I am a PHP/MySQL web developer and I want to take on the challenge of administering my own server.
I have Plesk installed on the server, and I imagine I will have command line access to the dedicated server.
What unknown challenges lie ahead for me? What are things to monitor to keep the site running efficiently? What should I be using to connect to the server? What tools are available to help me be more efficient?
I have a dedicated server with iWeb, but due to revenues being cut short, I'm in search for a new host. Possibly a VPS host that isn't expensive or a shared host.
Anyways.. I'm looking for a good host (nothing like the oversellers at Dreamhost) that would work for me.
I'd be hosting some domains-- about 10. Three are majorly active, 1 is moderately active, and the others are hardly active.
I've tried Dreamhost's shared hosting (along with a PS from them) and that night (my first night with them), their servers went down. HostRefugee, tried them, the server couldn't handle the load and was quite slow. (may be due to coding)
So yeah, suggestions? I know how to setup a VPS if needed.
1.) Ordered and paid for a new vps on 2009-09-22 2.) 2009-09-25 and 2009-09-30 open tickets to ask why still not setup new vps, but just forward to 'The concerned department and concerned person', vps still not setup 3.) Service still Pending set up
I'm trying to setup a VPN server on windows 2003 standard. It suppose to work like this if configuration is correct: the server will have 20 static public IP addresses, each of my workstations will use one of the 20 IPs to connect to the server, then connect to the internet with the same IP it connects to the server. So if I do a IP lookup, each workstation will show a different public IP but the server will always assign the same IP to the same workstation.
Now all my workstations can connect to the server with any of the IPs I have, and they can surf the internet with no problems at all. However, if I do a IP lookup, every workstation shows the same pubilc IP which is totally not what I wanted. I have searched google and not much useful infor come up. Can any of the experts here help me out?
I would like to understand what is the difference between VPS and a VDS. I understand they sound the same, however from a cost stand point VPS is way cheaper than VDS, and I am not very sure of the reason.
i just bought a dedicated server from godaddy. I need some help to set up a forum.I did everything as said in the guide but doesn't work.i asked for some help from the godaddy support team but they said that this is outside our realm of support.
im using simple control panel..I added a domain,setuped the dns settings but it still says page cannot be displayed and i couldn't connect through ftp either to upload my site.It has been 4 days now i have bought.
I have been trying to run my emails accounts from my dedicated server, or just put the emails back to the go daddy secure server net. But I can get this right. Can someone help me? I am using the simple control panel. I went to use a dedicated server because this will give some freedom, but I just realize I may not be ready for this servers yet.
What is the difference between virtual dedicated server and a dedicated server?
I know that a dedicated server means you have the physical computer as your server whileas virtual dedicated server means that they separate the physical computer into various parts and you have control over one of those separated parts.
But my question is mainly on the functionality of a virtual dedicated server and a dedicated server.
What can you do on a dedicated server that you can't do on a virtual dedicated server?
what hosts are considered the best for virtual dedicated servers.
I know about the big names like GoDaddy and Yahoo, but who really has the best service and (importantly) the best price/value?
Heres what I need power-wise: Something that offers 2GB+ of RAM to me, 20GB+ Hard Drive space, and something thats running on Windows. I intend to run 3 e-commerce sites off this, so if you think I need more power please recommend it.
Is it a good idea to "Split" my dedicated into a couple of different VPS's?
1. My sites and hosting "Company" site.
2. Customers sites.
Would this be the best? I was thinking of putting the companies site on a separate VPS so that a malicious user can't use php to exploit the billing system. (I know it would be ideal to have 2 dedicated servers, 1 for customers, 1 for company, but that just isn't possible right now).
So when you setup a new server, what should I do. I will only be running 1 site for now (vbulletin forum site), should I just install Apache, MySQL, Php, setup the DNS, etc.
Or Should I just Install Plesk, and let that do it.
Most Likely will just be running a 2.53Ghz Core2Duo, 4GB 250GB. I have setup a webserver before just basically though but think I could manage. I think that Plesk would make it easier but would also eat up resources, on the other hand though not having it would use less resources but require more configuration.
I want to setup a dedicated within my home based business, what is the easiest and cheapest way to do this, I understand I would need a static Ip address from my Internet provider (is that right?) also Do i need a spare PC to do this or can I run my main PC and still be able to run it when it's switched off?
I just got a VPS plan for the first time where I want to host several new websites. In the past I've used individual accounts to host a couple of other websites and haven't paid much attention to nameserver setup, just configured at my registrar whatever I was given from the hosting service.
So, I got a brand new domain to act as the host of the rest of the domains I'm setting up: www.example.com.
In the VPS I have setup this one as the default domain for nameservers: ns1.example.com ns2.example.com
Question 1: - Can I setup ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com as the nameserververs for www.example.com ? i.e. nameserver is used for the same domain in which it is named. Even if this is possible, is it a good idea or would it be better to host it somewhere else? When I try to define those as the nameservers in Godaddy I get the error message Nameserver not registered. What am I missing?
