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July, 2010

  • 30 July

    Server OS Tips

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    Getting the right hardware and network setup for your server is difficult enough. Choosing the right operating system, configuring it, and then maintaining it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to get you through the process. 1. If you are on a limited budget, you should definitely consider …

  • 28 July

    Server Maintenance Tips

    Server Maintenance Tips

    Over the course of the past year, we have covered many dedicated server maintenance issues, particularly for servers running Linux. In no particular order, here is a list of some of the more important tips you should remember when taking care of your server. 1. When possible, rely on the …

  • 23 July

    Searching with GREP

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    GREP, which stands for global regular expression print, is a sophisticated Linux/Unix tool that can serve many purposes, but one useful purpose on a dedicated server is its ability to search files and directories. With grep you can search within multiple files with relative ease. You can also parse printed …

  • 22 July

    Easily Repeat Root Commands with History

    Previously, I mentioned some of the benefits of using the “history” command to display any or all of your previous commands. On dedicated servers, whether Linux or Unix, that use “sudo” rather than “su” to become root, it can be aggravating when you type a long command string only to …

  • 22 July

    Rsync Incremental Backups

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    Question: How can I easily perform incremental backups on my dedicated server? Answer: There are few tasks more important than backing up your server. Because of the nature of computers and especially the nature of the Internet, you are bound to have problems. They may or may not cause data …

  • 19 July

    How to Force YUM to Exclude Certain Packages

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    YUM is a package management system for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Fedora, and other Red Hat-based Linux operating systems. It is command-line driven and is an easy tool you can use to keep your server updated and install any new software you need. Normally, when you perform updates, …

  • 14 July

    How to Remove Software in Linux

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    Question: How do I remote software that I installed from my Linux dedicated server? Answer: The answer to that question depends on how you installed the software in the first place. Once you establish how and where the software has been installed, you can determine how to remove it. 1. …

  • 14 July

    Extra Large Log Files

    Question: One of my Linux system log files has suddenly become very large (several hundred megabytes). What should I do? Answer: The first thing to find out is what exactly is happening in the log files. To see the latest log activity for your web server error log, for example, …

  • 13 July

    How to Increase MySQL Memory Usage Above 4GB

    Question: My database server is timing out because MySQL seems to hang once it has used up 4GB of RAM, even though the server is equipped with 6GB. How can I make MySQL take advantage of the full 6GB available? Answer: If your current server setup involves a 32-bit architecture …

  • 12 July

    What is a Linux Package?

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    Question: I have a new Linux dedicated server, and I have read a lot of documentation referring to packages. What are Linux packages? Answer: In Linux distributions, a “package” refers to a compressed file archive containing all of the files that come with a particular application. The files are usually …

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