Managing Your DNS

Adding a DNS Zone

Log into your Liquid Web account, select Domains from the left menu, and click on the DNS tab. Scroll down to the Create a New DNS Zone section.

Create a New DNS Zone

  1. Input the domain name of your choosing
  2. Select the ‘IP Address’ drop-down list:
    Other IP Address – User defined IP address to use for the relevant domain
    Import From a Live Domain – Based on the domain selected, our system will copy current the A record IP address
  3. Click the ‘Create New DNS Zone’ button

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How to Use a Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP provides access to your Windows Server’s operating system from your desktop, workstation machine, mobile device or laptop. The connection to your server will be encrypted and it offers some enhancements that allow you to attach local drives and devices.

Most modern Operating Systems have support for Remote Desktop. A Remote Desktop Client made by Microsoft is available in the Apple Appstore, the MacOS store, Google Play, the Chrome Web Store for ChromeOS and of course in the Windows Store. On Linux you may need to download a 3rd party option such as RDesktop or FreeRDP which you can get through a repository or it will be pre-installed on some distro’s.

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Configuring and Troubleshooting WHMCS Crons

Over the years WHMCS has made some changes to where it stores certain directories, specifically directories outside of public_html. The goal of this is to increase overall security by moving sensitive files to a more protected location. While this change does help to improve WHMCS security, it also adds a few steps of complexity.

This article is meant to help simplify this complexity, or at least provide a reference configuration that you can use to troubleshoot cron issues, or gain a better understanding of WHMCS crons in general. I used WHMCS 7.3 for this article, but the general concept and instructions should apply for any 7.0 version of WHMCS.
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RDP File Transfer

How to Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files to Your Windows Server

Transferring files to your new Windows Server can be a hassle when you are first setting everything up. Plesk, FTP, or network file sharing might not be quite ready to use or your internet service provider may block those web ports. This is where transferring files via the Remote Desktop Connection program comes in! You can redirect your workstations hard drive and it will appear when you are logged in.

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Installing SQL Express

MSSQL Express 2017 on a Dedicated Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful database that is commonly used with ASP.NET and other website programming languages. However, licensing for MSSQL can be expensive and is sometimes prohibitive for smaller businesses and applications. Fortunately, Microsoft provides a free version of MSSQL server called MSSQL Express. Installing MSSQL Express on your dedicated server is quick and easy, especially with the new features included in MSSQL Express 2017.

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Configure VSFTPD with an SSL

How can I configure VSFTPD to support SSL encrypted connections?

In this article we will be discussing how to configure vsftpd to work with SSL encryption. If you do not have vsftpd installed yet you may wish to visit one of the these articles before proceeding.

How to install VSFTPD on CentOS 7

How to install VSFTPD on CentOS 6

How to install VSFTPD on Fedora 23

How to install VSFTPD on Ubuntu 15.04

Ready? Awesome, let’s get started.

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IPMI Dedicated VPN

IPMI stands for Intelligent Platform Management Interface. It is a set of computer interface specifications for an autonomous computer subsystem that provides management and monitoring capabilities on the host systems CPU, firmware and operating system. It defines a set of interfaces used by system administrators for out-of-band management of computer systems.

As an example, IPMI provides a way to manage a server that is powered off or unresponsive by using a network connection to the hardware rather than to the operating system or login shell. This means you can bypass the operating system and log in via console to troubleshoot and get your server back up and running if it goes unresponsive for any reason.

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Using Conda for Alternate Python Installations

Let’s be honest: Most of the time, the Python version included with a Linux distro isn’t the newest. For example, at the time of this writing, the version of Python 2 included with our CentOS 7 Storm images is 2.7.5, and Python 3 isn’t even available out of the box. For reference (again, at the time of this writing), the latest versions are 2.7.14 and 3.6.4 respectively.

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you already have a reason to run a different version than what’s included (especially if 3.x is needed). However, if you stumbled on this article by chance, various reasons might include new features, a software package or library that only works up to a certain version, etc.

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