Conflicting IP’s

I returned from the Christmas holidays earlier this week and thought it well overdue for me to post an update. I had intended to update in short bursts via my mobile during my time away. It’s amazing what you can achieve on Opera Mobile with a little patience. But I had been noticing some issues on the server when trying to access the site in the evenings and at night. This became more pronounced as I was away and finally on the weekend I lost all remote contact with the server.
I was eager to return to work to figure out what was causing the issue and found that I was now receiving IIS errors. Quite odd as I run a linux apache server. I managed to trace down the culprit after much consternation as being another VPS server on the same host as my own. This was an issue in itself as the owner was away on leave and wouldn’t return until next week. I had to get my server back online as I had now lost email services that I heavily rely on. Calling the owner failed to get a response and after two days of attempted contact I received a return text message apologizing for the problems and that as a test box it could be turned off. If only I had know that earlier. After halting the conflicting VPS all of my services returned to normal.
The other odd this about this is the fact that he had not touched his VPS in around a month and I only lost complete contact with mine just last weekend.
Have you had an IP conflict issue and how did you track it to it’s source to resolve the problem?

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