What You Need to Know to Run a Dedicated Server - Part II

In our last article we covered what you will need to know as you log-in to your dedicated server’s control panel for the first time. We will know continue with important steps on how to set-up and configure your account for your website. If you do plan to resell space, you will need to become very familiar with how to set-up and limit these accounts.

Creating an account package is usually accomplished in a section referred to as Packages in your control panel. Depending on the type of control panel you are using, this may differ. In this area, you will be able to create different types of packages for your server. Resellers will need to create specific packages for all of the different types of accounts they are offering. However, if you are the only one on the server, you will only need to create one package, using your server capabilities as your limits.

In this area you will also be able to assign FTP permissions, the amount of email accounts, forwarders and aliases you will allow, disk space limits, data transfer limits and more. After you have created your new package, you will need to assign a name to it, as an identifier.

Now you are ready to create your own account on your server for your website. You will need to enter in your domain information, and which package you will be using for your site. Once this is done, you can begin adding other packages or move on to the next step.

Configuring DNS zones will either need to be done once, or many times, depending on what you will be doing with your server. Resellers will need to add a new DNS zone for every new client. Your DNS zone contains vital domain name resolution information. You will have to supply the domain name you have purchased or that your client has purchased and enter in the account where this domain will be routed.

Security Checks are usually provided in most control panels. You should run a security check on your server, at least once a week, to make sure that you do not have any holes or weaknesses in your server that hackers could use against you.

SSL certificate use is also determined by the type of server you are running. If you need only one for your own site you will only need to use this feature once. If you are reselling, you will need to use it each time a new account is created necessitating the creation of a new certificate. You will need to provide your physical address and business information for the certificate, and then paste the output into your shopping cart or other application.

Restarting services on your server, such as BIND (domains) Mail server, the FTP server, and POP3 server may be necessary from time to time. If you are having problems in any of these areas, a quick restart should take care of it.

Remote reboot is necessary if your site has gone down and you have no way to access your server’s root directory. This is usually provided with a dedicated server package and allows you to remotely reboot your server with a username and password. This truly comes in handy when everything else fails if your server is down.

There are many other smaller features that are infrequently used, but the above list is what you will need to know right away, and for frequent use. However, you should familiarize yourself with all of the different features available for your server, when you have time.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:28 PM

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