In the web hosting industry, a dedicated server refers to a server which is leased in its entirety to a single customer, usually an individual or small business.

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How to verify if a dedicated server is really dedicated?

I ordered a dedicated server 1 month ago and I want to make sure my server is dedicated and not a VPS or Shared server. Are there any tools I can verify that my server is running on bare metal and ...
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What is the difference between a cloud server a virtual server and a dedicated server?

What exactly is the difference between a VPS (Virtual Private Server), a Cloud Server, and a Dedicated Server? I'm having trouble finding a concise explanation that isn't littered with advertising.
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Renting a dedicated, but getting a VPS. How to detect? [duplicate]

When renting a dedicated server, how can one be certain than he/she is not getting a VPS or some other virtual machine variant instead of a true dedicated hardware box? Which checks can be run (...
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Dedicated server or Cloud Hosting?

This is a Canonical Question about Cloud Hosting When deploying my application to the Internet: Should I chose a dedicated server, cloud hosting or a VPS? What factors should I consider when ...
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Are Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Processors Server-Grade?

Many web hosting companies are now offering Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors under "cheap dedicated hosting." But my laptop has an Intel core i3 processor, which makes it more likely a desktop processor ...
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The importance of ECC memory

Are ECC memory modules important to have on a non-critical server? I was thinking about getting myself a toy dedicated server for lots of random, non-critical stuff. Sporadic reboots are no big deal....
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What is a good alternative to webmin for dedicated server management? [closed]

I'm using an extra computer I have as a dedicated server, and I'm trying to figure out a few things. First of all, which distribution of linux would you recommend? I love ubuntu, but I'd like to see ...
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Why do modern routers not require clock settings anymore?

From my Cisco books (CCNA level) I learned that in a WAN connection one router must be configured as the DCE and the other as the DTE. In real life I have a DS-3 between two routers. There are no ...
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How to take snapshot of non virtual server and restore it in VM?

Is is possible to take a snapshot of a non virtual server (Ubuntu) and restore it in a virtual machine? I'm asking because I'd like to have an exact copy of my production server to use as a dev server....
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What should I know before considering a VPS or dedicated server?

I have a plan for the future for an application and web service. The client will have an application that will send requests to a server-side Java backend that will process requests, and the server ...
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Someone parked a domain on my server/IP - should I worry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there anything I can do about someone who has pointed their domain at my ip? I'm running a dedicated server with own static IP for a while now. Some weeks ago I noticed ...
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When does colocation become more cost effective than renting dedicated servers?

The company I use ranges from $136-$495 per month, per server, ranging from low-end (AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+) to enterprise (Intel Dual Xeon X5650, A/B Power). The biggest pro for renting a server is ...
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VPS or dedicated server for a web server?

I currently have a small dedicated server at ThePlanet and I want to do an hardware upgrade. On this server I am hosting a php web application. I have done some comparaison between ThePlanet, Amazon ...
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How can I handle big traffic spikes on my dedicated server?

I have an E-Commerce site, which gains a sudden peak of very high traffic when I turn on different ads campaigns. From this moment on, my current dedicated server (Hostgator, 4GB Memoray, 100mbps ...
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Are MySQL databases always stored in /var on CentOS?

Are MySQL databases always stored in /var on CentOS? Specifically - If a new CentOS/cPanel server that needs to support MySQL, doesn't have that partition, but only has these, does that mean MySQL ...
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How to review the init script output on a dedicated server?

I have rented a dedicated server, running Debian stable. Is the startup output that you would see on the screen (if you had one) stored anywhere? If not, is there a non-intrusive way to make that data ...
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recommend firewall options for a dedicated server

I'm looking for recommendations on firewalls for a dedicated server that will be hosting a few websites of average traffic (5000 uniques monthly). the hosting company has port and full hardware ...
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100 Mbit/s Colocation Connectivity [closed]

I have an offer for 100 Mbit/s network speed in as a co-location service. 100mbit includes download/upload all together? For example: Can I upload with 100Mbit/s while downloading 100Mbit/s at same ...
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Can a properly wired reset switch fail to reboot a frozen system?

Context: We rent unmanaged server hardware. The hoster's web dashboard offers a "automatic hardware reset" command (next to a "send ctrl-alt-del" command), but it fails to reboot the machine when the ...
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How to change the ssh port for a specific ip address? [closed]

I get the trouble with putty, so I prefer using shell (linux) to access server via ssh, my ip address has alter port for ssh is 6091, so is there anyway to access server via ssh by command ssh root@...
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How to “tape the door” of a windows machine upon leaving?

When I was in grade 8, my entire class took a road trip to Quebec in order to "learn french". We basically just ran around Montreal speaking english and having a blast, but come night time, the ...
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Installing an OS from a netbooted Linux image [closed]

Let's say that you're working on a strange machine with these limitations: You don't have physical access at all. You get a serial console, and a network. You get one of six Linux installs to work ...
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When should I consider a dedicated server instead of cloud VPS?

Currently I have a web app running where I have 9 VPS servers connected to a Load Balancer. As my web app has been getting traffic, I've been purchasing new VPSs to handle the load. Managing so many ...
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Does Google provide hosting servers means like vps or dedicated servers? [closed]

I want to make it sure does google provide hosting servers like virtual private servers or dedicated besides free hosting that is available from sites.google.com Does google have something like ...
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Optimizing apache server load

We have an issue with a dedicated server load. We have 16 processors with 4 core @ 2.40GHz, if I understood correctly cat /proc/cpuinfo output. Unfortunately, I don't have access to free -m or ...
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pg_hba.conf entry for host

Im getting this error with postgre in my centos vps Unable to connect to PostgreSQL server: FATAL: no pg_hba.conf entry for host "::1", user "xxx", database "xxx_xxx", SSL off in Here is my ...
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Best way to duplicate a server?

