Dedicated Server Maintenance Checklist

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. […]

Server 2012 End of Year Checklist

Another year has come and gone, and it is the perfect time for you to tighten up the screws on your server and make sure everything is in working order. The following checklist should help you along the way.

Run those updates – If you have been putting off updates, now is as good of a […]

Tips for Choosing a Colocation Facility

Whether you are just getting started with server management or are just looking to outsource your servers, choosing a colocation provider may seem like a confusing and time-consuming activity. The following tips may help you choose a good colocation provider.
1. Security first – Features aside, you need your servers to be physically secure and secure […]

The Importance of Data Center Monitoring

Whether you have your own data center or intend to use the facilities owned by another company, monitoring is something that should be on your mind. Just as a server needs routine monitoring to make sure it is running smoothly and free from threats, data centers should also have sophisticated monitoring systems in place.
When shopping […]

Preparing Your Server for the New Year

2011 has come and gone, and your dedicated server has survived the year. While 2012 is still fresh, it is a good idea to make some plans for the new year. Think of them as your server’s own new year resolutions.

Backup schedule – If your server was not already doing regular automated backups, now is […]

5 Tips for Better Server Backups

Of all the topics we have repeatedly stressed, none is more significant that backing up your server. It is the only way to ensure that your data will be safe even if the most inconceivable disaster occurs. Once you have working backups for your server, it is important to evaluate your backups and also make […]

How Well Do You Know Your Data Center?

I cannot count how many times in the past I have purchased a product because of the shiny packaging, only to find the product inside to be less than desirable. This started with childhood when the sparkle of a new toy in the store would fade quickly once I got it home. At some point […]

In The Event of Server Meltdown…

It’s dead. After all the effort you put in your server, even choosing it over your spouse, there was nothing you could do to save it. Whether it was hardware failure, a massive and crippling cyber attack, or simply a colossal user error, the moment you always dreaded has come to pass: a […]

8 Dedicated Server Hosting Tips

Once you have a dedicated server, you will find out how little time you have to read complex tutorials and documentation. This is especially true if you are offering hosting services to one or more customers. You will have real-world issues that need fixing right away. There are some shortcuts you can […]

File Synchronization with Unison

On this blog, I previously covered file synchronization with rsync. The benefit of rsync is that it allows for incremental synchronization of files and directories and is very fast and secure over local and remote connections. The drawback of rsync is that it only syncs files one way or the other. […]