Remote Access Keys and Clusters Explained

If you are running a successful reseller business on your dedicated server, you can quickly become inundated trying to set-up new accounts. Before this situation gets out of control you can use remote access keys to automate this process, saving you a great deal of time.

A remote access key will allow new account creation without your intervention. This is very useful for companies that promise instant activation for new accounts and can increase your sales since your customers will not have to wait to begin setting up their sites.

You can either request a remote access key from your hosting company, or your server’s control panel may allow you to automatically create this key when you are ready. You will see a long paragraph of encrypted information once you have generated your key. This key can then be added to your script to automate the sign up process.

There are several examples of these automated scripts, and your hosting company may even provide you with a sample that you can modify to fit your needs. If you aren’t sure how to write this script, you can contact your hosting company for more information.

You should never give this remote access key to anyone. Since you are basically allowing access into your dedicated server’s control panel with the use of a remote access key, you can quickly compromise your server if it falls into the wrong hands. However, the key is encrypted and should not cause you any problems if you are only using it for new account creation.

DNS Clusters.

Your dedicated server may offer you the ability to use DNS clusters. What are these clusters and what can they do?

First a DNS cluster will allow you to synchronize your records if you are using more than one server. This is very useful for webmasters that are utilizing more than one dedicated server.

This system used to be called the DNS Master, but it quickly became outdated. The new DNS cluster ability is helpful for webmasters that need to keep track of all of their DNS zones in one easy to find place.

You should not use a DNS cluster unless you have more than one dedicated server. This area is really meant for advanced users and will not have any use for the average dedicated server owner. However, if you do plan on adding more dedicated servers to your account, or if your company is growing quickly, it is helpful to understand how they work.

Before you start modifying anything in this area of your dedicated server, make sure that you are aware of what you are doing and check with your hosting company if you have any questions. It is much easier to stop a problem before it starts by making sure you are completely aware of all the consequences.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:30 PM

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