How to setup your brand new Windows VPS? Number 1 So you've just bought your new shiny Windows 2008 VPS ? Before you go for scraping and spamming it good to setup a few things. It will make your software run better and still keep you safe. From you hosting provider you've probably received an email with your VPS administrator account details. DO NOT RUN YOUR SOFTWARE FROM THIS ACCOUNT. Swarms of worms & viruses are eagerly waiting to eat your server. Create a standard user account instead and user the administrator account only for administration and application install. How to do this? Go Start->Control Panel->User Accounts->Add or remove user accounts->Create a new account Type in new user name (BHWtest is my example) and select standard user option then hit Create Account. Your new account avatar should appear on the users list out of the blue. Click on it then choose Create Password and setup the password you want (you made it different than administrator's, didn't you?). It's not the end yet! Stay focused and it comes real geeky stuff. :smash: You need to allow your new user to connect with the machine using the Remote Desktop. To do that just start the Server Manager (it's on the task bar or Start->Administrative Tools->Server Manager). Unfold the tree on the left: Configuration->Local Users and Groups->Users. Select the user (BHWtest in my example) and right click on it. Select Properties and choose Member of tab. Go for Add button. Geeky, isn't it? Now you have to input exactly the same text in to the textbox: Code: Remote Desktop Users . Then just hit every Ok button you can find on that screen. (Remote Desktop Users should appear in the Member of tab). Now you can login to your VPS with the new user name & password using Remote Desktop. And you can bury the administrator's password in your basement. Number 2 Do you know that your Windows 2008 Server treats you like a nutty toddler? :17:It won't let you surf to some webpages and both you and your SEO software need it. So if you're old enough to take care of yourself go to Server Manager (it's on the task bar or Start->Administrative Tools->Server Manager). Take a look on Security Information panel to the right and select Configure IE ESC. Turn off this option for all users! Confirm the new setting by running Internet Explorer and going to Tools->Internet Options->Security Settings: THE END Any comments, reps, flames, thanks, swears welcome! And you can post here your own tips for Windows 2008 VPS. Take care, D.