How to setup a Windows VPS?

David Beroff

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I want to buy a windows VPS and setup Windows 7 on it for storing files and my data. Which VPS companies are good to start with? how to setup and how to create remote desktop connection and I can use it somewhere when I need to get my files back to my laptop? I am quite new to manage a Windows from a VPS. I would to read your suggestions. Thanks
 

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Hello,
You can turn any vps into virtual desktop.

1) Windows [Paid]: Requires Windows OS license.
can use Remote desktop connection client.

2) Ubuntu [Free]: Install ubuntu server and convert it to desktop os or use pre-configured desktop template if available.
Command to convert ubuntu server to ubuntu desktop
Code:
apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
use tightvnc to establish remote desktop connection.
You might find following tutorial useful
Code:
Following command will install latest Xfce desktop environment and the TightVNC package on your Ubuntu 16.04 VPS. These packages are available in the official Ubuntu repository.

apt install xfce4 xfce4-goodies tightvncserver
It'll take a minute or two to complete. When it's done, you can run following command to initiate initial configuration of VNC server.

vncserver
You'll be promoted to enter and verify a password. This is the password for root VNC user. It can be different from your server root password. You'll be also asked for view-only password, you can ignore it by typing n.

It's also important that you install a package manager. You can install official Ubuntu software center. But I prefer to use Synaptic Package Manager. Following command will install it.

apt install synaptic
Update and upgrade.

apt update
apt upgrade
Configuring the VNC Server

Since you ran the vncserver command on previous step, you need to stop it before making any modifications to the configuration. Following command will do it.

vncserver -kill :1
Now backup the current configuration file.

mv ~/.vnc/xstartup ~/.vnc/xstartup.bak
Create a new xstartup file with nano text editor.

nano ~/.vnc/xstartup
Paste following lot,

#!/bin/bash
xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
startxfce4 &
Save and close file. Give proper permissions to execute the file we just created.

chmod +x ~/.vnc/xstartup
Start VNC server,

vncserver

Your VPS is now fully configured with VNC to be used as a remote desktop. But you'll need a VNC viewer installed on your local PC or MAC to be able to access it.
You will find plenty offers at VPS Offers.
Make sure to read Terms of service before purchase, and do not store any pirated, malware data.
 
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David Beroff
I am caring on this step because I like using Windows than Ubuntu and I am more familiar with Windows.
As you noted in your post, it requires paid so how much to have Windows on the VSP? Can I free ones? and some providers can support this?
 

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I am caring on this step because I like using Windows than Ubuntu and I am more familiar with Windows.
As you noted in your post, it requires paid so how much to have Windows on the VSP? Can I free ones? and some providers can support this?
Please note, one way or another you will have to pay windows license fees.
case 1 : license cost Included in given product pricing.
case 2 : license cost excluded from given product pricing.

In our case[case 2], you will have to purchase windows OS license separately which costs $10.97 per month. This cost may differ in case of other providers.
 

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Unfortunately Microsoft does not allow service providers to license Windows 7 (or any client version of Windows) within a hosting/server environment.

As long as you have your own Windows license you can circumvent the above, however you would be breaking the Microsoft license agreement. Should you want to proceed anyways, you can find installation instructions for installing various flavors of Microsoft Windows onto platforms like DigitalOcean and OVH VPS on this website - whatuptime.com
 

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I would venture to say that most Windows VPS hosting companies include the license with the VPS service. I would check their FAQ or contact them directly to make sure, when you think you found a host you want to use, but most often than not it will be included. I would also say that the ones that do not include it, will more often than not actually be the more expensive providers actually, when you expect it to be the other way around, but it's not! :DD:
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I would reach out to them directly, they have a contact form on their site.
Honestly I used these providers but not not, i will need to check their offers again and see if they are offering it or not.

I would venture to say that most Windows VPS hosting companies include the license with the VPS service. I would check their FAQ or contact them directly to make sure, when you think you found a host you want to use, but most often than not it will be included. I would also say that the ones that do not include it, will more often than not actually be the more expensive providers actually, when you expect it to be the other way around, but it's not! :DD:
You are right, I am expecting that because it will save money for me if the provider included the license in their VPS services.
 

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As asked about, do you provide free Windows license, for example, Windows 7
i send you an PM :D i'm waiting your reply
I received your PM and visiting both links you sent but could not access your website
It is displaying this on my browser

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When setting up a Windows server, in the light of recent events, first and foremost I suggest to disable SMB1 :)
 

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Unfortunately, as others have mentioned, it is not possible to legally license Windows 7 on a server environment.

If you really wanted to, you could find a provider who allows for custom ISO's to be installed, and install the operating yourself.
 
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