12 maintenance tips of servers Asia (part 2)

July 24, 2017

Servers Asia are amazing things. They hum along 24/7, usually without issue, but like any machine they do require some maintenance.

  1. Update your Control Panel

If you’re using a hosting or server control panel, ensure to update it as well. This sometimes means updating not only the control panel itself, but also software it controls. For instance, with WHM / cPanel, you have to update PHP versions manually to fix known problems. Simply updating the control panel doesn’t update the underlying Apache & PHP versions used by your Operating System.

  1. Check remote management tools

If your server is co-located or with a dedicated server provider, you will want to check that your remote management tools work. Remote reboot, rescue mode and remote console are 3 tools for remote server management. You want to know that these will work when you need them.

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  1. Check server utilization

Check your server’s disk, RAM, CPU and network utilization regularly. If you are nearing limitations, you need to plan on adding resources to your dedicated servers in Vietnam or migrating to a new one.  If you’re not using a performance monitoring tool, you can install system on most Linux servers.  This’ll provide you some baseline performance data.

  1. Check for hardware errors

You may want to review the logs for any signs of hardware problems. Disk read errors, overheating notices and network failures could be early indicators of potential hardware failure. These’re rare but worth a look, especially if the system hasn’t been working within normal ranges.

  1. Review user accounts

If you have had staff changes, customer cancellations or other user changes, you’ll want to remove these users from your system. Storing old sites and users is both a legal and security risk. Depending on your service contracts, you may not have the right to retain a client’s data after they’ve terminated services.

  1. Check system security

We suggest a periodic review of your server hosting Asia’s security using a remote auditing tool such as Nessus. Regular security audits serve as a check on system configuration, Operating System updates and other potential security threats.

  1. Change passwords

We recommend changing passwords every 6 to 12 months, especially if you have given out passwords to others for maintenance.

 

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