Other DNS questions Question 2: - If I host my nameservers in my VPS, I will need a separate IP for each one (ns1, ns2...and so on). Can I still use those IP's to actually host websites, or do I need additional IP's to host the actual sites? Any value in keeping each IP dedicated to a nameserver?
For example: IP#1 = used for ns1 IP#2 = used for ns2 IP#1 = used for website 1 IP#2 = used for website 2
Question 3: - Are DNS backup services valuable if I host my own nameservers? Any suggestions on good quality providers? Price not an issue.
Question 4: - If I used DNS backup services for example.com will that apply to ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com which I used for my VPS? and therefore will be applicable to other domains I host? Does this make sense? Or would I need a separate backup for each domain I host? Can I use one backup for multiple domains?
Question 5: - What are the drawbacks of hosting multiple sites under the same IP? I control all sites under these IPs
Question 6: - Can somebody recommend a good resource to learn how IP, DNS, nameservers, etc work? Any book, paid website, video... anything ? While there's a ton of info on the web, all is scattered and none seems to be too detailed enough for somebody starting to learn about this.
I'm expected to have around 1000-1500 users at a time after my ad compaign for my site. currently, my setup is as follows: VPS in UK guaranteed memory: 256 burstable : 512 disk: 20GB traffic: 200GB per month price : 15 dollars a month
I would like to upgrade to : guaranteed memory: 1GB which is better ? to go with VPS ? or dedicated server ? which provider do u recommend ? how much am I expected to pay for my required setup ? what about CPU ?
setup FreeBSD 7.2 amd64 on my dedicated server remotely. There is only problem I havnt access to KVM, but I have access to rescue system (linux image loaded into memory of the server, which enables me to perform any actions with help of linux tools on hard drive, it's easy to install any linux distro on the server - just format hdd and load files of OS, but I really dont know how to install FreeBSD by this way).
So, maybe someone can help me? If you have any tools for FreeBSD install or special images of it -
I'm trying to help out a friend with a dedicated server setup however we both don't know too much about it. We've setup apache, perl, sql all the standard stuff but cannot for the life of us setup a CRON job for a particular script.
The dedicated server control panel is: WHM Accelerated.
Our current websites have been setup on the server under the same user account (master).
There doesn't seem to be the usual "CPANEL" options which you usually get with shared hosting however.
I would like to asking help about building dedicated server 2x hdd, i have person who advance in this but i want to get open wider suggestion from you :
1. which one better, "use 1 hdd for data and 1 hdd for backup" or "2 hdd for data and use backup service which is extra money"?
2. I have market already, but for starter is 80gb 2x hdd or 73gb scsi (little bit different in price) still enough until next year. I will expect to have 250Gb/500Gb sata, is it better make these new capacity replace the old one or just added into the box using raid?
3. if it is raid, is it no problem using two different ide/sata hdd and scsi hdd?
I am seeking a little input from others who use multi-CPU machines with large memory as web servers and mysql servers.
I will be more than happy to give additional information I might have overlooked if you need it. Just ask.
We are starting to run more and more dedicated hosts running joomla applications. I've been trying to find the very best settings for both performance and security that I can for the servers to function well specifically with their joomla applications.
Serves are not used for *anything* else at all.
The servers are strictly used to serve up web pages. No need for anything other than what apache/php, joomla requires and a few other things such as ffmpeg, etc.
I would like to remove all tools which aren't needed for such a server, leaving a bare minimum server which is less susceptible to hacking.
I've never messed with the root account so wonder if I can simply not allow any access as root other than terminal, perhaps not even su by giving another account full root access and of course, while allowing the system to continue to function properly with the many things which must run as root.
I would like to do this on all of my public machines which are of course behind firewalls. I also have load balancers and cache devices in front of the web servers but at this time, they are not activated so aren't in the realm of this question.
Development is done in a separate environment and the data is pushed to the web server via private network to the web servers. This means no need for shared tools, FTP, or anything else which users would need in a shared environment.
The servers are 8-way IBM, running linux and apache, php/APC. Servers have 32GB of memory and I can install up to 64GB.
Databases are run on separate machines which are also dedicated only to running mysql databases. Same machines as above.
Machines all run multiple network cards bonded as a single IP.
So, my questions are;
How can I best utilize my hardware to take advantage of their memory capacities.
For example, on the web servers, I'd like to find the best settings for httpd.conf which takes advantage of the machines resources.
On MySQL servers, I'd like to do the same as the above, taking the best advantage of the hardware/memory.
For web serving and for joomla, I seek the very best security settings I can possibly get. I say best because since they aren't used by users, there is no need to have a lot of tools and access to these machines so it should not be a problem to tighten these machines up a great deal.
