How to Add Storage to Your Linux Server

The time may come when you need to add additional storage to your Linux dedicated server. This might be to install a solid state drive, create new databases, back up data, expand your websites or even to add new virtual machines. Regardless of the reason, you would essentially use the same method to make Linux […]

Using Fdisk to View Partition and Disk Information

If you ever need information about your attached media, whether it is a hard disk, solid state drive or something else, you can use fdisk to view them. It is quick, easy and can give you a lot of information.
To view currently attached disks, run this command as root:
fdisk -l
(That is a […]

How to Check Filesystem Health on a Linux/Unix Server

I will never forget the college professor who once told me: The question isn’t “Will your hard drive crash?” The question is, “When will it crash?” From my experience as a tech, system administrator, and also desktop computer user, I can attest to the accuracy of that professor’s statement. Hard drives crash. It is inevitable. […]

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 […]

Commands for Server File System Info

The drives on your dedicated server contain priceless information. It is so important that you probably spend a good amount of time making sure your backups are sound and your security is air tight. To keep your file system running in good condition, it is vital that you stay informed and know its inner workings. […]

How Much RAM / Disk Space / Bandwidth Do I Need?

This is a difficult question to answer.  When you are shopping for a dedicated server, however, it is bound to come up at least once.  RAM (memory), hard disk space, and bandwidth all cost money.  It does not matter if you are purchasing your own dedicated server or using a remotely-hosted solution.  These things cost […]

5 Server Terms You Should Know

As you embark on the exciting journey that is your dedicated server, you will encounter numerous slogans, terms, phrases, and acronyms. Some are completely relevant and important for you to know.  Others are just thrown in to confuse you. Here are five you should definitely know.
1. Name server – This is the system that will […]

In The Event of Server Meltdown…

It’s dead. After all the effort you put in your server, even choosing it over your spouse, there was nothing you could do to save it. Whether it was hardware failure, a massive and crippling cyber attack, or simply a colossal user error, the moment you always dreaded has come to pass: a […]

Hard Disk Testing with hdparm

Your hard drive is one of the most important components of your server.  Whether you have one single drive or several linked together, It is crucial for you to keep them at optimal performance and speed.  There are many tools that can help you manage your drives, and hdparm is just one of them.
The first […]