This week we are releasing a major update to our default Windows Server 2012 Standard system build. The new version includes performance upgrades, new software, and additional optimization over the previous release.
Most noticeably, the new build sports an updated look on the desktop, with some improved UI also. Control Panel and Chrome are easily accessible from the taskbar:
We’ve further optimized the system clock settings to sync to GMT, with NetTime synchronizing with time servers to maintain extreme precision through any possible system halts, disconnections, or reboots:
Additional enhancements and optimizations have been made to the default Windows Firewall settings, which are active by default on all forex VPS systems to provide maximum security. Security alerts and management are streamlined into the server UI with Action Center:
The Start Manager utility can be used to automatically restart MT4 in the event of a reboot or system failure:And, just like a normal PC, Chrome can browse the Internet and download files:
The new build is live, and comes fully setup and ready to use. View our forex VPS plans and pricing to order, or see more features of MT4 VPS hosting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
We recently published a knowledgebase article detailing how to automatically restart MetaTrader 4 after a VPS reboot. If you already have a forex VPS with FXVM, please jump to the Knowledgebase, as this functionality is built in to our forex VPS systems by default. Else, read on!
Using a forex VPS is an excellent first step toward maintaining 100% stability and availability of your MT4 platform and EAs. Beyond that, a critical practice is to automatically start MT4 in the event of a system reboot. This way, MetaTrader 4 will restart automatically in the event of a system crash or reboot, without any need to log in and start the program manually. Although using a forex VPS for expert advisors and other trading strategies is highly recommended, you can also use these steps with any normal Windows PC.
We recommend a free utility called Startup Manager, which provides an easy interface for defining normal .exe’s (Windows executables) as system services. This allows Windows to run the programs at system boot, before any user account logs in.
Download the application here: http://www.startup-manager-windows.com/downloads/startman.exe
Then, just follow the simple steps to add your MT4 program:
1. Open the Startup Manager and click the green “+” icon.
2. In the popup dialog, click Browse.
4. Click OK to add the .exe to the startup list.
You’re done! MT4 will now automatically restart in the event of a system reboot. There is no need to keep Startup Manager open; all changes are saved to the system registry and will take effect immediately.
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For those new to virtualized hosting paradigm, the technical concept of a forex VPS can be difficult to understand at first glance. In this article we aim to help explain exactly what’s going on “behind the scenes.”
The premise of VPS hosting (virtual private server hosting) is to divide the resources of a single physical host machine into smaller “virtual servers.” This is accomplished with the use of specialized software, which allow multiple operating systems to be run on the same machine, at the same time. Technically, the operating systems are being virtualized on the kernel level — they are 100% separate and isolated, not simply different users within the same system.
The diagram below shows the difference between a traditional, single-purpose machine, and a machine utilizing virtualization software:
Virtualization technology allows us to colocate large and specialized machines in financial data centers, which the average trader or small business may not be able to justify the cost of. The colocated hardware is then “split” into several isolated VPS instances per machine, and leased as virtual server units to our clients.
In addition to the obvious cost benefits, there are numerous security and performance benefits of virtualized hosting. Because each VPS instance is completely isolated, but none has access to the physical machine’s core operating system, the uptime and security of the system as a whole can be more efficiently managed by our technicians.
For users, the primary advantage gained by virtualized hosting is the ease of performing platform upgrades and expansions. Resources from the physical host machine can be allocated to virtual servers instantly, and without interrupting the system’s performance for extended periods of time, unlike traditional hardware upgrades. This principle allows users to select only the resources they require, and expand as needed at a later time.
For more information about the specific benefits and features of forex VPS hosting, see: Forex VPS Features
[From the FXVM Blog: https://fxvm.net/blog/how-does-forex-vps-hosting-work/]
If you are unfamiliar with “VPS” and other terminology, this article will help explain the goals of virtualized hosting.
“VPS” is an acronym for Virtual Private Server, sometimes referred to as a “VM” (virtual machine). It is a common variant of web hosting, and could also be called a variant of dedicated server hosting. Read more about the technical nature of a VPS below.