Any input from those who have such experiences would be very welcome as I've been finding no one place for help on this.
I am a good systems administrator but I have never setup a windows web server. Are there any tutorials out on the web that would show me how to do it. Is it true when a dedicated server is purchased the only thing I have to do is transfer the htm or asp files?
I've trawled the sitepoint forums but haven't found anything relating to this subject. I'm hoping someone out there has found themselves in a similar situation.
As a brief summary, I work as a full time web designer for a company but also run my own web design business in my spare time. Within the next year I plan to go freelance which will hopefully leave with some spare time to learn dynamic web design as well as offer clients domain registration and hosting services.
As a web designer, my knowledge of hosting is not that great, but I intend to learn. Currently, I work with a guy who sorts all this out for me. He has a shared server and pays a certain amount per month and charges me £XX a year per client to setup domains and hosting.
I was wondering how much technical skill I need to set this up myself. With so many hosting packages out there, it's hard to know where to start. Should I buy a dedicated server and host my clients at home or go with the safer option and pay monthly for shared hosting?
I am currently using a shared hosting but due to increasing traffic and server load my existing host is not able to provide reliable services and I am planning to upgrade my hosting service.
While I was searching for Dedicated Servers, I learnt about Virtual Dedicated Servers but I am not very sure about their reliability? Are Virtual Dedicated Servers useful? My website current serves over 2500-3000 visitors a day resulting in 30,000 pageviews and I am expecting the traffic to grow by atleast 2 folds in the next few months as I start some PPC campaigns and Email Marketing for my website. Can a Virtual Dedicated Server cater such needs assuming my website to be more of less dynamic website written in php?
As my clients' needs expand, they're asking for chroot ssh/sftp setup. I'm currently on a dedicated Linux setup but don't really have the time to set up a whole new box with full virtualization or investigate a full chroot solution (baby on the way), and to be honest it would be less hassle to move to a new provider than worry about down time with sites.
What I'm looking for:
- linux hosting - hosting for 30+ accounts, some with several domains - at least 6 IP addresses for SSL certs - each account in a full chroot environment (ssh/sftp/ftp) so they can't poke around each others' files, or each account set up in a virtual machine setup (ie: openvz) - maildir - spamassassin - php 5, mysql, perl 5.8.8 - suexec apache would be nice
We've been using GoDaddy as our dedicated host for about 2 years now. Throughout this time our performance with them has slowed. We have 2 eCommerce websites that receive moderate traffic but not outrageous and a few personal websites for ourselves that get roughly nil. Our entire server uses maybe 60GB of traffic a month as reported by plesk.
A fairly consistent problem we have however is page load time. Our server's CPU load reported by uptime is usually very low in the 0.05-0.15 range even during peak hours. So we doubt that the CPU is the problem. Additionally I have tried saving a static copy of our index page and uploading it to another part of the server and the load time between the static and dynamically generated page appears to be identical.
It appears as though our server allows at max 1-2 connections a time per IP address, or perhaps even globally, to receive data at one time. If I load our index page which is fairly image intensive it takes quite some time for the page to load in. It appears as though 1-2 images at a time are typically loading and that's about the limit. My ping time to the server is usually 50-60ms which really doesn't seem too bad to me, or perhaps I am wrong. If I hop over to a site like Google News however their front page contains probably 50 images and they seem to all load in a matter of moments and my ping to news.google.com is actually worse than my ping time to my own server.
For the lifting our server does I feel it's fairly beefy even given that it's a machine approaching 2 years old. It's a P4 3GHz w/ HT, 2GB RAM, 120GB RAID1 HD. The machine we had prior from another host was a Duron 1400 (iirc) w/ around 512MB RAM and 60GB HD and it didn't stumble on these tasks the way our server with GoDaddy has - again leading me to believe it's either some configuration option or is it just the quality of the GoDaddy network that is leading to these slow load times or page timeouts all together.
We recently purchased a new server with GoDaddy a few months ago and are preparing to migrate our current server to the new box - however given the worsening problems with load times we are simply considering moving elsewhere if it's not something that can be fixed with a config file or in Plesk.
I was looking at Godaddy's grid servers and it says you can have unlimited concurrent connections:
With dedicated servers if you wanted to have 2 million concurrent users you would need hundreds of dedicated servers in a cluster, but Godaddy grid hosting can do this for $4.99/month:
Of course currently give users unlimited compute cycles so if they start charging it could increase the price but godaddy don't charge for ram. Of course if you needed more bandwidth you can buy more.
Sure, Godaddy grid hosting doesn't allow videos on your server(embed's allowed) but you wanted to have a website that was at the top of digg and worldwide media outlets reported it, Godady grid hosting would be great for this.
So i guess if i had to choose between a dedicated server and godaddy grid hosting for a forum, i would choose grid hosting because i can have unlimited users online at the same time and not have to worry about cpu load.