How to Check Your Server for Bash Shellshock Vulnerability

The hosting world has been hit with yet another highly publicized server vulnerability. This one affects the ubiquitous shell program GNU Bash and is referred to as Shellshock. Most Linux, BSD and Mac OS X operating systems and variants use Bash or derivatives of it. All Bash versions between versions 1.14 and 4.3 are […]

Hot Fix: Apache Displays Contents of PHP Script Instead of Running Script

If you have ever installed Apache HTTP Server and had it up and running perfectly without any issues, you are truly a genius or very lucky. Inevitably, you are going to encounter a few hiccups if you are doing things manually. With all of the imaging, virtual machines, and hosting automation technology, few system administrators […]

How to Reset Your Server Settings

When your server suddenly stops functioning the way it is supposed to, there are a number of troubleshooting techniques you can try. One of the most important things you can do is backtrack and investigate to see if some changes you recently made might have caused the server to stop working. If you discover irreparable […]

Is it a Good Idea to Hack Your Server?

The word “hack” often brings up grim images of a shady individual sitting in a dark basement pounding away on a keyboard as he siphons money out of people’s bank accounts and funnels the funds to terrorist organizations. In reality, “hack” simply means a “solution to a problem” that is not necessarily uniform, standard, or […]

How to Reinstall a Package with YUM

In the event that something happens to the software you have installed on your server, you may need to reinstall it. YUM, the package manager for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and CentOS, allows you to reinstall packages whenever necessary.
To reinstall a package with YUM, do the following:
# yum reinstall name-of-package
YUM will prompt you before […]

Lessons Learned from Dedicated Server Management

In my years of managing Dedicated Servers, I have picked up a few tidbits of wisdom along the way. Not all of this wisdom will apply to every server in every situation, but hopefully you will take something useful away from this.

Rebooting will not solve everything. In my early server days, I used […]

Tips for Grub Repair on a Linux Server

In most cases, a Linux server will not stop working unless someone does something to it. In other words, if you do not attempt to tweak it or optimize it, you do not have to worry about waking up one morning to find out none of your websites are active.
Having said that, we all make […]

Save Your Server with SystemRescueCD

Despite your best efforts, something has gone terribly wrong with your server. Perhaps it no longer boots correctly or is not accepting your password, even though you are sure you have the right one. Regardless of the problem, or the excuse, there are times when your dedicated server is in such a bad […]

4 Things You Can Do When Your Server Is Running Perfectly

Your mother probably once told you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  For many things, that is true, but if you think your dedicated server will always be running as smoothly as it might be right now, you are fooling yourself.  When everything is going well, that is the time to take care of […]