9Aug/180

Full Monitoring

The optional upgrade Full Monitoring from Contabo is an extensive monitoring tool for your VPS and Dedicated Servers. We are going to present the features of this tool in this tutorial.

Why Full Monitoring?

By the help of Full Monitoring, outages can be detected quickly.

The key benefit of this tool is the immediate notification via SMS (text message) and/or e-mail, should an outage of a server or of only a running service on a server happen. It is like an alert which signals a need for action! We all know and are aware, that a downtime is always a very unpleasant scenario. You can surely understand, that in such a situation it will be beneficial, if you are aware of it immediately. Full Monitoring enables you to react and to take necessary appropriate actions in order to recover all services as soon as possible. In addition other measures can be started, as informing your important customers, for instance.

The administration of services and functions is separated. The contacts - it does not matter if they are e-mail or SMS contacts - can be assigned to the services  which are going to be monitored in any combination.

Furthermore the traffic graphs for VPS and Dedicated Servers can be displayed.

How does Full Monitoring work?

You will receive special login data for Full Monitoring. After logging into Full Monitoring, the screen could look as follows:

We already added two contacts who should be notified. It is only necessary to click on „Add contact“ under „Alert contacts“. You can choose the type of contact. Possible is „E-Mail“ and „SMS“ (text message). A person can be contacted by e-mail and/or by SMS. Please choose the appropriate communication after your requirements. Particularly, you can assign different contacts to the corresponding services. Under „Services“ you can add services after protocol and port. You can assign different contacts to the corresponding services.

In the screenshot you can see that the VPS is online. The services RDP 3389 and http 80 are online, too.

In the following screenshot we reproduce the worst-case scenario when the server is down.

 

In this example, we would send an e-mail to max.mustermann@contabo.com to alert him. In addition we would send a text message to 4912345678.

As a consequence, the services rdp and http would be down, too. We would inform max.mustermann@contabo.com via e-mail and would send a second text message to 4912345678 that RDP is down. In addition we would text a person at 497654321 that the service http is not working.

Given only the webserver is down, but the server is online, we would only send a
text message to 498754321 in this example.

 

For Dedicated Servers already known, we can provide traffic graphs for VPS now as well! In this screenshot you can see the graph for different periods: Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. For each period you can see the consumed bandwidth for in- and outgoing traffic.

We hope we could introduce this upgrade well and you can see the advantages it has. Could we awake your interest in Full Monitoring? Our whole team would be very pleased to answer your questions. You can find this upgrade during your online order under „Services and upgrades“. You can order the upgrade together with your server online, but it is also possible to order it at any time later by e-mail. For any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team.

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13Jul/180

Mounting local HDDs via RDP

With RDP it is not only possible to connect to a Windows server. You can also mount local HDDs on the remote Windows server in order to directly transfer data. In this tutorial this process is described step by step.

By the way: In a separate tutorial, we explain how you can connect to your Windows server via RDP. Please read this first in case you are not familiar with RDP yet.

Open your Windows remote desktop connection:

In the sub-menu "Local Resources" you will find the "Local devices and resources" part. Using the "More" button you can choose the HDDs you want to mount on your remote Windows session.



After that you can connect to your server in the way you are used to. During the connection you have to confirm that you really want to allow remote desktop connections to access your local discs.

Once connected you can see the chosen discs directly in the Windows explorer:

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11Jun/180

Establishing a connection to your server via SSH

In this tutorial you will find a guide on how to establish a connection via SSH to your Linux server.

Please note that you will have to replace the place holder <IP Address> in the complete tutorial with the IP address of your server.

Linux

In case you are using a Linux operating system on your local machine you will just have to start a terminal.

To establish the connection to your server please type the following command:

The option -l defines the user which will be connected to. In this case we will use "root".
The option -p defines the port which will be used for the connection. Here we will use the standard SSH port 22.

Should this be the first time you connect to the server, you will have to accept its SSH certificate by typing "yes".

Please insert your password, which you can find in our e-mail "Your Login Data". Kindly note that SSH will not display any letters or symbols when typing the password. You can also copy and paste your password by using the right mouse key (please make sure not to copy your password with blank characters at the end - you can check so by pasting the password into an empty editor file before using it).

