Up and Running With SSH

August 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

With this tutorial, I hope to help you better understand how to use SSH and why it can be a great tool for managing your website. On average, only about 10% of our shared hosting users actually use SSH access. We want this number to be higher, because SSH access is extremely powerful for managing your website files and software. FTP can get you pretty far, but if you want real, fast controls for your files, you will want to be familiar with SSH! Additionally, this article will be extremely helpful to a beginner who's trying out one of our extremely cheap Xen VPS plans.

How does one get this wonderful "SSH" enabled?

First, make sure SSH is enabled on your account. This can be done by contacting technical support, or by simply running through the rest of this tutorial, if you see an error message when logging in, then you will need to request SSH access from technical support.

If you have a VPS, you already have SSH access to your server.

SSH access tools are completely free!

There are free SSH access utilities for all operating systems, and most include them by default. There are two major operating systems to be concerned with when it comes to connecting to SSH: Windows and Linux.

If you are using Windows, you will need to download a program called "PuTTY" to be able to access any SSH connection. You can find this program at PuTTY's Website.  Just grab "putty.exe" from the Downloads page of this website, and place it on your desktop or wherever you like for easy access. No install is necessary, just click putty.exe and you're ready to enter your connection information.

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Windows - Coming Soon to a VPS Near You

July 31, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Windows

 

Greetings Geeks!

We've had a lot of requests for Windows-based VPS since launching our Linux Xen VPS offerings a few months ago. Last week, we signed the SPLA with Microsoft and have started to deploy Windows VPS for users who have previously contacted us requesting this service. In the coming weeks, as we refine our offering, we will begin offering Windows VPS directly from our website.

Tentatively, we will be offering Windows Server 2003 & 2008. Our Windows VPS will be at a slightly higher price point ($5/mo. more) than our Linux offering, due to the licensing costs associated with Windows.

If you would like to know more or you would like to try out our new Windows VPS service before we officially launch it, please e-mail us at sales@geekstorage.com.

Meet the Geeks: Matt Eli, Head Geek

July 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

GeekStorage Staff Profile

As suggested from one of our awesome geeks who hosts with us here at GeekStorage, we're going to publish some staff profiles over the next couple of weeks so that you can get to know more about the folks behind the scenes.

Jay Higdon

What is your title and how long have you been working for GeekStorage?

I am a Head Geek of GeekStorage.com, LLC, and I've been with GeekStorage for just over 5 years.

What is the favorite thing about your job?

I would have to say my favorite thing is debugging. I'm a problem solver, so every time a problem comes up that I have to solve, I really tend to enjoy it (unless I just went to sleep! haha).

Windows or Mac?

Definitely.

 

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Unraveling the Mystery of Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

July 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I have been in the web hosting industry since 2002 and I've seen a lot of confusion and mystery surrounding Virtual Private Servers (VPS) over the years.

This article is the first in a series of articles I'm going to write about our new Xen VPS offerings and how having one can benefit any website, big or small, and that they may not be as confusing to operate as one might think.

What is a Xen VPS?

With typical shared web hosting, a user is given a storage and bandwidth allocation on a dedicated server and they share the server's CPU, memory and other resources with hundreds of other users.

With a Xen VPS, a server's resources are divided into much larger resource allocations and the user is given an isolated, virtualized dedicated server environment. In other words, a virtual dedicated server with each Xen VPS having its own operating system and control panel. There are much fewer users per server, as compared to shared web hosting, and as a result, Xen VPS have much better performance. Because each Xen VPS is ran under its own isolated environment, security is also much stronger. With shared web hosting, the vulnerability of your neighbor's script could impact you. With a Xen VPS, this vulnerability won't affect you as your environment is isolated from your neighbor's environment. Additionally, because a Xen VPS is running its own operating system, you have more flexibility than with shared web hosting. You can install what you want, when you want and you aren't limited to the restrictions imposed on shared web hosting (what processes you can and cannot run, how often you can run them, how many e-mails you can send per hour, etc.).

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