What are Inodes in Linux?

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As you are probably already aware, everything is considered to be a file in Linux. That includes hardware devices, processes, directories, regular files, sockets, links, and so on. Generally, the file system is divided into data blocks and inodes. With that being said, you can think about inodes as a basis of the Linux file system. To explain it more clearly, an Inode is a data structure that stores metadata about every single file on your computer system. 

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How to Install and Configure SmartCTL

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What is SmartCTL?

Every modern hard drive has an option to monitor its current status and health via SMART attributes. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. The SMART test can be performed on your HDD to detect any potential problems with the hardware itself. Tests such as these are run using SmartCTL. According to the Linux man page, SmartCTL is a command-line utility designed to perform SMART tasks. Examples of these tasks would be printing error logs or enabling and disabling automatic SMART testing. 

So without further ado, let’s dig into the SmartCTL command. 

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Software RAID Vs Hardware RAID: A Tutorial

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What is RAID?

RAID (or a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) is a way of storing logical data across a medium which is composed of multiple physical hard disk drives blended into one or more logical units or volumes that is used for data redundancy, performance improvement, and reliability.

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How to Install INXI on Ubuntu 18.04

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INXI is one of the best tools that offer a straightforward and comprehensive method for obtaining a wealth of information about a server with a single command.

There are a myriad of individual tools and commands that can be utilized to glean this information from a Linux system. Understanding the specific hardware that underlies a Linux server is an integral part of understanding that server’s capabilities. In this tutorial, we will cover the installation of INXI on an Ubuntu 18.04 server. It will also include some basic command-line usage of the INXI tool.

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How to Check Server Load on a Windows Server

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What Does Server Load Mean?

Checking a server’s load allows us to evaluate server resources and confirm they are sufficient for any running application. It enables us to troubleshoot slow performance and reliably pinpoint any server resource that may need attention. While there are many tools and options available, today let’s focus on our Windows VPS Task Manager to help us quickly see what is going on, and interact with applications, processes, and services to identify the load. This article will also include an introduction to Resource Monitor as it can be opened from Task Manager to provide more detail. Continue reading “How to Check Server Load on a Windows Server”

Useful Command Line for Linux Admins

Reading Time: 11 minutesThe command line terminal, or shell on your Linux server, is a potent tool for deciphering activity on the server, performing operations, or making system changes. But with several thousand executable binaries installed by default, what tools are useful, and how should you use them safely? Continue reading “Useful Command Line for Linux Admins”

VPS Server Space/Disk Quota

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe term “server space” refers to the amount of disk space that is available on your server’s hard disk drive. This space varies according to server type, hosting plan and possibly by additional services that are set up and available on your Liquid Web account. Continue reading “VPS Server Space/Disk Quota”

Use Disk Quotas in Dedicated Linux Servers

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What is the Role of Disk Space Management using Disk Quotas?

Disk Space Management on a dedicated server or a VPS server is an often underestimated necessity of a systems administrators job duties. When managing disk space it is important to track and maintain adequate free space. This ensures proper system functionality and data integrity. Unlike your personal devices, when a server runs out of free space, it can have grave consequences. Running out of free space can lead to data and/or revenue loss for you, your clients and/or your user base. Continue reading “Use Disk Quotas in Dedicated Linux Servers”

How To Use the Disk Space Usage Tool in cPanel

Reading Time: 2 minutes This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel on your VPS server or Dedicated server, and are starting on the home screen. Let’s learn how to use the Disk Space Usage tool. cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--01
  1. Click the “Disk Usage” icon.cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--02
  2. From here you can see how much storage space is being used by each directory and sub-directory in your account.cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--03
  3. At the bottom of the page is a collapsible list of directories.cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--04
  4. Clicking on a plus sign will expand the directory revealing the specific files and folders within.cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--05
  5. Clicking an actual folder name …cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--06
  6. … will launch File Manager, showing the contents of that folder.cpanel-paperlantern-16-disk--07
  7. You can choose to sort the folders by name, or by disk usage.