When setting up a new server, there are three tasks you can perform from the Cloud Panel which many new users will find useful. Learn how and why to set up a Firewall Policy, Monitoring Policy, and Backup Manager.
- A Cloud Server (any operating system)
The Cloud Panel
The Cloud Panel is the main administration tool for your Cloud Server account.
You can access the Cloud Panel directly at https://cloudpanel.1and1.com/ for accounts in the United States.
For accounts in other markets, replace the Top-Level Domain (TLD) with the appropriate country code. For example:
- Spain: https://cloudpanel.1and1.es
- Canada: https://cloudpanel.1and1.ca
- Germany: https://cloudpanel.1and1.de
And so forth.
Create a Firewall Policy
By default, only SSH and HTTP access is allowed for a new Cloud Server. If you would like to allow access on other ports, you will need to create a new Firewall Policy.
The Firewall Policy is a whitelist, which means that only the listed ports will be allowed access. Firewall Policies are found on the Cloud Panel at Network > Firewall Policy.
Create a Monitoring Policy
Monitoring Policies are a free service which monitor a server, and alert you if problems arise. You can set up a Monitoring Policy to monitor processes, ports, and/or server load. The Monitoring Policy can be customized for various thresholds and alert levels.
As a bare minimum, we suggest setting up a Monitoring Policy to alert you if the CPU or RAM usage hits Critical. Other popular uses are to monitor the web server process:
- CentOS 7: /usr/sbin/httpd
- Ubuntu 16.04: /usr/sbin/apache2
And the MySQL/MariaDB process:
- CentOS 7: /usr/libexec/mysqld
- Ubuntu 16.04: /usr/sbin/mysqld
Monitoring Policies are found on the Cloud Panel at Security > Monitoring Policies.
For step-by-step instructions on using a Monitoring Policy, see the article How to Monitor Services on your Cloud Server.
Configure the Backup Manager
The Backup Manager will create a server backup and store it on your account. It can be configured to back up the entire server or just a specific directory, and you can schedule the Backup Manager to run on any schedule you choose.
For information on how to install and use the Backup Manager on your server, see the Cloud Server Backup User Manuals.
Please note that there is a small fee for backup storage. The fee is calculated by the size of the backup.