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Maury's Systems & DevOps Engineering Services
Hi there! My name's Maury, I'm a Computer Engineering student who enjoys designing and implementing complex computer systems.
I have been in the Minecraft business for more than six years and my top priority has always been striving to get my customers satisfied!


Services offered

A (non-exhaustive) list of the services I provide is the following:

  • » Full server setups (check below!)
  • » Web panel setups
  • » LAMP/LEMP stack setups
  • » XenForo setups
  • » Firewall setups with custom-tailored rules
  • » Customized shell scripts (such as backup scripts)
  • » DevOps setups (CI/CD pipelines, Docker)
What I do not do:
  • Install mail servers. They are generally considered security risks and need extended maintenance. I strongly suggest buying a managed email box (if your domain hosting did not already provide you with one) or using free SMTP services such as Gmail.
  • Things that I consider too risky/illegal or against common sense. You can't ask me to turn your server into an online booter.
For anything else, please contact me to get a quote. You can find my contacs at the end of this page.


Server Starter Kit


Introduction

Server Starter Kit consists of three plans, Basic, Plus and Premium, designed to help those who bought their first dedicated server or VPS, but, lacking experience in dealing with GNU/Linux systems, they would rather a seasoned system administrator goes through their server's configuration.

While the Basic plan includes the essentials for the secure and clean installation of a web panel, the plans Plus and Premium add more advanced features and inherit the ones of the previous plans.


Requirements
In order to be eligible for this kit, you must be in possession of the following:
  • A VPS or dedicated server.
  • Debian (recommended), Ubuntu or CentOS as the server's operative system.
  • SSH details for the server's root user or an user with sudo privileges.
  • A domain name (optional but recommended.)
If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, feel free to contact me.


Features, prices and time frames

Basic » 15 EUR (~ 30m) | Plus » 25 EUR (~ 1h) | Premium » 40 EUR (~ 1h 30m)
  • Secure installation of a web control panel of your choice (Pterodactyl or Multicraft).
  • Secure installation of the LEMP stack (Linux Nginx MariaDB PHP).
  • Installation of an SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt (a domain name is needed).
  • Secure installation of phpMyAdmin under an hidden url (for managing MySQL users and databases).
  • Disabling of remote SSH connections with the root user in order to enhance security.
  • Prevention of brute force attacks on the SSH port by either installing fail2ban or configuring RSA authentication keys.
  • Implementation of an automatic system of backups, either locally or remotely.
  • Further hardening of security by setting up a firewall.
  • Configuration of automatic system security updates.
  • Secure installation of XenForo with a theme and a number of add-ons of your choice [Extra » 15 EUR w/ Basic and Plus, 10 EUR w/ Premium.]


Which plan should you get?
  • The Basic plan is a viable option if you want to dive for the first time into the world of Minecraft server administration.
  • If you are going to host a public server and you feel you do not need the superior security enhancements, the Plus plan will be an adequate solution.
  • If you plan to create a full-fledged public Minecraft network, the Premium plan will prove a very solid foundation from which you can build on.


After-sales support
Every plan comes with an one-month period of support via Discord or Telegram, during which I will answer your questions and fix any bug that is directly related to the job I have done. This period of support can be extended upon agreement.

A negotiable price will be charged for any addition or adjustment that is not included in the plan you purchased.


Advanced Server Setup

Note: this is a standalone setup and thus it is not compatible with third-party panels such as Pterodactyl. If you feel like you cannot do without a web panel, then chances are your server is not big enough to benefit from DevOps practices.

Introduction

This setup is intended for two main categories of users:
  • Owners of already well-established networks who, wishing to give a boost to their development teams, want to provide them with a better working environment.
  • New server owners who predict their networks will heavily rely on developing custom solutions in the early stages of their life, and thus want to get a head start.
Both categories of users aim to adopt DevOps practices into their development workflows.

Such an adoption brings a number of advantages:
  • All the stages that lie between the development of a product (which can be a single plugin, or an entire pre-configured server, such as a minigame server) and its deployment to a production environment are shortened and simplified.
  • The development team benefits from a better organization, and thus the product is effectively developed faster.
  • The odds of unnoticed bugs showing up in a production environment are significantly lowered.
These goals are achieved, one the one hand, by use of a series of specialized tools; on the other hand, by strictly following a set of rules and procedures the development team agrees on.

