Ajenti: Free and Open Source Alternative Control Panel

Most small and medium web businesses turn to cPanel or another commercial control panel when they want GUI management of their servers. But not everyone can afford the licensing fees, and some people just want a free and open source alternative. The first that probably comes to mind is Webmin, but it is no longer […]

Manage Your Log Files with Logstash

Your dedicated server has lots of logs. Almost every service and program running on a Linux or Unix server has a log file associated with it that includes relevant information about processes, errors and warnings. Sifting through all of those logs can be a pain, especially if you need to review old logs or compare […]

Run an End-of-Year Security Audit

As the end of the year approaches, now is a good time to make sure your server is living up to your security standards. It might be easy to neglect if you do not have any noticeable security problems, but the only way to truly know how your server is fairing is to run a […]

5 Server Logs You Should Routinely Check

One of the important things you can do with a dedicated server is to check it to ensure it is running smoothly and not experiencing any hidden problems. On Linux and Unix servers, log files can provide vital information about key components of your server. The following log files are ones you should routinely check:

Web […]

Preparing Your Server for the New Year

2011 has come and gone, and your dedicated server has survived the year. While 2012 is still fresh, it is a good idea to make some plans for the new year. Think of them as your server’s own new year resolutions.

Backup schedule – If your server was not already doing regular automated backups, now is […]

Monitor Apache Activity with mod_status

Monitoring a server can be a full-time job in itself, especially if your dedicated server hosts multiple websites. In Apache HTTP Server, each website is setup as a virtual host with its own set of logs. To monitor each independently is impossible when you have multiple sites. Instead, some system administrators just monitor the main […]

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 […]

Apache “Graceful Restart” Message in Log Files

If you happen to scan the web server log files of your dedicated server, as I have often recommend, you might come across a message saying something like, “[notice] Graceful restart requested, doing restart”. The first important thing to know about this message is the word “notice”. This means that it is not […]

Reading Apache Log Files

When you have website errors or connection problems with your dedicated server, a good place to look for issues is the Apache log directory. There, you will find access logs, error logs, and others. On Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Fedora, the log files are typically located in /var/log/httpd. On Debian-based […]

Keeping a Server Maintenance Routine

We all know that server maintenance is important, but how many of us really take the time to stop and think about it? Because it is so easy to forget a particular task, it is crucial to your dedicated server’s health that you keep a regular routine for maintenance.
In some cases, certain parts of […]

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 […]

Fixing Large Log Files

When running a dedicated server, it is important to monitor log files. They will give a wide range of important information about the current state of your server. Aside from the content in the log file, you can also learn something from the size of the file. If your web server log, […]

Remote Login Monitoring

SSH (Secure Shell) is a powerful tool for dedicated server management. With it, you can remotely log into your server and manage nearly every application, service, and website. On Unix and Linux operating systems, SSH usually comes installed by default, with one SSH-enabled user.
Under normal circumstances it is safer to only have that […]

How to Display Files Modified Today

Monitoring the security and stability of a Linux server can become a full time job, so a smart system administrator will welcome any task that can simplify the process. We have covered a few different methods of searching that can take the pain out of trying to find things. All of these commands: […]

Linux Server Partition Introduction

On Linux dedicated servers, the hard drive is divided into partitions. There can be as few as two or several partitions, depending on the preferences of the system administrator. It is very important to understand the function of each partition on your new server and how they differ from Windows and other operating […]

How to view Linux server logs

Something is wrong with your dedicated server, but that is not even the bad news. The bad news is that you don’t even know it yet. Everything appears to be fine, and it will continue to, as long as you are not monitoring it. Hidden deep within the layers of code, commands, […]