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How to Set Up an Affordable Dedicated Server

For those of you experienced with system administration, a how-to on setting up a dedicated server is as exciting as reading the back of a cereal box. But, for some developers and anyone new to hosting, a guide is a useful resource to follow. 

This article will outline a very high-level overview of setting up an affordable dedicated server for your business.

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Why Use Linux? 8 Benefits to Consider

Are you setting up a new server and wondering which Operating System is best for you? Linux has been the premier choice in server hosting for decades, but you may be wondering, why should I choose Linux?  It has experienced consistent growth since it was introduced over 25 years ago. While it might not have the largest market share, it’s still a worthy competitor to traditional proprietary options.

In this article we will take a look at 8 benefits of choosing Linux that you should consider.


Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux is The Clear Winner

Linux vs. Windows Server? — A question that has been debated endlessly by system administrators and server hosting clients since the dawn of the web. We’re clear where we stand: for most purposes, Linux is the right choice. Windows Server is a secure, flexible, and powerful server operating system, but our heart is with Linux.

The ServerMania team has worked with Linux since the company was founded in 2002. We have proudly watched as thousands of our clients have built successful businesses on our Linux-based server hosting. Our dedicated server, cloud server, and hybrid server plans run on a variety of Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu (as well as Windows Server 2008).


A Complete Guide To chmod: recursive, force, and More

ServerMania offers a variety of Hybrid, Cloud, and Dedicated Linux servers which all make use of the chmod command. It’s a frequently used command, so it’s important that any system admin knows how to use it.

In this article, we’re going to cover; what is chmod, how is it used, and what things to avoid.

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What Is chmod?

The purpose of chmod – which stands for Change Mode – is to change access permissions for files and directories. It’s also able to modify special mode flags, such as sticky bit mode, SUID, and SGID. It’s been present in Linux and other Unix-like operating systems since the 70s, in AT&T’s Unix Version One, but in the time it’s been in use, a number of access_control_lists have been added to increase the flexibility of the command.


Using noatime, And Related Gems In Linux’s fstab

One of the more important configuration files in Linux is the File Systems Tab: fstab. Generally located in the /etc/ directory, it’s used to define how stuff should be mounted into Linux. What that means is that if you have a decent idea what you’re doing, you can enjoy some pretty significant performance increases on any servers you happen to be running, whether they’re physical or virtual.