Managed Server vs. Unmanaged Server Defined

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In this article, we will be discussing what it means to employ a “managed server” versus an “unmanaged server” and what the primary differences are. This article is written responding to ongoing questions we see from clients regarding the types of resources, services, and capabilities that are included when a managed server is selected for use.

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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 as a means 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.

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Troubleshooting Cron Jobs

Reading Time: 4 minutesCron is a service for Linux servers that automatically executes scheduled commands. A cron job can be a series of shell commands, scripts, or other programs. Cron tasks or jobs can perform a variety of functions and once ran can send out an e-mail message to inform you of its completion or errors. If you receive an error, there are many ways to troubleshoot the cron task.  Use this article for troubleshooting assistance or a tutorial on the basics of cron jobs. If you would like to learn more about creating a cron job check out our Knowledge Base tutorials on the subject. Continue reading “Troubleshooting Cron Jobs”

An Introduction to Managing a Linux Server with systemd

Reading Time: 2 minutesSystemd is is an init system used by several common Linux Distributions which has gained popularity since 2015. A Linux init system is the first process or daemon started on a system after the initial boot process, and manages services, daemons, and other system processes. Systemd is comprised of unit files that contain the initialization instructions for the daemons which it controls. While many portions of a system can be managed with systemd, this article will focus on managing services. Continue reading “An Introduction to Managing a Linux Server with systemd”

Linux Runlevels Explained

Reading Time: 3 minutesA runlevel is one of the modes that a Unix-based, dedicated server or a VPS server OS will run on. Each runlevel has a certain number of services stopped or started, giving the user control over the behavior of the machine. Conventionally, seven runlevels exist, numbered from zero to six.
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