Basic VPS Maintenance
Posted by SEO Admin on 08 August 2014 02:12 PM
We recommend performing some simple upkeep to your VPS occasionally to make sure it's running in tip-top shape. Below are some guidelines and tips to help you get the most of your robust VPS.
Keeping track of Disk Usage on your VPS is an important maintenance step. While your accounts use most of the space on your server, there are a lot of system files taking up space that go largely unaccounted for when tallying remaining space. While you may only have 10G of user accounts, you may be closer than you think to touching the disk quota... all due to those pesky system files!
You should see the total available size of your disk, the total used, and the total available. VPS accounts will only show two partitions: '/dev/vda1' is your virtual disk space (total available space on the server) and '/usr/tmpDSK' is your temporary system folder that stores temp files and is auto-cleared regularly.
Follow this process and check in here from time to time to stay apprised of how much space you have left. Checking disk usage can also be a great tool for catching errors. A sudden jump in disk usage can indicate a bloated error log that needs investigating, for instance.
If you have any questions about disk space, or are curious about where all your space is going, just give us a shout!
PHP is an ever-evolving technology that can see frequent minor releases, so it's important to stay on top of updating it. To keep your server current and secure you must not fall behind with an outdated version!
Service SSL Manager
cPanel uses the same SSL technology to encrypt data sent over system services that businesses use to encrypt transaction data. The difference is that cPanel generates its own certificates that are not verified by a third party, which is why your browser gives you a warning when you access cPanel over SSL.
And that’s it! You’re good to go for another year!
Shell Access for Accounts
Sometimes you’ll need to access shell as a specific user, either to install software as that user or to allow your hosted client's site their own shell access. By default, shell access is disabled for new accounts unless you’ve specified otherwise in the WHM package in which you've created the account.
Mail Queue Manager
An important aspect of any hosting package is email, and with a VPS you’ll have more control over your mail than ever before. To check on mail currently queued for delivery on your server you can use the Mail Queue Manager in WHM:
From here you can view all the messages currently in the queue, force delivery of messages, delete messages, or search for specific messages. It's very useful to keep tabs on the mail queue, as you can often catch Spam in the act by seeing the suspicious mails queued here before they are delivered.
You might want to create additional nameservers for domains on your server. It's super easy, and the process works the same way it does as when setting up the original nameservers for the VPS. To get started:
cPanel will automatically update critical software for you, though there are some exceptions... some that you should request for us to upgrade for you.