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Merry Christmas!

With Christmas and the turn of the year coming up, we would like to take this opportunity and say THANKS to all of you, our loyal customers and business partners, for your trust in our services over the past twelve months.

Together with you, we are looking forward to the year 2020 and many new developments which will happen in the coming months - we are curious about that and will of course keep you posted!

As usual, our customer support department is available during the Holiday Season, just like on any other day of the year, from 8 am to 11 pm CET (UTC+1). In case you face any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us!

The entire Contabo-Team wishes you and your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas 2019 at Contabo

The weather is not winter-like at all in Germany right now, so we decided to send Santa Claus straight to the beach 😉 .

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Towards the end of the year, we would like to THANK YOU to all of you, our loyal customers and partners, for your trust in our services and the great cooperation this year.

We are looking forward to all the exciting things that will happen next year and to continue our successful journey together with you!

In case you need assistance with your server, our customer support department is available during the Holiday Season, just like on any other day of the year, from 8 am to 11 pm CET (UTC+1).

The entire Contabo-Team wishes you and your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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We create more space for your servers!

Over the last couple of weeks and due to the turn of the year, it has been a little bit quiet here in our blog. But this does not mean that we have been idle during that time. Quite the contrary: Thanks to you, our valued customers and the many new customers we convince from our services each day, we are growing at a rapid pace and consequently, we need more space for many new servers 🙂

As a result, our technical team has recently put another room for server racks into operation in our data center in Nuremberg. On the picture below, you can see the false floor. In a first step, the cable trays for the network and power supply connection of the server racks were installed. Following this, we have assembled many new server racks!

If you would like to find out more: We provide an overview of our two data centers on our website!

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Now available : Configuring the latest available PHP Version on your Webspace package

Today we performed some great update on our Webspace hosts, you are now able to choose between the following PHP Versions for your Website:

  • PHP 5.6 (oldstable)
  • PHP 7.0 (stable)
  • PHP 7.1 (testing)

To configure your desired PHP Version just login to your cPanel interface and navigate to "Software" -> "Multi PHP Manager".

To configure the PHP.INI and add additional configuration just open the "MultiPHP INI Editor".

Click here for an overview of our webspace offers.

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Being spoilt for choice – Windows or Linux?

The operating system is the centrepiece of a server. You can imagine how important it is to choose a fitting operating system. For servers, two operating systems have established themselves: Windows and Linux. In this short overview, I'd like to present you the main differences between those two operating systems.


You might have heard that Windows is less stable compared to Linux. This actually was the case 15 years ago. Older Windows Server operating systems tended to operate rather unstable at times. However, Windows Server developed into an utterly robust operating system during the past years. Nowadays, you won't find much of a difference between both operating systems regarding stability.

Let's come down to the first real difference: Interface and Remote Access, which certainly are the most obvious differences between Windows and Linux.
With Windows Server, you access your server remotely with a protocol developed by Microsoft called RDP. The software used to connect to your server remotely, Remote Desktop Connection, is installed on every Windows machine by default, regardless of whether it's a Desktop or a Server version.


Once connected to the server, you'll find a familiar Windows interface you already know from your Windows PC you use at home.


And that is probably the biggest advantage of Windows Server. Web server, DNS server, or other services, everything can be managed with a graphical user interface.


On Linux, this is totally different. While desktop versions come with a graphical interface as well, in server versions, you won't find one there for the benefit of performance. Also, you cannot access it using RDP, but via SSH.
Windows operating systems do not have an SSH client installed by default, therefore you have to install such a client on your own. There are plenty of them on the market, a well known and established client is PuTTY.


Unlike on Windows Servers, there won't open a Desktop environment, but only a command line.


Administering the server is done exclusively via commands you type into the command line. While the experienced Linux user knows the most important commands, users who are new to Linux will probably have some trouble here, which could cause problems regarding server security and stability.


You might already know that Windows Server, unlike most Linux operating systems, is not for free. Microsoft fees a monthly amount for licensing their products. The amount of this fee differs, it depends on the hardware of the server running the operating system and the version of Windows Server.


Basically, every service can be realised on both Linux or Windows Server. The choice is mostly a matter of taste.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

At the end of the year, we would like to thank you, our long and loyal customers, for the trustful cooperation in the past 12 months.

The entire Contabo-Team wishes you and your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In case any issues occur: We are available on the public holidays, in between the holidays and in general everyday in 2017 from 8am to 11pm CET (UTC+1)!

