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Tail Live Output of a Log File on Linux VPS or Server (SSH)

Maybe there is a log file you check frequently, or you want to watch updates to a log file in real time, as you are working on the server or application. Well, you’re in luck. There is a Linux command especially for that!

You will need to use a secure shell (SSH) session to run this command, though root privileges are not required. To watch a log file (or any file) updated live in real-time, use a modified tail command:

tail -f /path/thefile.log

The result will print any new lines to the shell as they are written to the file.

And that’s it!

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Installing MS SQL Server Express on Windows VPS or Server

SQL Server Express is a free version of Microsoft SQL Server available from Microsoft. It’s excellent for building small, data-driven web and mobile applications up to 10 GB in size.

You can easily scale your applications across SQL Server editions as you grow—without having to change application code due to the common programming surface enabled by SQL Server 2016 SP1. It’s easy to upgrade to SQL Server Web, SQL Server Standard, or SQL Server Enterprise with very little maintenance required. 

(Need help deploying SQL Server? We provide a full range of Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server based solutions!)

How to Install SQL Server Express

First, log in to your Windows Server or Windows VPS. Open a web browser and go to the Microsoft download page for SQL Server Express: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-editions-express

Download the installer to the server or VPS.

Open the installer, and you should see the typical SQL Server start screen:

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We will choose the Basic installation. Proceed through the EULA terms, and confirm the installation destination.

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SQL Server will download the latest version and install…

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The installation will finish up without any further input required. At the end, you will see a screen with connection details for the new SQL Server Express instance conveniently displayed:

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Install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Depending on your deployment, you may also want to install SQL Server Management Studio. SSMS is used to access local and remote SQL Server databases for administration and development. If you do not already have Management Studio installed elsewhere, you should install it on your Windows Server or VPS alongside SQL Server Express. Follow the steps below to install SQL Server Management Tools.

SQL Server Management Tools are provided free by Microsoft for all editions of SQL Server.

Visit the Microsoft page to download: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/download-sql-server-management-studio-ssms

Download the installer to the Windows server or VPS, then simply run the installer.

Click Install to start the installation. SSMS will download and install the latest version for your system automatically.

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When the installation is complete, the system will require a Restart to finish the installation.

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This article applies to:

  • Windows Server 2016 VPS
  • Windows Server 2012 VPS

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Open Server Manager from Command Prompt (cmd) in Windows Server

Can’t find Server Manager? It’s ok, it happens. It’s possible to launch Server Manager from command prompt or PowerShell.

How to Open Server Manager via Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt (Start > Run > cmd), or PowerShell

2. Type ServerManager and press Enter

Server Manager should open. That was easy!

This article applies to: 

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008
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Slow .Zip Extraction – How to Fix on Windows 10 / Server 2016

Windows Defender is an excellent built-in feature of the latest versions of Windows, providing free, always-on protection against malware and other threats. However, you may have noticed very slow ZIP archive extraction in Windows 10.

The reason for slow .zip extraction is Windows Defender which scans each extracted file, and causes archive extractions to slow down significantly. Follow the steps below to turn off Windows Defender on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016, on a desktop, Windows Server, or Windows VPS.

How to Disable Windows Defender using Local Group Policy

The best way to turn off Windows Defender on Windows 10 is to use the Local Group Policy Editor.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender

  4. On the right, double-click Turn off Windows Defender.

  5. Select Enabled to disable Windows Defender.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.

Once you complete the above steps, you will notice the Windows Defender shield icon will continue to run in the system tray. To get rid of the icon, simply restart your computer.

At any time, if you want to re-enable Windows Defender, you only need to follow the same steps, but this time, on step 5 select the option Not configured. Then restart your computer to complete reverting the changes.

Please note that Windows Defender is a protective software service included in Windows by design. Unless you are having significant issues with archive extractions or other file operations, we recommend keeping Windows Defender enabled at all times.

This article applies to:

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10
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Xeon Skylake V5 Dedicated Servers Are Now Available, up to 4.00 GHz

We are happy to announce our new line of dedicated servers featuring up to 4.00GHz Turbo Boost and 64GB DDR4 RAM, with the latest quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1200 V5 series CPUs.

The new Skylake V5 CPUs are now available throughout our dedicated server lineup, including:

  • Intel Xeon E3-1220 V5 (4 Cores / 4 Threads / 3.00 GHz – 3.50GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Xeon E3-1240 V5 (4 Cores / 8 Threads / 3.40 GHz – 3.90GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Xeon E3-1270 V5 (4 Cores / 8 Threads / 3.60 GHz – 4.00GHz Turbo)
  • Other models on request

These processors make for excellent dedicated servers suited well for desktop workstation usage with Windows or Ubuntu Desktop. The new higher supported memory limit of 64GB RAM makes these processors a cost-effective option for compute nodes, development, build servers, as well as dedicated servers for financial applications like MetaTrader 4 or other high performance desktop applications.

All of our dedicated server hosting options feature enterprise-grade processors designed to provide high performance over continuous periods of time. Paired with enterprise SSD storage, high speed 1Gbps networking, and locations in our New York, London, and Los Angeles data centers adjacent to world internet exchanges, dedicated servers provide the best possible performance option for demanding applications.

