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DrServer.Net AbusiveCores Server downtime
I have been a loyal user of DrServer as they always had the best and understanding support teams, until now! My server hosted at their Dallas DC has been down for 11 days and the support is completely non-committal, the CEO seems to be absconding and there is no resolution in sight.
I understand low end VPS cannot guarantee high availability, but 11 days is ridiculous by any standards. The only responses I am getting are that the CEO is unreachable and its in his hands as he pays the bills. It seems like the downtime is caused by non-technical/payment default reasons.
Is anyone else facing the same issue?
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Okay usually you would be told to GTFO but 11 days is above the LET public shaming requirements
If you're 100% certain that the guy didn't pay the bills, after 11 days it's no accident. People that run businesses don't just forget to pay bills (Or god would I hope not?) Hope you have backups if it's anything relatively important.
What's the IP, what network is it on? If he's colo'd most datacenters will hold the hardware as collateral.
I am not sure if it is because of unpaid bills but that seems to be indication from the support response. I have essential backups but that is from a week before the downtime (Careless of me to rely on just weekly backups, but trust me, never had such issues with Dr.Server in almost 2 years that I have used their services). There was a lot of stuff going on on that server, so recovering it on a new VPS is going to take a lot of time and effort.
My server ip is 220.127.116.11 and it seems to be hosted at QueryFoundry in Dallas. They did make a news entry on the 20th of August here: https://drserver.net/drbill/index.php?/news/view/14/dallas-downtime--query-foundry-/
But this is what my last support response was like.
Thank you @cassa for the effort.
My 4 VPS are down. ~ 10 days passed ;(
What about CEO of drServer, is he alive? I'm trying to reach him and since half year or maybe year I do hear from support, that I have to wait; he just disappeared or something...
Seems odd, so down for 10 days over a payment issue.
The DC I suspect would have raised an outstanding payment issue long before cutting the services and therefore more than sufficient time was available to dispute the claimed balance and provide proof it was paid...
Something not right there, especially when services are down, has anyone been offered an official explanation, compensation or whatever?
Yes, I was given a temporary box on a node which is on ColoCrossing's network. The IP address was surprisingly not listed in any RBLs, etc,.
Good luck with this, Dr.Server. I'm a long time, faithful customer as well and I haven't whined about this — In fact, I haven't even mentioned it outside of IRC in a private message. That's all. I do find it strange that the issue hasn't been resolved yet, especially if it is only a matter of money and not a fault with hardware as I assumed it would have been.
The unfortunate part is that if they saw this coming, they could have atleast warned the customers so we could take all precautions for a scheduled downtime.
I still maintain I have had the best relationship with Dr.Server and Andrej for a very long time and really appreciated the heart they put into customer support. But it seems like the company is in trouble.
So I contacted query foundry directly, thanks to the lack of response from Dr.Server asking if they are facing a hardware/infrastructure issue and if it was possible for them to intervene and help me recover my VPS VM for a fee. Here is the reply i got
I am not sure if it was appropriate for me to contact them directly, but I feel I need to try everything possible for my clients who depend on the services i host for them on the VM.
But this is for certain that it is a financial issue and not a technical outage at any point.
I am sorry for late reply here and i am also really sorry for situation that we are in right now.
We are finalizing hardware shipment to Incero Dallas. We have ordered full rack there and we will do Dallas on fully owned Hardware, in own rack with own switches and with multi year rented IPs.
All Dallas servers will be prepared and shipped in following 24-36 hours.
All customers who where affected by this will get free credit till the end of the year or you can get refund for your service. Please open ticket with your request.
Once again i need to apologize for the issues that we have caused to our customers. Thank you for understanding.
Thank you for the reply. I hope we won't lose any data in the process?
But your response is much awaited and much appreciated.
The move affects all Dallas servers including other brands (like xenstorage)?
My XenStorage VPS has not been affected by this, but it is at Incero, not query foundry
Mine is up too, but not sure if it will be moved to a different rack along with the other servers.
Now THIS is the kind of exceeds-all-expectations response that drserver is known and loved for.
Will it be E3-level fast threads OR under-3Ghz cpu threads on this owned hardware?
Server pron is always welcome.
I don't mean to be negative but not much about this is positive. Server down for what is 12 days now, support staff aren't sure where the owner is or what is going on..and just more downtime. I'm really happy there was a response, but it shouldn't have just now happened.
I was thinking the same, but I hate butting in on problems with other companies. 10+ days downtime, because of a move, I've seen small companies move hardware across towns in under 24 hours. Plus the fact that the staff have no clue what's going on like you said would be pretty worrying if I were a client.
Either way, it's good he said clients affected will get free credit till the end of the year (assuming I am interpreting that correctly). But 10+ days downtime is pretty bad even for a budget provider selling $10/m dedicated servers.
It's not fully clear, but is the data gone? It doesn't matter to me as I have my backup already restored on another VPS anyway.
Are you on crack mate?
If they ar several racks, they probably used a LTL, but the problem is in the time
Some people like fresh crack
Shit always happens.
I judge by how it's dealt with.
Did everyone miss the effort put into avoiding the same sort of dispute/issue happening again? (own hardware, switches)
Reputation has value in most societies
If you consider several days of downtime and zero contact to be the correct way to deal with issues, I can recommend you a ton of providers.
I missed reading this post.
I agree. You have a point there.
edit :I'm going back to sleep.
I ummm... I challenge that notion. No comment :P
And then MXRoute deadpools.....
Deadpool due to finances? Nah. Deadpool becasue Jarland spilt vodka on the rack? far more likely.