January 27 2022

How to manage a dedicated server, cloud instance or VPS?

Some things to know to better manage your server.

There are many options, both commercial and open source, that allow you to manage your own server. If your system is completely blank and installed from scratch, with no services running, you can install some of the more popular and commercial control panels like Plesk and cPanel.

If the dedicated server has already been installed and is in use, then you will have to rely on a professional systems engineer who sets up all the software you need.

You can search many of these companies online to find one near you, or you can rely on our management.

The advantage of this method is that it is faster, handled by professional systems engineers and costs about 20 euros per month more than self-taught management with Plesk or cPanel.

What is Plesk?

Plesk is a web hosting control panel that provides you with a graphical interface to manage your server. It offers a wide range of features and options, optimized for both experienced and novice users. It is the most popular hosting control panel in the world, and is used by over 15 million websites.

Plesk has been around for over 20 years, and is very reliable. Plesk's main competitor is cPanel, which is also very popular with hosting service providers.

What is cPanel?

cPanel is the most popular web hosting control panel available on the market. Its features include website building tools, a file manager, and email accounts. cPanel also offers a variety of ways to manage your server remotely through its web-based interface.

cPanel is a web-based user interface for Unix-based operating systems. It was developed by cPanel, Inc. based in Atlanta. The software allows the creation and management of websites on an Internet hosting service to which it belongs. It is widely used by internet service providers and providers of Dedicated Servers, as well as many companies offering on-demand or proprietary hosting services.

Why prefer a systems engineer to a control panel?

Many people wonder why they should choose a system builder rather than a control panel. The truth is, using a control panel doesn't mean you are dependent on the provider, who will manage the server for you. It is true that control panels are easy to use and install and you can create a site as quickly as possible, but you are limited by what this system offers. Control panels are just tools to help you, they are not a substitute for a real technician.

While they can be used by novice users without any problems, they may not be able to configure some server options or solve basic problems, such as when the server goes down or there is an error in the configuration of php, Apache or NGINX, the creating custom scripts or mitigating DDOS attacks.

In such cases, it is best to rely on professional assistance. That is why it is recommended to use a systems engineer, who will handle all the technical aspects and design your server according to your needs. The systems engineer will talk to you about your idea, discuss your needs and make sure everything is working perfectly. He will install the software and configure it according to your needs and give you advice on how to avoid errors so that you can better manage your site in the future.

Many of the control panels are built to be quick and easy, but they aren't always efficient. A Sysadmin can build a server configuration optimized to your needs and configure it so that you no longer have to worry about it. If you are managing a large number of servers then it is imperative that you have some type of monitoring in place. For example, if your server uses a disk array for storage, you may want to create a smart volume with RAID-10 so that if one disk fails, the array will still hold data.

Without a way to monitor the health of your disks or arrays, you could lose valuable data before you even realize there's a problem. With a dedicated server, any hardware-compatible file system, such as ext3 or NTFS, can be used. The most important thing is to make sure that whatever file system you choose is compatible with the operating systems that will be installed on the machine. Server monitoring is a critical task on Dedicated Servers, because if something goes wrong, it can affect everyone who uses the server and even block websites hosted on the server, so it's vital to have monitoring in place. A professional systems engineer will be able to help ensure that all of your needs are met

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