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Removing Files on a Linux Server

An important part of file management is the removing of files that are no longer needed. Files, by their very nature, take up space, and something that is not needed should not take up space on a server, where space is money. The “rm” Linux command handles basic removal of …

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Server Attacked? Fight Back

Tehtri Security research Laurent Oudot has determined that most people who attack servers get their hacking software from freely available malware kits on the Web, rather than creating their own custom scripts. These kits often contain poorly written code that can itself be exploited. What does all of that mean …

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Schedule Tasks on a Windows Server

There are two ways to schedule a task on a Windows server: graphical (from the system tools menu) or from the command line. Graphical 1. If you have direct access to the system tools menu, click the “start” button and then go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools > …

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Windows Command Line Tools

With a remote dedicated server, sometimes being able to access it from the command line can be your greatest asset. Like Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, Windows servers also have command line programs that can make managing your server from afar a lot easier. Attrib – Allows you to …

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How to Restart Services on a Windows Server

Services are memory resident programs that normally run constantly, as long as your server is on. Programs like your web server, database server, DNS system, and others are all services that start at boot time and continuing running at all times. Whenever you change configuration for a service or need …

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Permissions for Common File Types

In a previous post, I explained how to use chmod to change file permissions and also provided some security tips to ensure your file permissions are not more permissive than they need to be. Looking back on those posts, I think it would be useful to list some common file …

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How to Schedule a Reboot on a Windows Server

In a previous post, I explained how to use the “at” command to schedule a reboot on a Linux server. On a Windows server, you can accomplish the same thing. Scheduling a reboot is helpful for those rare occasions when you make changes to your server that require a reboot. …

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Rolling Your Own Kernel: Pros and Cons

Generally speaking, it is a sound idea to keep the default packages, kernel, and drives installed on your server when you first purchased it or when you first installed your Linux-based operating system. Recompiling a kernel is usually something taken up by adventurers and computer science students. Despite that general …

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Global data center study: 2010-2013

While the data center industry is looking at exponential growth in the next three years, it’s also faced with a few problems in the explosion of industry need for storage space and data processing power. With the need for greater capacity, denser servers are being added to data centers’ equipment, …

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