Now, click the ‚Enter‘-key. Once done, you should get access to your server via SSH:

The connection has now been established successfully.

Windows

In case you are using a Windows operating system on your local machine, you will have to install a suitable SSH client first.

We recommend to use PuTTy as SSH client:

http://www.putty.org/

After installing PuTTy, open the client and enter the IP address of your Server. The port, in this case the standard SSH port 22, can be changed as well if needed.

Click 'Open' to initiate the connection. You can leave all options to default.

Should this be the first time to connect to the server, you will have to accept its SSH certificate:

Afterwards, you will see the following:

Please insert root (login as:) and your password, which you can find in our e-mail "Your Login Data". Kindly note, SSH will not display any letters or symbols when typing the password. You can also copy and paste your password by using the right mouse key (please make sure not to copy your password with blank characters at the end - you can check so by pasting the password into an empty editor file before using it).

Now, click the ‚Enter‘-key. Once done, you should get access to your server via SSH:

The connection has now been established successfully.

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14May/180

New Operating Systems available: Fedora 28 and Ubuntu 18.04

Good news: From now on, we offer you the brand new Fedora 28, it replaces the previous version 27. Furthermore, Ubuntu 18.04 (LTS) is available at Contabo!

Both operating systems can be combined with Software RAID 1 and Webmin. Additionally, Ubuntu 18.04 can also be ordered together with LAMP and Webmin+LAMP. An installation via VNC / SSH is possible for both OS as well.

As an active customer, you can easily install one of these new versions through your customer control panel.

It is especially noteworthy for all of you interested in purchasing our services:
We always offer you a large selection of Linux distributions (as well as Windows Server 2012 and 2016). Just click on "Customize & Order" below your desired (virtual) server model in order to get a detailed overview and select the operating system of your choice!

Please note: You can find further information and a product overview on our website!

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25Apr/180

Review about Contabo at Top10-WebsiteHosting

Great news: The experts at top10-websitehosting have recently published a review about us. They have thoroughly tested our services and we have had the chance to do a Q&A with them.

The authors were especially impressed by our approach to put a special focus on you, our valued customers and to offer you customized solutions regarding the configuration of your server (especially applies to our dedicated servers and colocation offers). Apart from our great price-/performance-ratio, our blog and especially our tutorials section were highlighted in the review. We are really proud about that 🙂

You can read the full review by clicking on the following link:

Top10-websitehosting about Contabo

17Apr/180

New Operating System: FreeBSD 11.1

As of today, we offer you FreeBSD 11.1 as an additional operating system for your VPS and dedicated servers.

You can combine it with the Software RAID 1.

If you are already using our services, you can easily switch to FreeBSD 11.1 through your customer control panel.

One more thing, which is most likely interesting for all potential new customers:

Besides FreeBSD 11.1 we offer you a large selection of the latest Linux distributions as well as Windows Server 2012 and 2016. Just click on "Customize & Order" below your desired virtual or dedicated server model in order to get a detailed overview and select the operating system of your choice!

You can find further information and a product overview on our website!

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13Feb/180

New Operating System: Fedora 27

A brief update regarding our Linux OS: As of today, we offer you the brand new Fedora 27 for your VPS and Dedicated Servers, it replaces the previous version 26.

It can be combined with the Software RAID 1 and Webmin and an installation via VNC is possible as well.

If you are currently using the previous version, you can easily upgrade to the new version through your customer control panel.

Our existing customers know it already, and it is possibly interesting for potential new customers:
We offer you a large selection of the latest Linux distributions as well as Windows Server 2012 and 2016. Just click on "Customize & Order" below your desired virtual or dedicated server model in order to get a detailed overview and select the operating system of your choice!

You can find further information and a product overview on our website!

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1Feb/180

Our own tutorials section provides many helpful hints and tricks

Not only are we constantly improving and expanding our data centers, as reported recently. At the same time, we are publishing useful tutorials, which offer you solutions and short cuts for common issues and hopefully simplify the administration of your virtual or dedicated server.

