In this blog post we try to highlight some of the challenges and advantages that we faced while working with OVH. The server was far more powerful than our current servers as well as had enough hardware capabilities to host several Linux VM’s. As soon as we had access to the servers one of the first thing to do was pick a virtualization platform. The same manual verification process follows after payment for IP’s, so you need to wait till you payment is verified and the IP’s get assigned to you. Go the the IP section in the control panel, expand the new IP’s you have received and click on the settings icon and select Add a virtual MAC from the context menu. Once you have generate the virtual MAC, use this guide from OVH to setup static MAC for your Virtual Machine. Online forums posts some users facing similar issues felt that there were routing issues with OVH and it took ages for them to acknowledge or fix. Going through the forum posts we read about several users who had been successful in using OVH with VMWare ESXI. The other way to to upload an image using vSphere client.  First download the appropriate ISO to your local machine. In the Datastore Browser, click the Add Folder icon to create a new folder called Installer (you can name it whatever you like).
Once you have the ISO uploaded you can use the Create a new Virtual Machine wizard from the vSphere client to go ahead and create new virtual machines as required. The VMWare ESXI 6.0 installed by default has a 60 day trial period and it needs a free license from VMWare to be installed.
As we were working with our new server, we found one day that we were no longer able to login into server. This blog post has tried to highlight our journey in setting up VMWare ESXI 6.0 on OVH hosting server. It took us several hours trying to figure out different parts of the service and get it functional.
Firstly, bargain priced dedicated servers and secondly ability to run virtualization platform on their servers.
OVH has a pretty mature control panel that lets to view and control several aspects of your services. We have been using Hyper-V internally and were pretty confortable with it so we went with it first. We expected the same to work for this server, but couple of hours of goggling solutions we figured out that RSAT tools only work in Intranet environment.
OVH allows about 256 IP Addresses to be assigned to a single machine at a one time setup cost.
Once the new IP’s are assigned to you, in order to use them in virtual machines you need to generate a Virtual MAC for them.
Unfortunately for us, after several tries and reboot we were never able to get the public IP working in the VM.
Several users had even cancelled their accounts because support was not able to fix the issue. Although it was a new platform for us, we wanted to give it a try since it pretty comparable to Hyper-V in terms of performance and capabilities. Although the tool has several limitations and can’t access the latest features provided by ESXI 6.0. There are several solutions, some forum posts suggested to ssh into esxi server and then using command line tools to download the iso’s.
We would also suggest that before you power up you new VM, you also generate a new virtual mac for the IP in OVH (as described above) but this time choose the VMware option which generating the virtual mac to make it vmware compatible. Not only that, it allows FTP, NFS and CIFS access to the backup storage so that you can easily configure it as a network drive in ESXI as well as from within your VM clients. Once this is setup you can move files to the backupstore using the Browse Datastore popup from the summary page.
We hope that this post helps those who are new to OVH hosting and makes it easier for them to setup their server.
Although they have a bit slow support, they have good dedicated server offerings at bargain prices. There have been several forum posts by others who have given important information to help us configure our servers correctly. We have not seen any other bargain provider giving such offerings, especially the latter feature to allow us to directly host a virtualization platform on their server.
They required identity proof of our company and the individual purchasing, only after identity verification the payment gets collected.
Its one of the most detailed panel we have seen and are pretty happy with the control it gives us.
In the OVH control panel (as shown above) you can click on the System (OS) spanner icon and choose an OS of your choice.
As soon as the server detects that it is in a public internet environment RSAT tools do not work.  We found a workaround to remotely managing the server using this guide written by Mark Thompson.
Although there is a cravat now that ARIN has exhausted IPv4’s, you might have to first raise a support ticket with OVH requesting them to allow you to purchase additional IP addresses for your server. In layman terms, hosting companies configure their routers to ensure that the public IP’s that they distribute is only assigned to their servers to avoid abuse. Type can be OVH for all other platforms, only select vmware if you are using vmware esxi because it requires virtual mac’s in a particular format.
There is a paid vCenter tool from VMWare which allows which allows full management for ESXI, but we choose to stick to the free tool for now. But its pretty hard to find direct links to ISO installers and we did not want to muck around in ssh until we knew what we were doing. In vSphere client, go to the Summary tab and right-click on datasource1 (highlighted in Figure 4 above) under Storage section and select Browse Datastore from the context menu.