Servers are available for setup usually within 2 business days. For more info, visit our Dedicated Servers page.

Available Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 (Windows Server 2016)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS
  • Or your OS of choice.
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New Control Panel & Account Management

We are excited to announce a major new update to our website and account management portal. We have been working hard to upgrade and enhance the control panel, including account management, VPS and hosting account management, billing, DNS, domain and SSL certificate management, and more.

We invite you to visit the new control panel, featuring many new enhancements to make service management easier and more convenient than ever before.

Please contact us with any questions or comments about the new control panel.

Here’s a preview of the new layout:

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Chicago VPS Hosting is Now Available

We are pleased to announce our most recent expansion, adding new capacity in Chicago, IL for VPS hosting, cloud web hosting, and dedicated server hosting. Our new location is located within the Equinix CH3 data center, just minutes outside of downtown Chicago.

The new location allows us to deploy new services instantly in the Central US Region, as we also do in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

Our VPS hosting platform is designed to provide the power of dedicated hosting, without the high cost. Each secure, isolated VPS is equipped with the latest high-performance Xeon CPUs, solid-state (SSD) storage, and server-grade memory, provisioned on-demand to meet your specification.

  • 1Gbps (1000Mbit) Internet connectivity
  • Private/Reserved Memory and Storage
  • Read/Write Speed up to 1.2 GB/s (1200 MB/s)
  • IOPS up to 5,000 per Instance (IO/s)
  • Private/Dedicated Windows OS

The Chicago datacenter is our fourth hosting location to open. Due to equal proximity to all regions of North America, Chicago is an ideal location for USA VPS hosting, remote desktop (RDP) hosting, Chicago dedicated server hosting, and cloud web hosting.

More about the Chicago data center and Chicago VPS hosting: Chicago VPS Hosting

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Windows Remote Desktop Hosting: Windows 10 VPS Features

Deploy Windows in minutes.

Our on-demand Windows hosting platform provides access to any version of Windows, deployed as a VPS or dedicated server. We provide installation, infrastructure management, and complete management of the hosting environment, so you can focus on getting work done.

Windows operating systems available for instant setup include:

All of these operating systems are deployed in less than 5 minutes, with remote desktop (RDP) enabled and ready to connect. You only need to use Internet Explorer or another browser to download and install your applications. We also provide Microsoft Office and other software, including Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, and others, to complete a full remote workstation solution.

We maintain certified, secure data centers located in:

  • New York, USA
  • Chicago, USA
  • Los Angeles, USA
  • London, UK

Host with confidence on high performance servers.

These are just a few of the features of our new Windows Server 2016 VPS and dedicated servers:

  • 1Gbps (1000Mbit) Internet connectivity
  • Private/Reserved Memory and Storage
  • Read/Write Speed up to 1.2 GB/s (1200 MB/s)
  • IOPS up to 5,000 per Instance (IO/s)
  • Private/Dedicated Windows OS

Learn more: Windows VPS Hosting

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Windows Server 2016 VPS Features: Hardware & Network

Deploy Windows in minutes.

Windows virtual servers are the perfect solution for hosting applications, websites, and hosting cloud desktop software for end-users. Deploy Windows VPS instances with up to 128GB RAM and 32 CPU cores on our secure hosted platform.

These are just a few of the features of our new Windows Server 2016 VPS and dedicated servers: Windows Features

  • Remote Desktop (RDP) Access
  • Optimized Firewall for Cloud Server Security
  • .NET Framework 4.6 Features
  • .NET Framework 3.5 Features
  • ASP.NET 4.6
  • Time Synchronization to UTC/Local Timezone with NTP
  • Windows Update Optimized for Minimal Downtime
  • Microsoft Telemetry Services Optimized for Minimal Network Usage
  • Automatic Genuine Windows Activation
  • Optimized Virtualization Drivers for Improved Network and Disk Performance
  • Optimized Remote Desktop (RDP) Experience

Host with confidence on high performance servers.

Our Windows VPS hosting provides the power of dedicated hosting, without the high cost. Each Windows VPS is equipped with the latest high-performance Intel Xeon processors, solid-state (SSD) storage, and server-grade memory, allocated on-demand to meet your specification.

Hardware Features

  • 1Gbps (1000Mbit) Internet connectivity
  • Private/Reserved Memory and Storage
  • Read/Write Speed up to 1.2 GB/s (1200 MB/s)
  • IOPS up to 5,000 per Instance (IO/s)
  • Private/Dedicated Windows OS

License software conveniently.

In addition to Windows Server, we provide a full range of enterprise Microsoft software solutions, including:

For more info, including pricing and available locations, please visit:
Windows VPS Hosting

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New Cloud Hosting Capacity in Los Angeles

We are pleased to announce our most recent datacenter upgrade, adding new capacity for cloud web hosting and VPS hosting services to our location in downtown Los Angeles, California.

The new capacity means we are able to deploy new services instantly, as we also do in New York and London.

The Los Angeles datacenter is our third hosting location to open. Due to popular demand, it is growing into our flagship location for VPS hosting and remote desktop (RDP) hosting, dedicated server hosting, and cloud web hosting.

More about the LA data center:

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