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Posted on 2009-05-16
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Well since I am downloading movies all the time and I do it through a torrent client, I keep getting banned... so I decided to go for  a seed box that's dedicated. Since I do not have much knowledge I decided to take your help. First I am going to post the config I have ordered for from Softlayer and i want to know if I would be capable to handle something like this as I am fairly new to all this. Second it seems they have Linux based operating system for this server... I have never used Linux so is it going to be an issue. I work on a Macbook. The config:

Your SoftLayer Order




Item               Option       Monthly       Setup

Datacenter             
Dallas

Server             
Single Processor Dual Core Opteron 170 - 2.00GHz - 2 x 1MB cache       
$119.00       
$0.00

Ram             
2 GB DDR 400       
$0.00       
$0.00

Remote Management             
Reboot / Remote Console       
$0.00       
$0.00

Uplink Port Speeds             
10 Mbps Public & Private Networks       
$0.00       
$0.00

      Private Network Port             
10 Mbps private uplink       
$0.00       
$0.00

      Public Network Port             
10 Mbps public uplink       
$0.00       
$0.00

Public Bandwidth             
2000 GB Bandwidth       
$0.00       
$0.00

Primary IP Addresses             
1 IP Address       
$0.00       
$0.00

Secondary IP Addresses             
4 IP Addresses       
$0.00       
$0.00

Public Static IPv6 Addresses             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Disk Controller             
Non-RAID       
$0.00       
$0.00

First Hard Drive             
250GB SATA II       
$0.00       
$0.00

Second Hard Drive             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Third Hard Drive             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Fourth Hard Drive             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Lockbox             
1 GB Lockbox       
$0.00       
$0.00

EVault             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Operating System             
CentOS 5 (32 bit)       
$0.00       
$0.00

Parallels Virtuozzo             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Control Panel Software             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Parallels Plesk Billing             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Database Software             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Web Analytics Software             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Anti-Virus & Spyware Protection             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Insurance             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

Monitoring             
Host Ping       
$0.00       
$0.00

Notification             
Email and Ticket       
$0.00       
$0.00

Response             
Automated Notification       
$0.00       
$0.00

Intrusion Detection & Protection             
Network IDS/IPS Protection       
$0.00       
$0.00

Hardware & Software Firewalls             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

VPN Management - Private Network             
Unlimited SSL VPN Users & 1 PPTP VPN User per account       
$0.00       
$0.00

Vulnerability Assessments & Management             
Nessus Vulnerability Assessment & Reporting       
$0.00       
$0.00

Server Quantity             
1

Host and Domain Names             
Hostname  1:                ex: server1
Domain Name 1:                ex: example.com
 
 
Additional Products

Network Attached Storage             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00

