Archive for October, 2012


Server OS Profile: OpenBSD

OpenBSD is a derivative of the free and open source Unix operating system BSD, which was first developed at the University of California, Berkeley. The OS is probably best known for its mascot, the puffer fish named Puffy, and also for its very popular sub-project OpenSSH, which is used on many of the servers around […]

Server OS Profile: Debian GNU/Linux

Although it is not specifically designed for servers, Debian GNU/Linux is a popular choice for system administrators because of its stability, security, and long stable release cycle. Debian has also been around for a very long time (19 years) and is regarded as one of the most reliable operating systems in terms of staying true […]

Server OS Profile: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

For many years, some people believed it was impossible for a free and open source operating system like Red Hat Linux to be profitable. With the formulation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the company Red Hat proved that theory wrong and also established Linux as one of the most widely-used Unix server alternatives. It now […]

How to Check and Repair a Filesystem with FSCK

It may look similar to a dirty word, but we can assure you that fsck is a tool that can make your dedicated server’s filesystem squeaky clean. With this easy command, you can check for errors and fix them.
To begin you will need to access your server’s command line interface. You can use SSH […]

5 Reasons to Choose Colocation: Part 1

Colocation services are on the rise, and according to many reports, many companies have found it more beneficial to outsource their IT services, including their dedicated servers, to managed service providers. Whether you outsource your systems to the cloud or simply house your own servers at an off-site facility, there are many reasons to choose […]

3 Types of Database Backup Storage

Most websites use databases to store the majority of their information. Therefore, backing up your databases is much more important than backing up other server files. Most other files can be replaced, but the information in your database is often unique and irreplaceable.
Where you store your database backups is very important and can ultimately decide […]

How to Find Things in a MySQL Database

Most modern websites run on some type of dynamic content management system. Many of them are powered by MySQL databases. In the event that you need to manually search for some information, there are two primary ways that you can search your database: 1) the MySQL command-line interface, and 2) a web-based interface like phpMyAdmin.
Command […]

Outsourcing your server needs – is it the best choice?

IT managers have more options in managing their technology infrastructure than ever before. Hardware and software can be purchased, leased or even accessed on an as-needed basis. And software industry has evolved to the point that it can be either deployed on-site or accessed through third-party cloud services. Each of these options has their place.
As […]