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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
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    I'm sick of it! I want to manage myself!

    Hello,

    I'm sick of slow and unprofessional support, I'm sick of seeing my server get so slow it doesn't respond and not being able to do anything about it!

    So I took the decission today that I would learn how to manage a server.

    I have some really very basic WHM/Cpanel/SSH knowledge so can you recommend me some resource to give me the basis from which I can go and learn things by trial and error (that's how I best learn... but I still need to get some basic idea of how a server operates, etc.)... also I haven't ever used linux/unix so maybe I should install it on my home PC and get used to it?

    Anyways - please give me your suggestions and how to start this new adventure! :-)

  2. #2
    Hey,

    You can find a lot of Linux documentetion on :
    http://kernel.org/links.html

    Also excellent info source RedHat Magazine :
    http://www.redhat.com/magazine/archive/

    If you already have a business then this is NOT the time to learn things, I would recommend you to go with http://www.platinumservermanagement.com/ ( $29.00/month ) and when they handle your server, you learn how to handle things! Once you are ready you can STOP using paid management services.

    Good luck!
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  3. #3
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    Learning to manage a server doesn't just happen overnight.

    Of course reading books will help, however exprience helps alot more.

    Good luck,
    Mini

  4. #4
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    Yes, http://www.platinumservermanagement.com looks good for me... if they can really solve my issues fast and explain what happened how to make sure it never happens again - then that would be pretty good and I'll definitely learn a lot of things from them. But also a place which I could for reference would be very cool too. I don't say I want to learn it overnight but I'm going to learn from now on so that when something happens next time I'll have a better chance of solving it fast.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
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    Platinum server management has been pretty good for us.

  6. #6
    Yes, IMHO managing a server yourself is a TON of work. You must know how to spot and delete runaway processes, constantly keep up to date on software patches (and the things they break even while they fix other things), keep the server backed up, buy your own bandwidth...etc etc etc

    Def try the Platinum package.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by dnanev
    Yes, http://www.platinumservermanagement.com looks good for me... if they can really solve my issues fast and explain what happened how to make sure it never happens again - then that would be pretty good and I'll definitely learn a lot of things from them. But also a place which I could for reference would be very cool too. I don't say I want to learn it overnight but I'm going to learn from now on so that when something happens next time I'll have a better chance of solving it fast.
    Yeah go for it buddy! They can solve almost all of the issues for $29 and certainly is a good deal

    Good luck!
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  8. #8
    I'd try serverwizards while you're learning, because it takes ALONG time.

    They do everything for you, and do it without you asking.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
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    31

    Linux Fun

    Linux/UNIX/OSS is great and is becoming more than just server software. Why don't you install Linux on your desktop? The desktop environments may have their glitches but work pretty well. And if you're not willing to jump in to it so quickly, there's always vmware (which has free versions now) or CoLinux or a million other virtualization programs available (I'm not allowed to use smilies yet)

    Keep in mind that there is a LOT to running a server. Getting the server up and running is simple compared to being able to solve server problems, tweak the configuration, making sure you know when there's a problem .... and all of that quickly if the services are important to you (or paying customers).

    If nothing else, you might find a replacement desktop OS.

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