UpGuard Blog

10 Essential Steps for Configuring a New Server

That’s a nice new Linux server you got there… it would be a shame if something were to happen to it. It might run okay out of the box, but before you put it in production, there are 10 steps you need to take to make sure it’s configured securely. The details of these steps may vary from distribution to distribution, but conceptually they apply to any flavor of Linux. By checking these steps off on new servers, you can ensure that they have at least basic protection against the most common attacks.

Filed under: configuration, linux, server management, IT operations

Snoop Dogg to Server Admins: "Fix Your Sh*t"

One of our main objectives is to explain the costs of unplanned outages and help you prevent them from ever occurring in the first place. It's never merely time and money lostcustomer trust and your reputation take hits, too. We've written many articles about it and work with companies on improving their service reliability every day. 

Filed under: outage, server management, upguard

I Don't Need to Test My Configurations. My Deployments are Automated

This is a pretty common response we get from people we're explaining our product to. There is logic to it but we don't believe it's necessarily reasonable. To illustrate our viewpoint on this we thought we'd paraphrase a conversation we had with a prospective client recently.

Filed under: chef, executable documentation, puppet, automated test suite, server management, deployment testing