Please click here for our contact details!

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Edit Windows Updates in Windows 2008

The following tutorial will show you how you can check and administrate the Windows updates for your Windows Server 2008 system:

1. Please connect to your server using RDP and open the control panel, where you need to choose the section „System and Security“

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2. You will be forwarded to the following site, where you need to choose the option „Windows Update“:

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3. Subsequently you will be forwarded:

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You will have the choice between 'Check for updates', 'Change settings', 'View update history' and 'Restore hidden updates'. Additionally you have the option „Updates: frequently asked questions“, a help box will be opened if you select this one. By selecting the option „Check for updates“, an immediate search for new updates will be started.

4.1. If you choose the option „Check for updates“ Windows will automatically check whether there are updates which need to be installed on your server. If you want to change the settings of the Windows updates, please click the „Change settings“ button:

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4.2. If you click on the dropdown field „Install updates automatically (recommended)“ these options will appear:

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In general it is always recommended to install updates automatically (first option), since the security could be endangered otherwise, if you do not keep the Windows version updated. If you want to select the updates manually you need to choose the option „Download updates but let me choose whether to install them“. A similar option will be „Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them“, where you will have an overview of available updates and you can choose then if you want to download and install them“. On the other hand „Never check for updates (not recommended)“ is not recommended, since this could be dangerous for the security of your system if you do not keep it updated.

4.3. With the options „Recommended updates“ and „Who can install updates“ you will additionally have the possibility to get informed about any updates and which user can install the updates, if the account differs from the Administrator account.

5. If you choose the option „View update history“ you will get a list of all updates which have been intstalled on the server already:

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If you wish to uninstall an update, you can choose the link „Installed Updates“. You will be forwarded to a list with installed updates and you can uninstall the updates.

If you ever experienced issues with updates, kindly choose the option „Troubleshoot problems with installing updates“. It will be automatically checked whether there are issues related to updates.

6. In the option „Restore hidden updates“ you will get the following:

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Updates, which you did not install and which were hidden, will be shown in this list and you can decide whether you want to install them.


CHIP Hotline-Test: First place for us!

Again CHIP, a well-known German IT magazine, has conducted a comprehensive, two-month-long study to test the customer hotlines of more than 170 companies from different industries, including web hosting. After we were awarded the trophy in the category “speed” last year, we finished in first place in the category “speed / waiting time” this year!

During the study period CHIP, together with the market research institution Statista, has called all tested hosting providers up to 100 times. The result is clear: No other hosting provider could be reached faster by (potential) customers via telephone. In other words, we have the shortest waiting time on the phone!


Winning the title twice in two years, it is not just a huge honor but also a high motivation for us to three-peat next year! In addition the award proves that one of our corporate goals, customer satisfaction, is consequently pursued every single day.

Of course we remain available by phone directly via landline number – at any time, without any hotline fees, queues and complex menu selection – on 365 days per year.

Further information and an overview of our awards can be found here!

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Upgrade: Even more disk space for your data!

Summer Break is finally over and we are back with even more disk space for your crucial data. From now on, our dedicated servers can be upgraded with 6000 GB HDDs – of course these are premium disks designed for 24/7 usage! They offer not just perfect data security but also an unprecedented amount of storage space. Depending on your server, you can add four to six of those „monster disks“ - all of this for just 18.99 Euro per disk and month!

Additionally, we offer you a RAID 10 Bundle „4 x 6TB HDD“ - for a monthly fee of just 99.99 Euro!

Further information can be found on the customize-page of our servers:  Click here!


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Server caught flirting

Yesterday we have been informed by one our clients that spring fever does not only exist among human beings but probably also among servers - to be more precise, among two of our servers located in our data center.

The following has happened to the client's server:

Today we wanted to perform some renames over a mounted webDAV. Controlling the syslog I recognized that the main hobby of my server is the communication with another DHCP server.
Maybe the two servers were flirting with each other? In my opinion this is rather brazen without my consent, isn't it 🙂
Can you maybe give me a hint why my server behaves so strangely?

The request was not only amusing for our supporters, but also has encouraged them to think about the behavior of a server at the beginning of spring.
Maybe we should stop to consider servers merely as things and objects and should rather deal instead with their feelings in a serious way?

Anyway, a big thank you to our client who has approved the publication of his humerous description of a legitimate question that has caused loud laughter in our office.
Of course, we could find an appropriate solution for his request.