Then go under network settings for the vm and assign a the generated static virtual mac as shown in this guide. Worried we used the OVH control panel to reboot the server (a good feature from OVH which allows quick automated reboots) and were able to login post the reboot. Follow this detailed guide from OVH to configure your backup space as well as to allow your new Public IP’s to have access to the backup storage.
VM backups is one major area we have not yet explored and are currently relying on each client VM backing up its data to the backup storage.
In this blog post we are trying to string together our journey to make it easier for others. It was a good solution for our needs to host both dedicated Windows and Linux virtual machines and that to at a bargain – simply irresistible!
Only difference we found that after we installed chocolatey, we could not install Google Chrome, so we installed Firefox and went ahead with it. They lock the IP address to a particular network MAC to ensure only that machine can use the IP address. The problem was that it was a software configuration issue and OVH support only helps with hardware issues and there was no clear forum answer too.
Hence we want ahead and installed VMware ESXI 6.0 from the OVH control panel using the default partition options.
Click on the Download vShpere Client for Windows link from the webpage loaded from the link provided in OVH by email. Either during installation or post installation you can follow this guide from OVH to assign the static IP to the virtual machine.
On looking at the event logs in vSphere client we found that someone had started to attack our vmware server by running a password list, and due to failed password attempts the root account was being locked out.
You will receive an email with the FTP username, password and servername of the backup once its created, please refer to the email to configure further. But eventually we will have to figure backup for VM’s and that should serve as a new blog post. We strive to provide our global clients of various sizes with cost effective benefits of offshore development while providing expert technical services.
After struggling and hitting a roadblock with Server4you in trying to run virtualization on their servers, we started to look for other options.
We specialize in bespoke software development and are not trained IT admins, but we definitely like to dabble into IT as far as we can. This is again a pretty unique feature we have seen in their hosting and a pretty good one too.
This will open a wizard asking you the number of IP’s you wish to purchase and the cost for it. This was the same problem we were facing with server4you hosting, the only difference in OVH is that their control panel allows you to assign a Virtual Mac to the IP address so that you can directly assign the IP address to the virtual machine. Once the install was done OVH emailed us the link to the web interface for VMware ESXI server which is basically the IP address of your server accessed over HTTPS.
Once the vSphere client is installed start it and use the credentials for root use provided in the OVH email to login to your ESXI server. Usually DSL connections have a higher download but a very low upload speed, so it could take ages. Once you correctly assign the virtual MAC as well as the static IP the vm should be able to access the internet as well as you should be able to ping into the vm’s static IP address.
Googling we found that root account on ESXI 6.0 can’t be disabled and this is a common problem. Once backup is configured in the vSphere client go to Configuration tab and click on Storage under Hardware. We are sure someone with a strong IT experience in virtualization might know these issues up front.
It’s a free file manager and a good replacement for missing Windows Explorer on the barebones Hyper-V server. Remember you can only purchase as many IP’s as they OVH support has enabled for your server. This again is a very good feature in OVH, without this there is no point of hosting VM’s because you will never be able to assign them public IP’s. The vSphere Windows client lets to configure all basic parts of ESXI as well as allows you to create and mange virtual machines. Luckily we had our existing dedicated server running, so we installed vSphere client on it and uploaded the ISO’s from there.
So we suggest you use this guide to configure ESXI to only accept connections from your IP addresses. Punch-in the credit card info and we hit hurdle number 2 (it’s a regular occurring hurdle), all credit card payments are manually authorized by their staff!
We also went through re-install of Hyper-V and reconfiguration but no matter what we were not able to get it working. We are sure someone with VMWare ESXI experience will find our journey humorous but our hope to to help those like us who do not have deep knowledge of ESXI to get started with it.
There might be several other ways to secure your ESXI, but we found this one to be good enough to meet our needs. Since we are based in Mumbai, India in GMT +5:30  timezone, it usually takes a while before their staff gets to approving our payment manually.
You could use an Azure or Amazon Vm for some time to just upload the ISO and then shut them down once you are done if your upload bandwidth is crappy. We am not sure what policies have lead them to make this a practice, but in todays rapid world waiting for manual verification seems too much. It sucks all the excitement out of the process as well as you waste days waiting on every step.
Unlike a local network with DHCP where new machines can get IP Addresses assigned automatically, VM’s on the internet need public static IP addresses if you wish to use them for hosting purposes. This is where we had been stuck with server4you hosting in the past and were curious to see if OVH had the right solution for this.

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