Hi. This site is new to me, but it appears to be an excellent resource. Kudos to the people who run it. I am the administrator of a fairly busy message board, which I run on behalf of a free music-related publication. I have very little budget with which to work, and have recently (yesterday) had to move the board to a dedicated server, as our traffic is significant and growing rapidly. I use Invision Power Board. We currently have ~374,000 posts and 2121 members (since the end of June 2003, when I set up our current board), and average about 130 - 190 concurrent users on the board at peak times of day. The dedicated server to which I moved my site is a P4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB IDE hard drive, running RHE 3.0 w/ cPanel/WHM. Not the ultimate power setup, I know, but we should be able to survive with it for a while. The problem is this: I have never had to deal with any kind of server administration before, and I have no idea what I'm doing. I've never used SSH before, I have very limited Linux experience, etc.. I think that the server could definitely use some tweaking, especially in the area of MySQL configuration. The server load for the first 24 hours on the new machine has been higher than I would like to see. I need to figure out what I can do to achieve better performance, and I don't even know where to begin. I'm also concerned about security and backup issues, of course. I plan to learn about all of this stuff, but while I'm doing so, I need help. Can anyone offer me any advice about how to get my server optimally configured in the most time-efficient way? Can anyone help me with a MySQL configuration file? EEEEK!