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When browsing the Hostwinds website, you might notice that we offer Cloud, VPS, and Dedicated Servers. The difference between them may not be obvious initially, but they are two very different products. What is a Dedicated Server? A Dedicated Server is very different from a...

When you choose to buy a Dedicated Server from Hostwinds, you will notice the option to include RAID as part of your server. There are various types, or "levels" of Raid, which are different in what they do and why they're used. We'll walk through them here. Raid Levels Raid...

There are many different use cases and tools for running virtual machines within a host server. For example, common virtual machine host software, such as VMware, SolusVM, etc., could be used for configuring and running virtual machines off a host server. For the servers...

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...

When you lose your password, you have a couple of options to find or restore it to gain access and full functionality back to your server. The two options we offer are laid out below. Lost Password, But Still Functions This is where you have an active password that works but...

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...

Cloud Backups for a VPS or Dedicated server use the restic program to provide de-duplicated backups of (most of) the filesystem in the server. When viewed through an Object Storage link or s3 browser, it may look like many randomly numbered directories, but this is the...

When purchasing a VPS or Dedicated server plan at Hostwinds, you have a choice between using HDD or SSD drives. For faster performance, we recommend using SSD drives. This guide will help understand the difference between these two types of drives that we offer. What Is The...

We offer several different CPU options with our Dedicated servers. We have created this article to provide a more comprehensive comparison chart of their specifications to help you choose among them. CPU Comparison Chart (sorted by Release Date) CPU Model #of Cores #of...

If you are hosting an ASP.NET website on a Hostwinds VPS or Dedicated Server, you will likely want your web application to connect to a SQL Server database on the back end. SQL Server Express is a great entry-level edition for small-scale applications but does have...

ISPManager is commercial software that requires a license from ISPSystem and a Hostwinds VPS or Dedicated Server. When you first log into the ISPManager Lite system, it will prompt you to license and link to the ISPSystem site. You can choose to buy a new license or use an...

Hostwinds VPS and Dedicated Server clients who create websites sometimes wish to test out their site on a local machine. If you use a Linux system and want to test out new URLs on your site, you can use either cURL or wget. Both commands serve a similar purpose: act as a...

One thing you can do with your Windows VPS or dedicated server is map one of its folders as a network drive on your local PC. This is great if you have data on your server that you need quick access to or have data on your local PC that you would like to push to the server....

There may come a time where you will need to review the current information about your server running WHM, such as when looking to upgrade or seeing if more Storage Space or RAM is needed. Within WHM, there is an easy place to find all of this information; on the Server...