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Helpful WHM Features for Root Users

Almost all Jolt VPS packages are fully managed. However, there are some features that help users manage their VPS directly with full feedback and immediate results. WHM/cPanel control panel makes VSP management easy. These features can assist root users.

System Health

This WHM section is where you can view data about your server’s usage and processes that run on the server.

Process Manager

Main > System Health > Process Manager

It displays processes that run on your VPS in a table with six columns.

WHM - running processes

WHM – running processes

Descriptions of columns displayed:

  • PID or process identity is a unique number assigned to any process on your server.Click the process ID number to access two options: to trace or kill the selected process. Tracing lets you observe and control the process while executing. Killing forcefully terminates it which may be necessary (e.g., such as when the process may have been exploited or consumes a lot of resource).
  • Owner means the user or system account that initiated and owns the process.
  • Priority is a number between -20 and 20 which indicates time the system spends on the process. -20 refers to the least CPU intensive. 20 means the most.
  • CPU% is the percentage of your server’s processing power a process is using.
  • MEM% is the percentage of RAM (memory) the process uses on your server.
  • Command specifies the directory from which the CPU gets instructions.

Disk Usage

Main > System Health > Show Current Disk Usage

Disk usage is the feature that displays information about usage of your server’s hard drive.

WHM - HDD status

WHM – HDD status

This table shows storage of your information on the VPS. It is distributed across six columns.

  • Device refers to the partition/hard disk where information is stored.
  • Size is the total size of the hard disk.
  • Used means the amount of information that is taken up on the partition hard disk.
  • Available is the amount of free space available on the partition or hard disk.
  • Percent Used is the percentage of the filled hard disk.
  • Mount Point is where the partition or hard disk is located in the server’s directory structure.

Restart Services

Main > Restart Services

You can restart a service (typically a daemon) on your web server using this service. Daemons are small processes running in the background of your server.

Restarting may help if you altered a service’s configuration or if the service experiences issues.

Choose the service you wish to restart on the main ‘Restart Services’ screen.

Restart services in WHM

Restart services in WHM

The three features mentioned above are essential in VPS management. These allow you to resolve the overload, slowdowns, and other issues promptly and effectively.

DNS Functions

Add an A Entry for your Hostname

The “A Entry” is also known as A record or address record. It consists of data in the server’s DNS zone files. The A entry matches a hostname or domain name with an IP address. The correct A entry enables other computers to find your server on the web.

Configure Backup

This feature allows configuration of how backup files are stored. You can set up automatic backups, backup retention schedules, and define where these should be stored, either locally or remotely.

Main > Backup > Backup Configuration

To configure automatic backups:

  • Backup Status:
    • Enabled — Initiates automatic backups
    • Disabled — Disables automatic backups. Note that you can still back up data manually.
  • Backup Interval:Daily, Weekly, and Monthly
  • Backup Retention— Defines how long you want to store backups.
  • Days to Run Backup– Identifies the days when you want to run backups.
  • Remount/Un-mount Backup Drive– Chooses whether to remount and un-mount backup drives automatically.

This option needs a dedicated backup drive. If you enable this option, WHM stores backup files to this drive if the backup runs. After the backup is complete, the drive will automatically become un-mounted. For more information concerning mounted backup drives, see the section below.

  • Bail Out If Backup Mount Fails

Choose whether to stop or continue the backup process if the drive mounts fails.

  • Enabled — The backup process stops if the drive mount fails.
  • Disabled — The backup process continues regardless of the mount’s status.

Enable this feature if you are automatically mounting and un-mounting a backup drive during the process.

  • Incremental Backups

Incremental backups store only new or modified information and configurations. These are stored uncompressed and use substantial hard drive space within a short period. You need adequate free hard drive space before enabling this option. While incremental backups can conserve system resources, it is not compatible with FTP backups.

  • Backup Accounts

This option is designed for systems with resources to store individual account information. A server hosting numerous accounts may not have enough remaining disk space to store backups in the server. Consider a remote server or additional hard drive.

  • Compress Account Backups

Enabling this option means WHM will save backups as .tar.gz files. It conserves disk space but takes longer slowing down CPU performance. If you disable this option, WHM will save backups as .tar files. This conserves CPU overhead but uses more disk space.

  • Backup Configuration Files– You can choose whether to back up configuration files automatically for Apache web server, FTP servers, and name server daemons.

Enabling this feature is not required for account restoration.

  • Backup SQL Databases– Select a method to back up your MySQL databases.
  • Per Account Only — Creates backups of individual accounts’ MySQL databases

Use this if you will restore individual account databases.

  • Entire MySQL Directory — Creates a backup of the whole MySQL database directory.

This option restores the entire MySQL directory as well as databases within that directory.

  • Per Account and Entire MySQL Directory— It performs a backup of the entire directory with additional backup copies of individual accounts.
  • Backup Access Logs– Use this for backing up access logs.
  • Backup Type
  • Standard stores backups on the server’s hard drive. With this option, specify the directory for keeping backup files. Use the Backup Destination field below.

Do not use /home directory to store backups.

  • Remote FTP (Accounts Only) permits you to back up certain accounts account-by-account to a remote FTP server.

In using FTP backups:

  • Enter the remote FTP hostinto its field. Use a domain name like example.com. These do not include system files or database directory. FTP backups include SQL dump.
  • Enter username in the FTP Backup Userfield and password in the appropriate field.
  • Specify the directory for storing backups in the FTP Backup Directory
  • Decide if you will useFTP Backup Passive Mode. Use this if you are behind a firewall or if FTP backups fail.
  • Enter the location for storing backups in Backup Destination Do not use /home.
  • Choose user accounts for those that require backups. Click the ‘Select’ button.
  • Go to the checkboxes on the next screen to choose appropriate accounts.
  • Remember: Click ‘Save’ to preserve modifications.

Click ‘Save’ to complete the process.

Daily process Log, Server Information and Service Status

The features of Server Status in the WHM Home Screen include the following:

  • Daily Process Log
  • Server Information
  • Service Status

Daily Process Log

Daily Process Log was previously known as CPU/Memory/MySQL Usage in the WHM Home screen.

The Daily Process Log updates you about server’s average consumption of processing power and memory daily. The information is divided into rows and columns for easier understanding. On each row, you will find different processes running on your server. Each column shows associated parameters of the processes.

Information found on the columns is divided into 5 categories:

  • User shows the name of user running the process.
  • Domain shows domain name connected to your cPanel user accounts.
  • %CPU shows daily percentage of CPU’s processing power.
  • %MEM shows daily percentage of RAM used by corresponding processes.
  • MySQL Process shows the number of MySQL processes related to the process.

Server Information

The WHM Home screen Server Information feature indicates hardware configuration like your processor speed. The Server Information is divided into 6 categories:

  • Processor Information indicates processor’s cache size, speed, vendor, and type of processor.
  • Memory Information is all about your server’s RAM consumption.
  • System Information shows your operating system’s platform, server’s hostname, date, and chipset.
  • Physical Disk provides information about your hard disks and CD/DVD-ROM drives.
  • Current Memory Usage provides information about RAM space currently used on your server.
  • Current Disk Usage shows information on hard drive space used on your server.

Service Status

This feature provides a list of services you have selected for monitoring. You will see information organised by the process and status of the process (up, down or percentage of use). To see whether a process functions normally, you will see a green circle with check mark at the right. A problematic process shows a flashing red circle.

WHM - service status

WHM – service status

This sample shows the PostgreSQL daemon does not work properly.

Reminder: To view a process, you must enable the process for monitoring in the Service Manager by clicking the corresponding checkbox.

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