This setup will aid you in both:
  • It provides you with the installation and configuration of these tools on your own infrastructure, making them ready to be used by your development team.
  • It offers your developers a custom, already-tested, easy to grasp, well-thought-out development workflow specifically devised with the rest of the setup in mind.
The tools the setup makes use of are:
  • Docker, the most common container runtime, which allows developers to pack their code into self-contained, environment-agnostic applications.
  • Git, the most popular version-control system, used by the developers for keeping track of changes in the source code they are working on, as well as versioning it when new releases are developed.
  • A CI/CD pipeline, a system that detects changes pushed to a Git repository and performs a series of predetermined actions as a consequence.
A generalized DevOps workflow will look like the following:
  1. While working on a new version of a product, each developer tests his code on his own computer, in order to verify that it is working as intended.
  2. Right before a new version of the product is released, the entire code of all the developers is pushed to the staging environment, where a trained team verify that each portion of code plays nice with the others.
  3. Finally, once everything is deemed to be working as expected, the new version of the product is deployed to the production environment, where it is accessible to the end users.
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A similar development workflow, used in conjuction with the other specialized tools, will yield all the benefits that were analyzed at the beginning of this paragraph.

Features
This setup will come with the following:
  • Secure installation and configuration of Gitea (a self-hosted Git front-end), Docker (if not already present) and a CI/CD pipeline.
  • Integration among Gitea, the CI/CD pipeline and Docker.
  • A custom and effective structure for your Git repositories.
  • The Dockerfiles and Compose files necessary for the deployment of your servers.
  • A custom Git workflow specifically devised by me for this CI/CD implementation.
  • A PDF written by me explaining the core concepts and common operations pertinent to this setup.
After being implemented, the setup is immediately ready for use.

After-sales support
This setup includes an one-month period of support via Discord or Telegram, during which I will:
  • Answer your questions.
  • Instruct you and optionally your development team on how to operate the setup.
  • Fix any bug that is directly related to the job I've done.
This period of support can be extended upon agreement.

A negotiable price will be charged for any addition or adjustment that is not included already included in the setup.



Interested?


This setup is currently at an experimental stage (although it has already been successfully implemented), so prices and time frames are not publicily available. My goal is to make it as successful and versatile as my other Server Starter Kit.

If you are interested, contact me to get a quote.



Payment methods

I only accept PayPal as payment method. The client must pay the fees that PayPal charges with goods & services payments. All payments must be paid in Euro (PayPal will handle the conversion for you).

Before starting to work, I will ask for half of the agreed price to be paid up front if the amount is more than 20 EUR. Otherwise, the whole amount must be paid up front.


Terms of Services
  • The client automatically subscribes to these terms of service whenever he buys a service from me.
  • If the client chooses to split the payment into two halves, when I finish a job I will hand all the relevant details only after I receive the second half payment.
  • I will issue a refund only if I cannot complete a job for whatever reason that entirely depends on me. No refunds will be issued if I cannot complete a job for external causes (for example, if the server I am working on goes down while I am still finishing the job).
  • Once the client pays for a service, he is obligated to make use of said service. This means, for example, that no refunds will be issued if the client, after paying for a job up front, regrets the purchase and I have not started working yet.
  • I cannot guarantee I will be available at every hour of the day, or even each day of the week, due to my academic commitments and the fact that my time zone (CET/CEST time) could be different from the client's.
Vouches
Doctorious said:
noorkoteb said:
RogerZach said:
Vouch, set it up fast and well, wouldn't hesitate to buy.
Ryse said:
I had a LOT of security issues and he solved all the problems with my dedicated and also secured all the bugs before installing PufferPanel, I can say that he is the best for any panel installation, love the service fast and efficient
Big vouch for maury
ImMrLink said:
Well worth the $10. Would recommend this guy to anyone, hes over patient willing to adjust his time to work on the server.
irLaz said:
WorldOfPvP said:
Vouch, he created a big iptables rule, fast, friendly, I recommend it!
EveriaLFaucheur said:
Trustful guy! He helped me secure my server, it does good work!
Bente said:
Vouch, he is a good, trusty, serious system admin. I recommend him to all who search a good and clean installation.
sahil04 said:
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Valkyrie_X said:
Vouch! From patient to efficient, EasyWay is the group you want to find when you need a quick, effective server setup! He's also answered a ton of questions for me and supported/assisted me through my server setup!
Baltimorecalling said:
Huge vouch. Got the job done perfectly. Was willing to deal with my schedule conflicts without any issue. A consummate professional.
WorldOfPvP said:
People, really, I am French and Im_Maury helpsme since months and really I recommend it to you,it is somebody of serious, nice, fast, and its pricesare not expensive ! See it whether you need Iguaranteed to you his reliability !
johnb165 said:
Vouch, installed pufferpanel & phpmyadmin on my system :D
Cryptx said:
Definitely vouch. Services are very fast and VERY professional
Nugget24 said:
EntityJ said:
Muray has great services! He set everything up for me no problems! He has been a huge help to me day in and day out! I vouch 100% he will get the job done!
RaDoPL/Gamey said:
gravy said:
I am very happy with the services that I've purchased from Maury!
The transaction went very smooth and he answered all of my questions
I would recommend Maury Starter kit for anyone new and old.
SHIMALEX said:
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EntitiJ said:
Maury always gets the job done quick, with no issues, and is always online to help. He is well worth the small fees he charges. I highly recommend purchasing his services.
tarpers said:
Vouch - Made a backup script for me - A lot of patience :)
Aidplaysss said:
Vouch +1
This guy is so friendly and amazingly quick at setting up. I would recommend him and his partner for your server! This is my go to guy! He has so much patience as well
IHazSugar said:
Vouch. Helped me set up a secure dedicated machine w/multicraft & automatic backups. There were issues with my host crashing & being annoying, but Maury gave no issues or complaints.
Shmeeb said:
Easy to work with and got the job done quickly. Solid vouch from me (y)
ImMrLink said:
Because I can't find my post I'll re-vouch for this guy. When I used him for his services It was Well worth the $10. I would recommend this guy to anyone, he's over patient and willing to adjust his time to work on the server.

