Where are you hosting a Zen Secure Node?


#21

Currently, I’ve two nodes, one in digitalocean.com and one in time4vps.eu

The node in the digitalocean.com cost about 10 dollars per month and you’ll get
Intel® Xeon® CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz 1 cores,
1 GB Memory + 4 GB swap
and 30 GB SSD with that price.

Challenge times are between 173-245 https://securenodes.eu.zensystem.io/nodes/4087/detail
If you register via this link you’ll get 10 dollars in your account: https://m.do.co/c/443979e2d997

Another node is in time4vps.eu which is a little bit cheaper than Digitalocean and it cost 7.5-10 dollars per month (depends on if you pay 2 years in advance, you’ll get cheaper price).
With that price, you’ll get
Time4VPS KVM Linux 1
Intel® Xeon® CPU E5-2640 v4 @ 2.40 GHz 2 cores,
4 GB Memory + 4 GB swap and 80 GB SSD.

Challenge times are between 152-204 secs. https://securenodes.eu.zensystem.io/nodes/2191/chals

It’s good to note that the read/write speeds are really slow at the time4vps.eu and their support told that they have capped because their VPS is focused on Web Hosting, and this limit is enough in most cases for hosting websites. Another reason is that this cap helps them to keep our disk drives more durable for a longer time. At least this is what they told but I have a hard time in believing that.

Here are the write speed tests that I did and it’s good to think these if you’re planning to use less RAM and more swap memory.

I did run this command on time4vps.eu
dd if=/dev/zero of=sb-io-test bs=1M count=1k conv=fdatasync; rm -rf sb-io-test
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 21.0994 s, 50.9 MB/s

Same command on my digitalocean.com:
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=sb-io-test bs=1M count=1k conv=fdatasync; rm -rf sb-io-test
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 2.3076 s, 465 MB/s

Personally, I’ll recommend digitalocean.com over the time4vps.eu even though it’s more expensive but at least you’re getting SSD speeds when you’re paying for SSDs. My next node will be definitely in the digitalocean.com because it’s so easy to open up a new node (droplet) and shut down a new one on their dashboard. time4vps.eu is also a good option if yuo’d like to pay 2 years in advance and in that way it will be a lot cheaper than digitalocean.com. In the digitalocean.com you can try their VPS for just hours and you’ll only pay for hours you use the VPS.


#22

Thank you for all your info. I’m looking to have several secure nodes. I have a few questions:

Is this something that an ordinary Joe can setup and maintain?

Do I need separate wallets of 42 coins or can I have all of my coins in one wallet?


#23

You’ll need 42 coins in each address

I’m running one node in linode. I was in the plan 1024 but challengue start to fail and migrate do 2048 now its fine:

https://securenodes.na.zensystem.io/nodes/1627/detail


#24

Absolutely this is something that everybody can do! I didn’t have any previous experience with virtual private servers and I managed to set up three working secure nodes in approximately in one day. Actual setup took about an hour and it was very easy to do with those manuals. You just copy-paste commands via SSH connections and that’s it. It takes about 8 hours to download the whole blockchain so it was basically just waiting.

I got few PM’s about how to set up a secure node and I’ll share same information in here as well.

You want to set up your own secure node, you can find everything you need from this blog post and this is the official guide: https://blockoperations.com/how-to-build-and-operate-a-zencash-secure-node/

I recommend that you read through this blog post which gives more details how to setup VPS and it’s more detailed than the guide in the first link: https://blockoperations.com/build-zencash-secure-node-part-1-prepare-vps/
Here’s another guide with almost same information: https://www.zen-solutions.io/detailed-node-creation-tutorial-part-1/

Like I said it’s really easy to set up a secure node and If you encounter any problems you can get help from very friendly devs in the Discord group #securenodes https://discord.gg/Sx22WP


#25

Hello, how are you running multi secure nodes on one machine? I’m searching how to do that, now it looks I have to use nginx