Systems Administration

Server Pricing Report – July 2021

Welcome to the sixth installment of our monthly server price reporting for 2021. If you were following along, last year we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then shared on our blog. Currently, all listed prices are from eBay,

How To: Manage and Monitor Your Server with ‘Device Manager’

Welcome to another entry of our Ubersmith ‘how to’ series! For this post we’re going to walk you through the capabilities of ‘Device Manager’ in Ubersmith and how to utilize it to better manage your server. Ubersmith is the management software that our customers use to submit tickets, view billing information, and manage their services

Testing the network speed of your IOFLOOD.com server with iperf

With 10gbps and faster network ports becoming more common all the time, it is becoming increasingly important to make sure that a server can actually use all of that bandwidth. At these high speeds, many things can go wrong that limit your performance to less than the maximum speed of the port. The most important

Server Pricing Report – February 2021

Welcome to the Second installment of our monthly server price reporting for 2021. If you were following along, we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then shared on our blog. Currently, all listed prices are from eBay, for used

Optimal RAID Stripe Size and filesystem Readahead for RAID-10?

What RAID stripe size is ideal for an array of hard drives? What are the default settings for both raid stripe size and filesystem readahead? Are those defaults acceptable? How do these settings impact the performance of my server? In this post, we’ll go into detail as to what settings are ideal for a server

What is TTL in ping / traceroute?

If you’ve run the essential diagnostic program “ping”, you may have noticed as part of the output, it tells you the “TTL” for each test result. You may have wondered, what does TTL mean? Should I be concerned about it? What does TTL actually do? We will explore that question in today’s blog. So first

IOWAIT in Linux — is iowait too high?

High IOWAIT can be a real problem in linux, making your server grind to a halt. The question is, how high is too high? When should I be concerned? Firstly, we’ll talk about what IOWAIT means, discuss related statistics and how to interpret them, and finally how to decide if IOWAIT is causing a problem.

Server Pricing Report – January 2021

Welcome to the First installment of our monthly server price reporting for 2021. If you were following along, last year we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then shared on our blog. Currently, all listed prices are from eBay,

Server Pricing Report – November 2020

Welcome to the Ninth installment of our monthly server price reporting for 2020. If you were following along, last year we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then shared on our blog. Currently, all listed prices are from eBay,

How To: Set Up a Paypal Subscription

Welcome to another  of our ‘How To’ customer guides!   For this post we’re going to walk you through another of the most common questions we get asked in the billing department.   How can I add a PayPal Subscription to my account? We know that our customers are busy running their businesses and have better things