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Links 1 through 10 of 17 by Ken Robson tagged administration

Previous “Tech Support” columns introduced both Perlbal and Pound, two packages to load balance traffic across multiple machines. Dividing load among several servers provides better performance and increased reliability. However, more machines transla

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More and more Linux machines are installed as part of a network of computers. To simplify network administration, most UNIX networks run the Network Information Service. The Network Information Service (NIS) provides a simple network lookup service consis

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Notwithstanding the fact that operating systems based on the Linux kernel sport hardware compatibility for a wide range of devices, having those device Just Work has often been missing. Traditionally, users have often had to search the Internet and drop d

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ConMan is a console management program designed to support a large number of console devices and simultaneous users. It currently supports local serial devices and remote terminal servers (via the telnet protocol).

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A Unix daemon is a program that runs in the “background,” enabling you to do other work in the “foreground,” and is independent of control from a terminal. Daemons can either be started by a process, such as a system startup script, where there is

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This paper describes the problems related to shared directories such as /tmp and /var/tmp as well as problems related to having multiple SE Linux security contexts used for accessing a single home directory. It then provides detailed information on the so

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If you’ve used Linux for very long, chances are you’ve seen changes to the way Linux handles device files. In Linux’s early days, device files were just ordinary files with appropriate attributes set, created by the mknod command in the /dev directo

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Cft (pronounced sift) watches a system administrator as she makes changes to a system. Its basic principle is heavily influenced by Gnome's Sabayon. Instead of the desktop though, cft is focused on traditional system administrators and how they maintain m

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MLN (Manage Large Networks) is a virtual machine administration tool designed to build and run virtual machine networks based on Xen and User-Mode Linux. It is ideal for creating virtual network labs for education, testing, hosting or simply playing aroun

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Database administration can be a very daunting task. Will that change with all the cool technologies like Virtualization or market developments like Offshoring? NO WAY! You will still need a DBA or a typical "IT Versatilist," if you will, who will do the

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