Archive for June, 2011


What Makes a Linux Distribution?

If you are new to server terminology, you may not fully understand what Linux is.  While it is commonly used to refer to an operating system, there is actually no operating system called Linux.
Linux is actually the kernel of an operating system.  A kernel is the core that interacts with hardware, contains drivers, and is […]

How to Delete Users from Your Server

Part of the regular housekeeping of a dedicated server is cleaning out remnants of past users.  The last thing you want is for former users (especially former employees) to continue to log onto your server.  This is especially dangerous if you had given them SSH access.
The solution is to delete users as soon as they […]

In The Event of Server Meltdown…

It’s dead. After all the effort you put in your server, even choosing it over your spouse, there was nothing you could do to save it. Whether it was hardware failure, a massive and crippling cyber attack, or simply a colossal user error, the moment you always dreaded has come to pass: a […]

Home Server vs Hosted Server

So, you have to decided to get your own dedicated server. You certainly have a plethora of options to consider: hardware, operating system, development platform, applications, and more. One of the crucial early decisions you must make is to decide where you want your server to be housed.
If you are running a business, […]

A Breakdown of Intel’s Processor Numbering

There was a time when all you had to know about a processor was the clock speed.  Then, you knew your 486 was faster than your friend’s down the street.  Those days are long gone, and the complexity of processor power and naming systems for them makes deciphering the actual speed and power a bit […]

Should You Run from Web Hosting Gimmicks?

“Now, for a limited time only, you can get a free domain, unlimited disk space, and unlimited bandwidth for an unbelievably low price!”  You have likely seen similar promises from web hosting companies, and you may have been tempted to have your dedicated server or VPS hosted by them.
Their offers seem enticing, and it does […]

5 Uses for Dedicated Servers

When many hear the term “dedicated server”, they tend to picture data centers housing massive machines used by large companies for their huge infrastructures. While that is certainly a valid use of the term, it does not fully reflect the wide range of uses for dedicated servers. Small and medium business […]

Having a Clear Purpose for Your Server

Adopting a dedicated server is a big step. I have chosen the word “adopt” because it is a lot like adopting a child. You want your child to succeed and get the most out of life, and you want the same for your server. That success will not come without some guidance […]

How to Install Webmin on Your Linux Server

Webmin is a web-based control panel for Linux/Unix system administration.  If you have ever wondered if there was an easier way to manage many of the routine tasks you perform from the command line on your dedicated server, Webmin may be just the tool you need.
You can download the Webmin from the project’s website […]

Remote Server Virtualization with VBoxHeadless

VirtualBox is an excellent tool for running a virtual machine either for testing or production environments.  The default setting, however, is for a desktop computer, requiring a graphical interface to run it.  On your Linux server, there usually is no graphical interface.  For that reason, VirtualBox has a feature called VBoxHeadless, which allows you to […]

Backup Important Server Files with Rsync

Backing up your dedicated server may be the single most important thing you ever do. Your clients, customers, users, or whatever you call them depend on you to keep their data safe. There are several free backup tools you may choose and plenty of paid backup service options, but one free tool that is definitely […]

Benefits of Running a Database-Only Server

When you first start out in the world of dedicated servers, you may have no other financial option than to run your web server and database server on the same machine.  As your business or non-profit grows, however, it may be necessary to consider other options, such as cloud computing or starting a new server […]

Hard Disk Testing with hdparm

Your hard drive is one of the most important components of your server.  Whether you have one single drive or several linked together, It is crucial for you to keep them at optimal performance and speed.  There are many tools that can help you manage your drives, and hdparm is just one of them.
The first […]

Connecting to MySQL from a Remote Location

The most common way to work with and manage MySQL is directly, using the command line or a web-based tool such as phpMyAdmin.  If, however, you have more than one database server or need to do routine complex tasks, the former may be too tedious, and the latter may be too simple.  Another possible reason […]

5 Different Ways to List Files on a Linux Server

On your desktop or laptop computer, viewing files is usually as simple as clicking an icon.  Most file managers also have sorting features so that you can view your files in columns, grouped by type, and numerous other variants.
On a Unix or Linux dedicated server, you do not have this luxury.  While you can install […]

How Important Are Web Standards?

System administrators typically look at web standards as an issue best left to web designers and developers, but it is an issue you should definitely consider, especially if you are running a business.
Web standards, established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), determine the best coding practices for HTML, CSS, and other web technology.  This […]

How to Load and Unload Linux Kernel Modules

Linux kernel modules are handy little pieces of the kernel that you can add or remove on-demand, without having to compile them directly into the kernel.  This allows third-party developers to create programs that require kernel-level access but that are not part of the Linux kernel and may not even be open source.  For dedicated […]

Tips for Hiring Third-Party Server Managers

Managing a server may not be your thing. You may cringe whenever you see a tech specialist drop to the command line and start punching away at the keyboard. That does not mean you cannot have a dedicated server and even be successful with a online business that requires one. The key […]

How to Increase Your PHP Upload Limit

Picture this:  You have a shiny new web application that allows your website’s users to upload videos through a web interface.  They are meant to be short videos that do not take up much space or bandwidth (100MB or less), but when you finally open the doors to let the users have at it, you […]

The Problem with User Agent Detection

If you have ever used a no-so-popular web browser, a beta version of a popular browser, or a mobile browser on a phone or tablet, you have likely encountered a few websites that insist your browser and/or operating system will not work on them.  In some cases, they are correct, but in most cases, the […]