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Server Solutions, Server Situations, & Brucie’s Brilliant Brain Boosts Pt. 1

by: Hostwinds Team  /  December 17, 2018


Cloud servers are pretty complex. (Let's start this blog post off right…with a DAD JOKE:) For the record, by "cloud server," I don't mean a waiter or waitress in some celestial-themed or weather-themed restaurant. (Let's pretend that dad joke never happened by digressing with no segway:) We discussed Hostwinds cloud servers in the blog series about the server creation process in Hostwinds' Cloud Portal. Suppose you've read any previous blog pieces. In that case, you'll know certainly that links to Part 1 and 2 of that server creation blog series will be inserted below (shameless plug time!):

https://www.hostwinds.com/blog/news/skywalker-server-school-create-a-server-with-yoda-pt-1

https://www.hostwinds.com/blog/news/skywalker-server-school-create-a-server-with-yoda-pt-2

I once again digress: Cloud servers do have a lot to them. You can add so many things to them, attach to them, and there are so many things you can do with them. How? Where?

How = Server Overview page within the Hostwinds Cloud Portal.

Where = Server Overview page within the Hostwinds Cloud Portal.

What? What = …what do you mean what?

Wait, who? Who's on first? Why? Oh, I got this one.

Why = because I said so! Just kidding. Moving right along: Throughout this blog post, we will review every piece of the Server Overview page in the Cloud Portal. Oh, and oopsiiiiiieeees, I just accidentally spilled inspirational quotes all over this blog piece! Oh well, let's see how this plays out. Here we go!

These directions will get you to the Server Overview page:

The Server Scene & Stuff

Step 1: Log in to the Hostwinds Client Area (https://clients.hostwinds.com/clientarea.php).

Step 2: Get to the Cloud Portal (Click the "Cloud Control" drop-down on the baby blue navigation bar at the top of the page >>> Click "Cloud Portal").

Step 3: Click on your server's nickname to navigate to the Server Overview page.

At the very top of the page is your server's nickname. Underneath that is your domain name, and below your domain name is the number of cores you are employing, the GB of RAM you are using, the GB of either HDD or SSD disk space you are using, the data center hosting your account, and the operating system or application attached to your server.

Well, would you look at that! Here is some of the inspirational quote spillage I mentioned earlier:

"As you think, so shall you become" -Bruce Lee.

"The possession of anything begins in mind." -Bruce Lee

You can manifest a unique server situation by focusing on what you want/how you want it set up and believing in yourself/believing that everything will turn out just OK. This being said, the following information can also help you manifest a great server situation:

Overview, Graphs, Firewall, & Other Stuff

Overview

Main IP – The "Main IP" refers to the IP address attached to your account. You can switch your main IP by clicking the "Manage IP's" tab (further instruction below).

If you are having trouble connecting from your isp to your server and have already done a traceroute and basic network troubleshooting, follow the directions listed in this guide to get your connection back on ASAP:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/how-to-change-your-servers-main-ip/

Product – Downgrade to unmanaged or upgrade to managed depending on your plan by simply clicking the baby blue button in this section. Your product or service at work is listed within this area as well.

Bandwidth – This section shows you how much bandwidth you are using within the current billing cycle.

Billing Cycle – Your billing cycle is displayed here. You can click the "Change billing cycle" button to…change your billing cycle. A pop-up will appear, and all you have to do is choose which one you prefer and click the green "Upgrade Billing Cycle" button at the bottom of the pop-up.

Speaking of "pop-up," yet another inspirational quote that popped right into my reality right when I needed it (and I hope it makes your heart sing):

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind." -Bruce Lee.

Can you tell I am nearly obsessed with uplifting quotes from people of integrity like Bruce Lee?

I know what you're thinking: "Are all the 'spilled' inspirational quotes in this blog going to be from Bruce Lee?!"

…Come on…give me a little credit here, folks…the answer to that question is…

YES! Yes, the quote spillage is solely splendid. Bruce Lee quotes because he, as the kiddos say these days, "KNOWS WHAT'S UP!" There are so many brilliant Brucie insights that they overflowed and splattered all over. Once again, an "oopsies" seems appropriate.

SSH Keys – This section displays your SSH key name, and you can change which SSH key is linked to your server by clicking the "Change SSH Keys" button. A user-friendly pop-up will appear, and all you have to do without switching up your SSH key is select the correct one and click the green "Confirm" button. Once your server has been effectively rebooted, your SSH keys will be updated to your liking.

