Originally Posted by easyhostmedia
If you are new to VPS then it is best to get a managed VPS so you have the help of your server provider.
Have seen many a customer have issues as they were unaware that they needed to update and patch their VPS.
May hosts, ourselves included, may offer a Semi Managed VPS, where the host looks after server and control panel patching, but the customer does all the admin i.e. create/destroy users/email etc
With managed, depending on the host and the package, you may not get root however.
But if you have a VPS you can hammer it with impunity and not get in trouble.