Good luck @Im_Maury
vrx64 said:
Did a LEMP install for me today, user was professional and easy to work with. Thanks.
juicykitten said:
Arenis said:
Huge vouch, amazing services and brilliant communication skills.
mlefeb01 said:
Vouch, quick and easy transaction
Kiri said:
Vouch, quick and easy to deal with.
zaj6 said:
I can vouch for Maury here I recently had him do a panel set up for me and he did a really good job with not only the install and set up but took the time to answer any and all questions I had and was more than happy to help the whole time! 10/10 Check him out!
Nightxx said:
Vouch, set everything up nicely and it's all working so far c: Very easy to work with too
Ahtni said:
Huge vouch! after trying to hire 3 different "system admins" Maury did it in less then a half hour! He was easy to work with and was quick about it! I would recommend him above about anyone on this site!
Slyooo said:
I can definitely vouch for Maury, he setup my Minecraft network on my Linux virtual box on my personal PC, he also walked me through setting up a sub domain for my server. Maury worked overtime at no extra cost, due to the fact the one of the ports on my router didn't seem to open. once all was done he kept answering all my questions, a very professional service 15/10.
anarchistdev said:
Very fast, very satisfied - I'd been having major problems with a LAMP/XF setup throwing errors I could not seem to solve myself. Im_Maury was easy to communicate with, both fast and professional, and clearly knows what he is doing. The setup was done within an hour of me approaching him, and I'm yet to have come across any issues. Cheers!
Fierce said:
Very useful!!! REALLY knows what hes talking about, which i can gaurentee he knows far more than others. If you want security, this is you guy. Also, his support is absolutely outstanding!!! Great system admin!
Hystonic said:
Vouch.

He set up pterodactyl and was really knowledgeable whenever I had a question.

Would recommend buying his services
Stowaways said:
BIG VOUCH! After many failed attempts with other developers he was the one to get Pterodactyl installed on my server! Thank you so much!
Cole said:
Vouch! Created me a perfect script very quickly, was reliable and helpful.

Will be back when needed!
castorWILLIS said:
I can vouch for Maury as an excellent SYSOP bringing a heck of a lot of expertise to the table for such a competitive price. No nonsense advise that makes sense, and helps guide less Linux fluent users like myself through the process of understanding the product he has setup for the customer. Great attitude as well! Looking forward to working with Maury and co in the future!!
Kurt said:
Vouch for Maury, He is a professional and got the work done hassle-free and had it done quickly as well. Provided a very clean and detailed login instructions and also helped with all of the other questions I had to ask. I would highly recommend this service to anyone!
KookosPahkina said:
Vouch for sure! Set everything up very fast and the way i wanted to, very helpful guy even after he has installed the things you needed! Definitely will be using his services in the future if need be.
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N.B. some of these vouches come from the forum SpigotMC, more specifically from this thead of mine.


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Discord (preferred): Im_Maury#3407
Telegram: @ImMaury
 
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Introduction to EasyWay

Hi there! My name is Maury and I am a member of the EasyWay team.

Nowadays EasyWay has two members:
  • EduProArd, a Java developer who specializes in plugins development;
  • Im_Maury (me!), a Linux system administrator familar with common Minecraft hosting practices.
Our services are divided into two categories:
  • Java Development, which includes the development of every type of plugin;
  • System Administration, which includes Linux setups.
We are in the Minecraft business for a long time and our customers have always been satisfied.

System Administration Services

Prices and timeframes


We offer many services, such as:
  • Web control panels installation (see below) » starting from 15 ($16.60) (~ 30m)
  • LAMP/LEMP stacks setup » starting from 5 ($5.50) (~ 30m)
  • Forum softwares installation (XenForo, MyBB, ...) » starting from 15 ($16.60) (~ 30m)
  • Firewalls configuration with custom-tailored rules » starting from 5 ($5.50) (variable timeframe)
  • Customized shell scripts creation » starting from 5 ($5.50) (variable timeframe)
For anything else, please contact us to get a quote.

