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Hostwinds has two virtual private servers (VPS) available for purchase from our main website: Cloud and VPS. Due to this, you may find yourself asking, "what is the difference?" or "which one is best for me?". This guide will answer those questions. Cloud vs. VPS At its core...

A Cloud Server or VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a server built through software to create a smaller virtual server from larger, more powerful physical servers. They're entirely virtual and can be created instantly. Cloud Servers can be easily re-imaged or managed at will...

While running a website may be one of the most popular reasons for using an independent server, there are actually many other things they can be used for too. Pretty much anything you can run on your PC can be done on a Cloud instance (assuming it isn't anything against our...

Restic will display all of your available snapshots that your server has taken, along with the date and timestamp, directory, tags, and Snapshot ID. As with any interaction with Restic, you must first initialize the repo to perform actions within restic. To view your...

What Are the Benefits of SSH Key-Based Authentication? SSH (Secure Shell) is an open-source--and most trusted--network protocol used for logging into servers remotely. This allows the execution of commands and programs through the server itself. SSH may also transfer files...

Restic is a backup client written in the Go language. It is highly secure and efficient. Each Restic backup is a snapshot of the server/files/directory, deduplicated from what was stored before. Any restore to a given backup will restore the server/files/directories to the...

Restic backups store changes over time as a series of de-duplicated 'snapshots' of the server. Any given snapshot can restore any given file as it was at that time. If you make a lot of data changes, the backups in Object Storage can be quite large, and sometimes you want to...

Performing restorations, as with any process with restic, is incredibly easy and quick. As with any interaction with Restic, you must first initialize the repo to perform actions within restic. The restore command has multiple options available, as shown below - The below...

With Linux (unfortunately, this feature is not available for Windows), you can mount your restic repo to a location of your choice to navigate ALL of your snapshots in a directory tree. As with any interaction with Restic, you must first initialize the repo to perform...

The max CPU load for your server will depend on what package you have and the resources allocated. Technically speaking, you could use your server up to 100% usage, but if you suddenly had a spike in traffic to your site, you could be looking at trouble. Everything would...

What is a Load Balancer? A load balancer is a device that distributes network or application traffic across a cluster of servers. Load balancing improves responsiveness and increases the availability of applications. Furthermore, Hostwinds load balancers are a service that...

Port numbers are part of the addressing information used to identify the senders and receivers of messages. Ports are additions to IPs associated with TCP/IP protocols. Ports are typically hidden (like HTTP). However, some are appended on the end of your IP (ex...

Hostwinds allows purchasing many IPs for your Cloud, VPS, or Dedicated server with Hostwinds. It's up to you how many you wish to purchase, and this can be done easily through your Cloud Portal. How Do I Add More IPs To My Cloud Server? If you want to add more IPs to your...

Any interaction with Restic requires you first to initialize the repo to perform actions. To do so, follow the instructions below - Windows With Windows Servers, from PowerShell, run the following command to initialize the restic repo (you must include the periods) - Linux...

The following guide shows you how to set up CPV Lab with step-by-step instructions. Instructions assume that you have already purchased a license and have a Cloud, VPS, or Dedicated Server with Hostwinds. Please note that this is unnecessary in our specialized CPV lab...

Sometimes circumstances arise, leading to the need for a fresh, clean start on your server instance. The guide below will show you how to rebuild your Windows server. This guide can also be used if you decide you'd like to switch from one version of Windows Server to another...