System Administration
IPv6 Setup | Windows and Linux Dedicated Servers

IPv6 Tutorial – Windows and Linux Dedicated Servers There's no getting around it: IPv6 is the way of the future. There are no more unique IPv4 addresses remaining and in fact, there are many benefits to upgrading to IPv6. If you're using ReliableSite, you are likely have both IPv4 and IPv6 blocks registered to your server. In this IPv6 tutorial, we'll go through the steps to set up your dedicated server, whether Windows or Linux based, to use those new IPv6 addresses. How to setup IPv6 on Windows Server 1) Logon to the Windows server with administrator rights 2) Click on Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Setting 3) Right-click on the Local Area Connection of the network adapter and choose Properties 4) Highlight Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click on Properties 5) Click on “Use the following IPv6 address” and in the IPv6 Address

Read more
Here’s Why the Location of Your Dedicated Server’s Data Network Matters

When you're shopping around for hosting—whether it's for a website, blog, eCommerce store, or even for gaming—there's no denying the fact that speed matters. However, what many people fail to realize as they shop for a dedicated server is that the specific location of the hosting company's data centers can have a direct impact on their server speed. At ReliableSite, we have three prime data center locations in Miami, Florida, New York City and Los Angeles, California. This allows us to provide low latency to several locations worldwide and a better overall experience, no matter what you're using our hosting for. Understanding Location and Latency So how does location affect latency, and what, exactly, does latency have to do with speed? For starters, latency essentially refers to the amount of lag time that takes place between when you initiate a request for data transfer and when the transfer actually occurs.

Read more
Managed Servers Can Save You Time and Money

If you're a business owner, then you have probably learned the hard way that being stretched too thin can be a frustrating reality. Sometimes, it may seem like there are simply not enough hours in the day — or days in the week. The good news, however, is that there are ways to free up more of your own time in addition to potentially saving your business some money. One of the best ways to do this is through making the switch to a managed server. Free Up Your Time for Other Things When you make the switch from a traditional dedicated server to a managed server, you can save yourself a lot of the time and hassle that comes along with managing your own servers. Instead, you have a team of professionals responsible for monitoring and managing your website's servers, which in turn frees up more time for you to

Read more
Dedicated Server Security: 4 Steps for Protecting Your Data

Whether you already have a dedicated server or are thinking about utilizing one for your business or personal needs, security should be your top priority. Dedicated server providers make it easier than ever for you to keep your data and information safe by including features such as DDoS protection and other options. Still, you can take some additional steps to increase security for your dedicated server and protect your data. Maintain Your Databases Taking the time to make sure your databases are well maintained and updated as needed is important, regardless of what anybody may tell you. Specifically, you should make sure that your databases are protected against SQL injection. You may also want to delete any unneeded data and cut back on the access that others have to said database. This is especially important if you collect any sensitive information from customers on your site (such as payment information). This

Read more
Debunking the Most Common Myths About Dedicated Hosting

There are many reasons to consider switching to a dedicated server from shared hosting, or from hosting your own server to a hosting company. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to dedicated hosting. By taking the time to discover and understand the truth behind these common myths and concerns, you can make a better informed decision when it comes to whether or not dedicated hosting is right for your needs. Myth 1: Dedicated Hosting is Too Expensive Perhaps the most common myth about dedicated servers is that they're too expensive for the "average" website or business owner. It may have been true in the past that dedicated server packages were designed with deeper pockets in mind, however, today even small business owners and gamers are able to afford their own dedicated hosting packages thanks to advancements in technology and higher demand. As a result, hosting is

Read more
5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Dedicated Server

Switching from a self-managed server to a dedicated server or managed server is a big decision and not one that should be taken lightly. Unfortunately, there are a number of common mistakes people tend to make as they shop for a dedicated server. Ultimately, these mistakes can leave clients with servers that aren't right for their needs. Overlooking the Importance of Support One of the worst mistakes you can make when shopping for a dedicated server is failing to select one that has dedicated service and support to meet your needs. The last thing you want is to experience a problem with your hosting (such as downtime) and be unable to reach anybody to resolve the problem until the next business day. Ideally, you should have a dedicated server with 24/7 support to address any problems or concerns you may run into. Failing to Research Security Inclusions/Exclusions Security is another

Read more
Ways to Add Security to Your Dedicated Server

Whether you are already leasing a dedicated server or are thinking about making the switch to one, security is key. These days, it seems as though you see news stories every day about how yet another company has become the victim of a security breach. Protect your site/business and its reputation by keeping some basic yet important dedicated server security tips in mind. Install Software Updates One of the most important aspects of keeping your dedicated server safe and protected is simply making sure to update all necessary software in a timely manner. This means taking the time to ensure that every component of your software and hardware is up-to-date, in addition to installing any security patches that are recommended. Check for updates regularly, and never postpone one because you may just forget about it. Or, save yourself the hassle of remembering to install updates by simply going with a managed

Read more
Linux Dedicated Server Security | Snort for Intrusion Protection

Setting up and Configuring Snort on CentOS / Ubuntu / Debian for extended intrusion detection and DDoS protection. Snort is a free, open-source, and lightweight network intrusion detection system (NIDS) for Linux and Windows dedicated servers. Snort performs protocol analysis, content searching and matching. These basic services have many purposes including application-aware triggered quality of service, to de-prioritize bulk traffic when latency-sensitive applications are in use. The program can also be used to detect probes or attacks, including, but not limited to, operating system fingerprinting attempts, common gateway interface, buffer overflows, server message block probes, and stealth port scans. This article will outline how to install and configure Snort on your CentOS dedicated server. You can modify these instructions to install Snort on other distributions accordingly. At the end of this article, we will walk you through some basic Snort commands to get you started. Install Snort for Linux Install yum epel repo: yum install -y epel-release Install the required dependencies: yum install

Read more
Windows Dedicated Server Security | Snort for Intrusion Protection

Setting up and configuring Snort on Windows Server for extended intrusion detection and DDoS protection Snort is open-source software that can detect and prevent intrusion on both Linux and Windows. This article outlines how to install Snort on a Windows dedicated server. Besides detecting network intrusions, Snort can also be used as a sniffer and packet logger. It is an effective program for system administrators to prevent malicious activity on their machines. Install Required Software WinPcap You will first need to install WinPcap which is the driver used to sniff the packets. You can visit their website for WinPcap download and installation instructions. The WinPcap installation is very straightforward. Click through the installer and restart your computer when it has completed. Install Snort Snort is available for download on their website. Download and execute the latest Snort windows installation package. You will need to run this program as an administrator. Follow the

Read more
Set Up Windows Server Monitoring E-mail Alerts

It's important to monitor the resources your server is using.  Windows dedicated servers have their own tool — Performance Monitor. If you're familiar with tracking resources on your server, then you can get started on setting up email alerts. (Read our post on Windows monitoring to help you get started). Analyzing Server Data Historically First thing’s first – you need to create a data collector set. The set can either be used for logging and reporting, or alert triggering. Something VERY important (and we can’t stress this enough) is that once you start running a data collector set, this will also put a strain on the system. Be very careful when introducing unnecessary counters to the equation. Even while analyzing data in Performance Monitor without running a data collector set, there is an impact on performance. We will set up e-mail alerts when our counters exceed their normal values. Go

Read more