Top Tips for Managing Your VPS Like a Pro

Started by Alex, Sep 06, 2022, 08:45 AM

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This program teaches Windows users with basic skills how to create a remote desktop on Windows.



 There is a common misconception that in order to create your own virtual server, you need to be an expert in Linux and have some sort of insider knowledge. However, this is no longer the case. Nowadays, you can create a virtual machine on Windows with ease, in just 15 minutes, four or seven of which you will spend waiting for the machine to be created. It's a simple, fast, and cheap process that requires no special skills. That's why this educational program was created.


Why is it useful?

One of the most common use cases is for companies to keep their accounting databases on a VPS rather than on an accountant's personal computer. In the event that the accountant falls ill or something happens to them, accessing the database becomes much more difficult. In addition, there are other situations where having your work environment available from your phone or any device in the world, or frequently using other people's computers, could be beneficial. VPSs are also useful for creating game servers, trading on the stock exchange, torrents, automating social media networks, SEO utilities, preparing white bookkeeping, traveling, and providing security for a company's bank clients.

So, let's take a closer look at some of these use cases.

There are many options. Here are a few:

- Accounting: it's better to keep the database inside the company, and it's very convenient to set up backups on the VPS so that you can go back and restore data if necessary. Additionally, an accountant may easily make a mistake, and the ability to roll back to an earlier version can be helpful.
- Own game servers: if you want to create a server to play with friends, it needs to be hosted somewhere. Certain games require a Windows desktop to be installed, and a lot of them have a convenient graphical interface.

"Can scheduled backups be set up?"

Yes, it is possible to create a copy of a VPS machine, such as once a day, using your personal account. The copy is stored in an independent storage within the same data center where your VPS is located. If you want to copy it to another data center, manual configuration is required.


"Why use Windows? Most serious remote servers run on Linux."

While it's true that most serious remote servers run on Linux, not all users know how to use it. Additionally, certain software may require Windows. Fortunately, there is Windows Server Core, which is a Windows version without a graphical interface, making it lighter and less resource-intensive. It allows you to run all Windows applications, and the license is provided by default on any tariff plan, without any additional payments.

"What if Windows stops responding?"

If something happens to the operating system or terminal access service, you will not be able to connect via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). However, we offer a special mode that allows video to be broadcasted directly from the hypervisor level and keystrokes and clicks to be transmitted through the hypervisor. This mode is quite demanding on resources and has a usage limit, but it can be used to reboot into Safe Mode during emergencies. If the problem is more serious, you can contact support or reinstall Windows easily.


"What about OS licenses?"

In our case, a license for Windows Server (or Windows Server Core) is included in the tariff plan, as all hosting is on Hyper-V and fully licensed. Other web hosting companies may charge a monthly fee for this license.



"Can I bring my own OS image?"

Yes, there are two options. You can build a standard VHDX container for Hyper-V and send it to support, or transfer an ISO image that will be mounted to a virtual server.


"Are licenses required for other software?"

Hosting companies typically don't check what software is installed, as that is the user's responsibility. However, please note that there is no support for pirated software.
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berto

The RDP port is open to the entire internet since we don't know your connecting location. It's highly recommended to prohibit logging into the virtual machine on behalf of standard clients and to change the password immediately after installation because it could be known to us. Additionally, configuring the firewall is essential to ensure security.

The responsibility of configuring any software on your virtual server lies with you. The firewall and RDP server are located "inside" the virtual machine, meaning that the virtual machine administrator is responsible for ensuring security. We can only observe from the side and automatically send a letter to turn on the firewall if we see that it's disabled.

In case you've installed a DNS web server, we check whether it can be used for attacks and warn you via email if there's any vulnerability. While we've tried to warn users about setting up a firewall, some inexperienced users may still be scared despite the warning. Therefore, we've set a complex password on the RPD. Any attempts to brutalize it create an event in the security system.
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Piyush

The post mentions the possibility of installing any software on VPS, including pirated software. Since VPS users have full access to their virtual machines, the issue of piracy can arise.

As a Microsoft SPLA partner, we take responsibility for ensuring compliance with licensing requirements while respecting our clients' privacy. We notify clients of the need to comply strictly with Microsoft's licensing requirements in the public offer agreement, as per the vendor's request.

If we or Microsoft detect any agreement violations by the client, we reserve the right to revoke licenses unilaterally and refuse services based on this violation. It's essential to ensure that all software on your VPS is licensed properly to avoid any legal issues.
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matt90

Here are some tips to help you manage your VPS effectively:

1. Regularly Update Software: Keeping your software, including the operating system and applications, up to date is crucial for security and performance. Enable automatic updates or set aside regular time to manually update your software.

2. Implement Strong Security Measures: Protect your VPS by following security best practices. This includes using strong passwords, enabling a firewall, implementing intrusion detection and prevention systems, and regularly scanning for malware.

3. Back Up Your Data: Regularly back up your VPS data to prevent data loss in case of any unforeseen events. You can use tools like built-in backup utilities or third-party backup solutions to automate and simplify the process.

4. Monitor Resource Usage: Keep an eye on the resource utilization of your VPS to ensure optimal performance. Use monitoring tools to track CPU usage, memory usage, disk space, and network traffic. This helps identify any bottlenecks and allows you to take appropriate actions to optimize resource allocation.

5. Optimize Performance: Fine-tune your VPS settings for optimal performance. This includes adjusting caching mechanisms, optimizing database queries, and enabling compression where applicable. Regularly monitor and optimize your website or application to ensure it performs efficiently.

6. Implement Regular Security Audits: Conduct security audits periodically to identify and address vulnerabilities. This involves checking for outdated software, reviewing access controls, and testing for any potential security weaknesses.

7. Implement Traffic Monitoring and Load Balancing: If you experience high traffic on your VPS, consider implementing traffic monitoring and load balancing techniques. This ensures that your VPS can efficiently handle increased demands and prevents any single point of failure.

8. Utilize Logging and Log Analysis: Enable logging on your VPS to capture important events and errors. Regularly review logs to identify any issues or anomalies. Log analysis can provide valuable insights into system performance, security incidents, and potential problem areas.

9. Stay Organized: Keep your VPS environment organized by using consistent naming conventions, folder structures, and documentation. This makes it easier to manage and troubleshoot your VPS effectively.

10. Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated with the latest trends, technologies, and security practices related to VPS management. Join relevant forums, communities, or subscribe to industry newsletters to stay informed and continuously improve your VPS management skills.

By following these tips, you will be able to manage your VPS like a pro, ensuring its stability, security, and optimal performance.
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