Top Web Server Software for Dedicated Servers

Netcraft publishes a list of the web’s most widely used web server software every month. Here is a brief look at each of those top web servers and what they can do.
Microsoft IIS (37% market share) – Microsoft Internet Information Services is the web server designed specifically for Microsoft Windows Server operating […]

4 Common Open Source Licenses

As you enter the world of server management, you are likely going to encounter free and open source software. Even a Windows system administrator these days will likely have to at least run Linux in a virtual machine at some point. Therefore, having a little background knowledge on how Linux and other open source software […]

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, […]

Get Rsync Functionality in Windows with DeltaCopy

If you run Linux on your server, rsync is a great option for incremental backup management. The problem is, if you are running Windows on your backup machine or on the machine you use to manage backups, rsync is not available. There are, however, ways to make rsync work in Windows. […]

Why Use Linux for Dedicated Servers?

A recent report indicates that 97 percent of the world’s top 500 supercomputers run Linux. That statistic seems unfathomable, as if no other operating system even exists or is even worth mentioning. Most of the remaining 3 percent are some other Unix variant, and Windows barely registers at all. The question one […]

Samba: Linux Networking with Windows

It is very likely in today’s multi-platform landscape that you may encounter a situation where you have a Linux server running alongside Windows servers or Windows workstations. If you ever want users to interact with the Linux server, for example for backup and storage purposes, you will need to setup some form of interoperability. Samba […]

Can One Virtual Machine Compromise the Security of Another?

One of the frequently mentioned benefits of VPS hosting is that it is more secure than shared hosting because your account is walled off from other accounts, allowing them to function as separate servers. Virtual private servers and virtualization in general are generally thought to be secure. So, can one virtual machine compromise the security […]

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 […]

Is Linux the Best for Web Servers?

Linux is a free and open source kernel that powers numerous operating systems (often called “distributions”). Many system administrators have long regarded Linux as the best option for powering web-facing dedicated servers and virtual private servers. There are, however, many other options. So, what makes Linux the best, or is it even truly the best […]

Linux Server Security Guide: Part 5

Malware and Spam
Of all the security problems a server might have, malware and spam are particularly despicable. Few things are worse than finding out you have a virus or other malware infecting your system.
Linux servers do not have to worry about nearly as many viruses as Windows servers do. Nevertheless, you should still […]

A Basic Guide to SSH Server Connections: Part 1

Many system administrators have taken a liking to web-based control panels to manage their dedicated servers. While a control panel certainly has its benefits in some situations, there are still some areas of server management where there is no substitute for having shell access. SSH allows you to remotely connect to your server’s shell, providing […]

Configure Apache to be Case Insensitive

By default, websites powered by Apache HTTP Server are case sensitive. That means yourwebsite.com/Bunnies will take you to a different page than yourwebsite.com/bunnies. Generally speaking it is a good idea to leave this default configuration as is. There are, however, instances when you might want Apache to be case insensitive. For example, if you have […]

Linux Terminology You Should Know

Continuing our series on server-related terminology, Linux terminology seems to be a sensible choice. Many of the world’s servers run Linux, especially in the web hosting industry, and a great deal of the terminology common to Linux may be unfamiliar to users who use Windows. The following terms are ones you should know.
Kernel – This […]

Server Terminology You Should Know

SSH – Secure Shell allows you to connect to your server as though you were sitting in front of it typing on the console. If you have administrative access, you can completely control your server from SSH. Connections made via SSH are also encrypted and secure.
Apache HTTP Server – The most popular web server software […]

How to Setup a Test Server in VirtualBox: Part 1

You can use a dedicated server for a wide variety of tasks. It is not just limited to one particular type of hosting. What may prove to be an obstacle, however, is safely testing new applications and alternative uses for your server without the risk of harming active websites or even bringing the entire server […]

Back to the Basics #9: File Systems

Unix and Linux servers are much more common than Windows servers, so there is a good chance that you will encounter at least one during your time as a system administrator. Therefore, it is a good idea to be familiar with the peculiarities of the file systems, which differ in many ways from Windows desktops.
Since […]

Back to the Basics #3: Server Operating Systems

In the third part of our “Back to the Basics” series, we will look at the operating systems that power today’s servers. Just as there is a diverse amount of hardware available on the server market, so too are there a great number of operating systems. They are not all equal in all aspects of […]

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 […]

4 Reasons to Go Open Source on Your Server

When you decide to get a new dedicated server, you will be faced with many software options. You could easily pay big money for a proprietary Unix variant or for Microsoft Windows Server, but there are also plenty of good reasons to go open source. Saving money is just one of them.
1. Stability
Linux and BSD […]

A Basic SSH Connection Guide

SSH (Secure Shell) is one of the most important tools on a dedicated server. It gives you remote access to your server’s command line, making it easy to take advantage of powerful tools only your server’s shell can offer. There are numerous ways to connect via SSH, since you can use it to tunnel other […]

Moving from One OS to Another

In most situations, an individual or company will keep the same operating system for the entire time they use a server.  While there may be occasional upgrades, these usually do not involve switching to another OS completely.  At the end of the server’s life, however, you may decide to go with a different OS.  If […]

What Windows Users Should Know about Linux Servers

You are likely reading this because you are new to Linux servers, and although it may seem intimidating now, you will soon learn to love your new system.  You may rarely need to touch the Linux command line, as most functions these days can be handled using a web-based control panel like cPanel / WHM. […]

Virtual Windows Options on Linux Servers

In most circumstances, you will probably only run a single operating system on your server.  Dual booting makes little sense, as anything that normally runs on the other OS will be off while the current one is running.  For situations where you need two OSes, virtualization is a viable and increasingly popular solution.
On a Linux […]

Dedicated Server Terminology Part 2

The following is a continuation of yesterday’s server terminology. These should help you become more familiar with your dedicated server and will also serve as a quick reference guide in the future.
6. Operating system – An operating system is the primary software on a server that interacts with the hardware, network, and […]

Save Your Server with SystemRescueCD

Despite your best efforts, something has gone terribly wrong with your server. Perhaps it no longer boots correctly or is not accepting your password, even though you are sure you have the right one. Regardless of the problem, or the excuse, there are times when your dedicated server is in such a bad […]

Which Web Server Software Should I Use?

When picking web server software, you should use the same considerations you used when choosing an operating system.  You will also have to consider compatibility with your operating system and the best overall efficiency for the type of site or sites you want to run.
The following are some of the factors […]

What is the Best Server Operating System?

Proponents of each operating system will always give you different answers to this question, but it is important for you to decide which one is best for your circumstances.  Choices include the many variations of GNU/Linux, the numerous descendants of BSD, several versions of Windows Server, Solaris, Mac OS X Server, and several proprietary iterations […]

5 Reasons to Always Backup Your Server

Backing up your server should be a regular task for you, as routine as brushing your teeth.  Your backup routine should include both automated backups and manual checks to make sure your backups are working properly.  If, for some reason, you are skeptical or think it is not important, here are five reasons to keep […]

Webmin Server Management Control Panel

Managing a Linux server, the most common and universal way to access it is directly from the command line console.  If you do not have physical access to the server, as many system administrators do not these days, you will probably use a tool like SSH.  Linux servers do not normally come with graphical interfaces, […]

Monitor Bandwidth with BandwidthD

Bandwidth is not free, and if you were to believe everything ISPs said, you might believe a war over bandwidth will be as violent as one fought over oil. With ISPs throttling bandwidth, and hosting companies fighting for every last cent of bandwidth, it is no surprise that the word bandwidth can strike fear […]