Archive for December, 2011


Server End of Year Tasks 4: Perform Any Major Updates

It is generally preferable to run updates on your server as soon as possible after they are made available. This is particularly important if when they are security updates. In most cases, you can just schedule these updates to run during off hours.
In some situations, however, your web applications or other software may depend on […]

Server End of Year Tasks 3: Remove Deactivated Accounts

As we move one day closer to the end of the year, it is increasingly important that you take some time to look at your server and find out what needs improving. You might also want to do some general house keeping, especially if you have neglected these clean-up tasks throughout the course of the […]

Server End of Year Tasks 2: Scan for Vulnerabilities

As the end of the year approaches, you have probably fallen behind on some of your routine security checks. The holiday season is a busy time for hackers who try to exploit the increased online user activity, especially the activity of holiday shoppers. Sometimes security can cost you money, so it is a good idea […]

Server End of Year Tasks 1: Check Your Backups

As we come to the close of another year, it is a good time to perform some routine tasks on your server, especially if you have been putting them off until “the right time”. The beginning of a new year is usually busy, so you should take the time now to get those tasks done […]

How to Find Out Disk Usage on a Linux Server

Your VPS, dedicated server, and backup device all have something in common: a finite amount of space. Fortunately, you can always free up space, add a new drive, or compress files as needed. But you never want to get into a situation where the lack of space surprises you. On a Unix or Linux server, […]

A Basic Introduction to the Linux Command Line

If you are managing a Linux server for the first time, you are probably using a web-based control panel, such as cPanel/WHM.  While a control panel may fill most of your basic needs as a system administrator, there are some tasks best left to the command line. On a remote Linux server, you can access […]

How to Setup ownCloud: Open Source Cloud File Storage

The cloud has become quite popular in the IT world. One could say that the cloud is taking the tech world by “storm”. There are many reasons for this, some financial, others practical, but ultimately it is an option that is worth considering.
The most popular form of cloud computing is the public cloud. In this […]

Using Rsync as a Backup Solution

As we have repeatedly told you and even warned you on this site, backing up your server is of the utmost importance. Back up every important piece of data you have, and if you really want to be safe, make backups of your backups. One useful backup solution is Rsync. We have already explained

Are There Benefits to Manually Installing Software?

Linux servers have a distinct advantage over most proprietary operating systems because of their extensive package management systems. Whether a server uses YUM or APT, it is much easier and faster to install and update software than using traditional manual installation methods. This raises the question: is it ever a good idea to install software […]

How to Fix APT Dependency Problems

APT is a package management system for Debian and other Linux distributions based on it, such as Ubuntu. For the most part, APT is easy to use for installing, removing, and updating packages.
With a normal APT install, using the apt-get command, a package will install without any problems. Installing a package in an APT repository […]

How to Suspend User Accounts in cPanel

In a previous post, you learned how to suspend a Linux user account on your dedicated server. Although this method is effective in shutting down users with shell access, it may not shut off any websites or other unique hosting features that they have. For that you will probably need to suspend their accounts […]

The Benefits of the Shell over Control Panel Administration

Using a web-based control panel is the ultimate convenience for dedicated server system administrators. Many of the tasks that once took multiple commands or even complex scripts to run can now be accomplished with a few clicks. Control panels also provide visual interfaces for those who have grown up in the era of graphical computing. […]