The Basics of Running a Dedicated Server

Before you jump headlong into purchasing a dedicated server, you will need to be aware of how to run one. Even if you are familiar with running your own hosting package on a shared server, there are many differences. You will have a lot more control, but you will also have a lot more responsibilities.

First, if you are inexperienced with running a high powered server, you will need to make sure that your host provides you with a control panel, such as Web Host Manager, that will allow you to find all of your controls in one easy place. This makes it much easier to see what needs to be done and what you will be able to do.

Once you have your server up and running, you will not need to do much extra work, but it is helpful to know how to perform certain tasks, such as rebooting your server if a problem does arise.

You will need to partition your server into various accounts, if you plan on having more than one site on your server. Even if you plan on only hosting one site, you will need to create an account package for this account so that everything is properly set-up.

This account package will need to include an allotment of disk space, data transfer and the inclusion of certain privileges, such as CGI, FTP and root access. If you are the only one with access to this account, there will be no problem in turning these privileges on. However, if you do plan to re-sell space on your server to other customers, you will need to weigh these carefully.

Root access should never be given to anyone other than yourself. CGI access is more commonly provided by resellers, but there are some risks involved with this. Limiting the areas where your customers can have FTP access is also helpful if you do turn on FTP permissions for these customers.

Now that you have set-up your account package, you will need to create this new account and then set-up the DNS zone for your domain name. With a control panel, this process is automated, which is very helpful. You will just need to provide the IP address and the account where the DNS zone will point and it will take care of the rest.

After you have gone through these tasks, you can begin to set-up your mail server options, and how your server will handle log files. You will be able to decide how often these logs are deleted and what type of mail clients you will allow for webmail. Again, if you are the only one that will be using the server, you are completely free to set this up however you like.

Running a dedicated server does not have to be difficult. With a little extra time spent in learning how all of the different processes work, you can become a master of your new server and enjoy the complete control that a dedicated solution offers.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:30 PM

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