The Dreaded 500 Internal Server Error and How to Fix It

It is a common error on websites, yet it is one of the most annoying for web developers and system administrators. The dreaded 500 “Internet Server Error” has plagued webmasters for years. Sometimes, it is very easy to fix, but it may be difficult to find out what the problem actually is because it is […]

How to Kill a Zombie Process

Zombies present a particularly unique problem to system administrators. No, I do not mean the type of zombies that eat brains. I mean zombie processes. A zombie process is a process that is no longer active on a system but that refuses to die. In most cases, a zombie is not something that should alarm […]

How Useful Is IP Address Information for Security?

When bad guys start attacking your server, one of the first things you might try to stop it is to block their IP addresses. In some instances, this works perfectly and will remove your problem quite thoroughly; however, it is not always effective. Therefore, it is important to know when it is useful to block […]

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 […]

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 – […]