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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...

How to Change Windows VPS Administrator Password Whether you have just purchased a new Windows VPS or are simply wishing to update your administrator password to make accessing your server easier, you would want to follow the steps of this guide. There are 2 places that you...

You might find it useful to install OpenSSH on your Windows server. Running SSH on your Windows server means that you can transfer files using Secure Copy (SCP) or SFTP. Aside from SCP and SFTP, you can open a secure Powershell shell or a Bash shell if Windows Subsystem for...

This guide will explain how to grant permissions to non-admin users trying to RDP into your Windows VPS. This guide goes through the steps to fix permissions in the Windows 2016 Server Edition on your Hostwinds Cloud SSD VPS. Sometimes when you create other users, and they...

If you ever need to check if a service is running and listening on a specific port on a server, and the server is online and allowing the connection, Telnet can be a great first tool to identify a possible issue. Installing Telnet On a Windows PC Open your computer control...

Restricting FTP Access to your Windows Server by an IP Address may be done and is suggested to improve your server security. How To Set IP Restrictions To Access Your FTP Site. Step 1: Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager If you are using Windows Server 2012 or...

Windows supports many different languages allowing you to run your applications and browse the web in your own language. This guide will explain how to configure that on your Cloud SSD or Dedicated server plan. First, click on the Windows start button and open the Settings...

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...

It is quite easy to install an SSL certificate for a website hosted on a Hostwinds Windows Cloud VPS or Dedicated server, as you have the added benefit of using GUI controls. To begin, you will want to download the latest release of Certify from Certify The Web. This tool...

This guide is intended for Hostwinds clients with a Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server using the Windows Server Operating System. What is the Microsoft Management Console? The Microsoft Management Console, hereon referred to as "MMC," is a flexible management interface you can...

This guide will cover how to create local user accounts on your Hostwinds Windows Server when connecting using Remote Desktop . If you would like to create multiple RDP users, you may want to purchase an RDS CAL license from an authorized retailer. By default, Windows will...

Scrapebox is a fairly popular tool for analyzing and adjusting your site's Search Engine Optimization (SEO). It can help you make your site rank higher in search results from Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc. In utilizing this tool, a somewhat common practice is to run Scrapbox...

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 comes a time for most Windows servers that you need to add IPs to your server. Following this simple guide will show you how to add your new IP address to your Windows VPS 2008, 2012, and 2016. The easiest way to add the IPs to your server is through the Network and...

In Windows, you can enable 'Audit Policies' for certain events that the operating system detects. One such audit policy is to audit any login/logoff events that occur on your server. This can be a good way to log what accounts are logging into your server, when, and from...

Monitoring your server resources is a critical part of server management. This guide will show you how to monitor different resources on your server and identify when it may be time to think about upgrading to get more resources. How to Access the Resource Monitor in Windows...