Setting Up Your New Server. An InterServer Tutorial

Posted at September 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm by admin


This documentation is based on my personal server setup experience and on the experience I’ve had helping Interserver customers with their new servers.

Protect Your Data

First and foremost, configure backups for your server. The server is worthless without your data. Data is your business. Imagine what would happen to your business if you lost just some of your data. There’s no excuse for neglecting backup when configuring your new server. Interserver offers several options for data protection and backup to fit any of your needs.

Control panels like cPanel and Plesk include backup functionality and can be configured to automatically backup regularly an FTP/NAS account. Configure backups now, before doing anything else. Before migrating or copying your data to the server. This first (nearly empty) backup will be quick. Test the backup by restoring the data. If your server has RAID, it important to remember that RAID is not backup!

Use Strong Passwords

Interserver sets a random, complex password on every new server that is provisioned. Don’t change it to a weak password using names, birthdays and other trivia that can be found or guessed easily. Remember, a strong password doesn’t have to be a complicated one.


Firewalls block network connections. Configuring a firewall manually can get very complicated, especially when involving protocols like FTP which opens random ports on either the client or the server. A quick way to deal with this is to use the system-config-securitylevel-tui tool. Or better, use a firewall front end such as APF or CSF. These tools also simplify blocking or unblocking IPs.

Beyond blocking and allowing IP addresses, it’s also important to lock down the ports on your server. The only open ports on your system should be the ones you want to use.


DNS is a naming system for computers and services on the Internet. Domain names like “” is easier to remember than IP address like or even 2607:f0d0:1000:11:1::4 in IPv6. DNS looks up a domain’s A record (AAAA record for IPv6), to retrieve its IP address. The opposite of an A record is a PTR record: PTR records resolve an IP address to a domain name.


A hostname is the human-readable label you assign to your server to help you differentiate it from your other devices. A hostname should resolve to its server’s main IP address, and the IP should resolve back to the hostname via a PTR record. This configuration is extremely important for email, assuming you don’t want all of your emails rejected as spam.

PTR Records

Many ISPs configure their servers that receive email to lookup the IP address of the domain in a sender’s email address (a reverse DNS check) to see that the domain name matches the email server’s host name. You can look up the PTR record for your IP address. In (Mac) or Command Prompt (Windows), type “nslookup” command followed by the IP. If the PTR doesn’t match up, you can change the PTR easily.

SSL Certificates

Getting an SSL certificate for your site is optional, but it has many benefits. The certificates will assure your customers that they are looking at your site securely. SSL encrypts passwords and data sent over the network. Any website using SSL Certificates should be assigned its own IP address.

Now that you’ve prepared your server and protected your data, you are ready to migrate your content to its new home. Be proactive about monitoring and managing your server once it’s in production. Choose Interserver for highly reliable and best-in-class Cloud VPS services and feel the difference!

Interserver & Litespeed

Posted at April 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm by admin

Interserver and Litespeed banner

Interserver and Litespeed



Interserver has been partnering with LiteSpeed since they opened in 2002 to provide our most demanding customers with the speed, reliability and performance they require.  Since both companies are based in the New Jersey it was a perfect fit which allowed us to quickly learn about the exciting technologies which were being developed by the engineers at LiteSpeed so we could become leaders in implementing this technology into our web servers.

We have been dedicated to providing comprehensive web hosting solutions to individuals and companies of all sizes since 1999.  From the beginning we have been committed to providing the highest quality services to our clients and one of the ways we do this is by always using cutting edge technologies which is why we immediately began working with LiteSpeed when they were founded in 2002.

The LiteSpeed services are available on both our VPS and dedicated server products which means they are affordable to clients at virtually all price points.  Our team of engineers and the experts at LiteSpeed understand that it isn’t only the huge multi-national companies that require the fastest response times for their web pages which is why we offer the LiteSpeed web services to customers at almost all price points.

Our clients have benefited from the increased reliability, performance and speed which they can enjoy by using the LiteSpeed web servers.  Large websites with heavy loads appreciate the fact that they can get the increased performance they require through this affordable software based solution rather than purchasing expensive new hardware.  Many of our smaller clients have found that because they often get the bulk of their traffic in short bursts of time the LiteSpeed services are a great way to keep their site loading smoothly without having to pay the higher rates of a dedicated server.

Since 2002 Interserver has been extremely happy to use and offer the LiteSpeed services, and we look forward to continuing this extremely beneficial partnership long into the future.



