Windows-based virtual private server, abbreviated to VPS or VDS, may not show maximum efficiency, stability and security - if you miss something in its basic debugging in the beginning. Fortunately, this process is not that complicated. To make sure your Windows VPS server setup is done correctly, follow our expert advice!
What tasks need to be done at the initial stage?
As in the case of VPS on Linux, all work with the server is carried out in several steps. At the same time they are similar for the product from Microsoft, because it is also possible to configure VPS on Windows in 4 main steps.
The best way to communicate with the virtual dedicated server is to use the Remote Desktop Protocol, abbreviated RDP. Access through it is easy and, most importantly, safe. In addition, you can work with it from almost any device:
It is important that you can work with the Remote Desktop Protocol even with modern Android and iOS gadgets. However, for more details on this and on the protocol in general and how to connect, see our separate article on this link.
Initially when you login to VDS you have only one user - Administrator. But to improve convenience and security, it's worth adding others, with limited rights. The scenario depends on what operating system you have on your server - and we'll give examples for popular versions:
Important note: the rights of the created user are limited, so you will have to go to the Properties or Change Account Type in order to adjust the rights. Although let's note that the flexibility of their settings is immense, and this is a reason for a separate discussion.
On the topic, how to configure a VPS on Windows, the question of protecting the server from hacking should be given special attention. We will highlight only a few significant areas:
Note: this list is not exhaustive. There is a lot to configure for VDS security: from changing administrator's name and disabling directory access without a password to fine-tuning of group and local security policies while our list allows you to quickly implement basic solutions.
By far at this stage the basic configuration of the VPS on Windows is completed - but for deployment of the website on a server it is still not enough. After all, proper operation requires certain software. In each case, its list is determined individually, based on the website technology. Although there is a basic package - it's IIS. Behind this acronym stands a web server without which ASP.NET and ASP will not work. Additionally it will help with the installation of the PHP interpreter and MySQL databases. However, for more details on how to configure IIS, it is better to learn from this link.
How to avoid problems in setting up a VDS with Windows?
Using detailed step-by-step instructions is important, but sometimes something can still go wrong. In such a situation, it's hard to overestimate the qualified and friendly tech support from the company providing your hosting. You can always get it from HostZealot! Setting up a Windows VPS server will be easy and fast and VPS server rental will be profitable and reliable with the help of our specialists.