Archive for May, 2013


How to Apply Apache Configuration Changes Gracefully

From time to time, you may need to make changes to your Apache HTTP Server configuration file, especially if you are optimizing your web server for performance. Once you have completed changes, they will not come into effect until you restart your web server. This, however, would mean downtime, however briefly, for […]

How to Setup Remote MySQL Access

Under normal circumstances, your MySQL server may only allow applications to connect to it locally, meaning both are running on the same server. If, however, you run MySQL on a separate machine, you will need to configure it to permit remote connections.
(Note: Replace terms in italics with the correct information from your own server)
Step […]

How Often Do You Reboot Your Server?

Once upon a time, it was conventional Unix server wisdom to reboot every month or so to make sure it was working correctly. These days many Linux system administrators boast about the number of days their servers have been up and running without interruption. BSD and other Unix-like OS users also claim similar uptimes, sometimes […]

3 Great Uses for Quick-Deploying Virtual Cloud Servers

The very nature of a dedicated server is that it is dedicated. The very name suggests a long term marriage. But what should you do if you just want a brief affair, maybe even a fling? Quick, easy to deploy virtual cloud servers may be the way to go.
Virtualization allows for rapid deployment of […]

4 Things You Should Know About Today’s Server Management

Server management is a ever-changing arena, filled with new technology and security techniques that you need to learn and relearn. Suffice it is to say that the game has changed significantly in the past five years. The following are trends you should be aware of and prepare for in the near future.
1. Virtualization is […]

The Benefits of Ext4 File Systems

In general, you may not have a reason to ever think about the file system your server is using. Most Linux distributions will automatically format your drive to its default file system unless you use an advanced install method. For many years, Ext3 has been the standard for most Linux distributions. Now, some are switching […]

Gently Restart a Frozen Linux System with the Magic SysRq Key

In the previous post, we covered a brief introduction to the magic SysRq key and dropped some hints about what it can do. In this post, we will actually learn how to perform one of the many functions it can be used to execute.
When your server becomes unresponsive, the first […]