Rackspace is a traditional and cloud hosting company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. They run datacentres in three US states, the UK, and Hong Kong.

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How to build and run a machine room?

The last guy quit (I think a lot of adventures begin this way?) and I've been given the job to build a new machine room. I am coordinating with 2 engineers, campus ITS, campus Facilities Management, ...
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“Cloud” file storage Vs. Self-Managed Servers (What's the big deal with cloud?)

So I'm just going to jump right in to the maths; My web host offers a server with 5x2TB drives, unmetered 1GB/s connection and can provision servers in 5 different data-centers, for ~$200/month. If I ...
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Backup solutions for Rackspace cloud sites?

What options do I have for backing up the content from a Rackspace Cloud Sites including files and databases? I know they have cron jobs, but I am not sure what options I have when it comes to that. ...
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External load balancer solutions between EC2 and Rackspace

I have a website primarily hosted on EC2 with the backends (MySql) replicated async to a Rackspace store. I am also planning to have a suite of web server, cache & db on standby at Rackspace in ...
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Best cat6 patch panels? Is price really a factor?

I can go down to my local graybar right now and purchase some AllenTel 48 Port Cat 6 Patch panels I need (part number AT66-PNL-48). They are $275 each. That seems a bit high considering I've seen ...
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Migration between OpenStack and RackSpace cloud

So I am deploying a OpenStack private cloud in my business. As I understand from research the OpenStack project was created by RackSpace and that their own cloud platform uses OpenStack. So my ...
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Track bandwith usage by application

I have a server at Rackspace and noticed my server is suddenly sending out 2GB of data per month (this is atypical since I don't use it that much) How can I figure out what application is using that ...
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Active Directory in the cloud

My company is considering implementing Active Directory and Windows Server to manage our local network and workstations. The main benefits sought are central management of machines, security ...
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How do I register only internal NIC address in AD DNS, with servers with multiple NICs?

I'm hosting some Windows servers on Rackspace, and have added them to a domain. Each server has two NICs, a public and private NIC. The public NIC has a public IPv4 and IPv6 address, while the private ...
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Rackspace cloudserver backup options

I recently signed up with Rackspace to host some database servers. I've got two MySQL servers set up, and have a method to create backups (using the Percona Xtrabackup and innobackupex tools). I've ...
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High CPU performance on a cloud hosting platform

We need a cloud hosting platform that provides high CPU throughput for a very specific high-CPU utilization application we have. Can anyone recommend a cloud hosting platform whose virtual instances ...
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Using Load Balancer in Rackspace cloud for website HA

I have tested tomcat specific clustering with apache mod_jk and mod_proxy on ubuntu local VMs for our website high availability and load balancing. The real servers are hosted by Rackspace cloud ...
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How does the Cloud compare to Colocation? And development too [closed]

Currently I/we run a SaaS web application where each subscriber has their own physical instance of the application in addition to their own database. The setup has each web application instance ...
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Multicast in Rackspace cloud

On Amazon EC2, I cannot use multicast, but how about rackspace cloud? It would be very beneficial to be able to use multicast as most clustering protocols rely on it...
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How to choose size for a cloud server (rackspace)

We're going to test the rackspace cloud next week to see how it's working with our web app. It's a LAMP environment with a lot of MySQL databases. How do I choose the "right" server size? On ...
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What is the quickest way to get a new Rackspace server instance connected to a puppet master?

Right now I log into the new server put the puppet master in /etc/hosts install puppet change "START" to "yes" in /etc/default/puppet change "server" to puppet master name under [main] run agent ...
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Rear mount or front mount switches

Where I work all the switches in a rack are mounted in the rear of the rack, but this presents a problem with hot isle cold isle cooling. The alternative is to mount the switches in the front of the ...
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Is slow IO on my cloud server causing my slow server restart issues?

I'm running two servers on Rackspace cloud one for the web app and one for the db and redis instances. The web server has 1Gb of ram and single core. Nginx sits in front of unicorn which is running 2 ...
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Forcing a verbose fsck on reboot (Ubuntu)

I'd like to force a verbose fsck on reboot of my Ubuntu linux server, I can get fsck to run on reboot by creating a file /forcefsck in my root dir ... Additionally, by adding a y into the contents of ...
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MySql Data Loss - post mortem analysis - RackSpace Cloud Server

After a recent 'emergency migration' of a RS cloud server, the mysql databases on our server snapshot image proved to be days out of date from the backup date. And yet files that were uploaded ...
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How do you audit cloud servers?

So we have a decent number for cloud servers that are on Rackspace (numerous) accounts. I'm looking for a solution to the - What's on that server? Where is that server? How do I get to that server? I ...
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Chef Error “RuntimeError: Please save server before accessing metadata”

I'm trying to create a new server on the Rackspace Cloud using Chef and I keep coming across this error in Chef: RuntimeError: Please save server before accessing metadata Any ideas?
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How can import an existing linux machine into Rackspace?

