An Introduction to HTML5 Storage

System administrators do not normally concern themselves with web development, and blogs like Dedicated Server School are not normally in the business of discussing web design techniques, but there are some exceptions. The first notable exception occurs when the actions of web developers directly affect the performance of a server. Such is the case with […]

Server End of Year Tasks 2: Scan for Vulnerabilities

As the end of the year approaches, you have probably fallen behind on some of your routine security checks. The holiday season is a busy time for hackers who try to exploit the increased online user activity, especially the activity of holiday shoppers. Sometimes security can cost you money, so it is a good idea […]

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 […]

Should You Defragment Your Server’s Hard Drive?

One of the most unappealing yet necessary tasks that PC users often perform is defragmenting of their hard drives. In the old days of small, slow hard drives, defragmenting was the only way to speed up performance and use every last byte you had available.
Times have changed considerably since then. Most modern hard disk drives […]

Using Solid State Drives on a Server

One of the methods some system administrators use to speed up their servers is to install solid state drives in place of traditional hard drives. Solid state drives (SSD) are considerably different in hardware architecture from a standard hard disk drive (HDD). These differences give solid state drives a decisive edge in read access times.
The […]

5 Uses for Dedicated Servers

When many hear the term “dedicated server”, they tend to picture data centers housing massive machines used by large companies for their huge infrastructures. While that is certainly a valid use of the term, it does not fully reflect the wide range of uses for dedicated servers. Small and medium business […]

Transferring Your Data to the Cloud

Cloud computing has not yet taken over the server industry, and there are plenty who are resisting all attempts. Nevertheless, the usage of cloud services and hybrid cloud deployments has increased gradually, and anyone who uses dedicated servers and has some type of web presence should at least take a look at it.
One of […]

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 […]

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 […]