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Sep 3, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments

OGLF Canceled

For those who didn’t know, the Ontario GNU/Linux Fest in Toronto has been canceled. You can read more about it on the official site, but the short answer is it’s a lot of work to get one going and to organize it. When I found out about it (Thanks Jim), I made a comment about possibly trying to get a similar event off the ground here. It’s certainly not impossible, but it will take work.

Sep 2, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments

LISA 2010 - Uncovering the Secrets of System Administration

For those who are unaware, the LISA 2010 conference registration has been opened. Visit the Usenix event page for detailed information and to register. For the unknowing or uninformed, LISA is the big annual System Administration conference sponsored by Usenix. LOPSA has a hand in there as well. If you are really going to make this a career and not just a job, you should attend one of these conferences.

Aug 22, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments

Post August Meeting Info

I have uploaded the config files I talked about during the meeting. These files make reference to some extra items such as greylisting and spamassassin, as well as the use of self-signed SSL certificates. You will notice a new menu item on the site under About called ovSAGE Downloads. Go there for the tarball which contains the default and production files as well as diff files for each pair. The main documents for all of this are located on the CentOS website.

Aug 5, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

Free O'Reilly Course

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Aug 2, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

Permalinks fixed...

It’s amazing what you can fix by looking at a problem again after leaving it alone. After the server change, OS upgrade, new install, etc., one would think that everything would be simple. Well, it actually is. One of those odd little things that you need to do if you are using “pretty permalinks” is to fix the default apache configuration to allow overrides on file info. That was the whole issue.

Jul 14, 2010 - 3 minute read - Comments

Post July Meeting

I’m a little slack in my “normal” follow-up to a meeting. We had a presentation from Rove IT on managing systems with a smartphone. All said it was a good presentation and shows a lot of promise for administering a GUI environment. As for *nix, well, not much beyond what you can do with a standard ssh client. This isn’t a criticism, it’s just the reality of *nix. If you can’t admin from a command line, well you probably shouldn’t be on call with a network enabled smartphone attempting to do something intelligent during a meltdown.

Jul 10, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

July Meeting

Title: July Meeting Location: The Pythian Group Link out: Click here Description: Time to complete the virtual server. Configuring Dovecot for secure access and configuring TLS and authenticated SMTP. At least that’s the hope. I ran through the requirements when I migrated the website and set up all of this for my own servers so we should be able to get through it in one session. All of the hard work has already been completed.

Jul 9, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

That's a first...

I’ve been delaying doing an upgrade to the latest-greatest until I had a few free hours. I made all the necessary backups, made a database backup and clicked on the upgrade button (This is a major revision upgrade). less than 2 minutes later, the whole upgrade is complete, the database has been upgraded and it looks like all the plugins are happy as well. Another ringing endorsement for Wordpress.