A datacenter, or data center, is a professional computer hosting facility where businesses locate physical hardware. This is done to benefit from direct connections to ISPs, and to access electrical and cooling resources required for 24x7x365 operation of computers.
The premise of a VPS is to leverage the advanced benefits of physical colocation in a datacenter, while providing an end-user service that is manageable and affordable. This is accomplished with the use of virtualization technologies (called hypervisors) that manage the partitioning, or virtualization, of physical hosts into smaller sub-units, where each sub-unit runs its own isolated operating system. It is akin to setting up multiple user accounts on a computer, and allowing all of them to be used at one time, with the crucial difference that each user has an entirely separate operating system.
As an example, a fully dedicated server may have dual 6-core CPUs for a total of 12 CPU cores, and 64GB of RAM (quite a lot compared to an average system). Using virtualization technology, this server can be divided into 8 sub-units, each with 8GB of RAM, 1 or 2 CPU cores, and a separate installation of Windows or Linux. The sub-unit can then be interfaced with as a completely separate system. One user could shut down or reboot, or even crash, without affecting the other users. This is the main advantage to virtualized hosting.
Virtualization plays a major role in many areas of business and IT, and it is also beginning to play a significant role in forex trading and the hosting of financial applications. Given that trading and financial applications often require more stability and faster connectivity than any other type of application, the benefits of virtualized hosting suit it perfectly:
- Access to advanced hardware for a fraction of the full cost of colocating your own system.
- As above, the ability to utilize top-tier data networks and connectivity, without owning the entire contract yourself.
- Configuration of fail-over and high-availability systems, to ensure continuity of hosted applications.
- Easy scalability, allowing you to start with only the resources you need, and expand later.
- We perform professional maintenance and administration of the physical hardware and network components at no additional cost.
[From the FXVM Knowledgebase: https://fxvm.net/portal/knowledgebase/2/What-is-a-forexortrading-VPS.html]
If you are wondering about the advantages of forex VPS hosting, this article will explain why VPS hosting is highly beneficial to trading. The benefits can be summarized in three primary areas:
The speed of order execution is usually of the highest importance for traders, especially for those who run automated trading systems. To achieve maximum performance for trading applications, it is necessary to host them as near as possible to the services and networks they will be interfacing with, such as brokers and other financial institutions, as well as account managers and signal providers. In the most common scenario, these networks are located at a few key points in New York City or London.
FXVM’s forex VPS hosting is an affordable and easy-to-manage way of obtaining connection speed that is very close to the fastest available for trading applications. In fact, we are confident enough to guarantee that our networks in New York and London deliver lower latency––meaning faster connectivity––to major brokers and financial networks than any other VPS solution, which will result in significantly improved order execution for your trades.
Of no less importance, adequate system security is critical for all applications, whether an individual trader’s MetaTrader 4 platform or advanced backend financial software. There are implicit security benefits gained by offloading your software to a remote system; in addition, our Windows Server VPS templates are continuously updated to protect from intruders and other threats. On the physical hardware side, we have taken great care to prevent critical failures by making each aspect of our platform redundant. Our host servers and core network components are monitored 24/7 for emerging issues or points of congestion, and are proactively managed by our 24/7 NOC team in conjunction with Technical Support.
Just like a website would not be reliably accessible if it was hosted from a home or office computer (instead of a web hosting server), trading software becomes much more reliable when moved to a VPS or dedicated hosting solution. The tools and protocols built-in to our service, such as RDP (Remote Desktop) and VNC, allow you to easily connect to your forex VPS from anywhere, with no extra setup or configuration necessary. This allows for:
- Starting MT4 or other applications on the remote VPS once, and keeping them online 24/7 throughout reboots of your local PC or disconnections from the internet.
- Accessing your trading platform on-the-go or from different devices, like a PC, laptop, tablet, and phone, without interfering with the software running on the VPS.
