How to Add Storage to Your Linux Server

The time may come when you need to add additional storage to your Linux dedicated server. This might be to install a solid state drive, create new databases, back up data, expand your websites or even to add new virtual machines. Regardless of the reason, you would essentially use the same method to make Linux […]

Get Rsync Functionality in Windows with DeltaCopy

If you run Linux on your server, rsync is a great option for incremental backup management. The problem is, if you are running Windows on your backup machine or on the machine you use to manage backups, rsync is not available. There are, however, ways to make rsync work in Windows. […]

How to backup configuration files on Webmin

Most Linux items that need backing up are stored in user home directories. This usually includes virtual web server directories as well, depending on the web server and settings you are using. One exception to this rule is configuration files. These are stored in /etc and other places. When it comes time to backup, many […]

What is a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA)?

The “Information Age” has left us with more information than we can easily handle. As a result, storage has become an industry in itself, and it is no longer just for backup and recovery. Simple access and retrieval can be difficult when you have terabytes of data to deal with. Virtualization has presented its own […]

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 […]

What is Infrastructure as a Service?

If you have spent any time reading or even overhearing conversations about cloud computing, you have undoubtedly heard of the term Software as a Service (SaaS). Other common cloud terms include Platform as a Service (PaaS) and even Storage as a Service (STaaS). Another cloud model that is quickly gaining steam is Infrastructure as a […]

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 Clone a Hard Disk on Your Server

Under normal operations, it would probably be unnecessary to clone your dedicated server’s hard drive. There are, however, instances when it makes sense. Your hard drive may show signs of failure, and a pre-emptive cloning to a new drive could save your data and avoid the prolonged downtime that would come with restoring backups. The […]

A Basic Guide to SSH Server Connections: Part 2

Connecting to an SSH server is usually pretty straightforward, and your login credentials are encrypted for security. This makes SSH useful for other types of connections beyond basic shell access. Backup/syncing tools like rsync can use it, and file transfer programs like SCP for SFTP can use SSH technology for secure file transfers.
In part one, […]

Server Software Upgrade Checklist for 2012

A new year has arrived, and this is an excellent time to consider applying any upgrades that you were putting off until the end of 2011. In some cases, you may have delayed software upgrades in order to verify compatibility with your web applications, or you may have simply delayed your upgrades to make sure […]

Server End of Year Tasks 1: Check Your Backups

As we come to the close of another year, it is a good time to perform some routine tasks on your server, especially if you have been putting them off until “the right time”. The beginning of a new year is usually busy, so you should take the time now to get those tasks done […]

Using Rsync as a Backup Solution

As we have repeatedly told you and even warned you on this site, backing up your server is of the utmost importance. Back up every important piece of data you have, and if you really want to be safe, make backups of your backups. One useful backup solution is Rsync. We have already explained

How to Uncompress Multiple Archives at Once

Compressed files are excellent for storing backups, sharing data, and creating archives of information. Normally, you can SSH into your server and extract files from a compressed archive with a single command. For more than one archive, you would normally have to uncompress each one separately.
There are a number of archive types that you will […]

For Backups Rsync Beats FTP

When you decide to backup your server (hopefully sooner than later), you will need to choose a transfer method.  Unless your backup device is physically attached to your server, that transfer method will involve a network or remote Internet connection.  FTP is a common method of file transfer that many people use for their websites, […]

Using a Low End Box for Backups

Every system administrator should have a server backup of some form.  For on-premise servers, it may be an external storage device, either physically connected to the server or stored within a network-attached storage (NAS) device.  For remote servers, you can still use a local storage or lease a separate server for backups.
In some cases, your […]

How to Backup MySQL Databases in cPanel

Dynamic websites often rely on databases to store, retrieve, and save information.  Therefore, it is insufficient to only backup website files, which often only contain scripts and applications, while ignoring the databases, which hold your actual content.
Backing up your files and databases with cPanel/WHM is easy and relatively painless.  With it you can backup individual […]

Backup Important Server Files with Rsync

Backing up your dedicated server may be the single most important thing you ever do. Your clients, customers, users, or whatever you call them depend on you to keep their data safe. There are several free backup tools you may choose and plenty of paid backup service options, but one free tool that is definitely […]

Be Prepared for Server Outages

The recent outage of Amazon Web Services and the security intrusion of Sony’s PlayStation Network has reminded many dedicated server owners that even large corporations struggle with security and stability issues.
In some cases, there is little you can do to prevent outages caused by weather or security intrusions caused by massive DDoS attacks.  When those […]

5 Reasons to Always Backup Your Server

Backing up your server should be a regular task for you, as routine as brushing your teeth.  Your backup routine should include both automated backups and manual checks to make sure your backups are working properly.  If, for some reason, you are skeptical or think it is not important, here are five reasons to keep […]

5 More Server Tips (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we highlighted some tips that should help you with your shiny new dedicated server.  Here are 5 more to keep you going over the weekend.
1. Have a plan – It sounds very basic, but I can attest from experience that not having a clear vision can cause you big headaches in […]

5 Tips to Manage an Unmanaged Server

The idea of an unmanaged server can seem appealing, particularly for website owners who typically like a “do-it-yourself” approach to technology. Even for a seasoned tech expert, however, managing a server for the first time can be a frightening experience. Here are five tips to help you weather the storm.
1. Backup Everything – […]

Using Cloud Services for Backup

Backing up unique data is extremely important. Many dedicated server server operating systems even come with built-in backup tools and functionality. For a local server, the simple solution is to have a backup device or even an entirely separate server used for backup.
When your server is hosted remotely, however, a reliable backup depends […]

Automatic MySQL Backup

Most websites these days rely on content management systems, blogging software, and other types of web applications and scripts to update, manage, and configure them. Rather than static HTML pages stored in the user’s home directory, most content is now stored in databases.
As a dedicated server administrator, it is imperative that you have backups […]

Incremental Backup with Rsync

Few things are more important to a dedicated server than incremental backups. When your server is your livelihood and your reputation depends on it being reliable, you need to be prepared for possible disasters. Backups ensure that you always have a plan B, should something go wrong with your server.
To perform backups, you […]

How to Export a MySQL Database

There are a few reasons why you might need to export a MySQL database. If you ever need to transfer your data to a new server, backup your databases, or provide a former client with their website content, being able to quickly and easily backup a database is important.
With phpMyAdmin and other web-based management […]

Common Extra Dedicated Server Features

When you lease an unmanaged dedicated server, it is almost like purchasing a bare-bones computer. You will get many of the essentials like the necessary hardware, operating system, and even the network connection, but often you will not get much else. Depending on the web host, you will need to install extra software […]