Your dedicated server needs regular maintenance. It will not take care of itself. The following checklist will help you keep your server in top shape.
1. Check your backups – Just because you make backups does not mean they actually work. You need to test them to make sure your server is performing backups correctly.
2. Keep Your OS Up to Date – Security holes and vulnerabilities can creep up at any time. Keeping your system up to date can help ensure you are not caught off guard.
3. Secure remote management tools – Every tool that can connect to your server remotely offers a window of opportunity for would-be attackers. Make sure those programs and the ports they access are secure and not easy to exploit.
4. Check resource usage – Your RAM, CPU, and network usage should all be at nominal levels. By checking your resource usage, you can identify any problem spots and any programs that might be taking more than their fair share.
5. Enforce password changes – When it comes to security, weak passwords can be the weakest link. Ever so often, require users to update to more secure passwords.
For top performance and security, you need to monitor your server and keep it up to date. If you are consistent and proactive, you can keep it running smoothly.