- Setting up multiple platforms or accounts on the same VPS, and delegating user access to allow multiple people to view the desktop simultaneously, all from separate locations.
+ IV. On-demand Upgrades
Hosting with virtualized infrastructure allows you to forego the work that goes into estimating capacity requirements and planning physical hardware upgrades, because resource allocations for VMs are handled “in the cloud.” Our platform can upgrade and downgrade systems, as well as provision new systems, on demand. This allows you to pay for only the resources you need.
If you are interested in forex VPS hosting, FXVM offers trading VPS plans starting at $19.95/mo. See Plans & Pricing here.
[From the FXVM Blog: https://fxvm.net/blog/why-use-forex-vps-trading/]
With the huge variety of trading products and platforms available to traders, it is often difficult to determine, at a glance, what will be truly beneficial for a reliable trading setup. However, with the rapid development of automated systems, virtualized hosting technology, and access to premium bandwidth in financial centers, it has become clear that specialized financial hosting infrastructure can benefit the performance of trades and trading applications. There is no better evidence than the fact that a majority of trades executed on today’s markets are executed by automated trading systems.
FXVM’s goal is to virtualize–or partition into small, self-contained, ‘virtual’ sub-units–such infrastructure, and extend its benefits in the form of a virtualized hosting service to all traders and businesses who are seeking improved stability.
If you are unsure about using a forex VPS, and whether you should be using one in your trading setup, consider some of the following reasons that our customers use forex VPS hosting:
- You have a forex expert advisor, or many EAs, that you need to test in a stable environment.
- Forex VPS systems do not shutdown or reboot, and are designed to have the best possible quality of connection to brokers and financial institutions. For these reasons, forex VPS hosting is ideal forward-testing MT4 EAs and other automated trading software, especially when results need to be collected over many weeks, months, or years. Read more about the benefits for forex expert advisors.
- You already have a profitable EA or automated trading portfolio, and require a stable remote environment to optimize returns from your system.
- For all of the same reasons mentioned above, forex hosting is ideal for deploying established, profiting strategies, in order to give them an additional edge in fastest possible execution speed.
- Your system or software requires ultra-low latency connection to the broker.
- Because our systems are hosted directly adjacent to major financial data networks in New York (Equinix) and London (Level3), they can achieve latency as low as 0.1ms to a large number of brokers and trading services. Check our live latency to your broker.
- You are frequently away from your computer or trading station.
- A trading VPS runs on a remote server located in a data center, and can be accessed from any PC or mobile device via RDP. This means that you can “screen in” to your remote desktop from any location, while leaving the applications on the remote desktop to run uninterrupted.
- Your orders are executed poorly due to long distance between your broker(s) and your location.
- Hosting your MetaTrader 4 platforms on a remote VPS will improve the speed of order executions, since the trading machine will be closer to the destination networks, even while you access the VPS from your location.
Despite its age and lack of ongoing support, Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise remains an ideal OS for forex VPS hosting, due to its robustness and small resource footprint. Compared to Windows Server 2008 and 2012, Server 2003 requires a significantly smaller amount of RAM to sustain its background processes, making it an excellent choice for smaller forex VPS servers.
FXVM fully supports Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, and packages with it most of the same features and enhancements as our other forex VPS templates. Below you can see a few screenshots of the standard Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise forex VPS deployment:
As you can see, the GUI appearance is much like a typical computer running Windows Server or Windows XP, however the magic lies in the underlying hardware and network connectivity!
Before Windows Server 2012 Standard was released to mainstream support, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise served as our primary Forex VPS template. It is still updated and available for use, though Windows Server 2012 is recommended for optimized performance and forward compatibility.
In addition to applications like TickStory (tick data downloader) and FileZilla (FTP client), our forex VPS templates include built-in enhancements to help optimize the server environment for running forex- and trading-related software.Posted on the FXVM Blog: https://fxvm.net/blog/windows-server-2008-forex-vps-template-virt-tech