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Dedicated server question


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Sorry if this is a silly question but lets say that you have order a small dedicated server, how you will know that you get a dedicated server and not a VPS ??


Check the hardware from within the command line and verify that it's genuine hardware and not "virtual" hardware. Also check the kernel.


SSH .... secure shell. Download putty. Telnet can also work if your box allows it. In secure shell, to view the kernel info, type in:

uname -r

Most VPS servers run special kernels that will end in -xen or similar.
The following commands can be used to show CPU information:

cat /proc/cpuinfo

Make sure it says "genuine intel xeon" or something similar.
The following can be used to show memory information:

cat /proc/meminfo

And the following can be used to show other information about your hardware such as PCI cards, ethernet controllers, video cards, etc:


Good luck.


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this is what i got

uname -r

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
cat: /proc/cpuinfo: No such file or directory

$ cat /proc/meminfo
cat: /proc/meminfo: No such file or directory

the server use freebsd and i found that proc does not work with freebsd
so i run this
sysctl -a | grep -i CPU | less

System information as of Fri Apr 29 22:15:00 EDT 2011
System load: 0.17 0.20 0.17
Memory usage: 37%
kern.threads.virtual_cpu: 1
kern.ccpu: 1948
kern.smp.maxcpus: 1
kern.smp.cpus: 1
debug.cpufreq.lowest: 0
debug.cpufreq.verbose: 0
hw.model: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
hw.ncpu: 1
hw.acpi.cpu.cx_supported: C1/0
hw.acpi.cpu.cx_lowest: C1
hw.acpi.cpu.cx_usage: 100.00%
machdep.cpu_idle_hlt: 1
dev.cpu.0.%desc: ACPI CPU
dev.cpu.0.%driver: cpu
dev.cpu.0.%location: handle=\_PR_.CPU0
dev.cpu.0.%pnpinfo: _HID=none _UID=0
dev.cpu.0.%parent: acpi0
dev.cpu.0.freq: 2801
dev.cpu.0.freq_levels: 2801/-1 2450/-1 2100/-1 1750/-1 1400/-1 1050/-1 700/-1 350/-1
dev.acpi_throttle.0.%desc: ACPI CPU Throttling
dev.acpi_throttle.0.%parent: cpu0
dev.cpufreq.0.%driver: cpufreq
dev.cpufreq.0.%parent: cpu0

can you help me to translate this info please
for the memory i do not find a command
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By the CPU specs, it appears that you have a genuine server. Were you worried that somebody might have ripped you off?
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i was not worry as the server is from a big hosting company (i worry a little about the server speed)
but i wanna validate that was a real dedicated server as you never know
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There is a way to check under Linux :

cat /proc/user_beancounters ; only exists on OpenVZ/Virtuozzo VPSes;
dmesg | grep QEMU ; several virtualization technologies use Qemu;
grep Xen /var/log/dmesg ; Xen usually seems to identify itself as the BIOS type;
ls -al /boot ; Linux-vServer doesn't seem to provide /boot (among other things);



really its simple ask support, or just ask them to change OS like to Windows, if here are VPS, you cant do this.
The reason he asked in the first place was because he wasn't sure if his upstream provider was lying to him about the hardware that was issued. The thread is old. It's over.


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