31Mar/170

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

21Dec/160

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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18Dec/150

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.

20Nov/150

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!

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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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4Sep/150

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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10Apr/150

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.

7Jan/150

New Year’s Special: server upgrades for free!

We celebrate the upcoming year 2015 by introducing the Contabo New Year's Specical: Servers ordered on Contabo.com during the next time are equipped with some nice, additional hardware - free of charge:

Dedicated Server Core i7
Intel Core i7 920 4 x 2.66 GHz
12 GB DDR3-RAM
2 x 1000 GB HDD
New Year's Special: Hardware-Raid 1 free of charge!
100 Mbps switch port
Real Unlimited Traffic: no restrictions on traffic
Only 59.99 EUR / month!
Only for a short time: NO setup fee!

Dedicated Server Dual Xeon
2 x Intel Xeon E5 2620V2 processors, each of them with six cores at 2.1 GHz, so 12 x 2.1 Ghz in total
Any combination of SSDs/HDDs available
New Year's Special: 2 x 3000 GB HDD free of charge!
1 Gbit/s high-speed internet uplink
Unlimited Traffic
Only 119.99 EUR / month!
Only for a short time: NO setup fee!

Warning: Additional, free hardware is available for a short time only!

Moreover, we decided to cut the price for one of our best highend rootservers:
From now on the Dedicated Server X is available for 79,99 EUR / month (instead of 89,99 EUR / month).

Dedicated Server X
Intel Core i7 3930K 6 x 3.20 GHz (Sandy Bridge-E)
64 GB DDR3-RAM
256 GB SSD (Samsung 830)
3000 GB S-ATA HDD
100 Mbps switch port
Real Unlimited Traffic: no restrictions on traffic
New Year's Special: Now only 79,99 EUR / month!
Only for a short time: NO setup fee!

Root servers cheaper and now with free additional hardware: What are you waiting for? Get your new server now!

 

14Nov/140

CHIP hotline test: top rank for Contabo

Having been awarded by Deloitte last week, Contabo was honored this week once again.

CHIP, a well-known IT magazine in Germany, has tested 250 different customer hotlines in different categories by means of several test calls over a period of three months.

As part of the CHIP “Hotline Test 2015” Contabo actually emerges as the winner in the category “speed” among several tested hosting providers from Germany. No other hosting provider than Contabo was available within so many different times of day and night and was able to offer such a fast reaction time to its customers.

Even beyond the category “speed” our service could convince the neutral testers of CHIP. Among 15 tested hosting providers our service hotline has achieved the 2nd place.

High customer satisfaction is one of the most important corporate goals of Contabo. This award is a proof that we are on the right track to achieve this goal. For us, it represents a further incentive to continue giving everything for our customers.

As always, we remain available by phone directly via landline number - at any time, without any hotline fees, queues and menu selection.

13Oct/140

Leading whisky website hosted by Contabo

Dr. Horst Lüning, owner of the largest german whisk(e)y website, usually only savors the finest single malt whiskys in his video posts on Youtube. Among more than 20 million website visitors who visit the portal and the online store on whisky.de every month, a huge fan base of these informative and entertaining live tastings has evolved.

Now Contabo as a hosting provider was honored by Dr. Lüning to become the subject of one of his online videos, too. In this 5-minute video Dr Lüning reports about his efforts to create a new international whisky portal in the data centers of Contabo.

You can watch this video in German in the following:

6Oct/140

Dos and Don’ts in a data center

Don'ts:
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Dos:
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