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Cheap provider for tiny server

Would like to make a very small linux install. Thinking of trying out one of the mini distros like alpine or puppy/tinycore.

So very basic hardware and cheaper the better to save money on hardware costs. So the smallest I could get for cheapest.

Quite a few years ago aruba was popular around here with their infamous $1 dollar a month server. I don't know if they still do that but wondering if I could get even cheaper?

What is the maximum cheapest server nowadays?

I want to see how small a server I could squeeze a linux system on.

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  • conceptconcept Member
    edited June 25

    Gullo's NAT VPS

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  • dev_vpsdev_vps Member
    edited June 25

    go for 512mb or 1GB ram

  • sh97sh97 Member, Host Rep

    For tiny NATs starting at $3/yr: https://lowend-deals.xbit.win/#ovz
    For KVMs under $15/yr: https://lowend-deals.xbit.win/#kvm-15
    (Some links are aff)

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  • @dev_vps said:
    go for 512mb or 1GB ram

    Why? These tiny linux distros require tiny ram and ram adds a lot to cost

    System requirements Minimal configuration: Tiny Core needs at least 46 MB of RAM in order to run, and (micro) Core requires at least 28 MB of RAM. The minimum CPU is an i486DX.[8] Recommended configuration: A Pentium II CPU and 128 MB of RAM are recommended for Tiny Core.[8]

  • user3028938user3028938 Member
    edited June 25

    Wow, now these are rock bottom prices! Thanks guys.

    First time I am reading about NATs, in the area of vps's at least. Just been coming across the term lately when looking up internet protocols for my isp, also a little familiar from it since libvirt uses NAT for interfaces, and how they issue ips. Reading this let article it makes perfect sense.

    I knew the isps will do it to make their limited pool of ipv4s go further so it is logical the method can also be used in the case of vpses to make them go further.

  • Oh hold on though...Will I still be able to ssh into the vps when it is behind NAT since there won't be a static IP unique to the server will there like with a classic server?

  • skippyskippy Member

    @user3028938 said:
    Oh hold on though...Will I still be able to ssh into the vps when it is behind NAT since there won't be a static IP unique to the server will there like with a classic server?

    Yes, it will be a non-standard port. You share the same public IP as the other VPS on that machine. For Khan they setup 20 static port forwards. You don't get to pick the port range, it's automatic and based the last octet of the private IP you machine is assigned.

    1] How to access your server using SSH?
    For SSH over IPv4 (example, replace your assigned IP's here)
    Public (NAT) IPv4 - x.x.x.x
    Internal IP - 192.168.yyy
    SSH using - x.x.x.x port yyy21
    
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  • skippyskippy Member

    You probably want a VPS using the KVM hypervisor. LXC and OpenVZ use a shared kernel. All the VPS use the same kernel as the host machine.

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  • dev_vpsdev_vps Member

    @user3028938 said:

    @dev_vps said:
    go for 512mb or 1GB ram

    Why? These tiny linux distros require tiny ram and ram adds a lot to cost

    Racknerd $10/year has 1 gb ram 20gb storage and a dedicated ipv4

    This is a better value. One can run vpn and multiple other apps.

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  • @skippy said:
    You probably want a VPS using the KVM hypervisor. LXC and OpenVZ use a shared kernel. All the VPS use the same kernel as the host machine.

    KVM would be more cost then though right?

  • skippyskippy Member

    @user3028938 said:

    @skippy said:
    You probably want a VPS using the KVM hypervisor. LXC and OpenVZ use a shared kernel. All the VPS use the same kernel as the host machine.

    KVM would be more cost then though right?

    Yes, uses more system resources. Khan has a few locations for $5 KVM.

    Your other challenge will be installing your custom OS. Probably have to connect via VNC so you can netboot. Never done it myself. https://www.mvps.net/docs/how-to-use-netboot-xyz-iso-to-install-other-operating-systems-on-your-vps/

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  • @skippy said:

    @user3028938 said:

    @skippy said:
    You probably want a VPS using the KVM hypervisor. LXC and OpenVZ use a shared kernel. All the VPS use the same kernel as the host machine.

    KVM would be more cost then though right?

    Yes, uses more system resources. Khan has a few locations for $5 KVM.

    Your other challenge will be installing your custom OS. Probably have to connect via VNC so you can netboot. Never done it myself. https://www.mvps.net/docs/how-to-use-netboot-xyz-iso-to-install-other-operating-systems-on-your-vps/

    I do remember those years ago when I bought aruba vms and did a lot of trickery to custom install. Somehow managed it I think in some kind of bootstrap install on existing linux and rebooted and crossed fingers. Can't remember now but I did manage it.

  • ayyub_webhayyub_webh Member, Host Rep

    @user3028938 said: What is the maximum cheapest server nowadays?

    If NAT is acceptable to you, we provide those services for as low as $7/year in many locations;

    https://clients.natvps.net/?/cart/nat-vps-vz7/

  • totototototo Member

    @user3028938 said: I want to see how small a server I could squeeze a linux system on.

