Archive for Uncategorized
Is this a green solution? It can be if you take into consideration of adding smaller, low-power devices to your network instead of full-blown computers. Two companies I can recommend for the clients are Diskless Workstations and devonIT. The noise reduction factors switching to diskless clients can be amazing. Another option that may have some green factor to it is using that older machine that is sitting in your basement or garage (we all have them) instead of throwing it away. Keep an eye on power consumption if you choose to use older equipment, though.
If you have several independent computers, problems quickly develop. Files become scattered over every machine you touch. Where was that brilliant resume you sent out last month that got such positive response? These random files require an intensely complex backup routine and will be difficult to track. The problem of having different versions of files also comes into play. By keeping it all on one server, you are making things much simpler.
You spend what seems like countless hours updating your systems with the same fixes over and over if you don’t “go thin”. While it is commendable to treat each system with individual attention and know each system, do you really want to spend all your free time updating? This goes along the lines of centralization, but there is a time benefit when you have only one server to upgrade.
Thin Clients are much cheaper. You can expect approximately 350-500 dollars per machine for decent hardware. Configured correctly, the performance of these machines can rival high-end $1000+computers. Touching back on the centralization, some cloud computing backup providers and backup application vendors charge you per computer. It makes so much more sense to have one backup target.
These are the benefits that have made me come to the conclusion to create a PXE environment. I will, of course, move slowly and make sure all the steps are done properly, but the advantages have out weighed other factors at this point.
During a traffic audit, it becomes very critical to know exactly what you are looking at. I often refer to this document. A very important consideration to those new to the field: IANA does not enforce these assignments. They are only here to be the official registry. Just because you see a specific port being used, doesn’t absolutley mean that port is carrying it’s assigned traffic. Worms will often use well-known ports to disguise themselves. Rule of thumb: always analyze the packets, don’t just assume based on the port.
The Ubuntu Forums are very valuable as a reference tool. It always helps to read an entire thread before implementing things, due to the assistanceit provides being user-generated content. It saved numerous reinstalls when I first started using Ubuntu.
When I went searching for this site, I was guided to a link informing me that all documentation would be merged to the support site. Clicking on that link, directed me to a redirect to the “New” support site. (kind of Monty Python-ish, I know). Regardless of where it is and what it is called, Cisco has stellar documentation for IOS and all of their products online for brushing up on your skills.
This is the place I go as a darkhorse search of last result for information about open source troubleshooting. It’s not due to a lack of information or quality. Linux Forums has been around for 10+ years and I remember using it intensly to learn about Red Hat and Mandrake Linux. It is still a high traffic site and if I have a question regarding RPM-based distributions, I will still frequent it. The usual warning about reading an entire thread applies here as well. Become an expert, not just someone looking for a quick fix.
The name says it all with this one. Debian has a strong library of resources to learn how to implement solutions and resolve problems in this distribution.
This is the default place I look for domain owner information. It is always handy to have access to this in a situation where your customers are using third party services that provide specialized solutions.
Do you have any suggestions for any other sites that help make your day as an IT Admin? Please feel free to suggest your own favorites in the comments section.
Mark and John discussed this project in 2007 at Google. Here is the video from this event:
When I ran the tzconfig utility on the command-line I received this message:
WARNING: the tzconfig command is deprecated, please use:
Not a problem. I Ran the reconfigure script:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
Everything was perfect, even after reboot.
I know I am not using the thumbdrive edition as it was originally intended. I am actually using it as a crutch while I figure out what cable I need to connect my Toshiba harddrive to the Acer. The SSD finally gave out after prolonged reloads and I wanted enough space to have my entire audio collection on it. I figure while I’m waiting for an answer to drop from the sky on that (hehe) I will try and hammer out some bugs on the thumbdrive edition of Ubuntu when using it for more than a demo environment.