Systems Management

Slap a Patch on It and Call it Good
By Ken Hess
Patching and updating have their limitations but, if you want support, you'd better have the latest and greatest.
Hands On Demo: iPad Linux Terminal
By Ken Hess
After a quick session of Angry Birds, Senior Systems Editor, Ken Hess, gives us a tour of how you can turn your iPad into a handy Linux terminal.
Should We Abolish User Access to rm?
By Jeffrey B. Layton
Lately, I've been hearing system administrators and managers ask about solutions to keep people from accidentally removing their data. These are very smart and dedicated people asking for a solution so that data isn't lost either by accident or on purpose. A wild idea I've heard to solve the problem is getting rid of user access to the rm command. Is this truly a crazy idea?
VirtualBox 4: First Impressions
By Ken Hess
A look at the good, the bad, and the not-so-ugly of Oracle's latest incarnation of VirtualBox.
Take a Mulligan with Redo Backup & Recovery
By Ken Hess
If you like the way snapshots work for virtual machines, you'll love that same physical system functionality with Redo.
Apple iPad: A Linux Administrator’s New Assistant
By Ken Hess
Will the iPad gain acceptance among staunch Linux supporters or will the mere mention of such cross-species contamination stir up thoughts of lighted torches and pitchforks? Truth be told, it's a great device for some administrative tasks.
Up and Running with KVM, Ubuntu Style: Part Three
By Ken Hess
Once you go graphical with KVM's Virtual Machine Manager, you might never go back to the command line.
SME Server: Simple. Mature. Enterprise.
By Ken Hess
SME Server is a no-nonsense approach to providing advanced network services to a large user base.
All That Java Jive
By Ken Hess
I love coffee, I love tea. I love the Java Jive and it loves me.* If Java is giving you jive, put your fears aside. You'll soon love it sweet and hot. Or maybe not.
Wireshark II: The Analysis
By Ken Hess
Find out if those TCP streams on your network are filled with C monsters or if it's smooth sailing for your Internet surfers.
Wireshark: An Ethereal Experience
By Ken Hess
If you love the aroma of network packets, you'll love capturing a snifter full of your favorite network-scented morsels with Wireshark, the world's most popular network protocol analyzer.
As Easy As Openfiler
By Ken Hess
Need an easy and powerful storage solution? Openfiler is one excellent option. Let's check it out.
Intro to Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules
By Yvo Van Doorn
Every time you log into a Linux system, you're using the Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM). Let's take a closer look what's going on under the hood.
The VMFS-3 Virtual Blockade
By Ken Hess
If VMFS-3 has you blocked, help has arrived in the form of magic SAN and an attentive Wizard.
Storage DBAN, Disksposal and Diskpensation
By Ken Hess
What you do with your disks after you're done with them does matter. Find out how to properly prepare them for the next owner.
Gnome Partition Editor: The Dearly GParted
By Ken Hess
GParted is an essential system administration tool. Learn to use it wisely.
Ten Essential Linux Admin Tools
By Ken Hess
Every good Linux System Administrator has a set of tools they reach for again-and-again. Here are ten must haves for your virtual utility belt.
Shell In A Box Gives Your Browser Terminal Status
By Ken Hess
Shell In A Box gives you simple web-based terminal access to your Linux system.
Tune In. Turn On. Turn Key.
By Ken Hess
Forty free, working and relevant turnkey appliances with unbreakable cloud-based backup and restore.
Remove Remote Connectivity Static with Dynamic DNS
By Ken Hess
Ever-changing IP addresses are an annoyance but you can clear up your remote connectivity static with Dynamic DNS services.
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