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September 1, 2018
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•  Dash Masternode Setup Guide

This guide is to show you how to setup a Cold node. Never ever run a so called Hot node. Hot nodes hold the collateral coins in their local wallet. If an attacker manages to access the system, they will be able to grab all your coins very easily. All masternodes guides on this site show you how to run Cold nodes. Cold nodes do not hold any coins, they are all in your local wallet. This means the masternode itself doesn't hold any coins.

 

•  Choose A VPS for your Masternode

If you are looking for a reliable hoster, I suggest using Vultr VPS. It is so easy to use them that a how to on getting a VPS up with them isn't really needed. If you click the below banner it will take you there. The link is a referral link and if you SignUp via it, you will Get $10 Credit for Free and also you will support MNGuide.online to maintain and expand the infrastructure.

We will use Vultr as an example of a VPS, although DigitalOceanAmazon EC2Google Cloud are also popular choices. so feel free to choose any one you like.

For demo purpose, I’m going to use Vultr VPS and full disclosure:

I. Deploy New Server

 

II. Select Server Location

 

III. Select Server Type: Ubuntu 16.04

 

IV. Select Server Size: 1CPU - 1024MB Memory. (Some MN's need 2048MN Memory)

 

V. Type Host Name (MNx), Server Qty and Deploy now

VI. You will get a confirmation email once your VPS activated.
Save your VPS IP, Username and Password from Control Panel in notepad for further steps.

 

Just to be sure you understand what needs to be done first:
1. Get a VPS up and running.
2. Have a local wallet that is also fully synced.
3. Have the correct amount of coins you need + some spare coins for TX fees.

This guide assumes that now you have VPS Server and your wallet is fully synced also have Masternode Collateral Amount.

Notes: Things IN CAPTIAL have to be replaced by you with the correct things. (if any)
Commands to copy and paste are in grey box.
LOCAL means your desktop wallet, REMOTE means the VPS.
We setup 1 masternode, if you want to setup more, you just have to rinse and repeat the steps.

You can easy get lost with all the stuff you have to copy and paste.
so i suggest you use below skeleton in your desktop notepad to do work easily:

Label: * YOUR ADDRESS LABEL *
VPS IP: * YOUR VPS IP ADDRESS *
Collateral Address: * YOUR COLLATERAL ADDRESS *
Masternode Private Key: * YOUR MASTERNODE KEY *
Transaction ID : * YOUR TX ID *
Transaction Index : * TX INDEX *

MN conf line: * MN1 YOUR_VPS_IP_ADDRESS:9999 MASTERNODE_PRIV_KEY TX_ID TX_INDEX *

You can copy it as many times as needed and fill the data in you collect during the progress.

 

•  Collateral Sending from Dash Wallet

Open your wallet and go to:
Settings -> Options -> Wallet -> check: Show Masternode Tab
Also, check Activate Coincontrol Features.
You will need to restart the wallet.

I. Have a local wallet that is also fully synced.


II. Click on Tools, then Debug console


III. You will find the command line at the bottom of the console

Enter the following command and press Enter.

masternode genkey

You will see a long string of numbers and letters.

Please copy/paste this string to the notepad file on your Desktop (Masternode Private Key). This is the key you will need to verify your Masternode later in the process.

Enter the following command and press Enter. This will generate your new Masternode's receiving address

getaccountaddress mn1

The generated address will now be labeled as MN1. Please copy/paste this string to the notepad file on your Desktop (label section). This address will be the one that you will send your 1000 DASH to, and the one where all future payments will go.

If you want to setup more masternodes just repeat the steps so you end up with several addresses for the total number of nodes you wish to setup. Example: For 10 nodes you will need 10 addresses, label them all.


IV. Send 1000 Dash as Collateral to your "mn1" address

From wherever you currently hold your 1000 DASH (exchange, another DASH wallet, even a different address in the same wallet), please send your DASH to your new "mn1" Masternode receiving address in your wallet. Make sure the "PrivateSend" checkbox is unchecked.

IMPORTANT: You must send EXACTLY 1000 DASH to your "mn1" address, no more, no less, to be eligible to run a Masternode!

Once you have initiated the transaction, you must wait for 15 confirmations so your address is eligible to be associated with your new Masternode. This usually takes about 20-30 minutes on average. While Waiting for the Collateral to get 15 confirmations, do VPS section below.

 

•  Dash Masternode VPS Installation

V. Download PuTTY and Fill your VPS Details to Connect to the VPS

Download PuTTY to connect to the server. Go to the PuTTY Download Page and select the appropriate MSI installer for your system. On Mac or Linux you can ssh directly from the terminal – simply type ssh [email protected]<server_ip> and enter your password when prompted.

PuTTY will be used to connect via SSH to systems.

