Name resolution online: what is a DNS server?

DNS – the internet naming system

Translating domain names to IP addresses is one of the central services on the internet. Your computer sends daily requests to the domain name system (DNS) without you knowing. Name resolution on the internet usually only captures our attention when something isn’t working properly. But ask yourself today: What is DNS? And what is a DNS server?

What is a proxy server?

What is a proxy server?

A proxy server is a network component that provides an interface between a private network and the internet. A proxy makes it possible to have an influence on the data traffic, to cache packet data, and to conceal the identity of the communication partners by using different IP addresses.

What is a server? One term, two definitions

What is a server?

When talking about web hosting, it is impossible to avoid the term ‘server’. So what is a server? And how does it work? In IT, there are actually two definitions of the term. The traditional server is the software for network services, but more recently the word has also been used to describe the corresponding hardware used to carry out server programs. Here is our overview of the most common...

Creating an IT disaster recovery plan

For when the going gets tough: the IT disaster recovery plan

For businesses, a reliable IT infrastructure is just as integral to day-to-day operations as competent management, productive employees, and reasonable working conditions. A server outage is able to paralyze an entire company. Adequate preparation can help prevent some of the most common errors from occurring; unforeseen risks, however, will always remain a factor. In order to be on top of your...

Securing servers with Fail2ban

Securing your server with Fail2ban

For server operators, security is of the utmost importance. Only those who have developed and set up a foolproof defense strategy are ready for drastic situations. As well as regular protection mechanisms, like security software, backups, and encryption, there are also some useful tools and frameworks that may come in handy in the fight against intruders. We have laid out essential details on the...

How does data backup work for databases?

Backing up your database

Backing up your data is a popular option for securing your database. In order to create backup copies, you need additional hardware and to install a suitable backup structure. How do you secure your own network and web server against attacks and proceed to protect your databases?

Using SSH keys for your network connection

How to use SSH keys for your network connection

Operating and managing a remote server located in a data center is often carried out by using a secure network connection provided by the SSH protocol. The necessary registration on the server is preceded by an authentication process. Usually this occurs in the form of the username and password. Alternative methods such as the public key authentication used by SSH, do have their advantages. But...

Load balancers: distributing server workloads

Better server access time with load balancing

Online stores, company websites, or promotional content: it doesn’t matter what platform you’re using—availability remains key for a successful online business model. More and more companies are opting to use load balancing schemes to equally distribute the server requests of internet users across multiple computers. When properly applied, not only does load balancing permit high availability for...

Setting up a Minecraft server with a dedicated server

Setting up your own Minecraft server

Many players of the popular game, Minecraft, need or want to use their own servers. Hosting your own Minecraft world is the only way users are able to adjust the general settings of the online multiplayer mode. Setting up a personal Minecraft server isn’t as daunting as it sounds, however. Find out just exactly how it works and what type of server is best suited for hosting Minecraft.

A comparison of different servers

Web hosting: servers by comparison

Carry out a server comparison and you will notice that website operators have a large selection to choose from. Professional hosts offer virtual, dedicated, and cloud based servers in different performance levels. How do these server models differ from one another? What features does a root server have in comparison to a managed server? Which type of hosting is best for your web project? Take a...

Server

1&1 IONOS 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 IONOS’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 IONOS 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 familiarize 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.


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