreOS

coreos-logoYou can now order RimuHosting VMs running CoreOS!

CoreOS lets you provide startup 'recipies' (via cloud init files) to automatically install and provision container based micro services and applications.  You can use tools like fleet and kubernetes to manage clusters of CoreOS servers.

Setting up a CoreOS server is easy.  You just use our regular ordering or install pages.  When you select the CoreOS option you will be prompted to provide a block of (standard) cloud init data.  If you are using your API, then provide a /var/lib/coreos-install/user_data file via our file_injection_data parameter.

About our setup:

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Letting 3rd parties update credit card details

3714941137_cebcdcac56_mSome of our customers pay for their servers using a 3rd party's credit card (their boss', partner's or a generous friend's).

Every now and then those details need to get updated (new CC expiry dates, or a replacement card).


You can now let 3rd parties set their credit card details on our site without having to get them a login to the RimuHosting control panel.  And without them having to give you their credit card details.

The 3rd party credit credit card link is on each credit card billing details page.  It only works for that specific page, not other pages/cards.  It is only valid for a fixed time (currently 48 hours).  To use it simply copy and paste the link to the cardholder so they can update or set the credit card details.

Image credit: barsen

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DebConf15 Report


Canon EOS 650D

We love Debian.  A lot.  In fact we make it our recommended distro.  We do that since it makes it easy to deploy, and maintain most recent packages resulting in fewer sysadmin headaches for us and our customers.

This year we decided to send a delegation of one (Juan Rossi) to attend DebConf 15.  Juan had a great time at the conference and here is a precis of what was seen... Continue reading

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Jobs at RimuHosting!

RimuHosting is looking for experienced Linux sysadmins to provide support to our hosting customers as well as to help build and maintain our global hosting infrastructure. Continue reading

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July 2015 brings more resources, less money

We have just tweaked 0ur pricing.  You can now get more memory and disk for the same money!  New order pricing starts from $12/m for a minimally configured VM.  On the VM Hosting Budget plan on average you will be getting 15% more memory.

For customers with existing VMs on shared hosts check our upgrade page to see if you can add more memory to your servers.

Do ask us for anything you think we can do to help you get the most out of your servers.  We can advise on appropriate memory and disk values.  Figure out ways to improve pricing.  Advise on fast dedicated hardware.  Help install software.  Setup backups and monitoring.  Just ask!

PS: During July Peter will be attending OSCon in Portland and HostingCon in San Diego.  If you're going to be there make yourself known!

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