Server Starter Kit

Description

Server Starter Kit consists of three bundles, Basic, Plus and Premium, designed to help who bought their first VPS or dedicated server and, on a GNU/Linux environment, doesn't know where to put their hands.

While the Basic bundle includes the essentials for the secure and clean installation of a web control panel, the bundles Plus and Premium add more advanced features and inherit the ones of the previous bundles.

Requirements
  • A VPS or a dedicated server
  • Debian 8 (recommended), Ubuntu 14.04 (or newer) or CentOS 7
  • The access to the server via SSH with the root user or an user in the sudo group
Features and prices

■ Basic » €15 (~ 30m) ■ Plus » €25 (~ 1h) ■ Premium » €35 (~ 1h 30m)

I will...


  • install a web control panel of your choice (I recommend PufferPanel)



    • install a version of Java optimized for console applications (OpenJDK 8 headless)



    • install and secure the LEMP stack (Linux Nginx MariaDB PHP)



    • install and secure phpMyAdmin under an hidden url to help you manage MariaDB



    • create an administrative user and disable the log in using the root user via SSH



    • prevent brute force attacks from breaking the SSH port by either installing fail2ban or configuring RSA authentication keys



    • implement an automatic system of backups to protect important files, either locally or remotely



    • close the ports that are unused to enhance the server's security



    • make the system security updates automatic
Each bundle comes with an one-month assistance via Skype.

Which bundle should I get?

If you want to host a small private server, the Basic bundle will be more than sufficient.
If you want to host a small public server and you think that you won't ever need a backup system, the Plus bundle will be fine.
If, however, you are going to create a big public network, the Premium bundle is the most suitable.

Payment methods

We only accept PayPal as payment method.

Before starting to work, we will ask for half of the agreed price up front.

Terms of Services
  • We will issue refunds only if we won't be able, for whatever reason, to complete a job.
Vouches

N.B. most of the vouches comes from the forum SpigotMC, more specifically from this thread.

Contacts

Skype: maurilio1997
Discord: Im_Maury#3407
Telegram: @ImMaury
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What exact methods do you use to fully secure a linux server.
They are exactly listed in my Server Starter Kit's features. May I ask why you care so much, considering you offer Linux system administration services as well?
 

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They are exactly listed in my Server Starter Kit's features. May I ask why you care so much, considering you offer Linux system administration services as well?
Look at other threads around the system admin subforum, you'll see that most of them have similar questions being asked by myself and others. It's mainly to weed out the "apt-get install java" "system administrators and differentiate between those and real ones who are competent. As for the question I asked above - I can't seem to find where exactly you're referring to it in your thread, might just be that I need thicker glasses; haha.
 

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Look at other threads around the system admin subforum, you'll see that most of them have similar questions being asked by myself and others. It's mainly to weed out the "apt-get install java" "system administrators and differentiate between those and real ones who are competent. As for the question I asked above - I can't seem to find where exactly you're referring to it in your thread, might just be that I need thicker glasses; haha.
Alright. I took a screenshot of it: https://i.imgur.com/370gamQ.png
 

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Seems good enough for most people on MCM to start with, GLWS
Thank you - just to point it out, this isn't my first thread on MCM in which I advertise my sys admin services (my old thread had been closed, not sure why. Either way, I've been advertising the very same services you can see here on Spigot for years).
 
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Vouch for EduProArd from EasyWay services. I hired him for some plugins a couple years ago and he's a great developer.
 

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Um "EasyWay" I already own a company with this name. Contact me on discord: markd#7286.
 

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Uhm, when was the company made?
 

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Hello. I am the COO of a team named EasyWay. Please contact me on discord Owen#1234 so we can resolve this issue. We are pretty positive that our company was made first. thanks!
 

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Hello, Maury! My name is Cole. I am the COO of Hydra, The parent company of EasyWay services. Please contact me on discord via T3tr3x#7648 regarding your company name, As it is already in use and has been for a few months now.

Hello. I am the COO of a team named EasyWay. Please contact me on discord Owen#1234 so we can resolve this issue. We are pretty positive that our company was made first. thanks!

Sorry. We have been providing our services under this name for YEARS and we have no intention of changing it.
 

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Hello. I am the COO of a team named EasyWay. Please contact me on discord Owen#1234 so we can resolve this issue. We are pretty positive that our company was made first. thanks!
Lol, I can vouch that Im_Maury has been using it for at least 1-2 years as that's when I used their services. And according to T3tr3x's post, you've been using yours for a few months now.
 

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I can vouch for Maury here I recently had him do a panel set up for me and he did a really good job with not only the install and set up but took the time to answer any and all questions I had and was more than happy to help the whole time! 10/10 Check him out!
 
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