sounds like a worthy challenge.
i'll contribute as much as possible...

On Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM, Pete Travis <> wrote:

On Nov 2, 2015 9:28 AM, "bruce" <> wrote:
> Hi Pete.
> Thanks for the reply.
> I'm looking to play/test setting up a couple of test systems on
> rackspace/digitalocean (given the cheap cost).
> Droplets on Digital ocean are 5/mth so I can play a bit. I'm not a
> sysadmin guy, and don't want to be, but I really need to get a base
> understanding of how to provision a box, setup dns/nfs for a couple of
> boxes, establish a reasonable 'secure' env, that kind of thing..
> I could eventually read/look over tutorials/try things/etc.. but it
> sometimes is easier/better to have someone I can talk with/query to
> speed up the process, and have a better outcome.
> I haven't yet purchased the droplets, as I want to make sure I kind of
> understand what has to be done, prior to jumping in!
> Thanks
> -bruce
> ps, I'm more than willing to shell out a few $$ for this. Also,
> there's a small group that I'm part of, and once I get this
> data/knowledge, I want to be able to walk them through how to do a
> similar process.
> thanks again..

A couple points here:

-  I, or we, can offer guidance on using cloud products, CDNs, etc here to accomplish a specific goal.  Advise on this list is free, and it is the declared purpose of the list.  If you're setting up a webserver, or backup target, or whatever, say so.

-  If you aren't a sysadmin, and will need regular and specific support for your cloud infrastructure, you should look into Rackspace's support levels. There is a service tier that gets you OS level admin support. (full disclosure: I'm one of the folks providing that support).


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