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  1. CEO

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    Can anyone advise what sort of spec server is required for running a dropcatching script/app?

    Can anyone recommend companies?
     
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  3. FC Domains

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    It doesn't matter. Any old server off eBay will do the job.
     
  4. CEO

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    Thanks Colin, I'm looking for a hosted server. I contacted weycrest but they dont do windows servers. I'm getting a quote on a vps at telehouse but not sure what i need spec wise. i.e. ram/processor etc....
     
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    It's not the server, it's the quality of the code combined with the latency to Nominet that's the key. A 386 would probably be sufficient to exceed the DAC limits.

    512Kb of ram minimum for a Windows server these days, more if you want a database on it.
     
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    To elaborate on what's been said above, the code to check a domain's availability and then try and register it is very very simple. It is not a resource intensive process.

    So therefore you can get away with a pretty low spec server.
     
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    kb? :D
    Typo there Alex?
     
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    Ah, those were the days when you could actually run something useful in less than 1Mb of ram
     
  9. CEO

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    thanks all, so a standard vps deal will suffice for the script and sql 2005 express?
    Would I get away with hosting sites as well?

    I'm looking at a couple of hosts in telehouse unless i can find something next door to nominet. i assume their datacentre is oxford too?
     
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    You really need to learn a lot more before spending your money.
     
  11. CEO

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    yeah thanks.
     
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    Sorry, but it was a serious bit of advice.
    You don't want a Windows server, or to worry about how physically close it would be to Nominet.

    I'm not about to tell you what you do want, but I didn't like seeing you waste money.
     
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    FC, when you connect to the server, I assume it works like

    You: Connect
    Server: Identify
    You: Helo, Username:password
    Server: Hello Username
    You: Check Google
    Server: available
    You: Register google.co.uk
    Server: OK / Error
    You: Disconnect

    Or something like that...

    Do you HAVE to check the domain is available or can you just send the 'register' command ?

    If you can do that, then your latancy to is pretty much irrelevant ?

    I have loads of idea's to boost responsiveness of DAC querying and registering names, but as I don't have access (as yet), I can't test any.

    I'm going to ask my hosting company if I can jack his account for testing, as I he has a tag, but not sure on DAC access.
     
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    I'd echo FC's earlier comment. Regardless, it's all there on Nominet's website; why not go and have a read?

    P.
     
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    Hey Philip, I actually didnt think nominet would publically post server interactions, so I hadn't looked.

    I'll go look now :)
     
  16. CEO

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    You echo his earlier comments?
    What exactly do I google for to answer my question? You dont find info on dropcatching anywhere. and nominet doesn't advise on servers either.
    I have a vb.net script so needed a windows server.

    Thanks for being so helpful to a noob. This forum appears to be 90% for selling your domains and the other 10% for the regulars. The noobs just seem to get talked down to imho.
     
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    CEO, you need to consider that dropcatching is a living for some people. The ability to catch a £xx,xxx domain name as it drops is a valuable one! The knowledge to do it isn't really out there.

    Those who are doing it well have either bought in the knowledge/software (not generally cheap!) or have spent many a day crafting their own system/script to the point of obsession.

    People will help you and point you in the right direction but it's not going to come on a plate. If it did, some people would be out of a job!

    To be honest, it's never been so good for new dropcatchers - the amount of information that's freely available now is huge compared to what was public a few years ago :mrgreen:.

    It's not something that you can successfully do casually, you need to have some technical knowledge on board and some extreme cunning :)

    I am curious to know more about your script though - where did you get it from??

    Best of luck with it :D
     
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    Echo the above.

    I am developing anew script and it hadnt occured to me to ask about it on here as i wouldnt expect to tell people if i myself knew.I will have to find out the hard way. I am not new here either.

    Rob
     
  19. CEO

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    Agree with above comments totally and hence haven't asked any questions about the actual scripting. I didn't consider my questions to be top secret or to assist greatly.
    Telling me why i don't want a windows server is intriguing and if you dont want me to waste my money then eloborating would be appreciated which I assume wouldn't be elaborating on some holy grail of the dark art?
     
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  21. CEO

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    Yeah thanks again. good luck with your script.
     
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