What is server management?

Server management overview

Server management is the maintenance of web servers. When you have a fully managed server, your web host is responsible for some or all server maintenance. If your server is not fully managed, you are responsible for maintaining it or for hiring someone to maintain it for you.

There is no commonly accepted definition of exactly what is included when a server is fully managed. When discussing server management services, it’s a good idea to cover specifics to come to an agreement on what services will be done.  Below are some of the common services that server management companies offer.

Server setup

Initial server setup
Control panel installation and configuration
Firewall installation and configuration
Software and script installation and configuration
Anti-spam and anti-virus installation
Mail server setup
MySQL server setup
DNS setup and configuration


Constant server monitoring, often from different locations
Downtime notifications
Uptime reports
Monitoring of notable changes to bandwidth use


Security hardening
Security updates to software
Security audits

Proactive services and updates

Server optimization
Critical patches to the operating system and web server
Control panel updates
Software updates and upgrades
Kernel updates and upgrades
Log auditing/analysis

Other server management services

Server backup and restoration
Server migration
Disaster recovery
Software support

Factors to consider when choosing a server management company

In addition to offering different server support services, server management companies typically support specific (and probably not all) operating systems, server types (Linux/Unix or Windows), and control panels.
As with any service providers, read reviews and pay attention to how the company responds to your inquiries.

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