Archive for January, 2012


Lessons Learned from Dedicated Server Management

In my years of managing Dedicated Servers, I have picked up a few tidbits of wisdom along the way. Not all of this wisdom will apply to every server in every situation, but hopefully you will take something useful away from this.

Rebooting will not solve everything. In my early server days, I used […]

How to Install Webmin on a Debian Server

Webmin is a free and open source graphical system administration interface for Unix-like operating systems. In previous posts, we have explored some of the ways that you can use Webmin to make your system administration easier. We also learned how to install Webmin on CentOS. Today, we will look at another popular Linux-based operating system: […]

How to Create Custom Error Pages for Nginx

In a previous posts, we have discussed the finer points of creating custom error pages for an Apache web server installation. But what should you do if your web server is Nginx rather than Apache? The process of configuring an error page is somewhat different.
To begin, you will need to create a normal HTML document, […]

5 New Year Security Checks You Should Not Delay

As you welcome in the new year, now is a great time to run some basic security checks on your server to make sure it is running in top shape and continues to be a safe haven for your websites. The following five security checks are ones that you should not delay until later in […]

7 Reasons to Get a Dedicated Server in 2012

2011 came and went, and you still do not have a dedicated server. There are plenty of reasons why you might not be ready for one, and we have covered some of those reasons in previous posts. But inevitably, there are some of you out there who are ready to get a dedicated server, but […]

How to Create Cron Jobs with Webmin

Webmin is a web-based system administration tool for Linux and other Unix-like servers. Webmin provides a graphical interface for many of the tasks you would normally have to perform from the command line. Best of all, it is free and open source. One task you might have trouble performing from the Linux shell […]

Managing Virtual Machines with Archipel

Virtualization gained many fans in 2011. More system administrators than ever before are seeing the benefit of creating virtual machines for a variety of purposes, from sectioning off business operations to hosting virtual private servers for customers. The more virtual machines you have, the more difficult it can be to manage all of them. Fortunately, […]

How to Add and Drop MySQL Users

Most MySQL users manage their databases using some type of graphical user interface (GUI), whether it is a web-based tool like phpMyAdmin or a desktop tool like MySQL Administrator. For a dedicated server system administrator, however, there are times when it may actually be more convenient to use queries in the MySQL text-only command line […]

Server Software Upgrade Checklist for 2012

A new year has arrived, and this is an excellent time to consider applying any upgrades that you were putting off until the end of 2011. In some cases, you may have delayed software upgrades in order to verify compatibility with your web applications, or you may have simply delayed your upgrades to make sure […]

Preparing Your Server for the New Year

2011 has come and gone, and your dedicated server has survived the year. While 2012 is still fresh, it is a good idea to make some plans for the new year. Think of them as your server’s own new year resolutions.

Backup schedule – If your server was not already doing regular automated backups, now is […]