How to use Metatrader4 on affordable VPS

For example, VPS(KVM) by onamae.com

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    lubuntu http://lubuntu.net/
    WINE https://www.winehq.org/
    MetaTrader4 http://www.metatrader4.com/
    ONAMAE.COM http://www.onamae.com/

0  VPS contract and login
I made an MetaTrader4 platform on the virtual private server(VPS-KVM) provided by “ONAMAE.com”.
This server has such specs below;
-CPU : shared virtual Core2DuoT7700 2.4Ghz
-MEMORY : 1GB
-STORAGE : HDD 20GB + 80GB
-RENDERER : Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.8, 128 bits)

You can jump to “onamae.com” web site, and make a contract of smallest size VPS(KVM) that has memory size 1GB.  Don’t select any bigger one.  You don’t need higher spec over 2GB memory for this aim, in this case to install and run the MetaTrader4 and some related programs.
Then you can get “Login ID” and “Password” of your VPS, go to the login page “https://cp.myvps.jp/”, and start your control panel.
Click the VPS name field (for example “kvm00XXXXXX”).

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1  Installation of Operating System and some others
Next, you have to install Operating System, desktop manager, and WINE Windows(R) compatibility layer program.
I would recommend “lubuntu” the lighter version of “Ubuntu”.
The reasons are ;
– Light weight action and less memory use
– Support the Ubuntu kernel and WINE package.
Well, Let’s start installation processes.

1) First, you have to visit “lubuntu” web site, and download the latest “-.iso” image file. Do not download Japanese localized version, since save memory. In this case, you cannot use Japanese IME at your VPS.
2) Then, enter userID and password to open the control panel of your VPS,

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STEP1 Make SSH connect

3) The “-.iso” file previously downloaded must be inserted to the special “image” folder of common server at ONAMAE.COM. You can use “WinSCP(SFTP software for Windows)“. If you are using the other Operating System, you can use your SFTP client suited your OS).
4) At your WinSCP, Select “New Site” > SFTP , and fill Host name > User name > Password.

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WinSCP login

And you have to hit the “Settings” button. You can find SSH > “Permission” at menu tree on the left, Select “Secret Key” from file already downloaded. You will find a notification saying some cautions. You have to create and save a “private key” as .ppk format. After you saved that key, you should select again the saved key(-.ppk not -.key), and press login button on the WinSCP.

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key to ppk

5) After copying iso image into server, You have to go back to server control panel. Click the server listing area “kvm/////”, press the “please select image” drop-box, scroll down , choose “[kvm///]lubuntu///]”, hit “insert” button, then click “restart” button.

Control panel load the iso data, and prepare install menu. Follow the instructions of installer. Nothing will be bothering you while the installing process.
The installer show a restart order on-screen. You have to remove force the iso image. After that, hit the “restart” button again.
If you complete process, the lubuntu desktop will appear on-screen.  Resolution can be changed from menu > Preferences > Monitor Settings.
Are you ready?
So, Let’s go next step.

2  OS initialization
Next, You would install WINE.
The site “https://wiki.winehq.org/Ubuntu” will help you well.
1) Login Control panel, and start server.
2) Start 32bit architecture
sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386
3) Add repository for wine
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds
4) Update for packages
sudo apt-get update
5) Install WINE developer version (latest 1.9)
sudo apt-get install –install-recommends winehq-devel

*Notice: Stable version 1.8 have some trouble with winhttp, so MetaTrader4 installer will lost network connectivity, and may cause of install failure(so-called “proxy problem”).
WINE installer help you when you need to install other necessary program. Please obey their suggestions.

6) Visit MetaTrader4 download page (anywhere you like) ,download, and  save the .exe file.
7) Start Filer, and open the metatrader.exe by Wine program loader. Install  process will begin.

That’s all for installation. Try metatrader4 on your VPS.
If you have original Expert Adviser or Indicator etc already, it would be better to install SSH and FTP server on your VPS. Let’s try final step.

3 Server settings for management
If you need to handle your VPS with remote, these applications below must be helpful to save your time.
1) OpenSSH
sudo apt-get install openssh-serve
*It’s easy! However, it may cause security problem, so you must install   firewall.
I recommend “WinSCP” as client for Windows.

There is one difference between .iso loading process and after OS installed.
If you installed OS from your own uploaded .iso file, you don’t have to hit the “Settings” button. You could find SSH > “Permission” at menu tree on the left. However, You can connect by password, so you don’t need download the “Secret Key”.

One caution is that password authentication includes security risks. So you must install Firewall on your server and close port, while you don’t handle remote file handling.

2) Vsftp
sudo apt-get install vsftpd
*It have also security risk, so you must install firewall.
I recommend “TeraTerm” as client for Windows.

3) Firewall GUI (*VERY IMPORTANT!)
sudo apt-get install gufw
* When you don’t need remote file handle, It would be better to set the  firewall “on”.

That’s all from me.
If you need more information, please search from internet resources.

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