When you are running a business, it gets difficult to manage extra time to do the routine server management and proper configuration. After all, running a business eats a good amount of time from your daily routine and it is just not possible to do all the server related work always. Well, when it comes to a Virtual Private Server (more popularly known as VPS); a significant amount of time is required to deal with it properly. As we all know, time is money. So, you basically lose your money if you devote extra time in managing that.
If you’re using a managed VPS service, there are some complex administrative duties to be undertaken. It depends on the web hosting provider as well. However, if you have the right tools, configuring the server becomes so much easier!
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When it comes to a managed Virtual Private server plan, one single and large dedicated server is divided into several smaller virtual private servers. We often refer these small virtual private servers as virtual machines. These behave just like a dedicated server and have fixed allocation of different hardware resources such as CPU, RAM, disk space etc.
Two leading tools that I will like to refer here are SolusVM and Virtuozzo Power Panel. There are differing features that these tools have such as: backup and restore of VPS, repair of VPS, resource monitoring, starting or stopping the VPS, Embedded SSH Client, managing files on the VPS, showing detailed statistics of the VPS, log monitoring, QoS Alerts monitoring, reinstalling the VPS, changing password, showing details of applications being run etc.
Virtuozzo Power Panel is accessible via port number 4643. Differing ports being used by SolusVM are: 6767, 5353 and 5656.
This builds the foundation of the entire software layer of your managed VPS hosting. The choice of operating system is generally influenced by applications that you will like to install on the VPS. For example, if you want to use different Microsoft tools such as MS SQL, ASP.NET, Access etc. you should go for a Windows managed VPS plan. If you are going for open source software, a Linux managed VPS plan would be better though.
Additionally, if you are familiar with a particular type of operating system, you should always use the same. This ensures that no time is lost in understanding how the operating system works and you can configure different things on your virtual machine pretty easily.
You have to login to your Control Panel (Normally, cPanel is the most common one that comes up with the hosting packages) to download or upload files, setup or modify the mailboxes, configuring the domain names or FTP accounts etc. Things get even better if the managed VPS hosting package includes a WebHost manager.
There are alternatives to cPanel such as DirectAdmin and Interworx. Both are well-respected in the industry, however, none of these are as popular as cPanel.
These are some basic things that you will need to run your managed VPS hosting account properly. If you feel that some additional tools are mandatory as well, please share those names through the comments section. This will enrich the knowledge of not only visitors, but me as well.