September 10, 1:30-4PM, 106 McVey Hall
Web Publishers Meetings
Sept. 15, 2008, Monday, 2PM, location TBA
Sept. 26, 2008, Tuesday, 2PM, location TBA
VIRTUAL SERVER: WHAT AND WHY
by Karl Lawrence
A virtual server is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers so that each server has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine.
Okay, so what does that mean?
- Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system.
- Each server can be independently rebooted (so you don’t crash the entire system, just your server).
- You can install almost any software which can run on the OS (a lot more autonomy in controlling the server).
- It’s cheaper that buying your own dedicated server.
But, as with all things, there are downsides;
- Unlike hosted sites, you have to maintain the server yourself (you need a webserver administrator).
- Not all software will work in a virtual environment (firewalls, antivirus and even virtualization software – don’t worry about the firewall if your virtual server is part of a UKIT or MCIS server, it is behind the campus firewall).
So to wrap things up, if you are looking for a dedicated server, but at a lower cost, a virtual server may be right for you.
Office of International Affairs – www.uky.edu/IntlAffairs/
Who is linked to me?
When you move or change the name of a site or page as a courtesy you may want to notify those who are linked to the site or page. UK's Google Search Engine can provide that information to you.
In the Search window type "link:www.uky.edu/YourUrl/" (without quotation or spaces) and click Search. A list of every page at UK that is linked to the site or page will appear, including your own.
After sifting through your pages you'll have a general idea of how many webmasters should be contacted about the change. If the list is extensive it's recommended that you post the old and new URL to the WEBPUBS-L listserv, which reaches over 220 UK colleagues.
After a month or so, it's a good idea to run the link search again to see if everyone has gotten the message. If not, the list should be noticeably shorter allowing you to send emails to specific webmasters.
The UK Providers page also has instructions on how to redirect viewers from your old site to the new one.