Did you know that we have created a special section on our website for that? There you can find all the articles we have published so far - and in the future, many more tutorials will be added!

Just take a look at our own knowledge base, and please do not forget to bookmark it for future reference 😉

Is there anything missing, or do you have a special question in mind which we could deal with? Just let us know and our technical department will further check its feasibility.

As usual, we are available for all other inquiries every day of the year: Just contact our customer service department!

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19Jan/180

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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30Nov/170

Comparison of administration panels: cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin

We are often asked which panel we would recommend. Since there is a variety of different panels with different functions and focus, we cannot easily answer this question. Currently we offer cPanel, Plesk, LAMP und Webmin, which we will introduce here.

cPanel/WHM

cPanel is a webhosting panel which allows to administrate a great number of users in an easy way and configure the installed services. In order to avoid security breaches many settings are pretty restrictive, which may cause issues due to the demands of your software. In addition, without plugins from external developers, it would not be possible to use nginx as an example. The software cPanel is divided into two parts, the interface for users is called cPanel, the administration interface WHM (WebHostMananger).

The developers provide a really detailed documentation which explains nearly all functions cPanel/WHM provides:

https://documentation.cpanel.net/

If errors occur or special questions appear which are not answered within the documentation, it is always a good possibility to ask for this within the official forum:

https://forums.cpanel.net/

And for those who do not know cPanel/WHM or want to check out what was changed before updating the own installation, a demo and the changelog are available:

https://cpanel.com/demo/
https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/CL/Change+Logs

If you are a new user, you may check out their YouTube channel, too:

https://www.youtube.com/user/cpaneltv

Plesk Onyx

Plesk understands itself as a platform for developers, thus it has a lot of software already installed and software like Docker, Ruby, etc. can be installed with a few clicks. In addition to this, a lot of features can be installed, using free or paid addons, which can be installed with a few clicks, too. Nevertheless, it is even an alternative to start a webhosting. At the moment, three different versions are offered, all details regarding the differences and the official addons can be found within the following document provided by Plesk:

https://www.plesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/plesk-onyx-licensing-guide.pdf

Plesk provides a detailed documentation, too:

https://docs.plesk.com/en-US/onyx/

In addition, a knowledge base with the most common problems and errors - and corresponding solutions - is provided:

https://support.plesk.com/hc/en-us

Moreover, the developers and community are active within the forum and provide assistance in case of problems:

https://talk.plesk.com/

Webmin

Webmin is no classic interface for webhosting, it is a server administration panel which provides a graphical interface to configure the installed services with the goal making server administration easier. An overview of the supported services can be found within the official documentation:

http://doxfer.webmin.com/Webmin/Webmin_Modules

In addition to the supported modules it is no problem to add additional software via SSH or develop more addons for Webmin to extend the list of services, this is possible due to the fact, that the source code is provided via GitHub:

https://github.com/webmin/webmin

As already mentioned, Webmin is by default no webhosting interface like cPanel or SSH but there was an additional software stack developed which provides the functionality required for webhosting:

https://www.virtualmin.com/

If you only want to use the server as a mail server, cPanel, Plesk and even Virtualmin may be a little bit to heavy, you can think about Webmin, too, since there is an additional addon which provides the basic mail server software:

http://www.usermin.com/usermin.html

LAMP

LAMP has already been offered since a few years and is not a panel like the other ones already mentioned, it is a software stack which contains (Linux,) Apache, MySQL and PHP; this is the basic software to start with your own web presentation. We already published a tutorial about this called "LAMP made easy".

Webmin + LAMP

After we had started offering LAMP, we were often asked why it is not possible to select both Webmin and LAMP. Since we always note down your feedback, we started offering both solutions as one package, so that you can start directly with your webpage after we have sent out the login details to you.

 

Conclusion

As you can see, there are different Panels on offer and the decision, which one to choose, also depends on the chosen operating system: cPanel can only be combined with CentOS, whereas Plesk can also be used with Windows Server. By the way: You can test Plesk one month for free (available for our VPS) and get used to the many functions this panel offers!