The "Manage SSH Keys" button brings you to a new page where you can do precisely that. Click the "Actions" drop-down to the right of your SSH key names to either show your public key or delete the SSH key. Check or uncheck the box in the "Default" column to specify which resolution you'd like to assign as your server's default key. There is no limit to how many SSH keys you have per server. In addition, you don't have to add an SSH key to your server at all if you prefer, even though the Hostwinds Team highly recommends it.

There is an excellent Hostwinds Knowledge Base guide that explains SSH keys within the Cloud Portal. Visit https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/ssh-key-management/ to dive deep into the SSH key world.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with server facts and information at this point? Need a little encouragement? You are in luck because I COINCIDENTALLY (Oh, and by "coincidentally," I mean "purposefully") stained this blog piece with not just one, but TWO quotes of wisdom right here:

"Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality." -Bruce Lee.

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind." -Bruce Lee.

Whoa! Is it just me, or do you feel empowered and refreshed? Now we are all charged up with stimulating ideas and motivation. We are ready to move on to the "Password" section.

Password – View or change your password in this section. When you click the "View Password" button, the asterisks covering your password turn into your password characters, and you have the option to copy the password to your clipboard by clicking the green button with the bit of clipboard on it to the right of the password. Click the "Hide Password" button to hide it again. When you click the Change Password button, all you have to do is type in your new and improved password twice to confirm and push the green "Save Changes" button, and THAT IS THAT. Yay!

Note: This feature is only applicable if you have a Linux OS. If you have Windows OS, here is a handy guide as to how to change your administrator password:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/change-windows-vps-password/

Also, if you want to become a Server Overview boss, this guide will give you some extra information to get to that status:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/server-management-panel-overview/ (this guide also explains the "Actions" drop-down menu and options at the top right of this page).

Graphs

This section is brand new. It is beneficial because it shows you the fluctuation of your disk, memory, and CPU usage over time. You can change the period you'd like to use for these reports to make the time anywhere from over the last hour to over the previous month.

Notice the "Read KiB," "Write KiB," "Read Requests," and "Write Requests" little bars to the right of the first graph. "KiB" stands for…A LOT OF BYTES. Just kidding, it is 1024 bytes…to be just a little more specific. Read Requests are when the disk has reading requests or is seeking data (aka trying to read it). Write Requests are when you are writing data to the disk. In other words, it's when you are writing the data that goes on the disk. Linux users and some Windows users (but not all) can view the "Memory Usage" graph.

It would be prudent to monitor these graphs often so you know how many resources you are using so you know when you would want to start to look at adding more. Anything over 80% usage probably warrants an upgrade. Visit https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/server-usage-graphs/ if you would like more specifics regarding these graphs.

Firewall Profile

While in the "Firewall Profile" tab, click the "Change" button to link a different firewall profile to your server. Otherwise, all traffic is allowed. If you want to add other inbound or outbound traffic to a different port, you'll want to add a new firewall rule.

The following Knowledge Base guides have more info about this just for you:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/server-management-sections-explained/

That is a wrap for Part 1 of the Server Overview page review! If you feel your world is crumbling because you have to wait to get the remaining details about the Server Overview page, take in these poetic Brucie words:

"In the middle of chaos lies opportunity." -Bruce Lee

Just as my (intentional quotes to suggest sarcasm:) "accidental" spill of B.Lee sections represented a chaotic moment/accident that brought about many opportunities in the form of inspiring motivation, the feelings you feel now will lead to breakthroughs, metaphorical doors opening, and other melodious opportunities.

You Matter

Let's see, what is the ultimate point of this blog piece? The Server Overview page in the Cloud Portal is excellent and beneficial. That pretty much covers it! Also, the Cloud Portal is ideal and practical. Hostwinds products, services, and support are outstanding and valuable and all the other usual concluding stuff! Considering these blog posts become more and more (concluding $10 word:) loquacious*, let's give ourselves a moment just concisely to finish. Bruce Lee once said, "Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success." Enough. Said.

Concise. Conclusion. Success.

Oh, wait…One more thing! Remember when I mentioned (like 5 seconds ago) that the Server Overview page/Cloud Portal/all Hostwinds products/services/support is excellent and beneficial? It is also worth noting that YOU are excellent. You are valuable, as you are an integral component of the Hostwinds community! Thanks for being a part of our Hostwinds Family and indulging our silly comedy scattered throughout these blog posts. I promise we are not pandering to you when we say you are important to us. We mean it. Hostwinds appreciates you.

*Loquacious = verbose and talkative/chatty

Written by Hostwinds Team  /  December 17, 2018

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