We currently have a dedicated server with one company that utilizes cPanel/WHM and are moving to a new dedicated server also with Cpanel/WHM. I can get it so cpanel is installed then migrates the ...
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How to shorten DNS propagation effect

Atm i have a domain example.com, it uses dedicated server, and it uses "ns1.example.com" and "ns2.example.com" as nameserver. Now i want to change to another dedicated server (with different IP ...
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Document and best practices for configuration of a dedicated server (Centos) to serve just one website

I have just bought a dedicated server and they provide me a IP address, access info as root and machive with Centos 5. I would like to serve my django app in that machine but because I have no ...
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Can't get IPv6 setup statically using CentOS6 on a 1and1 dedicated server

I have a server at 1and1 that I'm trying to setup with a set of static IPv6 addresses. I can't get it to work and have tried every forum and guide I could find on google. Their tech support has told ...
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Transferring data from old dedicated server to a new one

I have a Windows 2003 dedicated server account with WebFusion and they are just awful, I'm not afraid to say. I would like to transfer to a GoDaddy Windows 2008 dedicated server in the next week or ...
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hosting, which one to choose? shared, vps, dedicated, colo?

I have a local centos setup with the following installed. Ive got kind of used to my local server (i like setting up my own servers) and would like to find the easiest way to replicate it online. I ...
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Virtualization as a way for scaling

I'm asking this question to find out what are you best practices to prepare your system for scaling, I know that basically you don't have to over optimized before really having to, and that's the best ...
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How to be server admin noob and manage security on Linode/SliceHost/Webbynode?

Hoping you can help! I'm considering moving a Rails app from a shared hosting provider to a dedicated server or a service like Linode, SliceHost, Webbynode, etc. where, if I understand correctly, the ...
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Convert dedicated server from Linux to FreeBSD

I have a dedicated server with CentOS 4 on it. I want to put FreeBSD 7 on it, but I do not have console access nor physical access. I was thinking of doing a generic install of FreeBSD on a local ...
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Which one to go Dedicated server or Cloud Hosting?

We are going to outsource a solution from the data-center (for some reason), it is a web solution built on .NET and SQL server and it has scheduled night services. I searched for Cloud Hosting (IaaS) ...
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Which Linux Flavor should I use for web hosting?

Love the site! I am getting ready to CoLo Dual Processor 3.0 Xeon server and was wondering what the best flavor of Linux is to install. If someone could point me in the right direction this would be ...
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Amazon EC2 + EBS , is it financially smart for smaller startups? [closed]

I am trying to consider where to host my website and I am really sold on Amazon web services but I can't really decide if this is the course I want to take because of pricing. For one thing, I am not ...
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Is a vlan for one server unnecessary?

DETAILS I've been researching web hosting solutions in Japan. Based on this question one of the services available seems to be a VLAN. I've read about the advantages of such a system for a large ...
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Cost effective way to host site / VPS / yourself?

i am paying about 55 USD for a VPS every month that makes it about 660 USD a year. For the current traffic, it's good enought but, my question is, wouldn't i be better off, if i would buy for example, ...
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What should I be aware of when running my own Linux-based server? [closed]

I'm currently hand-held by data center technicians with regard to running my servers, but I'm thinking of branching out, and I'm wondering what I need to know. Some things I understand I should be ...
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Server crashed - corporate web application is down - considering moving to an online host - any suggestions?

I'm in a mess here. For a couple of years we've been running our own custom made application on a local server in our office. The servers had its well bad days and good days now and then - however the ...
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Optimal Ethernet speed for dedicated web server 100Mbps vs. 1000Mbps

I'm busy upgrading my dedicated web server. The server only serves web users over the internet. It seems to me that any NIC speed over 100Mbps may be overkill considering all traffic is coming from ...
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Securing a freshly installed LAMP + Virtualmin server

I just installed LAMP and Virtualmin on my Amazon EC2 instance. My domain name is mapped to the external IP and now everything is working well. But I feel like it is not very secure. When I visit my ...
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Renting a dedicated server, should I rent a physical firewall aswell?

I plan to rent a dedicated server to host a commercial application, which should house esentially everything necessary to run on a single machine (frontend, backend, databases, analytics, backup ...
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Should my dedicated static IP address point to my domain?

I purchased a dedicated static IP address from my hosting company to host my domain name. The IP will point to me domain when I ping it. However, when I conduct reverse DNS lookup, my dedicated IP ...
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Will having 3 servers + load balancer help in my situation?

I want to upgrade my server because of the high mysql loads causing slowness + whenever there were backup processes running on the DB, the DB would be inaccessible, so wanted some solution. My current ...
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DNS PTR record when domain on shared IP address

I own a typical shared IP hosting plan and domain. I can modify the DNS of the domain from the control panel. The mailserver shares the same IP address, so my typical DNS config is: www.mydomain.com ...
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Create a full replica of web server using different hosting company, is it logical?

Is it logical to create a full replica of our webserver, just on a less powerful machine, using other hosting provider ( just because its cheaper ). The idea is to have a plan B, in case main server ...
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Connecting two servers over internet

So I have a dedicated server . Now I need to add another server, but they do not support LAN connections between their servers ( yeah, cheap I know ). So, I need a reliable way to tunnel the two ...