Archive for November, 2013


How to Run Top in Batch Mode

Top is a handy little tool that allows you to view frequently updated information about your Linux server from load average to free memory. By default, top refreshes every three seconds, giving you near real-time monitoring of CPU and memory usage, top running processes, and more.
Normally, you need to run top from the console, […]

What is a Load Average?

The more traffic your websites and applications generate, the higher the load your server will have to carry. Over the course of a given amount of time, your server may have a variation of high, medium, and low load. The average of that load over time is called the load average.
Programs like “top” allow […]

Graphical Tools for Managing Cassandra

Apache Cassandra is a free and open source NoSQL database system, an alternative to relational database management systems (RDMS) such as MySQL. Originally developed by Facebook, Cassandra is designed to handle large amounts of data, heavy loads and high traffic sites. It comes with management tools such as cassandra-cli and node-tool, but those looking to […]

Understanding Server Regulatory Compliance

If you are new to the server arena, you might not have considered the legal implications of running one or more websites or even having an entire hosting company. There are local, federal, and international laws that you might need to address, depending on the content and audience of your websites.
Environmental – Many locations […]

5 More Basic Server Security Tips

In a previous post, we highlighted some crucial security measures you should adopt to keep your dedicated server safe. What follows are five more tips that are of equal or even greater importance.
1. Restrict root – Root, the administrator or super user has full control of your server. Ideally, only one person should be […]

Must Have Linux/Unix Server Tools: Part 2

In part one, we looked at some of the bare essentials for getting started with your new server. The following are a few others that are sometimes essential, depending on what you want to do.
Server-side Scripting – If you are going to run dynamic websites, which you almost certainly will, you will need some type […]

Must Have Linux/Unix Server Tools

Once you have deployed and booted up your first Linux server, you may suddenly find yourself in an awkward situation where you are unsure what to do next. There are so many options and so many ways to configure it that you might feel overwhelmed. The following tools are essentials for getting started with a […]