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Rick, I just looked at GoDaddy's site. They provide VPS (Virtual Private Server) but I do not see VDS (Virtual Dedicated Server). I may be splitting hairs here, but dedicated servers are more expensive than $50 per month. I see VPS solutions from GoDaddy in the $30 and up range.

Are you using a VPS account? If so, which level...they offer several. The features sound good and I have used GoDaddy for years, so I am familiar with their service and quality. I know allot of folks bad mouth GoDaddy, but I have not had any real problems with them.

http://www.godaddy.com/hosting/vps-hosting.aspx?ci=9013

Are you on one of these packages? If so, which one?

Thanks.

-Beau

 

 
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Beau, it is great that you know how to set up your own server, I admire your abilities.

Yes, I see GoDaddy calls these VPSs now, they used to be VDSs.  Oh well.

I have the "Value" one, which I see is between $32 and $40 right now, depending on your commitment.  Yes, I know what you mean about "bad mouth GoDaddy", and I too have not had any real problems with them.  From the server side, they seem to know what they are doing.  Can't expect them to know everything about every application.  If you need this kind of knowledge, one would be better off with a Moodle partner, but your not at $50 per month.

Yes, a "Dedicated Server" is much more expensive.  It will probably be a long time before I need one of these, especially since I have 3 more steps available with the VPSs.

Since you know the Linux stuff well, you might actually have some fun experimenting with one of the VPSs.  You would probably be able to assess how well GoDaddy configures these things, then you could share what you learn will all of us.  Also, if you start with one month, GoDaddy (as you probably know) will likely send you emails with bigger discounts on these VPSs.

 
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Rick, thanks for your good advice. I am going to start working on my newer local server today and see how it does with a 2.4 install before committing to GoDaddy's VPS. This server has a 4TB RAID5 with one spare 2TB drive, 12GB of RAM and two Zeon quad core 2.0GHz processors all running on a two year old Supermicro server board. I am upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.1 today for the hypervisor. It should have enough horsepower to  do whatever moodle 2.4 needs. I will install moodle 2.4 in CentOS 6.3.

Since school starts on Wednesday, I am afraid this project will move down my list for a while. Since I am not doing any curriculum development this semester, maybe I can focus more time on upgrading moodle to its maxium performance.

Thank you again for your advice and feedback.

-Beau

 
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Wow, I would think that your computer will have plenty of power for your 44 courses and 370 students.  However, some of this will depend upon how it is used by the teachers, and whether there is a bunch of concurrent usage.  I don't have a feel for this because I only run around 5 courses each semester, around 80 students.

Yep, I know how these things go when we have to begin teaching.  From above, I think I recall that you have a running version of Moodle, you just wanted to upgrade to 2.4.  If you are at 2.2, you are already getting many of the benefits (but of course, not all) of running Moodle 2.

Good luck.

 
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Hi Beau

"Virtual dedicated server" is a synonym for a "virtual private server" in the sense that "A VPS is dedicated to the individual customer's needs, has the privacy of a separate physical computer, and can be configured to run server software" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_server.

The next step would be the "dedicated server" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedicated_server where you have real hardware 100% for you. For a single teacher that is an overkill (yes, unless bloated software rob the resources). Since you teach Linux, you will torture yourself with somebody's shared server. You need shell access, a decent VPS has it.

The search for a suitable hosting service is one of the topics in the "Hardware and Performance" forum https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=596. All the starting information are give in its intro.

Talking of GoDaddy, I have my reservations: See "Go Daddy! (Where to?)" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=193106.
 
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