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Server Management

Server management is the maintenance of web servers. When you have a fully managed server, your web host is responsible for some or all server maintenance. If your server is not fully managed, you are responsible for maintaining it or for hiring someone to maintain it for you.

There is no commonly accepted definition of exactly what is included when a server is fully managed. When discussing server management services, it's a good idea to cover specifics to come to an agreement on what services will be done. This page lists common services that server management company’s offer.

Server Setup :
  • Initial server setup
  • Control panel installation and configuration
  • Firewall installation and configuration
  • Software and script installation and configuration
  • Anti-spam and anti-virus installation
  • Mail server setup
  • MySQL server setup
  • DNS setup and configuration
  • Constant server monitoring, often from different locations
  • Downtime notifications
  • Uptime reports
  • Monitoring of notable changes to bandwidth use
  • Security hardening
  • Security updates to software
  • Security audits
Proactive services and updates:
  • Server optimization
  • Critical patches to the operating system and web server
  • Control panel updates
  • Software updates and upgrades
  • Kernel updates and upgrades
  • Log auditing/analysis
Other server management services:
  • Server backup and restoration
  • Server migration
  • Disaster recovery
  • Software support
Server Types:

Proxy Servers

A proxy server sits between a client program (typically a Web browser) and an externalserver (typically another server on the Web) to filter requests, improve performance, and share connections.

Mail Servers

Almost as ubiquitous and crucial as Web servers, mail servers move and store mail over corporate networks (via LANs and WANs) and across the Internet.

Server Platforms

A term often used synonymously with operating system, a platform is the underlying hardware or software for a system and is thus the engine that drives the server.

Web Servers

At its core, a Web server serves static content to a Web browser by loading a file from a disk and serving it across the network to a user's Web browser. This entire exchange is mediated by the browser and server talking to each other using HTTP.

Application Servers

Sometimes referred to as a type of middleware, application servers occupy a large chunk of computing territory between database servers and the end user, and they often connect the two.

Real-Time Communication Servers

Real-time communication servers, formerly known as chat servers or IRC Servers, and still sometimes referred to as instant messaging (IM) servers, enable large numbers users to exchange information near instantaneously.

FTP Servers

One of the oldest of the Internet services, File Transfer Protocol makes it possible to move one or more files securely between computers while providing file security and organization as well as transfer control.

Collaboration Servers

In many ways, collaboration software, once called 'groupware,' demonstrates the original power of the Web. Collaboration software designed to enable users to collaborate, regardless of location, via the Internet or a corporate intranet and to work together in a virtual atmosphere.

List Servers

List servers offer a way to better manage mailing lists, whether they be interactive discussions open to the public or one-way lists that deliver announcements, newsletters or advertising.

Telnet Servers

A Telnet server enables users to log on to a host computer and perform tasks as if they're working on the remote computer itself.

Open Source Servers

From your underlying open source server operating system to the server software that help you get your job done, open source software is a critical part of many IT infrastructures.

Virtual Servers

In 2009, the number of virtual servers deployed exceeded the number of physical servers. Today, server virtualization has become near ubiquitous in the data center. From hypervisors to hybrid clouds, ServerWatchlooks at the latest virtualization technology trends.