How to Set up a Server

by Maurice Moss

Computers are very powerful tools. With all that power, however, some have to be dedicated to one specific job in order to do it correctly. This is where servers come in. Managing servers is considered by some to be a highly technical task, but with some know how most can accomplish this task. Here’s how to set up a server.

Determine the type of server that is needed. Servers are used to manage business databases. They are used by games to manage the large amounts memory needed to run game programs. Some are dedicated to the Internet and are used as gateway tools to access the web as quickly as possible. Each user needs to determine how his server will be used so that it can be configured to those specifications.

Gain access to set up tools. For non technical users, this process can be simplified when setting up web servers. Access the Apache website to download the web server application. A wizard is available for step by step set up for new Apache users. New users will simply follow the prompts given for server specifications. Similar applications exist for business databases that use SQL and FTP servers used to download large files.

Test the server applications. This is done in a variety of ways depending on the application that is used. To test a web server, use it to access the Internet and track speeds for loading pages. It will also be necessary to point other computers to the server to determine if information is accessed and relayed correctly from the server and back to the computer. Database servers are tested in a similar manner. Review the tables that are created on the server, determine that they related to other tables correctly and track how the information is transferred from the server to another computer.

Create passwords for the server applications. Most server applications, like Apache, supply a set up wizard that will allow users to create passwords. These passwords will be necessary to keep unwanted eyes away from sensitive data.

Load security software. Just like personal home computers, servers need anti virus software that will keep out spam and destructive viruses. Maintaining up to date anti virus software is even more important with servers because in most cases, several people will have the opportunity to access the information that is on the server.

About the Author

Maurice Moss has been a writer and editor for more than 10 years. He is a member of the Society for Technical Communication, Usability Professionals Association and the American Society for Training and Development. Moss' work has appeared in print and online publications, including "Nursing Management," "Eclipse" magazine and He is pursuing an M.A. in technical communication at Minnesota State University, Mankato.