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Increasing swap space in Linux

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There are lots of articles out there that describe how to increase the swap size on your Linux VM, unfortunately most dont appear to include step-by-step instructions. One great example is http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2010/08/how-to-add-swap-space/, which provides a couple of different scenarios, but it causes the systems to become non-standard configurations. This post will describe the process I […]

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Configuring VNC to auto-start – RHEL 6.2

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In a previous post (http://blog.edgoad.com/2009/06/configuring-vnc-to-auto-start.html), I covered the steps to configure RHEL 4.4 to automatically start VNC. This allowed users to connect remotely to 1 or more remote desktops. I had a request to repeat the process, however this time for RHEL 6.2. Here are the high-level steps I used to perform this. Install 6.2 […]

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Enabling VNC in Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

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I had the interesting request to configure VNC for a user running Ubuntu 14.04 today, although with slightly different requirements than normal. The user wanted to connect via VNC, and go straight to the Ubuntu Unity desktop. At first glance this seems easy, but then I wouldn’t be writing this. From everything I found, the […]

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Monitoring Squid with Zenoss

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I recently realized that even though I was monitoring my Squid “system” very well, I wasnt monitoring Squid well. I had little knowledge about cache-hit ratios, how much WAN traffic I was saving, how much I was speeding up (or slowing down) end-users. I quick googling and I found http://tanso.net/zenoss/squid/. This link explains how to enable […]

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Extracting music from YouTube

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DISCLAIMER: I am not fully aware of the legality of this. I am assuming that it is OK since I am not doing any hacking or breaking of cryptography, but your mileage may vary. Below are the high-level steps I used to download music from YouTube and then burn to a CD. I performed these […]

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Sending email from syslog events

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Historically, I have been monitoring my F5 devices using syslog and Zenoss. Syslog on the F5 devices forwards to my Zenoss system, which then parses the alerts by severity, source, and regex string comparison (node up/node down). My Zenoss system died, so I started looking for other methods of performing the same tasks. Initially I […]

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Cool windows screensavers

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I am currently running Ubuntu as my primary desktop and have enjoyed it greatly, I especially like the variety and quality of screensavers available. However, due to work requirements, I am switching back to a Windows desktop (SSTP VPN, RDP Gateway, etc…) and am really going to miss being entertained by the screen savers when […]