How to Modify the Disk and Inodes Quotas of SPanel User Accounts

If you purchase a VPS hosting solution, you effectively get a server that you need to manage, and it is your job to ensure that all the projects hosted on it run smoothly. This may sound like an intimidating task, but it needn’t be.

With Scala Hosting’s managed VPS plans, you can create individual accounts for the different projects hosted on your virtual server, and you can control how much of the machine’s resources they are allowed to use. Best of all, you do all this through SPanel – a proprietary management system that comes with an easy-to-use interface and plenty of useful features.

 

What are the limitations that I can impose on accounts hosted on my VPS?

There are a couple of main aspects to ensuring that everything hosted on your virtual server performs well. First, you need to make sure that there’s enough disk space for all accounts running on the server, and you also need to take the necessary precautions to keep individual accounts’ resource usage at bay.

The SPanel that comes with your managed VPS hosting package gives you the tools to ensure that all projects can healthily co-exist on your virtual server. For every account you create, you can set a Disk Quota and an Inodes Quota.

You probably won’t have problems understanding the disk space limit. Every VPS has a finite amount of storage space, and if you have many accounts running on it, you need to distribute it and ensure that there’s enough of it for everyone.

Some of you may not be familiar with the term inode. It’s short for index node, and it’s a record that is kept in a table and contains information about every single file and folder stored on the account. The number of inodes equals the number of files and folders, and a limit is necessary because the more inodes a server needs to process, the more resources it’s going to use. Too many files and folders slow down the process of backing up and restoring data as well.

 

Changing the disk and inodes quotas through SPanel

Modifying individual accounts’ quotas via SPanel is, like most tasks done through it, a quick and easy process. What you need to do is log into SPanel’s Admin Interface (by default, the URL is https://[your server name]/spanel/) and go to Quota Modification. For your convenience, you can access the page both from the menu on the left (under the Accounts Management section) and from the Quick Links panel available on SPanel’s homepage.

You’ll see a list of all the accounts created on the server, and you can use the search box to quickly find the one you’re looking for. Next to each account, there’s a Change Quota button that opens a popup and lets you modify the account’s limits. 

By default, SPanel doesn’t restrict the disk usage or the number of inodes for individual accounts. To set the limits, select the Custom radio button and enter the quotas into their respective fields.

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