    So you need KVM and not OVZ, right?

  • davidedavide Member
    edited June 25

    IPv4 without NAT:

    VPS-for-VPN — $9.5 / year
    1 Intel Cores (shared)
    512 MB RAM
    7 GB NVMe
    1024 GB/month bandwidth
    0.1 Gbps port speed
    IPv4 + IPv6
    Netherlands

    Or consult the aff pony; you can toggle between KVM and LXC, which also toggles NAT, so if you select virtualization: any or LXC you get NAT in the results, which includes the cheapest providers: Gullo's Hosting, NATVPS, etc. at $3/year.

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  • @tototo said:

    @user3028938 said: I want to see how small a server I could squeeze a linux system on.

    So you need KVM and not OVZ, right?

    I never said that. I don't think any architecture will be a problem since processing power is not going to be an important factor unless someone else says otherwise.

  • @ayyub_webh said:

    @user3028938 said: What is the maximum cheapest server nowadays?

    If NAT is acceptable to you, we provide those services for as low as $7/year in many locations;

    https://clients.natvps.net/?/cart/nat-vps-vz7/

    How come your signature is webhorizon but you linked natvps?

  • ayyub_webhayyub_webh Member, Host Rep

    @user3028938 said: How come your signature is webhorizon but you linked natvps?

    natvps.net is part of WebHorizon.

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  • AirnodeHostingAirnodeHosting Member, Patron Provider
    edited June 25

    Hi,

    I would like to help you with a free VPS. Sometimes, we need to give back to the community with some free things.

    Let me send you a DM. If your not intrested, thats also ok.

  • BlaZeBlaZe Member, Host Rep

    @AirnodeHosting said:
    Hi,

    I would like to help you with a free VPS. Sometimes, we need to give back to the community with some free things.

    Let me send you a DM. If your not intrested, thats also ok.

    Better to start a giveaway ;)

  • AirnodeHostingAirnodeHosting Member, Patron Provider

    @BlaZe said:

    @AirnodeHosting said:
    Hi,

    I would like to help you with a free VPS. Sometimes, we need to give back to the community with some free things.

    Let me send you a DM. If your not intrested, thats also ok.

    Better to start a giveaway ;)

    Uhm, thats a great idea.
    Will think about it :)

  • totototototo Member

    @user3028938 said:

    @tototo said:

    @user3028938 said: I want to see how small a server I could squeeze a linux system on.

    So you need KVM and not OVZ, right?

    I never said that. I don't think any architecture will be a problem since processing power is not going to be an important factor unless someone else says otherwise.

    I thought your goal was to use various tricks for a custom installation, so I figured you need KVM over OVZ, as KVM offers more options for OS installations and other configurations.
    If your main priority is finding something cheap, then NAT VPS(OVZ) options like WebHorizon or Gullo's Hosting might be a good fit for you.

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  • AK_KWHAK_KWH Member, Host Rep

    For custom OS you need a KVM VPS you can try our KVM NAT in
    5GB SSD | 1 vCore | 256 MB RAM | 1TB BW@1G/sec

    Huston
    UK
    India
    turkey
    canada

  • @tototo said:

    @user3028938 said:

    @tototo said:

    @user3028938 said: I want to see how small a server I could squeeze a linux system on.

    So you need KVM and not OVZ, right?

    I never said that. I don't think any architecture will be a problem since processing power is not going to be an important factor unless someone else says otherwise.

    I thought your goal was to use various tricks for a custom installation, so I figured you need KVM over OVZ, as KVM offers more options for OS installations and other configurations.
    If your main priority is finding something cheap, then NAT VPS(OVZ) options like WebHorizon or Gullo's Hosting might be a good fit for you.

    Lol that 'goal' isn't doing the tricks, that is a means to an end.

    I will do whatever I have to in order to install the OS I want and then use it.

  • Thank you for the couple of free offers I have had so far. Tbh I am scared and suspicious of free stuff - outside of open source anyway :p . Like a lady in a bar being offered a 'free' drink.

  • nohavpsnohavps Member, Patron Provider

    Hello, we have Intel vps servers in Dallas TX from $5.00 per month. ;)

  • FrobsyFrobsy Member

    @user3028938 said:
    Thank you for the couple of free offers I have had so far. Tbh I am scared and suspicious of free stuff - outside of open source anyway :p . Like a lady in a bar being offered a 'free' drink.

    Send them my way!
    I want to host Uptime kuma

  • sugarmansugarman Member

    I need an European vps,
    1GB RAM
    15GB
    1 core
    2TB BW

    If you konw, tell me. Thanks

  • BasToTheMaxBasToTheMax Member, Host Rep

    @sugarman said:
    I need an European vps,
    1GB RAM
    15GB
    1 core
    2TB BW

    If you konw, tell me. Thanks

    is NAT with LXC virtalization fine?

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