Archive for March, 2012


Is Your Server a Tool for Cyber-Criminals?

Protecting your dedicated server from cyber-attacks is always a critical part of system security. You have, after all, invested time and money into protecting your websites and the websites of any clients you might have. Nevertheless, you should not assume that everything is fine with your server simply because it appears to be functioning. It […]

Apache Tip #2: Use Configtest to Try Configurations Before Using

The Apache configuration file is deceptively simple. It is just a plain text file filled with mostly plain words. It does not require a registry, hex editing, or any other form of complex configuration. Still, with one misstep, one typo, or one incorrectly placed directive, you can bring your web server to its knees.
Rather than […]

An Introduction to HTML5 Storage

System administrators do not normally concern themselves with web development, and blogs like Dedicated Server School are not normally in the business of discussing web design techniques, but there are some exceptions. The first notable exception occurs when the actions of web developers directly affect the performance of a server. Such is the case with […]

5 Server Logs You Should Routinely Check

One of the important things you can do with a dedicated server is to check it to ensure it is running smoothly and not experiencing any hidden problems. On Linux and Unix servers, log files can provide vital information about key components of your server. The following log files are ones you should routinely check:

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The Pros and Cons of Web Server Caching

In the early days of the web, site traffic was pretty straightforward. If a person accessed a page and/or images, the web server would display the static content and use bandwidth proportionate to the size of the files. As the web evolved, however, dynamic content became more prominent and today, dominates the web. Accessing a […]

Apache Tip #1: Limit User htaccess Power

With the now common use of dynamic web sites, especially content management systems, your web hosting users may want to use .htaccess files to set Apache web server configuration directives. At times, these directives may be necessary for the proper functionality of their CMS or other dynamic web applications.
It is easy to use .htaccess, and […]

How to Read Server Documentation in Webmin

When you are logged in via SSH, the easiest way to read documentation of commands on a Linux server is to use the “man” command. When you are managing your server from a control panel, however, why should you be restricted from seeing critical documentation? Webmin has a built-in tool that allows you to read […]