Unmanaged Dedicated Servers

Our dedicated servers are available in 30 cities worldwide.

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Intel E3-1270

$ 132
Per month
  • 4 cores / 8 threads @ 3.8GHz
  • 2x 240GB SSD
  • 32GB Memory
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Network
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Intel E-2286G

$ 204
Per month
  • 6 cores / 12 threads @ 4.0GHz
  • 2x 960GB SSD
  • 32GB Memory
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Network

Intel E-2288G

$ 385
Per month
  • 8 cores / 16 threads @ 3.7GHz
  • 2x 1.92TB NVMe
  • 128GB Memory
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Network
Includes everything you need for high performance workloads:

Choice of 30 Global Data Centers · IPv4 and IPv6 · Choice of Linux OS
Unmanaged by our team · Full root access · 24x7 Technical Support

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Edmonton, Canada
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Unmanaged Dedicated Servers: Ultimate Guide to Control, Flexibility, and Optimization

When it comes to hosting solutions, unmanaged dedicated servers offer unparalleled control and flexibility. Unlike their managed counterparts, these servers give you the freedom to customize every aspect, from the operating system to security protocols. This level of autonomy is a dream for experienced developers and IT professionals who know exactly what they need.

But with great power comes great responsibility. Managing your own server means you’re in charge of everything—updates, patches, and troubleshooting. While this might sound daunting, the benefits often outweigh the challenges, especially if you’re looking for a cost-effective solution that provides maximum performance and reliability. So, if you're ready to take full control of your hosting environment, an unmanaged dedicated server could be your ideal choice.

Understanding Unmanaged Dedicated Servers

Unmanaged dedicated servers provide complete control over server configuration and maintenance. Without managed support, I handle all aspects, including software installations, updates, and security measures. These servers offer a blank slate for customization, enabling tailored solutions to specific needs. Ideal for users with technical expertise, unmanaged servers ensure maximum flexibility.

  • Full Control: I gain unrestricted access to the server, allowing modifications at any level.
  • Cost-Efficiency: By eliminating managed services, I save on recurring costs associated with managed plans.
  • Customization: I can choose and configure the operating system, hardware, and software to match exact requirements.
  • Performance: With resources dedicated solely to my use, the server delivers optimal performance.
  • Security: I implement precise security protocols that fit unique needs, without relying on predefined settings.

Choosing the Right Unmanaged Dedicated Server

Selecting an unmanaged dedicated server involves several critical factors. First, evaluate the hardware specifications. Consider the processor type and speed, RAM capacity, and storage options. For instance, Intel Xeon processors are popular for their reliability and performance. Next, assess the bandwidth. High-traffic websites benefit from higher bandwidth limits to avoid slowdowns. Additionally, examine the network quality. Low-latency connections and robust infrastructure minimize downtime.

Security is paramount, so check for built-in security features like DDoS protection. Also, ensure the datacenter has physical security measures. Consider the level of technical support provided. Although unmanaged servers usually lack extensive support, some providers offer basic assistance for hardware issues. Lastly, review the pricing plans. An upfront cost analysis helps compare initial and ongoing expenses, ensuring the server fits your budget.

Setting Up Your Unmanaged Dedicated Server

Initial Setup Steps

Before setting up an unmanaged dedicated server, inspect the hardware specifications to ensure they meet performance needs. Next, access the server's BIOS or UEFI settings to configure basic hardware parameters. Install the operating system of choice (Ubuntu, CentOS) from a bootable media or network installation source.

Update the system to the latest software packages by using package managers like apt-get or yum. Secure the server by configuring the firewall (iptables, ufw), disabling unneeded services, and setting strong root passwords. Set up SSH (Secure Shell) for secure remote access by editing the sshd_config file to restrict root logins and change the default port.

Install necessary software packages for the intended application. For instance, use Apache for a web server or MySQL for database management. Configure these applications by editing config files located in /etc or the application's own directory.

Necessary Technical Skills

To efficiently manage an unmanaged dedicated server, I need technical skills in various areas. Proficiency in Linux command-line interface (CLI) operations is crucial for navigating the system, installing packages, and troubleshooting issues.

Familiarity with network configuration and security practices ensures the server operates smoothly and remains secure. This includes understanding IP addressing, subnetting, and configuring firewall rules.

Hands-on experience with web server software (Apache, Nginx), database management systems (MySQL, PostgreSQL), and scripting languages (Bash, Python) is essential for deploying and managing applications.

Fundamental knowledge of hardware components helps in diagnosing and resolving hardware-related issues. This includes understanding RAM, CPU, disk types (SSD, HDD), and RAID configurations.

Managing Your Server

Managing an unmanaged dedicated server involves several critical tasks. Regularly updating the operating system ensures protection against vulnerabilities. Monitoring server performance helps identify and resolve issues promptly. Configuring and maintaining security protocols, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems, protects against unauthorized access.

Effective server administration requires organization and attention to detail. Automate repetitive tasks using scripts to reduce manual effort. Implement a robust backup strategy to prevent data loss. Use monitoring tools for real-time insights into server health and performance. Keeping documentation updated helps track changes and troubleshoot issues quickly.


Choosing an unmanaged dedicated server offers unparalleled control and flexibility for those with the technical know-how. It's a cost-effective solution that allows for extensive customization and improved performance. Managing an unmanaged server requires diligence in updating the OS, monitoring performance, and configuring security protocols. By automating tasks, implementing a solid backup strategy, and using monitoring tools, you can ensure your server runs smoothly. Keeping documentation updated is also crucial for tracking changes and troubleshooting issues. If you're ready to take full control of your hosting environment, an unmanaged dedicated server might be the perfect choice for you.