The Total Cost of Owning a Linux Server

When purchasing a car, a home, or other major investment, many financial experts may inform you about the total cost of ownership (TCO). Beyond the sticker price, you need to know how much it will cost to maintain it, insure it, and power it for the duration of its life. Similarly, a server and its […]

3 ls* Commands You Should Know

If you have even a small amount of Linux experience, you have probably used the “ls” command to list the contents of a directory. What you may not know is that there are numerous other ls-based commands that are extremely useful for server management. The following are 3 you should know:
1. lsblk – lists block […]

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 […]

YUM Tutorial: Undo Package Updates with Rollback

In almost all situations, keeping your server up-to-date with the latest packages is the smart thing to do. In some cases, however, updates (especially more involved upgrades) may cause certain web applications to stop functioning properly or may introduce a new bug that the developers missed.
To make sure you do not get one of these […]

Update vs Upgrade: What is the Difference?

If you are new to Linux servers, you may be a little confused about the terminology used for new software.  Sometimes you will hear the word “update”, and other times you will hear the word “upgrade”.  The two should not be used interchangeably, as they can have very different and sometimes serious consequences.
First, it is […]

Dedicated Server Redundancy

An average server takes a beating over the years. Hosting websites, fighting off attacks, and simply staying on 24 hours a day and 7 days a week can wear down even the best servers. Furthermore, as a server’s users grow, and the websites it hosts become more popular, increased traffic can cause higher […]