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Tweaking VMware's High Availability and Admission Control Policies
You have to balance adequate failover capacity with the ability to remain productive and cost-efficient. Admission control in VMware allows you to do both.

Installing XenServer Tools on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 VMs
For better virtual machine performance and better management integration, install XenServer Tools. But for Microsoft's newest operating systems, there's a catch.

Securing a VNC Server on Linux with SSH
Virtual Network Computing (VNC) enables you to use a GUI instead of a command-line interface when remotely connecting to a Linux or Unix machine, but security's another matter entirely.  Discover how to make sure your VNC server connections stay secure.

Managing Stubborn VMware VMs from the Command Line
Working in vCenter is great until the unthinkable happens -- you have a "stuck" VM. You can't do anything with it except use some command-line magic.

Setting Up VNC on Ubuntu in Amazon EC2
While Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud offers only SSH access by default to Linux cloud servers, if you aren't a command-line fan or your application requires a GUI, discover how you can set up remote desktop access to most Linux cloud servers.

HP AMD CPU Upgrades Crank Up the Capacity
A processor refresh doesn't necessarily mean you need a new server. Sometimes, simply dropping in new chips gives your server a huge performance boost. Paul Ferrill demonstrates how AMD's new 16-core chip ups the compute capacity of the HP ProLiant DL 385 G7 by 25 percent.

Keep Configs Under Control With Etckeeper
Etckeeper makes it easy to keep your /etc directory and its related config files in a revision control system of your choice.

Work Smarter With Virtual Assistants
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.

Use s3cmd for Managing Amazon S3 Storage from the CLI
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.

Use httperf for Server Benchmarking
Prototyping Web applications? Trying to test and tune your Web servers? httperf makes it easy to test HTTP server workloads.

There's a New GNU fdisk in Town
The latest GNU fdisk is now in alpha. Not anywhere ready for production, but ready for the adventurous to take out for a spin.

Kernel Developers Share Security Tips
Learn tips for keeping your Linux system safe in this post-kernel.org-breach world.

Give Yourself a Menu in Vim
Completing filenames when using Vim in command mode can be tricky. These tips will make it a simpler task.

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