How can import an existing linux machine into Rackspace is pretty much what I'd like to know. I've got a VM hosted in a datacenter, and I'd like to move that VM, which is configured and running ...
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Dedicated server hosting with your own server

Is that possible? I notice that monthly prices go up when the more powerful your server. I'd like to avoid the raise in pricing by using my own home-built rackable-server. I would like to send my ...
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What's the difference between Rackspace Cloud Servers and Rackspace Cloud Sites? [closed]

I'm looking to host a video-centric PHP site. Video will be served from CDN. What does Cloud Site's $150/mo get you? [Edit] Seems like with cloud site you get: web server that's ready to go a ...
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Things I should look for/tread cautiously if I am moving to the cloud

What should I be looking out for when moving to a cloud like Rackspace? Another user at serverfault had issues like compute cycles (CC) exploding and I did not want to have the same experience.
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Puppet write hosts using api call

I'm trying to write a puppet function that calls my hosting environment (rackspace cloud atm) to list servers, then update my hosts file. My get_hosts function is currently this: require 'rubygems' ...
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Amazon S3 + Cloudfront VS Rackspace CloudFiles [closed]

I know this question came up lot of time on the internet , But I couldn't find any latest updates on this . So I gathered the information what I found and putting here and have few questions on it . ...
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Why am I getting 'undefined method' exceptions when executing 'run_list add', 'run_list remove' and 'rackspace server delete'?

[Originally posted this to opscode forum, got no response] I’m testing out a free hosted chef-server account and multiple subcommands are failing with ‘Unexpected Errors’. Perhaps my version and the ...
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Rackspace offsite backup

Is it necessary to do offsite backups when you're on Rackspace? Rackspace does daily image backups of the server, which does backups every half hour. If the server is hacked, and all backups are ...
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To what extent do I need to know what i am doing with Ubuntu Linux server admin?

So as a bit of background, I am completely new to server admin. I am a web designer, and generally know quite a bit about computers. Until a few months ago, I had never used LINUX. Now my desktop ...
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Understanding generally how emails are received / sent (dns records)

So I registered a domain name through google, and I'm going to set up a small server through rackspace's cloud servers. I'd prefer to keep my email going to google apps, rather than have to have my ...
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know about web app to monitor server activity?

I have running some servers on rackspace and I want to know if there is a web application like linode-graphs as you can see in the image ? I want to see graphs of server activities like: ram cpu ...
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In Rackspace cloud, it is true that a 2GB server is faster than the default 256MB server?

For example...when I do string.find("..."), will it be faster because the CPU is allocated more?
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Can I create local AMI file for future use on various cloud service?

Is it possible to locally create a single AMI file of say Debian Jessie and use it directly (or with little changes) on any AMI-compatible cloud service providers (eg. AWS, CloudStack, Digital Ocean ...
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Are relative-path symlinks reliable on Rackspace Cloud Sites?

Rackspace's Cloud Sites have a lot of stupid limitations. For example, no SSH (in or out), no shell, no RSYNC, etc... (even through cron). Recently I learned that you can't reliably use symlinks in ...
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Recommend a Rackspace Cloud Server API Language Binding?

Rackspace publishes only a hard-to-use HTTP and JSON/XML based "API" (they call it an API but it's really a non-standard Web Service without a WSDL). There are dozens of open-source language bindings ...
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How to remove / add public network to a server in Rackspace API

I have a server in Rackspace API. I would like to use the nova command to remove the public network interface. I am using the command: nova virtual-interface-list <instance_id> and then ...
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Load balancer for multiple sites

I am in the process of setting up a network of web servers on Rackspace. I am looking to do 4 servers in groups of two. See diagram below. My question is, if I have server A and server B as a ...
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Does SQL database perform significantly better on a dedicated machine vs Azure cloud

I'm looking into splitting our database server and application server and am evaluating offerings from Rackspace and Azure specifically around the database server. We are a Saas Web application and ...
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Retrieve data from the failed Windows Server on Rackspace Cloud Server

One of our Windows Server 2008 servers which was hosted as a Cloud Server on Rackspace has recently failed. We are not getting much help from the Rackspace support, all they keep saying is that ...
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Rack tool for measuring cabling?

I'm looking for a tool that can be used to measure the length of Cat 6 cables that need to be installed in a comms rack. I won't be making the cables myself. For example the length of a cable required ...
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Conserver Space by Putting PDU and Cisco 3500XL Switch on Same U?

Is it possible to have two appliances on 1U in a Rack. Both the PDU and the Cisco switch are very short, I was wondering if it is doable to have one on the front and one on the back. I just purchased ...
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Can I deploy via Git to Rackspace Cloud Sites?

I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to deploy to Rackspace Cloud Sites via Git-push? I contacted the Rackspace support and all they can tell me is that I might be able to as long as I don't need ...
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Domain redirection by port to another server [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use DNS to redirect domain to specific port on my server I have 2 public facing web servers on Rackspace Cloud Servers. One is a Windows 2003 server with IIS 6 ...
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Rackspace Cloud Sites API (Not Cloud Servers)

I'm looking for a way to pull data from my Rackspace Cloud SITES account. The data I want to pull is bandwidth, diskspace, and compute cycles (all available from control panel). I'd like to set up my ...
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Rackspace Cloud servers backing up

Is there anyway to backup an image of a rackspace cloud server? something thats easy to do instead of running scripts backing up each db and fs. This seems like something easy to do on EC2 and ...
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Mount VHD from Rackspace, with Windows 7 or Mountain Lion

I'm trying to explore the contents of a VHD form a backup of my Rackspace server. Any idea on how I might be able to mount it and explore it's contents? I've tried using the Computer Management tool ...
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How can I run Rackspace images locally?

As the title says, I regularly download my Rackspace images for backup of my VPS, however I'm wondering if it's possible to run them locally on KVM (for example) so I can run tests on my application ...
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Rackspace: installing mail and web server applications on the same server

I've set up a web server on a Rackspace cloud server, and that is running fine and doing everything I need. Now I am trying to figure out how to add the ability to send and receive e-mail. I've ...