| Server Tutorials Article Published December 12, 2011
Assistants are no longer just for execs. With a virtual assistant, you can hand off repetitive tasks and focus on the work that matters. Fancy Hands and Amazon's Mechanical Turk are two examples of affordable assistants, each effective at meeting a different set of needs.
| Server Tutorials Article Published October 25, 2011
If you're looking to script backups or other operations, a reliable CLI tool that works with S3 is a must. s3cmd fits the bill.
| Server Tutorials Article Published October 18, 2011
Prototyping Web applications? Trying to test and tune your Web servers? httperf makes it easy to test HTTP server workloads.
| Server Tutorials Article Published October 12, 2011
The latest GNU fdisk is now in alpha. Not anywhere ready for production, but ready for the adventurous to take out for a spin.
| Server Tutorials Article Published October 04, 2011
Learn tips for keeping your Linux system safe in this post-kernel.org-breach world.
| Server Tutorials Article Published September 26, 2011
Completing filenames when using Vim in command mode can be tricky. These tips will make it a simpler task.
| Server Tutorials Article Published September 20, 2011
Linux admins looking for an easy way to set hard and soft limits for users will find much to like about the pam_limits module. With pam_limits, you can set parameters on system resources on a per-user (or per-group) basis for all variables--from the maximum number of files a user can have open to the amount of CPU time.
| Server Tutorials Article Published September 12, 2011
Linux and other Unix-type systems contain a wealth of features under the surface. Oftentimes, however, these features are non-obvious and hard to find. Compgen, a GNU Bash builtin that shows all possible completions, is one such feature.
| Server Tutorials Article Published September 06, 2011
Is your hardware inadequate for your site? Throwing more resources at it may not be the best answer. For WordPress sites, W3 Total Cache is an inexpensive way to wring the most out of what you already have.
| Server Tutorials Article Published August 29, 2011
Most admins know kill and pkill. But those looking for a quick, clean kill use slay.
| Server Tutorials Article Published August 26, 2011
If security is a primary concern for you (it should be), introduce yourself to 10 secure Linux distributions ready to work in any environment from small to enterprise to cloud.
| Server Tutorials Article Published August 15, 2011
WordPress is one of the most popular CMSes, which means it is among the more commonly exploited. Use the Exploit Scanner plugin to help lock it down.
| Server Tutorials Article Published August 09, 2011
Renameutils is aptly named. The easy-to-use collection of utilities makes renaming files as easy as using your favorite text editor.
| Server Tutorials Article Published August 01, 2011
When it comes to collecting system status data, sar is a veritable workhorse. It is not, however, without its limitations. If you're in the market for a utility that also handles NFS, Slab data, and sub-second intervals, consider collectl.
| Server Tutorials Article Published July 25, 2011
For sys admins, running a process can feel like driving cross-country without a road map. Pipe Viewer is one way to answer the question, 'are we there yet?'
| Server Tutorials Article Published July 19, 2011
With GNU ddrescue you need never worry about the impact of optical media degradation on your data.
| Server Tutorials Article Published July 11, 2011
Understanding regular expressions is important for anyone who spends time doing
system administration or programming. If that describes you and regexes are
not your strong suit, txt2regex is an excellent tool to have handy.
| Server Tutorials Article Published July 07, 2011
The initial beta of Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 was released to the MSDN community two months ago. We step through our user experience with and provide some tips to get things working optimally.
| Server Tutorials Article Published July 05, 2011
For admins who work with Debian-based systems, the basics dpkg and APT's tools are old hat. For a richer user experiences, like knowing which packages have release-critical bugs, hog the most disk space and so on, Debian Goodies is a set of utilities that's good to know.
| Server Tutorials Article Published June 30, 2011
Stuxnet-style malware that attacks computer hardware, physically destroying servers, networking equipment and storage resources in your data center is easier to create than you might think. Learn how to stop it in its tracks.
| Server Tutorials Article Published June 27, 2011
Ready to roll out a site, but not sure how it will perform in real-world use? Consider Siege, an open source load-testing and benchmarking utility that will help stress test your setup before exposing it to the world.
| Server Tutorials Article Published June 22, 2011
We continue our step-by-step guide of how to build a Linux test server. This
time, we examine storage options and how to configure the machine as a test bed
for new Linux distros.
| Server Tutorials Article Published June 20, 2011
Fedora or RHEL users working with RPMs will find these 5 little-known features to be of great value.
| Server Tutorials Article Published June 13, 2011
Debian's package tools makes it easy to install and manage packages. For more complex tasks, however, tools are not as well-advertised. Here are five options worth checking out.
| Server Tutorials Article Published June 06, 2011
Have a long-running job you want to "detach" from the terminal? Don't use tmux or Screen? If you haven't started the job yet, nohup is an easy to use option, and if you must stop a job in the middle, there's disown.