Regular backups are one of the most important factors of IT security. With Linux systems – which are often the backbone of a webserver – you can very efficiently create backup copies with the program tar. What can the archiving program do? We explain to you how tar functions and what its special features are. So that you’re able to create regular backups with tar in the future, we explain step by step how to create a backup script. [...] ►
Bare metal – the latest product on the web hosting market evokes power from its name alone, and not for nothing: servers with this nickname focus on high-performance hardware. With a bare metal server, the user's access extends practically down to the bare metal. Software components based on this product are subject to user control and can be installed and configured according to individual requirements. But what are the advantages of such a hosting concept and when should website operators use bare metal servers? [...] ►
Double is better, especially when it comes to data backups. Backups shouldn’t only contain important files like documents, tables, presentations, or videos. Generate a comprehensive storage image of your entire system with the help of image-based backup tools and completely restore it including configurations in the event of total failure. Find what makes a good image tool and which functions you shouldn’t do without in our comparison of the most popular applications. [...] ►
CaaS – Container-as-a-Service – is the latest model in the cloud computing market: users can find suitable platforms for all established infrastructure providers. But what actually is CaaS? And what is the difference between CaaS and other cloud services, like Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)? Here we introduce hosted container environments, and what potential cloud-based container services for small and medium-sized enterprises offer. [...] ►
Without the domain name system, surfing on the internet would be much more difficult, as we would have to memorise a lot of IP addresses. With the help of DNS servers, we can instead use a memorable domain name to access our favorite website. Find out how you can set up your own DNS server and learn more about the basics of the World Wide Web. All you need is the minicomputer Raspberry Pi and an internet connection! [...] ►
MS Access is widely used office software and enables people with no prior programming knowledge to work with databases. The license for the programme, however, is not exactly cheap. Several free alternatives to Microsoft Access promise to do essentially the same thing. But which are the best Microsoft Access alternatives? And can they actually keep up with the range of functions and standard of operation that MS Access offers? [...] ►
With screenshots, you can show your colleagues and friends with just a few clicks what you’ve just seen on your screen. This can be an important part of your daily workload as well as something you use in your free time. But how do you actually create a screenshot? On Windows, the necessary resources are already built in. We explain to you how to use them correctly. [...] ►
Screenshots can be extremely helpful and beneficial. Regardless of whether you are sending them to friends or using them professionally, it is always going to be easier to demonstrate it this way than having to describe it. Making iMac or MacBook screenshots is very easy – as long as you know how it all works. Here we show you all the keyboard shortcuts for making screenshots on a Mac, as well as describing other ways to go about generating screengrabs using your Apple computer. [...] ►
Proxy settings can be established quickly and easily via the operating system’s control panel or browser menu. Discover exactly how to do this with our comprehensive step-by-step introductions for Windows 7, 8, and 10. A faulty proxy configuration can cause connection failures, but there are simple ways to detect the causes and rectify these errors. [...] ►
1&1 Server Guide: professional tips on configuration and administration
Servers are what make up the physical basis of the internet. Setting up your own professional site, putting products online for sale, or connecting multiple company locations with one another: all of these tasks require the support of high-performance computers. And it doesn’t matter if you purchase hardware resources for your own data center or opt for the flexibility of cloud services: operating a server comes with the challenge of independently configuring and administering hardware components. But don’t worry, there’s a lot of support out there for these tasks. In the Server Guide of 1&1’s Digital Guide series, you’ll find regular articles, news, and tutorials on how to operate this indispensable component of today’s IT infrastructure.
Server information for businesses, developers, and tech hobbyists
Packed with practical tips, our guide covers a wide spectrum of topics primarily aimed at mid-sized companies, freelance developers, and tech hobbyists. While some articles, like ‘What is a server?’ or ‘DNS – name resolution online’ cater more to beginners, experts are by no means left hanging; there’s a wide range of detailed texts and tutorials on important tasks like choosing the best operating system, filling security gaps, or getting the best possible performance out of your software and hardware.
What you can expect in the 1&1 Server Guide
If you take a look, you’ll notice our guide is divided into four different subcategories, each covering a different topic. The ‘KnowHow’ area sets out to familiarise beginners with the basics of operating a server. Details on different server types and how to use them are also laid out here. Tips and tricks on managing server software is found under the keyword, ‘Configuration’. The category, ‘Security’ is all about dealing with potential problems server operators may encounter from online threats. Conventional methods of attack, like viruses, worms, and Trojans, and what you can do to combat them are explained here. And the category, ‘Tools’, provides useful guidance on what resources can help make administering your server a more manageable task.