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Cheap Windows 2012 R2 VPS server for testing?
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Cheap Windows 2012 R2 VPS server for testing?

Hi, does anybody know of a cheap Windows 2012 R2 VPS server for testing? I was looking into Vultr because you can pay by the hour. The problem is, it takes me two days to setup my environment and Vultr still charges you for "stopped" instances. The only way Vultr stops charging you is if you "destroy" your instance, which is not feasible because I would have to spend another two days setting up my environment every time I want to do a test.

I am looking for a 2GB of RAM, Windows 2012 R2 VPS.

I see if you pay Softsys for the full 2 years, you can get 2 GB of RAM at $10 a month (you have to pay 2 years so it's $240 in total). I don't mind prepaying for 2 years if that's what it takes. Paying hourly would be the best but not if I have to spend 2 days setting up my server again.

Are there other options out there?


  • BG32BG32 Member

    Setup your vultr node then snapshot it, then you can deploy the snapshot in the future

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  • SV_NickSV_Nick Member


    What budget you looking at? Pretty sure I could do something for you relatively cheaply if you're just wanting as a temporary server.


  • XenosXenos Member

    I'm happy with my buyvm slice.

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • DH22DH22 Member
    edited May 2017

    I think AWS pricing for Windows is pretty reasonable as long as you are using very little bandwidth. If so pricing for 2GB RAM would be close to Vultr. Plus only charged for storage when shut off (and elastic IP if you don't want IP changing).

    Have you considered just making a VM on your own system for testing?

  • racksxracksx Member

    We are offering hourly charges for KVM and OpenVZ virtual machines, visit our website you can Install Windows 2012 R2, Or I can offer you a custom deal 2 GB RAM 2 CPU 100GB HDD Windows 2012 R2 France location, for $7 per month with 5 snapshots available, this way you can make any settings and restore back at any time without extra charges.

  • jikjikjikjik Member

    Hi @mikebrandy,
    I can offer than for $10 in Washington if you want it for testing. 2GB ram, 20GB raid10 SSD and 1 cpu core.

  • oplinkoplink Member, Patron Provider

    We are offering 1GB for 5/mo and 2gb for 10/mo in houston, tx. You will need to bring your windows key to stay under budget.

  • GamerGamer Member

    They have a budget line of windows servers in Canada or France with your requirements with a cost under $5 us (after the $3 setup fee) maybe this will fit your needs?

  • IkoulaIkoula Member, Host Rep


    I can't really figure out what's your budget because i need to know how many hours/month you need to use the vm but we would be happy to host you on our Public Cloud.

    It is hourly charged, that means no fee if the vm is turned off.

    nb : In some case there is a few cents charged if some ressources are reserved.

    Exemple : ip, disk space, etc...

    • There is a template system.
  • WickedWicked Member

    $7/m with free Winodws at BuyVM.

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • RocketrixRocketrix Member
    edited May 2017

    Check our KVM VPSes
    Windows 2012 R2 is available.

  • You can setup and then create snapshot for your current setup and deploy with that snapshot in the future with vultr

  • bersybersy Member

    the cheapest option i know

    Thanked by 1Wicked
  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Host, Host Rep, Veteran

    As mentioned, get a slice!


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