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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SAN VS. NAS: A Comparison

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Storing data in a safe, secure, and reliable manner has always been a significant concern for those working within a distributed networked environment. In this article, we will be exploring two specific methods of managing, preserving, and archiving information. These methods include using the SAN or Storage Area Network or the NAS or Network Attached Storage protocols. Both protocols provide a networked storage solution, but the main difference is in the approach and implementation. A NAS device is usually a single storage unit, while a SAN is typically a network cluster of several devices. Sometimes both these methods are employed and combined into a single medium called a Unified SAN

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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 Nextcloud 15 on Ubuntu 18.04

Reading Time: 2 minutesSimilar to Dropbox and Google Drive, Nextcloud is self-hosting software that allows you to share files, contacts, and calendars. But, unlike Dropbox and Google Drive, your files will be private and stored on your server instead of a third-party server. Nextcloud is a GDPR and HIPAA compliant hosting solution, so your files will be encrypted along with the ability to audit. For this tutorial, we’ll be installing our Nextcloud instance on our Ubuntu VPS server. Continue reading “How to Install Nextcloud 15 on Ubuntu 18.04”

Install and Configure ownCloud on Ubuntu 16.04

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What is ownCloud?

Have you ever used an online collaboration tool or shared files with a co-worker, family member, or friend? You might have used email to send those files, or an online editor to work on a spreadsheet or text document at the same time.

But have you considered the security behind these dedicated server platforms? Who is safeguarding your data, and who else might have access to it? How can you be certain that content is properly encrypted so that only the intended recipients see it, away from the prying eyes of disgruntled employees, rogue agents, third party data miners, or government agencies? Many people want a certain level of control over exactly who is able to see their sensitive data, and this is where ownCloud comes into play.

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Managed Dedicated Server Overview

Reading Time: 5 minutesAre you looking for hosting? You may be asking yourself what is the best solution for your website or online application. One that will provide the uptime and reliability you need with the best support in the industry?  Let’s go through a breakdown of our traditional Dedicated Server options to get a full scope on the aspects of these types of servers. Continue reading “Managed Dedicated Server Overview”

Use Disk Quotas in Dedicated Linux Servers for Plesk Servers

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Using Disk Quotas on Plesk Servers

Plesk servers come in a variety of underlying operating systems like: Windows, CentOS and Ubuntu VPS’s as well as dedicated servers. These systems address disk quotas in different ways. However, they all use the same tools within the Plesk interface. Plesk servers can assign quotas on an individual domain basis or through the Service Plans & Subscriptions system. We will go over both of these methods below.

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How to Use Disk Quotas in Dedicated cPanel Servers

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Using Disk Quotas on a cPanel Dedicated Server

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Before we can take full advantage of disk quotas, we must first initialize them. cPanel makes enabling Disk Quotas on our servers as easy as point and click.

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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.

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How to Configure Cyberduck for Use with Storm Object Storage

Reading Time: 2 minutesStorm Object Storage delivers a durable, secure, highly available solution for storage needs of virtually any size. With object storage access occurs via API calls to the object storage cluster, which replaces the need to rely on additional servers for dedicated storage.

Here we use the client Cyberduck to interact with Storm Object Storage. Cyberduck can be downloaded from here: https://cyberduck.io/?l=en.

Preflight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for configuring Cyberduck for use with Storm Object Storage.
  • I’ll be working from a Microsoft Windows 8 desktop with Cyberduck already installed.

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