Top 5 things to do with a Linux VPS

Virtual Private Server(VPS). As usual, my best vps provider is Linode.

1. Run your own proxy server

Ever got frustrated that you were not be able to access something like spotify or BBC iplayer just because you were not a UK/EU resident? The answer is short and simple..and EFFECTIVE! Get yourself a personal VPS based in London for $20 a month from Linode and install SQUID Proxy on top of it.

2. Run your own web server

Running your own web server might have a lot more advantages than running it on a shared hosting provider.  If you read my older posts, you would realise that is running on top of Cherokee. Why? Because it’s so easy to manage, lightweight and fast.

3. Configure a reverse SSH tunnel.

Now what’s that?! Well.. it will help you access your office linux computers securely without having to bother about configuring the firewall. For more click here.

4. Make the VPS a remote backup server

With the help of a little bash scripting and the use of NFS drives, you can easily make your VPS a backup server. I usually back up this VPS to my Dedicated Server to make sure that everything is there even after the most painful crashes.

5. Run a ShoutCast Server

If you are willing to go for your own Live Radio, a VPS and ShoutCast is the best combination to go for. Configuration is quite simple.. which reminds me, I need to blog about it sometime soon!

If you have any top things to do.. feel free to post through comments : )

Gulshan Yashveer Beejan

Gulshan holds a BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Distributed systems from the City University of London. He is currently working at DSOGroup(Mauritius) as a Linux Administrator on SaaS Solutions. More about Gulshan

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