New Payment Option – Google Wallet

Posted at January 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm by admin

Google Wallet Logo8/15/18 UPDATE: Google Wallet is no longer supported. is proud to announce that due to popular demand we have integrated the Google Wallet payment system for all of our services.  You can now choose to pay all your Web hosting and VPS invoices using this fast and secure payment processor.  With the addition of the Google checkout system your payment options are now even more flexible and convenient.  Whether you choose to use this new system, or continue with our existing payment options we will continue to work to give you the most flexibility of any hosting company today.

Google Wallet is an advanced payment processing system which allows us to accept a wide range of different credit and debit cards quickly and securely.  Users of the Google Wallet system can add their credit cards to their virtual wallet so they can shop in person or online at millions of locations, including Interserver!  Your credit card information is stored securely on Google’s servers making this virtual wallet the safest place to keep your cards.

We’re happy we were able to implement this highly requested payment system and hope you are able to give it a try soon.  If you ever have any requests for additional services or options please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We are always looking to improve the way we serve you.

Hurricane Sandy – InterServer’s Response and Recovery

Posted at December 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm by admin

When the reports that Hurricane Sandy was heading toward the New Jersey area we, like everyone, began our preparation process right away.  As the area continues to focus on recovery we wanted to share some information about how we prepared, responded and recovered from this devastating storm.   While we feel we were very successful in our response to Sandy, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our services, and the information we’ve collected during the storm and the following recovery process are invaluable in that improvement process.


InterServer has had a disaster recovery plan in place for years, and when it became clear that Sandy was going to be hitting the area hard we began putting our plans into action.  Our disaster recovery plan includes several levels of redundancy for both power and data transmissions as well as being our datacenters being housed in state of the art buildings which can withstand powerful storms.   In the days before Sandy made landfall we tested and confirmed the readiness of all of our emergency power systems, and scheduled additional staff to be onsite and on call to respond to any type of outage immediately.

During the Storm

When the storm made landfall it quickly became clear that this was going to be a historic event both in terms of the power of the storm and the damage it causes from the winds, flooding and fires.  During the storm and for several days after our team of electricians and technical engineers responded to numerous issues related to the storm.  Some of the key events which took place include the following:

  • Access to Commercial Power – Along with millions of other people in the area, we quickly lost access to commercial power due to the storm.  Our diesel generators immediately kicked on and provided us with uninterrupted power throughout the storm.  There were several instances when commercial power was restored and lost during the storm and recovery.
  • Data Circuit Interruptions – As expected, there were many different data communication interruptions throughout the storm.  Some of them were brief, others were sustained outages.  Due to our comprehensive redundancy plan using multiple telephone companies routed through a variety of geographic paths, we were able to reroute data through alternative circuits minimizing any impact on our customers.
  • General Access Issues – Due to road closures and other problems many of our staff had trouble traveling to and from our datacenters.  Fortunately we had planned ahead with additional staffing prior to the storm and confirmed all of our employees knew alternate routes to get to the datacenter if they were able.  We also had staff on call to report to work, or work remotely, if other individuals were unable to make it in.
  • Notifications – We felt it was important to keep our customers apprised of our status during the storm.  As information became available to us we posted it via our twitter feed and on our website so clients knew the status of their data in real time.


When the storm was over we, like millions of others, began the process of recovery.  Recovering from a disaster like this is extremely complex for large datacenters due to the fact that the power, data and other services are provided by a wide range of different vendors.  Our disaster recovery team worked closely with all of our service providers to ensure that no additional problems were caused by the recovery efforts.   We made sure to plan all recovery efforts to maintain a stable transition back to normal operations.

As part of our recovery we will go through all the data collected during this storm so we can learn what worked well and identify any improvement opportunities for future outages.  We’d like to extend our thanks to all of the InterServer employees, as well as the employees of all of our vendors who worked tirelessly through this event to ensure it went as smoothly as possible.


Hurricane Sandy Notification

Posted at October 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm by admin

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised that Interserver is aware and prepared for Hurricane Sandy’s approach on the East coast. Local Interserver teams have tested and confirmed the operation and preparedness of all emergency power systems. We have fortified the onsite staff presence as well as added on-call staff resources to address any facility issues related to the hurricane’s presence.

We are prepared for this storm; The Interserver team will be providing updates throughout the weekend.

Thank You.