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Initial Server Setup

Now that we've got our server instance up and running with CentOS 6.5 (RHEL 6), there's a few things to check on before proceeding.

Configure & Update

As a first step, after logging in, lets update the server packages with $ yum update -y. Next, change your root password with $ passwd.

There are lots of other things you should be doing at this point which will be covered in the Security section of this series. This includes things like:

Rovio Pivot

Rovio Pivot

Pivot is a multi-functional tablet stand that serves a variety of consumer needs including remote video conferencing, as well as a built-in entertainment system. Your smart device just got a little smarter.

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Leveraging Drush Aliases in Your Drupal Deployment Workflow

Along with git, drush ― [Dru]pal [Sh]ell ― aliases are an extremely useful, and powerful tool when dealing with a drupal dev-stage-production workflow.

The idea is simple: create an alias for your different environments, allowing you to perform drush tasks on remote servers. Included is additional functionality such as syncing files, databases, or using any other drush command - even the usual drush cc all et al.

Choosing a Host

Shared? VPS? Dedicated? Colocation? Cloud?

The first step in our PWS is an important one: choosing the type of hosting and a provider. There is no one correct answer, and everyone has their own opinions & requirements.

To start, the idea of shared hosting is nice. Set it up, forget about it. No sysadmin / devops. Sure, Pantheon is geared towards Drupal, and it's a great service. But not a lot of clients are willing to pay $400+/month for hosting one site. Finally, later in this series we'll be discussing a lot of additional packages not usable with shared hosting.

Production Webserver Series

This series will aim to become a reference to creating an ideal Production Webserver. It is geared towards Drupal configurations, but can be used for any server whose main function is to serve webpages.

Creating a performant, secure, scalable, redundant, production server environment can be (is) a complicated task. Having managed dozens of servers for many years, by no means is this the only way to go. But if you're administering your own server with a lot of clients, this is what works for us.