What is a Journaling File system

As we discussed in a previous post, Linux servers offer many different types of file systems, and every other server operating system also offers a choice of file systems. One type of file system you might encounter is called a journaling file system. What is it and how does it differ from a standard Linux […]

Common Linux Terms Every SysAdmin Should Know: Part 1

A large percentage of the world’s servers run Linux, so it is a good idea to know some of the common terms you might encounter while using it. The following terms are a good starting point.
Command Line Interface (CLI) – On the server end, this is the main method of interfacing you will use to […]

The Benefits of Ext4 File Systems

In general, you may not have a reason to ever think about the file system your server is using. Most Linux distributions will automatically format your drive to its default file system unless you use an advanced install method. For many years, Ext3 has been the standard for most Linux distributions. Now, some are switching […]

What You Should Know About Linux Server File Systems

There are few ways to get a flame war going faster than to ask a Linux user which file system is the best? While many will argue in favor of one of the iterations of Ext: Ext2, Ext3, or Ext4, others will get more creative, promoting file systems such as ReiserFS, XFS, ZFS, […]

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 […]