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 […]

Linux Server Network Troubleshooting Tools

When you have problems with your server, one of the first things you might want to check is your networking. Slow transfer speeds or incomplete delivery might be signs of network problems. The following are some network troubleshooting tools for Linux servers.
Nmap – Great for network auditing, Nmap offers port scanning, ping […]

What is Ncurses?

Ncurses a program for POSIX-compliant operating systems (Linux, Unix, BSD, etc) that is designed to provide a text-based visual interface for a variety of tools. Essentially, programs that rely on ncurses can display GUI-like interfaces within a terminal emulator that support keyboard and even mouse navigation just as a true GUI program would.
Some of the […]

What X Server Is and Why You Do NOT Need It

Spend enough time using Linux and you are bound to hear terms like “X Server”, “Xorg”, “X Windows”, or “X11”. All of these terms refer to the same technology, and none of them are things you need for your Linux-based dedicated server.
On Linux and Unix-like operating systems, the X Server is a layer that […]

How to Add and Drop MySQL Users

Most MySQL users manage their databases using some type of graphical user interface (GUI), whether it is a web-based tool like phpMyAdmin or a desktop tool like MySQL Administrator. For a dedicated server system administrator, however, there are times when it may actually be more convenient to use queries in the MySQL text-only command line […]

NicTool – DNS Management Suite

Managing DNS on a Linux dedicated server can be quite an ordeal, if you do not have a good deal of experience. Even if you do have experience, working with zone files may still may not be your idea of fun, and finding an easy solution may be best for the sake of efficiency.

Scheduling Tasks on a Windows Server

In a previous post, I explained an easy method for scheduling tasks on a Linux server using cron jobs. On a Windows server, there is a similar process that allows you to schedule programs to run at specified times.
Task automation is a very important part of running a dedicated server because it minimizes the […]