What's Next for SSD Nodes: KVM and Containers

Posted by Joel Hans on April 26, 2017

Here at SSD Nodes, we field a lot of feature and infrastructure requests from our customers. Of them all, the most prevalent might be: "When is KVM coming? When can I run Docker?"

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Topics: KVM, infrastructure

Tutorial: Getting Started with Ansible and Configuration Management

Posted by Joel Hans on April 24, 2017

In last week’s blog, we talked about the basics of what configuration management (CM) is and why it could be an incredibly useful tool for you in provisioning, administering, and maintaining your servers.

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Topics: tutorials

Quick Tip: Track Your Bash History

Posted by Joel Hans on April 21, 2017

Sometimes, you want to look back in time and see what commands you ran in the past. Thanks to the history command built into the Linux shell, you can do that with ease.

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Topics: Bash, Quick Tips

Curious About Configuration Management for Your VPS?

Posted by Joel Hans on April 19, 2017

Here’s a situation you might have found yourself in lately—you set up a local development environment for your new website, spent dozens of hours coding it up, only to find that when you transfer it to your VPS, it doesn’t work properly.

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Topics: development

Tutorial: Installing OpenVPN on Ubuntu 16.04

Posted by Joel Hans on April 17, 2017

In March 2017, the U.S. government made significant changes to rules that dictate how ISPs can package and sell data about their customers. In the weeks since, we saw a massive new interest in virtual private networks (VPNs). While a number of paid VPN solutions exist—think of them like shared hosting—the tech media has been directing users toward setting up their own VPNs rather than relying on the security of another company.

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Topics: tutorials, VPN

Quick Tip: Get on ‘top’ of VPS Processes

Posted by Joel Hans on April 14, 2017

Whether you’ve just noticed some sluggishness on your VPS or you’ve run into a situation where you’re using more than your fair share of your shared resources, there might come a time when you need to figure out which processes are taking up the most CPU/RAM.

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Topics: Linux administration

Should Setting up a VPN Be This Hard?

Posted by Joel Hans on April 12, 2017

In the last days of March, the U.S. government overturned rules aimed at protecting the privacy of users of internet service providers (ISP). With the rules gone, ISPs no longer need to obtain permission to sell user data. For a lot of people, that's a little scary.

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Topics: VPS, VPN

Tutorial: Back Up Files With rsync and Your VPS

Posted by Joel Hans on April 10, 2017

rsync is an open source tool for copying and synchronizing files both locally and remotely across Unix-based systems. It's not only fast, but also smart—the tool utilizes a famous algorithm to detect the "delta" between two files or folders. This reduces the amount of data sent over the network by only transferring the pieces of files that changed.

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Topics: Bash, tutorials, rsync

Quick Tip: Get Your ‘Ducks’ in a Row

Posted by Joel Hans on April 07, 2017

Quick Tip: Get Your 'Ducks' in a Row

Most use cases for a VPS, like running a website, aren't all that demanding when it comes to hard drive storage space, but there are some obvious exceptions—hosting audio/video media, backups, large-scale user databases, and more.

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Topics: Bash

7 More Things to Do With Your VPS: VPNs and More

Posted by Joel Hans on April 05, 2017

Based on the popularity of one of our very first blogs, “What is a Virtual Private Server, and What Can it Do?”, we thought it made sense to circle back and showcase some more interesting, educational, or just plain cool things that you can do on your SSD Nodes server.

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Topics: VPS