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Dedicated server management

Posted on 2004-09-12
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Hi, I am about to purchase a dedicated server. I basically use it for my own site, which runs a php login and logout thingy, and I host gigs of video files over ftp. The thing is, I am having a personality split of whether I should get myself a managed server or un-managed server. I am a total newbie to dedicated thing. I could get the managed one for 110/m; unmanaged one for 84/m. So, advice pls~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I mean, is there a need do you think for managed service? I would have a Direct Admin for both plan, so is it not enough still just to have the panel? Is it really that complicated to manage a server myself? What I am planning now is to get 84/m and learn things from using it, but I start to get hesitated when people told me I would get nuts when things go wrong, and security management.

Question by:jtcy
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stanford_16 earned 60 total points
ID: 12051419
Here's a rundown of questions to ask yourself:

How much time do I have to learn / manage my own server?

Is my site critical?  Can it stand to be down for 1, 2, or more hours at a time if something goes wrong?

Do I trust Direct Admin to always do the right thing?

If your answers are yes, no, and probably, definitely go for the unmanaged server.  You'll learn more, have more control, and save money.

Otherwise, go for the managed server.  If you're making $1000's or have strict time contraints, the $26/mo is irrelevant.

Good luck!

Author Comment

ID: 12051433
>How much time do I have to learn / manage my own server?
hm....I have a lot of time. :)

>Is my site critical?
Hm......free sites, so......well, it;s fine.

>Can it stand to be down for 1, 2, or more hours at a time if something goes >wrong?
Yup, who cares, it;s my site.

>Do I trust Direct Admin to always do the right thing?
Being hearing alot of nice reviews of DA than CP, so...yeah.

Hm~~~ cool. And thats what I just did 30 mins ago, signing up an un-managed one. Hope things would go fine.


Expert Comment

ID: 12051438
Side notes:

>gigs of video over FTP:

If you're concerned about security, don't use FTP.  SFTP is a secure replacement for FTP, comes preinstalled on most Linux distributions, and has several easy to use, free clients (http://winscp.sourceforge.net/eng/).

Also, how many gigs is gigs?  You may wish to opt for a virtual server instead.  They share CPU and memory resources (which are plentiful these days) and cost significantly less than a dedicated solution.


Author Comment

ID: 12051444
hm......I will be probably going to use around 40 gigs of the 80 hard drives for that. Hm......does this..sound ridiculous...?

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