I have been reading around the board and I just want to thank you all for sharing so much here! I have learned a lot this 2 days and I know I have a lot more to learn from you guys!
Equinix (http://www.equinix.com/) is a datacenter (for what I know) and many web hosting companies place their servers at their place.
My Question: Do the web host need to be THERE at the datacenters to setup the servers? or they just bought a server and send to Equinix and those guys at Equinix will fix the server (at least hardware connection) for them?
You should always send in your server fully configured. There are a lot of custom configurations that people may make and it saves the data center from having to figure out your specific system.
If you have an Windows server do yourself and everyone else a favor and disable the requirements that you have a monitor, keyboard or mouse plugged in to restart. I don't know how many times we've had to go restart a machine that some one booted but forgot that it wouldn't start up without the monitor or keyboard plugged in.
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Originally posted by anon-e-mouse Consider it considered
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As for server installation, you typically want to configure/test the machine before sending it to the data center. If you are local to the DC, most providers will let you come in and install the equipment yourself, provided you pass the security anal-probe.
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