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Recovering Corrupted VMware Disk Images

Howto Forge - Tue, 22/04/2008 - 10:42am

Recovering Corrupted VMware Disk Images

Many a time I cursed and vailed because VMware had let me down. Here is a "quick" and dirty way to access your corrupted VMware server/workstation .vmdk files.

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Checking Hard Disk Sanity With Smartmontools (Debian & Ubuntu)

Howto Forge - Mon, 21/04/2008 - 3:14pm

Checking Hard Disk Sanity With Smartmontools (Debian & Ubuntu)

This guide shows how to install and use the smartmontools package on Debian Etch and Ubuntu 7.10. The smartmontools package provides utilities to check hard disks for disk degradation and failure, using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks.

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Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Mandriva 2008 Spring

Howto Forge - Sun, 20/04/2008 - 4:39pm

Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Mandriva 2008 Spring

This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota and upload/download bandwidth limits with this setup. Passwords will be stored encrypted as MD5 strings in the database.

Integrating APC (Alternative PHP Cache) Into PHP5 (Fedora 8 & Apache2)

Howto Forge - Fri, 18/04/2008 - 5:50pm

Integrating APC (Alternative PHP Cache) Into PHP5 (Fedora 8 & Apache2)

This guide explains how to integrate APC (Alternative PHP Cache) into PHP5 on a Fedora 8 system (with Apache2). APC is a free and open PHP opcode cacher for caching and optimizing PHP intermediate code. It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and XCache.

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How To Install mod_security/mod_security2 On SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10)

Howto Forge - Fri, 18/04/2008 - 7:38am

How To Install mod_security/mod_security2 On SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10)

The Apache module mod_security is a very powerful security module. Combined with predefined rules, you can close many security wholes on your server, opened by bad written php or perl apps. Unfortunately mod_security is not part of the SLES10 distribution. To install mod_security to have to install some 3rd party modules. This guide helps you to install mod_security on SLES10. It also helps you to remove the module, by building RPM packages you can easily uninstall.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Mandriva 2008.1) With KDE

Howto Forge - Thu, 17/04/2008 - 3:57pm

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Mandriva 2008.1) With KDE

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Mandriva 2008.1) desktop (with the KDE desktop environment) that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

How To Set Up The Bti-Tracker BitTorrent Tracker System On Fedora/Centos/Redhat

Howto Forge - Thu, 17/04/2008 - 10:35am

How To Set Up The Bti-Tracker BitTorrent Tracker System On Fedora/Centos/Redhat

BtiTracker is a complete PHP tracker system for BitTorrent, easy to setup and configure. It comes with full remote admin management. This guide explains how to set it up on a Fedora/CentOS/RedHat system.

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Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Debian Etch & lighttpd)

Howto Forge - Wed, 16/04/2008 - 5:23pm

Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Debian Etch & lighttpd)

This guide explains how to integrate XCache into PHP5 on a Debian Etch system (with lighttpd). From the XCache project page: "XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load." It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and APC.

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Setting Up An Iptables Firewall On Ubuntu With Firehol

Howto Forge - Wed, 16/04/2008 - 11:31am

Setting Up An Iptables Firewall On Ubuntu With Firehol

Everybody, who tried to configure an iptables firewall knows, that it can be quite a PITA. firehol is a tool that helps us to configure iptables according to our needs. In this How-To, I will discribe how to set up an iptables firewal using firehol that only allows SSH and ICMP (the protocol responsible for ping and traceroute). Also, only incoming connections are filtered, and outgoing connections are allowed.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Gnome)

Howto Forge - Tue, 15/04/2008 - 3:47pm

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Gnome)

This document describes step by step how to set up a Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Mandriva 2008.1) desktop (GNOME). The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

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How To Control Access To Unwanted Websites Using URL Blacklist With SafeSquid Proxy Server

Howto Forge - Tue, 15/04/2008 - 10:53am

How To Control Access To Unwanted Websites Using URL Blacklist With SafeSquid Proxy Server

SafeSquid - Content Filtering Internet Proxy, has many content filtering features that can be used to decide who is allowed what, when and how much on the net. In this tutorial I will describe how to control access to unwanted categories of websites, by using URL Blacklist database with SafeSquid Proxy Server.

MySQL Backups Using ZRM For MySQL 2.0

Howto Forge - Fri, 11/04/2008 - 3:37pm

MySQL Backups Using ZRM For MySQL 2.0

Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL simplifies life of a database administrator who needs an easy to use yet flexible and robust backup and recovery solution for MySQL server.

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Placing Forced Ads On Your Customers' Web Sites With .htaccess (ISPConfig)

Howto Forge - Fri, 11/04/2008 - 12:32pm

Placing Forced Ads On Your Customers' Web Sites With .htaccess (ISPConfig)

I wrote this howto for those who want to place forced ads on their ISPConfig server. Probably you can set up forced ads in different ways but I found the way descibed here.

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Scheduled Backups With Rsyncbackup On Debian Etch

Howto Forge - Thu, 10/04/2008 - 5:07pm

Scheduled Backups With Rsyncbackup On Debian Etch

This document describes how to set up and configure rsyncbackup on Debian Etch. Rsyncbackup is a Perl script that cooperates with rsync. It's easy to configure and able to create scheduled backups (partial and incremental backups).

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How To Configure NX Client To Make A Remote Desktop Connection To View VMware Server Console Contents

Howto Forge - Thu, 10/04/2008 - 11:29am

How To Configure NX Client To Make A Remote Desktop Connection To View VMware Server Console Contents

I know many of you are strugling with this one. It took me sometime to find the proper settings in NX Client for Windows. Many times after making the connection to the VMware Host Server - I could not see anything but a black screen of the Guest OS inside the VMware Server Console.

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The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2008 Spring Free (Mandriva 2008.1)

Howto Forge - Wed, 09/04/2008 - 7:08pm

The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2008 Spring Free (Mandriva 2008.1)

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Mandriva 2008 Spring Free (Mandriva 2008.1) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Mandriva 2008.1, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

ISPConfig 2.x - First Steps (Creating Web Sites, Email Addresses, Etc.)

Howto Forge - Tue, 08/04/2008 - 4:34pm

ISPConfig 2.x - First Steps (Creating Web Sites, Email Addresses, Etc.)

This document describes the first steps after an ISPConfig 2.x installation. It should allow new ISPConfig users to get their first web sites, email addresses, FTP accounts etc. up and running in a few minutes.

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Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (OpenSUSE 10.3 & Apache2)

Howto Forge - Tue, 08/04/2008 - 10:43am

Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (OpenSUSE 10.3 & Apache2)

This guide explains how to integrate XCache into PHP5 on an OpenSUSE 10.3 system (with Apache2). From the XCache project page: "XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load." It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and APC.

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Unattended Fedora 8 Installation With NFS And Kickstart

Howto Forge - Sun, 06/04/2008 - 5:13pm

Unattended Fedora 8 Installation With NFS And Kickstart

This document describes how to set up an installation environment with kickstart and NFS. With the resulting system you will be able run unattended Fedora 8 installations on the client systems in your LAN - additionally, you will save lots of Internet bandwidth. The whole client configuration can be included into the kickstart file (especially the post-installation script) so you, the admin, will also save a vast amount of time.

Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Fedora 8/CentOS 5.1 & Apache2)

Howto Forge - Fri, 04/04/2008 - 4:10pm

Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Fedora 8/CentOS 5.1 & Apache2)

This guide explains how to integrate XCache into PHP5 on a Fedora 8 or CentOS 5.1 system (with Apache2). From the XCache project page: "XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load." It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and APC.

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