Use Mpstat to Monitor Multiple Linux Server Processors

Probably the first Linux tool you think of when you want to monitor CPU usage is “top”. Top is light and gives you a good glimpse of processes that are consuming processing power. One thing top will not do by default, however, is show you how each processor is working and how much of their […]

Monitor System Services with Webmin

A dedicated server typically runs several background services or daemons. These may include but are not limited to your web server, database server, and mail server. All of these services need to be running 24/7 to keep them available for your users. When one of the services goes down, you need to know. Webmin has […]

5 More Basic Server Security Tips

In a previous post, we highlighted some crucial security measures you should adopt to keep your dedicated server safe. What follows are five more tips that are of equal or even greater importance.
1. Restrict root – Root, the administrator or super user has full control of your server. Ideally, only one person should be […]

Understanding Log Files

If you are new to dedicated servers and have spent any time reading this site, you have undoubtedly come across posts from us reminding you to check and monitor your server’s log files. We even make sure to tell you where those log files are stored. In many cases, however, finding the log files is […]

Monitor Memory on a Linux Server

Memory is one of the most important features of any server. The more RAM a program uses, the less you will have available for other applications. Therefore, it is important to monitor memory usage on your Linux server to ensure that all programs are playing nice and that nothing wrong is going on.
1. /proc/meminfo […]

Protect Your Server with Fail2ban

Monitoring your server is a great way to prevent cyber attacks and stop those that might be in progress. Unfortunately, you cannot always be present to monitor your server. Unless you are an android, you likely still require sleep. For those times when you cannot be be present, Fail2ban is an excellent friend to have.

How to Prevent Outgoing Spam on Your Server

Often when we think of spam, it usually relates to incoming spam inundating mail servers and bogging down systems. Another way spam can harm your dedicated server is from the inside.
Many spammers do not setup their own servers or paid hosting accounts to send spam. They want to be anonymous. Therefore, they often use other […]

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 […]

5 More Server Tips (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we highlighted some tips that should help you with your shiny new dedicated server.  Here are 5 more to keep you going over the weekend.
1. Have a plan – It sounds very basic, but I can attest from experience that not having a clear vision can cause you big headaches in […]

5 Tips to Manage an Unmanaged Server

The idea of an unmanaged server can seem appealing, particularly for website owners who typically like a “do-it-yourself” approach to technology. Even for a seasoned tech expert, however, managing a server for the first time can be a frightening experience. Here are five tips to help you weather the storm.
1. Backup Everything – […]

8 Dedicated Server Hosting Tips

Once you have a dedicated server, you will find out how little time you have to read complex tutorials and documentation. This is especially true if you are offering hosting services to one or more customers. You will have real-world issues that need fixing right away. There are some shortcuts you can […]

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, […]

How to monitor your Linux server

There are essentially two types of remote monitoring you can perform on your server. One is preventative monitoring directly from the command line or control panel, and the other is uptime monitoring, which is normally done by an external service. Both are important for disaster prevention and disaster recovery. It is […]