iSCSI             
None       
$0.00       
$0.00
 
And now I will post the conversation I had with their live help:
Arielle: Hi there, is there anything I can help you find? Here is a link to our current special: http://www.softlayer.com/specials.html
Anaam: hi. I would like to know about seedboxes for single person use
Anaam: u there?
Arielle: Hello, I apologize I am here
Arielle: I would be happy to help
Anaam: Yes which one of your products is a seedbox?
Arielle: what is your monthly budget?
Arielle: you can use any dedicated server or CCI as a seedbox
Anaam: 50 to $
Anaam: 60
Arielle: our support ends at the OS level, from there you have full root access to the box to admin it per your needs
Anaam: what is CCI
Arielle: in that case you may want to check out some of our resllers
Arielle: Cloud Compute Instance
Arielle: www.zipservers.com
Arielle: www.excellenthost.com/hosting/vps
Arielle: http://www.serverintellect.com/ - Windows Only
Anaam: You cloudlayer computing that begins at $99?
Anaam: mean
Anaam: dedicated is too expensive for me
Arielle: our most entry level dedicated server starts ta $119/month
Anaam: ok just help me with your web page is cloud layer computing foe seedboxes it starts at $99
Arielle: correct
Anaam: Dedicated servers says $139 and up
Anaam: and not $119
Arielle: there are servers in our Outlet store for $119
Arielle: http://outlet.softlayer.com/
Anaam: Ok i was finding it difficult to understand which one is a seed box and according to you cloud layer computing is. It can download stuff from other websites or servers?
Anaam: what is the storage capacity of Opteron 170?
Arielle: on a dedicated server such as the 170 chassis you can put in up to 4 HDD's and we offer up to 1.00TB HDD'
Arielle: s
Arielle: so 4TB
Anaam: Sorry I am confused... I will first have to pay $119 for the server and then seperately for the storage???
Anaam: or the storage of 4TB is inbuilt
Arielle: storage is not included the $119/month is the base price of the servers
Arielle: the acually processors and CPU
Arielle: it comes with a single 250 GB HDD
Arielle: anything over that would be extra
Anaam: so if I want 1TB of storage how much will that cost me?
Anaam: oh you mean 250 gb of storage already exists within the $119 i pay?
Arielle: $50 per 1.00 TB HDD
Arielle: Anaam: oh you mean 250 gb of storage already exists within the $119 i pay? <--- yes
Anaam: oh thats great thats all the storage I need! So u advice me to go for dedicated or cloudlayer computing?
Arielle: that depends on your needs they both have unique feature sets
Anaam: I just need to download documentaries from websites and and then on to my mac OS X through FTP.
Anaam: So what are the unique features in both?
Anaam: u there?
Anaam: Helllo?????
Arielle: one moment I am trying to find a link for you
Arielle: I am sorry I cannot find it, to be brief, there are may differences to include provisioning time
Arielle: remote access
Arielle: upgrade options
Arielle: etc
Anaam: I just need to download documentaries from websites and and then on to my mac OS X through FTP. Does the dedicated server or seedbox work for this?
Anaam: Also as I go through the order page in order software what do you reccomend? As I told you I ahve a Mac OSX so will Centos5 (32 bit) do?
Arielle: both a dedicated server and CCI will work for this
Anaam: Also as I go through the order page in add software what do you reccomend? As I told you I have a Mac OSX so will Centos5 (32 bit) do?
Arielle: Cent is a Linux platform if you can access it and are familiar with how you navigate the OS that will be fine
Anaam: so what would be a good for as a Mac platform?
Anaam: I am not familiar with Linux at all
Arielle: will you have a server administrator? Any OS in theory will work given what you have outlined it is a matter of which OS you or your administerstrator is the most familiar with
Anaam: I don't even know what a server administrator is...lol. So I guess I won't... Once I get stuff dowloaded to the dedicated server... I will anyway be accessing it through the internet... so is it important which OS I have?
Anaam: ??
Arielle: what do you mean access it through the internet? do you mean a website? If so you can but you would need to set that up which gets pretty technical
Arielle: you might want to consider a managed reseller of ours and a VPS solution or something along those lines
Anaam: Won't you help me set it up...
Anaam: As in set it up and give me the server address by email... thats how my current seedbox works
Arielle: no, for security reasons our technicians do not access your data. You are the only person that has access to it.  Our engineers assist customers with questions about hardware, software, control panels, bandwidth, networking, datacenter and security products we deliver.
Arielle: you will get the server IP and root login info in the portal if that is what you mean
Anaam: yes i mean the and root login info... and the rest is already set up isn't it?
Anaam: server ip
Arielle: the rest? what do you mean by that
Arielle: our support stops at the OS level
Arielle: you are responsible for the day to day server admin, applications and 3rd party software
Arielle: you or yoru administratior :)
Anaam: server admin????? oh man
Anaam: but thanks for your help.
Anaam: but I must invest into this even for a month so that I understand this stuff
Anaam: if I lose I lose $119 so be it
Arielle: ok sure :)
Arielle: ok it will be $180.19 per server place the manual payment for each then I can place the order for you :)

Now please do tell me if this dedicated server in terms of its working is like a regular seedbox or will it require some amount of expertise on my side. Do you advise i go for it or its not for people like me???
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http://torrentfreak.com/10-reasons-why-you-need-a-seedbox-080715 has a list of suppliers with servers already set up for what you want to do, no software to install. What you list above is a server that's not set up and it's not for people like you. (You'll have to highlight the text in that article, it's black text on black background for some reason).

Whilst bittorrent itself is not illegal (these may be movies you and your buddies made for all I know) sharing copyrighted material is illegal so you're just as likely to get in trouble using a hosted service as you are from doing it at home.
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can you please indicate what article you would like to get highlighted???
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Click on link above and there's some seedbox providers.

To read it you will have to highlight the text because it is black text on black background.
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Oh Thanks! I have taken your advice and have opted for pre-setup box. (on mine its black text on white... lol)
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