Your First Dedicated Server – What you Need to Know

August 6th, 2010 By:

Congratulations on your first dedicated server. Once you receive the information for you server, you will probably want to start migrating or creating your website immediately. However, if you have little to no experience with systems administration you should first thoroughly understand the tools you have at your disposal before you get started.

Often overlooked, the journey toward dedicated server enlightenment begins with your webhost. Though the reading may be a bit dry, you would do well to understand specifically what you bought, what you are responsible for, and what things your webhost will take care. Here is a general list of what you will want to do:

At its most basic your dedicated server box should come with an operating system, a web server, and a database server.  On top of this, you may have programming language support, a control panel, security software, and backup software.  Even if you have managed support there are a few things you should know:

The last area to examine is the hardware. This part is fairly straightforward. Check to make sure you received the hardware you paid for. Familiarize yourself with any add-on hardware such as firewalls. If you have a hardware firewall and are unsure how to use it then have your managed solution provider walk you through the configuration process or have them perform the checks out right.

Once you have a feel for what you have and what you have gotten yourself into, you can begin to transfer or create your website(s). Your first dedicated server box is not just something to place your website on, it is a learning tool and if you take it step-by-step, you too can become a proficient at server administration. specializes in walking customers new to dedicated web hosting through the process of selecting server specifications and system configuration.

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