SysAdmin

Creating a Centralized Syslog Server

A centralized syslog server was one of the first true SysAdmin tasks that I was given as a Linux Administrator way back in 1997. My boss at the time wanted to pull in log files from various appliances and have me use regexp to search them for certain key words. At the time Linux was still in its infancy, and I had just been dabbling with it in my free time. more>>

Tales from the Server Room - Panic on the Streets of London

What do you do when your kickstart doesn't kick? Find out what Kyle does in this first episode of Tales from the Server Room. more>>
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Getting Help from Linux - Part 1 Man Pages

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No manual entry for woman more>>

Oooh, I just know I'm going to hear it in the comments for that one. But you know what? Just how many of you have tried something similar with other words? You know you have at least once or twice. Go ahead, try one or two..you might be surprised.

iSCSI Lab

Creating Software-backed iSCSI Targets in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Studying for certification exams can be an adventure. Even more so when the certification exam is a hands-on, performance-based exam. The quandry most people I know fall into, is that to effectively study for such an exam, you need access to a lab environment with elements that may be beyond the scope of the average Linux enthusiast. One such element is iSCSI.  more>>

Archiving CDs to ISO from the Command Line

A few weeks ago I was working on a PC when I needed to grab the motherboard driver CD.  In a perfect world, the CD would be located in a nice protective sleeve, safely kept away from the nasty elements that encompass the IT tech area (read: coffee, scratches, and the occasional jelly doughnut).  But in this case, it appeared someone had taken this CD and wiped it a more>>

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Speed up your downloads with Axel

"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception ofbad news, which obeys its own set of laws" ~ Douglas Adams more>>

Fun with ethtool

Time to be honest here for a minute. The open source community really has outdone themselves coming up with some very obscure names for packages. Let's take this list of packages for instance: emacs, gimp, gcc, mutt, grub, kyle rankin, parted, tar, mutt, vim. Nine times out of ten, a common person is going to look at that list and become utterly confused over what package does what. more>>

Clonezilla: Build, Clone, Repeat

Finally, open-source cloning that delivers. more>>

VLAN Support in Linux

Add flexibility and take Ethernet networking to the next level by turning your Linux box into a VLAN Smart Switch. more>>

Use AoE to Build Your Own SAN

Using AoE (ATA over Ethernet) you can build a SAN (Storage Area Network) for a pittance and deliver performance that will blow your users' socks off. more>>

SOGo—Open-Source Groupware

The current state of SOGo and its integration capabilities with desktop and mobile clients. more>>

Hack and / - Bond, Ethernet Bond

Configure Ethernet bonding and get a license to kill a network interface without any downtime. more>>

Archiving Data with Snapshots in LVM2

Simplify the time-consuming data backup process with zero downtime using LVM2 snapshot. more>>

Linux Swap Space

Swap space isn't important, is it? Swap space just slows you down—or does it? Discover some little-known facts about your operating system's virtual memory that may change the way you think about swap. more>>
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Quickie Conference Report: Day One - SCALE 9x

Yesterday marked the opening of the Southern California Linux Expo, otherwise known as SCALE. SCALE's venue this year is the Los Angeles Airport Hilton, just a stone's throw from LAX Airport. SCALE opened strong with lots of technical content, much of it about the "DevOps" movement and how you can bring its benefits to your place of business. more>>

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