Hello, basically the title says it all. If I purchase an unmanaged VPS and for example a cPanel license, what duties can I expect to have to undertake? Also how time consuming would these duties be and how complex? Any sort of idea will come in great help, thanks!
You should expect to be in charge of your VPS security, updates, software installation, troubleshooting installed software, things like that. Your host will be (or should be, I should say) in charge of your network and the box your container is in. Once your initial setup is finished, it should not be very time consuming if you take proper precautions to secure your box from anything that would impact performance. As the poster above me said, keep an eye on it after it's all set up to be sure everything is going smoothly.
What tools do you guys use for backups and monitoring?
For backup, you can use cPanel backup system and if possible put the backup files to a remote place as well to have a second level of backup.
Monitoring - you can use cPanel native "chkservd" monitoring which will auto restart a service when it fails. Also use third party monitoring like "uptime" or "pingom" tools to monitor HTTP; or buy monitoring service from any other provider for your server. For just one server, I don't think maintaining your own monitoring server is beneficial
And regarding your tasks - you have to do everything on your server that should make your server stable, secure and smooth running. The complexity of maintaining it depends on what kind issues can arises throughout the way.
It's not that hard, but depends on what you are planning to run on the VPS? the first configuration is the most important one. but after that just simple monitoring!
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