FAQ – pairCloud

Topics General Questions What is pairCloud? Do you offer root access for pairCloud servers? Do you provide support for pairCloud? What interface is provided for pairCloud services? Billing Questions Does your money back guarantee apply to pairCloud services? Do you offer multi-month discounts for pairCloud services? Why am I being asked to pay an existing […]

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SSH Keys

Topics Step 1: Create .ssh directory Step 2: Generate SSH key Step 3: Host public copy of SSH key Putty for Windows Additional Documentation It is possible use SSH keys instead of a password for logins. That can be useful to avoid having to enter your password for every login (if a blank passphrase is […]

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Live Snapshots

Basics pairCloud Live Snapshots are quick to create, available right away, and don’t require shutting your server off. Use Live Snapshots to quickly and easily back up your data, launch a copy of one of your servers, or change your server flavor. We don’t outsource the storage of your snapshots; snapshots are stored on the […]

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Using Snapshots to Change Server Flavor

Topics Using Live Snapshots for Backups Making a Snapshot Recovering Files Making a Snapshot The first step to backing up your server is to take a snapshot, as follows: Log in to the ACC Select Manage pairCloud Servers from the pairCloud menu Click on the name of the server you would like to take a […]

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Using Snapshots for Backups

Topics Using Live Snapshots for Backups Making a Backup Recovering Files Making a Backup The first step to backing up your server is to take a snapshot, as follows: Log in to the ACC Select Manage pairCloud Servers from the pairCloud menu Click on the name of the server you would like to take a […]

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Using Snapshots to Copy a Server

Topics Using Snapshots to Copy a Server Requirements Creating the Template Launching a Server from a Snapshot Requirements You must have Live Snapshots enabled for your server. To see pricing for Live Snapshots, please visit the pairCloud product page. You will need at least one snapshot to serve as the “template” for new servers you […]

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IP Addresses

Topics pairCloud IP Addresses Private IPs Public IPs Adding a Public IP Moving a Public IP Removing a Public IP Private IPs All servers get one private IP address. Your assigned private IP never changes and may never be moved to a new server. Private IPs may be used for traffic that originates on your […]

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Managing Files and Directories

Introduction In this tutorial we will learn how to create a new directory using mkdir, how to rename or move a directory or file using mv, how to remove a file or directory using rm and rmdir, and finally how to copy a file or directory using cp. Making directories using the mkdir command The […]

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Tutorial: Installing Text Editors

Introduction In this article we will show you how to install vim, emacs and nano on Debian and Redhat based Linux distributions. Redhat based distributions include: Centos Redhat Enterprise Linux Fedora Debian based distributions include; Ubuntu Debian For each editor we will show you the necessary step(s) to install it for each distribution base. For […]

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Tutorial: Navigating the File System

Introduction In this tutorial we will cover the cd, ls and pwd commands. These command enable you to move around the file system, find out where you are and list files and directories. First we need to understand some basics of the Linux file system. When you see a filename or path preceded by a […]

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GNU Screen

The screen command serves a couple of very useful purposes. The first is to maintain a session even if you get disconnected. This is especially useful if you are working remotely for a prolonged period of time. The second purpose is to allow you to have multiple sessions open at the same time to the […]

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Using sudo and sudoers

sudo allows you to run your program as another user, by default this user is root, also known as the Super User. The basic usage of sudo is sudo commandname. If you don’t have permission to run the command it will request the password. The basics of using sudo There are two main use cases […]

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Tutorial: Using the Shell, Part 1

Introduction The Linux commands on their own are pretty powerful and useful tools but until you know how to combine them they show just a shadow of their true power. In this series of 4 tutorials we will look at various tricks and tools you can use to make your shell work easier, faster and […]

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Tutorial: Using the Shell, Part 2

Introduction In this tutorial we will cover how to send programs into the background, how to restore them to the foreground and how to send programs to sleep. Start a program in the background If you are going to be starting a long running program and you want it to run in the background you […]

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Tutorial: Using the Shell, Part 3

Introduction. You can be very productive using the shell, however there are some fantastic tricks to make you faster and more efficient. Command line Completion If you had to type in cd /var/www/vhosts/mydomain.com/httpdocs/wp-content/themes/mylongthemename/ you run the risk of making a mistake or taking forever to get it right. Using the tab key to auto-complete directory […]

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Tutorial: Using the Shell, Part 4

Introduction Your shell can be personalized quite a lot. Using settings in your .bashrc file you can change the prompt, set up aliases and much more. Activating changes Once you have edited your .bashrc file you will want to activate the changes without logging out and back in again. Use source ~/.bashrc to do this. […]

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Adding and Removing Users

Introduction Adding and deleting users is a basic function that every admin needs to know. Users are added for a multitude of reasons from giving them a home directory for storage to enabling services that require a username such as email, FTP and SSH. In this tutorial we will cover adding a user, removing a […]

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