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Systemd and Upstart Services

Most linux servers that I use are either Debian based or RedHat based. A common task is adding daemon services. Suppose that we want to start a tomcat application on startup First we shall install tomcat mkdir /opt/tomcat groupadd tomcat useradd -s /bin/false -g tomcat -d /opt/tomcat tomcat wget http://apache.cc.uoc.gr/tomcat/tomcat-8/v8.0.33/bin/apache-tomcat-8.0.33.tar.gz tar xvf apache-tomcat-8.0.33.tar.gz mv apache-tomcat-8.0.33/* /opt/tomcat rm -r apache-tomcat-8.0.33 apache-tomcat-8.0.33.tar.gz cd ...

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How to configure the settings of a Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

This article is part of our Academy Course titled VirtualBox Tutorial: Virtualization Essentials. In this course, we provide a compilation of VirtualBox tutorials that will help you get started with this virtualization platform. We cover a wide range of topics, from installing the software and performing a basic configuration, to cloning, exporting, importing, and removing virtual machines. With our straightforward ...

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AWS ZSH Helper

This morning I’m going to go with a new recurring weekly post: Friday Functions! While some of it will aim to share my large inventory of zsh functions I’ve acquired over the years I’ll also be finding new additions if I run out of material. So it also serves to help me learn more! This week’s function is probably only ...

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How to create, restore, and delete virtual machine snapshots in VirtualBox

This article is part of our Academy Course titled VirtualBox Tutorial: Virtualization Essentials. In this course, we provide a compilation of VirtualBox tutorials that will help you get started with this virtualization platform. We cover a wide range of topics, from installing the software and performing a basic configuration, to cloning, exporting, importing, and removing virtual machines. With our straightforward ...

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How to use the sudoers file to grant superuser privileges in Linux

In a Linux system there are tasks that need to be performed using administrative privileges (also known as superuser permissions) as they either impact the system as a whole (for example, managing packages or restarting services) or other users (adding or modifying user accounts, changing passwords or other users). Another example of a task requiring superuser privileges consists of changing ...

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Cloning, exporting, importing, and removing virtual machines in VirtualBox

This article is part of our Academy Course titled VirtualBox Tutorial: Virtualization Essentials. In this course, we provide a compilation of VirtualBox tutorials that will help you get started with this virtualization platform. We cover a wide range of topics, from installing the software and performing a basic configuration, to cloning, exporting, importing, and removing virtual machines. With our straightforward ...

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Crouching Supervisor, Hidden File Descriptor Setting

Here’s an interesting problem our team faced last month that was extremely infuriating. We were in the process of launching replacement haproxy instances that are used to load balance to nodes in our RabbitMQ cluster. We’ve done this a lot of times before and set all the usual user settings required under limits.d to ensure proper file descriptors are allocated ...

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Managing Dotfiles With Ansible

Yesterday I posted about managing our local configuration with Ansible and today I’m going to continue this path by putting my zsh configuration under configuration management. Installing ZSH and oh-my-zsh First up let’s install our preferred shell and customizations. For me this is zsh and oh-my-zsh. Up front I know that this is going to probably be a multi-step process ...

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Virtualization with VirtualBox: Installation and Configuration

In this post, we feature Virtualization with VirtualBox. This article is part of our Academy Course titled VirtualBox Tutorial: Virtualization Essentials. In this course, we provide a compilation of VirtualBox tutorials that will help you get started with this virtualization platform. We cover a wide range of topics, from installing the software and performing a basic configuration, to cloning, exporting, ...

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