Tips for Managing a Windows Virtual Private Server (VPS)

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Users can save a lot of money by using Virtual Private Server (VPS) technology, which gives them the privacy and security of a dedicated server without having to pay for the entire server resources. However, you may know that setting up and maintaining a virtual private server (VPS) is a difficult undertaking. Either the VPS owner should have deep technical knowledge or hire 1gbits.com to take care of the technical issues of their VPS.

The major problem in operating virtual servers is consistency and standardization. In a virtual environment, it is even more important to keep the servers correct and up to date. I have compiled a checklist to keep your Windows VPS servers running smoothly and secure. Here are some tips to help you manage your Windows VPS and get the most out of it.

User access can be limited

If someone else has access to your VPS, create a new user account for them and grant them access only to the resources they need. If you are the only one using your VPS, create a second user account with the necessary authorizations and leave the Administrator login empty.

Passwords should be strong

When you receive your Windows VPS login details, verify that all passwords are secure. Otherwise, change your password immediately. When creating a password for your VPS or application, be sure to keep it as long as possible within the allowed limit and mix letters, numbers and special characters. No one will be able to guess your password as a result of this.

Update your Windows system regularly

Microsoft regularly updates its products, such as the Windows operating system. These updates, in addition to critical updates, can be obtained and installed through Windows Update. Updates generally improve the performance of your server. Operating system issues can also be resolved with updates.

Disable services you don’t want

Disable any services on the server that are not needed. This will improve both server performance and security. The larger the runtime codebase, the more likely the code contains an exploitable vulnerability, according to a law of computing. You can reduce the length of the exploit code base by disabling unnecessary server functions, which reduces the risk of the server having an exploitable security vulnerability. If you disable services, be sure not to delete those that are necessary for the operation of the server or the application.

Only necessary applications should be installed

Make sure you only install the software you need on your server. If you installed a trial version of the software and realized you don’t need it, delete it and remove the temporary files it leaves behind. Otherwise, not only will it take up space on your hard drive, but it will also slow down your server’s performance. As part of their initial deployment service, many VPS hosting providers provide VPS with pre-installed applications. Remove these programs from the VPS if you no longer need them.

The event viewer should be kept in mind

Event logs can be viewed and managed using Event Viewer by administrators. To specify the events that a Windows server can encounter, Event Viewer uses unique event IDs. Administrators can view events in three types of logs using Event Viewer: application, system, and security logs. Network disruptions failed processes and protocol issues can all be easily detected with Event Viewer.

Use the firewall in Windows

A firewall is a mechanism that acts as a barrier between your server and the outside world. Attempts to gain unauthorized access to the server are blocked by the firewall. Having the required firewall settings in place will go a long way in preventing server attacks. The firewall adds a layer of security by allowing traffic from specified IP addresses to be accepted only through specific protocols.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when managing your Windows virtual private server:

  • Always use a licensed application and install it from the source provided by the application vendor.
  • “Microsoft Windows Updates” and other third-party applications should be installed regularly to keep your VPS up to date.
  • Never delete or modify a user created by your host on your VPS.
  • Never disable or change network adapter settings and never install any application that changes or disables VPS network adapter settings.
  • If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t touch the firewall settings.

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