3 Things Ways to Troubleshoot BEFORE Rebooting Your Server

If you have grown up using Microsoft Windows on your desktop or laptop, you are probably accustomed to the universal solution to most problems: reboot. When your screen freezes, reboot. If your system gets slow, reboot. That is the standard solution that even tech experts often dish out to common users. As a server administrator, […]

Storing Web Cache on a RAM Disk: Part Two

In part one, you learned how to create a basic RAM disk and how to make it permanent by creating an entry in /etc/fstab. In this section, you will learn how to configure your Apache to send certain files to your RAM drive.
In this example, we will only send images to the RAM drive. Special […]

Find Out When a Unix/Linux User Last Logged In

Keeping track of your users’ activities may seem a little bit intrusive, but it is very necessary for security-conscious system administrators. When users are logged onto the system, you should know, and if a user account is up to anything suspicious, knowing when the user’s logged in might very well save your system. It may […]

Linux OS Reboot and Service Restart Guide

Your brand new Linux server may seem a bit intimidating at first, but with a little training and practice, you will find it to be very manageable. The following is a quick guide to restarting services and your OS itself.
Reboot – Rebooting your server is quite simple. On the console, you can press CTRL+ALT+Delete. If […]

How Often Do You Reboot Your Server?

Once upon a time, it was conventional Unix server wisdom to reboot every month or so to make sure it was working correctly. These days many Linux system administrators boast about the number of days their servers have been up and running without interruption. BSD and other Unix-like OS users also claim similar uptimes, sometimes […]

Gently Restart a Frozen Linux System with the Magic SysRq Key

In the previous post, we covered a brief introduction to the magic SysRq key and dropped some hints about what it can do. In this post, we will actually learn how to perform one of the many functions it can be used to execute.
When your server becomes unresponsive, the first […]

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 […]

How to Check and Repair a Filesystem with FSCK

It may look similar to a dirty word, but we can assure you that fsck is a tool that can make your dedicated server’s filesystem squeaky clean. With this easy command, you can check for errors and fix them.
To begin you will need to access your server’s command line interface. You can use SSH […]

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 […]

How to Reboot a Linux Server

Generally speaking, it is a good idea to avoid the need to reboot a dedicated server. The moment you do, your server will experience some amount of down time; hopefully only the amount of time it takes to shut down all processes and restart.
Therefore, it is a good idea to minimize reboots and schedule them […]

Steps to Take When Your Server Is Unresponsive

The day has finally arrived. You feared it would come and tried to prepare for it, but now that it is here, you are frozen, not sure what to do. That moment when you go to your website and realize it is offline or, even worse, get a call from a client complaining about down […]

When are Reboots Necessary?

It is an age-old question among system administrators.  When do you need to reboot your server?  Unlike desktop computers or laptops, dedicated servers are “dedicated”, meaning they are expected to be available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Most consumers and users are tolerant of the occasional service interruption, but with plenty […]

Routine Server Reboots

At one time, it was a common practice of Unix system administrators to reboot their servers regularly, once a month or at another specified interval. This was done to flush the memory, make sure there was nothing wrong with the server, and give it a fresh start.
Nowadays, it seems that many Linux, BSD, and […]

Upgrading a Linux Server Kernel

On Linux-based operating system, the kernel (simply called Linux) is largely separate from the rest of the operating system. While drivers and hardware functionality are controlled by the kernel, applications and services are all separate. That means that you can safely upgrade portions your system and keep the same kernel.
On a dedicated server, […]

When a Reboot is Absolutely Necessary

Dedicated Servers are designed to be on all of the time, hence the word “dedicated”. A desktop computer that serves as a part-time server is not sufficient. Even a server in a data center that gets shut off for any longer than a few minutes is probably not really a dedicated server. […]

How to Schedule a Windows Server Reboot

In a previous post, I explained how to schedule a reboot on a Linux server. Today, we will learn how to do exactly the same thing on a Windows server.
The reasons are the same. If your Windows dedicated server has just finished a system update and needs to reboot, you do not want […]

When Your Server Goes Down

Although this may be difficult, the first thing to do is to remember not to panic. Staying calm will go a long way in making sure you can resolve the issue quickly and calmly. When operating a server remotely, your only assurance that a server is running is through its websites and through […]

How to Schedule a Linux Server Reboot

In a previous post, I explained the wonderful benefits of using Cron to schedule backups, log rotations, and any other task that can be automated. Cron makes automation very easy. There are times, however, when you will want to schedule a task but only want it to run once. A good […]