Maintaining a Dedicated Server for Beginners

April 2020

If you’ve just made the switch to dedicated hosting, chances are you’re feeling a bit unsure about your ability to maintain a server. While the prospect of handling dedicated server maintenance on your own may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be difficult. By following some basic steps, even total beginners can successfully manage and maintain their servers.

Back-Up Your Information

Having a data backup plan in place is a must when it comes to managing your dedicated server and improving your overall security. While these servers are quite secure on their own, it’s always a good idea to have a remote backup in place to protect your sensitive information.

Fortunately, ReliableSite offers a wide range of storage options to suit your needs, including an easy-to-use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) backup service. With this type of backup, you’ll always have a recent copy of your information stored elsewhere for quick and easy retrieval. This is especially beneficial if your primary server storage is compromised for any reason, including natural disasters, theft, and cyberattacks.

Install Security Updates

Another simple yet essential step you’ll need to take when it comes to maintaining your dedicated hosting platform is to install security patches regularly. These updates are critical, as they can help you address vulnerabilities in your software and hardware. Therefore, you don’t want to put off installing them for any amount of time.

It’s important to check for security patches at least once a week. You can do this manually through your admin panel. However, in most cases, you’ll be notified when updates are available.

Keep Your Operating System Up to Date

No matter which operating system (OS) you choose for your dedicated server, you must keep it up to date at all times. OS updates are released on a fairly regular basis and should be installed as soon as they become available. Not only will an updated system run smoother, but it will also be better protected against cyberattacks. This is because many hackers prey on websites and networks that are outdated, as they often lack critical security patches.

Change Your Passwords Often

Last but not least, set a reminder to change your server access panel password at least once a month. Ideally, you should strive to create unique login information that you don’t use anywhere else on the internet. This may seem tedious, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your sensitive data and files.

Additionally, you should attempt to make your password as strong as possible by incorporating a wide range of characters, numbers, and capitalization.

Maintain Your Dedicated Server with Help from ReliableSite

While managing a dedicated server is fairly simple, it can be quite time-consuming. Luckily, ReliableSite offers managed hosting options, so you can spend less time maintaining your server and more time growing your business. Our expert team will handle all maintenance, updates, and security assessments to ensure that your server is running at peak performance.

For more information about our managed dedicated servers, or to set up your hosting plan, contact us today!