How to Troubleshoot Using Dmesg

Linux logs can reveal important information about your server. For system boot messages, the dmesg command provides quick and easy access to critical kernel information. When all is going well, you might not spend much time with dmesg, but when something goes wrong, it is an invaluable troubleshooting tool.
If you need to see boot information […]

Server Logs and What They Do

One of the best ways to monitor Linux and Unix servers is to study their server logs. Every operating system and Linux distribution has their own variants, but there are some general logs that most server OSes have. You should definitely be familiar with them if you plan to manage a dedicated server.
The following are […]

Using dmesg for Kernel Information

On a Linux dedicated server, the kernel is the single most important component of the operating system. It controls the OS’s interaction with hardware and handles all primary functions. If something is going wrong with your server at the OS level, the kernel is one place you should investigate.
The command dmesg is a […]

What is Logrotate?

Linux dedicated servers store logs in plain text files, often kept in the /var/log directory. The web server, for example, has a single file for the log, and as events are logged, they are appended to the end of the file, usually indicating the date and time of the event.
Over time, a log file […]

How to Gather Server Hardware Information

When you lease a remote dedicated server, you really have no physical way of knowing that you got what you paid for. There are, however, a couple of ways to find out what hardware your server actually has using some basic Linux commands. These commands tell you what hardware is in use and […]