Double-click the downloaded file to install PuTTY, then run the app from your Start menu. Enter the IP address of your VPS in the Host Name field and click Open. (copy/paste from email)


VI. Fill that user and password to PuTTY

Copy the default password from your VPS (Vultr) Provider sent you in email and right-click
inside the PuTTY window / press Enter
TIP : Right-clicking is how you paste into a PuTTY console window.
When you right-click paste, your password won’t be visible in the window.
Just trust that it pasted and hit enter.

Enter the following commands EXACTLY (in this order) to set up your firewall:
Please note: Make sure you enter the code in this order! If you do not, the program will not work! If need be you can disable your firewall by entering (as root): ufw disable.

sudo ufw allow ssh/tcp
sudo ufw limit ssh/tcp
sudo ufw allow 9999/tcp
sudo ufw logging on
sudo ufw enable
sudo reboot

After a few minutes connect back with Putty and check the status of the firewall

sudo ufw status

You will see a message saying that your ufw status is active.

Congratulations, you now have a firewall!


VII. To install Dash, enter the following commands:

cd ~
git clone https://github.com/moocowmoo/dashman
~/dashman/dashman install

(press Y and Enter to confirm)

dashman will download the latest version of Dash Core for your system, as well as an initial snapshot of the blockchain to speed up the bootstrapping process. Next download and install sentinel, which is required for masternodes at version 12.1 or higher:

~/dashman/dashman install sentinel

Your system is now running as a standard Dash node, and is busy completing synchronisation with the blockchain. We now need to enter the masternode private key generated in the previous step. Edit the configuration file using the following command:

nano ~/.dashcore/dash.conf

Uncomment the last two lines by deleting the # symbol at the start of the line, then paste the masternode private key you generated after masternodeprivkey=. You can simply click the right mouse button to paste into the terminal window. Press Ctrl + X to close the editor and Y and Enter save the file.

At this point you should restart dashd to load the new configuration file by typing the following:

~/dashman/dashman restart
Press Y and Enter to confirm. Then check the sync status and wait until all blockchain synchronisation and the 15 confirmations for the collateral transaction are complete:
~/dashman/dashman status

dashman status output showing masternode ready to be started


VIII. Get the info for your Masternode

Go to your Dash Wallet
MENU : Tools / Debug console
In the debug console type :

masternode outputs

It will display your Transaction ID (TX_ID) and Transaction Index
(TX_Index). The outputs will look something like this:
#Respond: "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" : "0",
# Your TXID Should be : xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
# Your TXIndex Should be: 0
Copy and paste the outputs into your temporary notepad file (TX_ID and TX_Index).


IX. Setup Masternode Configuration File

MENU : Tools > Open Masternode Configuration File
You will see an example of the Masternode configuration line. Leave it there.
On a new line, copy/paste all the info you’ve gathered so far in this format:

MNx Your_VPS_IP_Address:9999 Masternode_Priv_Key TX_ID TX_Index

Save & Close Masternode Configuration File.

TIP : To run more than one Masternode, add a new line for each one like this.

MN1 Your_VPS_IP_Address:9999 Masternode_Priv_Key TX_ID TX_Index
MN2 Your_VPS_IP_Address:9999 Masternode_Priv_Key TX_ID TX_Index


X. Setup Wallet Configuration FileMENU : Tools / Open Wallet Configuration File

Copy/paste the following information into your new notepad file.

#----
rpcuser=XXXXXXXXXXXXX
rpcpassword=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
rpcallowip=127.0.0.1
#----
listen=1
server=1
daemon=1
maxconnections=64
#----
masternode=1
masternodeprivkey=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
externalip=XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:9999
#----

Customize this file by replacing the four fields in XXXXXXXXXXXXX.
Please note: rpcuser and rpcpassword can be anything, but it cannot have any special characters such as $,#,!, only letters and/or numbers. The masternode privkey is the one that you generated in your wallet and copied to your notepad file earlier, and externalip is your VPS's IP.
Leave the rest alone.
TIP : If you have more than one Masternode,
then add an extra line for each masternode at the bottom of the other text:

externalip=Your_Other_VPS_IP:9999

Save and Close Wallet Configuration File. Restart your DASH Wallet.
Wait before you do anything else with the wallet.
It will need to resynchronize with the network.
While you wait for that…


XI. Start your Masternode in your DASH Wallet

MENU : Masternodes
CLICK : ‘Start Missing’ -OR- Select new Masternode and click ‘Start Alias’
You should see : “MNx successfully started.”
TIP : Do not restart any masternodes you already have running or you will reset the rewards and end up waiting a long time to get paid again.

Congratulations, Your Masternode is now running successfully.

 

•  Dash Masternode VPS Commands

To update your existing version 12 32/64bit linux dash wallet to the latest dashd, do:

dashman/dashman update

To perform a new install of dash, do:

dashman/dashman install

To overwrite an existing dash install, do:

dashman/dashman reinstall

To update dashman to the latest version, do:

dashman/dashman sync

To restart (or start) dashd, do:

dashman/dashman restart

To get the current status of dashd, do:

dashman/dashman status

 

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