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Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

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Though the default disk partitioning scheme works, you may find yourself in a situation that requires creating partitions manually. At such times, you need to have a good knowledge of disks and disk partitions in Linux to create the partitions you need.

If you did not know how already, this tutorial gives you a step-by-step guide on how to proceed. read more...
permapage | score:8967 | -finid, April 27, 2012

Using OpenVZ on Debian 7 (AMD64)

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In this HowTo I will describe how to prepare a Debian Wheezy server for OpenVZ. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project. OpenVZ is the open-source branch of Virtuozzo, a commercial virtualization solution used by many providers that offer virtual servers. The OpenVZ kernel patch is licensed under the GPL license, and the user-level tools are under the QPL license. read more...
permapage | score:8963 | -falko, June 7, 2013

OpenVZ Mount Tutorial: Mount Host Devices, Partitions, Directories in Containers (Debian, Ubuntu)

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Sometimes you are in a situation where you need to mount a hard drive, partiiton or directory from the OpenVZ host inside an OpenVZ container - for example, you add a fast SSD to the host and want to put your container's MySQL databases on it to make MySQL faster. This tutorial explains how you can mount host devices/partitions/directories in an OpenVZ container with bind mounts. read more...
permapage | score:8957 | -falko, July 22, 2012

Many SSL web sites on one IP with Apache 2.2, GnuTLS (Debian Lenny)

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This tutorial describes how you can host multiple SSL-encrypted web sites (HTTPS) on one IP address with Apache 2.2 and GnuTLS on a Debian Lenny server.
Pound, a reverse proxy, can be used to provide an SSL front end to multiple back end web apps, web sites, and java apps. This isn't really the same thing as the article provides - it is not name-based virtual hosting to SSL. It isn't perfect, but works surprisingly well.

Basically, you install the SSL cert into pound.cfg and listen on port 443. Then configure multiple backends and proxy names to normal HTTP (non-SSL) services running either on the same or different machines. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8875 | -falko, February 5, 2011

Installing Nginx, PHP5, PHP-FPM, MySQL on Debian 7

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Nginx (pronounced "engine x") is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server. Nginx is known for its stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption. This tutorial shows how you can install Nginx on a Debian Wheezy server with PHP5 support (through PHP-FPM) and MySQL support (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced "engine x") + MySQL + PHP). read more...
permapage | score:8868 | -falko, June 3, 2013

Set up Postfix, MySQL, DoveCot, DSpam, ClamAV, Postgrey on Debian Linux

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This guide describes how to set up a full email solution in Debian Linux (all code is from Debian Etch). I was asked to design a secure, scalable, portable solution for a small company. While the guide references many servers, the company only had 4 physical machines, Xen was used to virtualize the entire solution. That particular aspect of the system is not discussed in this guide, although I will try to get it into the next revision. read more...
permapage | score:8863 | -falko, October 31, 2007

Install PlaySMS and SMS Server Tools 3 on Debian Server

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This tutorial will show you how you can set up an SMS server on Debian with playsms and smstools. In my example I have used an old Nokia 5140i with a USB data cable. read more...
permapage | score:8807 | -falko, February 24, 2011

Tutorial: Installing Lighttpd, PHP5, PHP-FPM, MySQL on Debian 7

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Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Debian Wheezy server with PHP5 support (through PHP-FPM) and MySQL support. PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. I use PHP-FPM in this tutorial instead of Lighttpd's spawn-fcgi. read more...
permapage | score:8791 | -falko, July 16, 2013

Rsnapshot: Archive, Snapshot, Backup MySQL Databases on Debian

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This howto will show you how to install and set up Rsnapshot, enable archiving of snapshots and how to back up MySQL databases on Debian. Rsnapshot is a filesystem snapshot utility for making backups of local and remote systems. Using rsync and hard links, it is possible to keep multiple, full backups instantly available. The disk space required is just a little more than the space of one full backup, plus incrementals. read more...
permapage | score:8766 | -falko, January 14, 2013

Tutorial: Install OpenQRM 4.7, LXC Containers in Debian Squeeze, Lenny

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This is a tutorial for installing OpenQRM 4.7 with LXC containers in Debian Lenny which can further be used for installing ISPConfig3 at the container level. OpenQRM 4.7 was released on September 30, 2010 with LXC support. Wonderful product. I hope that this information is useful to those who are interested. And thanks to Matt and OpenQRM developers for the hard work! read more...
permapage | score:8754 | -falko, October 22, 2010

Tutorial: Install Apache2, PHP5, MySQL on Debian 6

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LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a Debian Squeeze server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.
Apache's default document root is /var/www on Debian, and the configuration file is /etc/apache2/apache2.conf. Additional configurations are stored in subdirectories of the /etc/apache2 directory such as /etc/apache2/mods-enabled (for Apache modules), /etc/apache2/sites-enabled (for virtual hosts), and /etc/apache2/conf.d.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8753 | -falko, March 1, 2011

High-resolution text console with uvesafb in Debian/Ubuntu

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While you may rarely use the console on your server, it's nice to have a high-resolution display just to see that many more columns and rows. Linux's vesa module (via the vga= parameter) has been around for a while and made this possible, provided you kept up with what VGA mode number to use and don't mind the spotty hardware compatibility.

While KMS is the way to do this in the future, it doesn't help us with the drivers and hardware we have now. A new kernel module, uvesafb, mainlined in 2.6.24, is another, new option. In addition to specifying modes in a more user-friendly way (i.e. 1280x1024-32 for 32-bit color, with a 1280x1024 resolution), hardware compatibility is better in particular, you can now get a high-resolution text console with NVIDIA display adapters.

In the following, I describe how to use uvesafb on Debian and derivative distributions (i.e. Ubuntu). The instructions assume kernel 2.6.27 or higher.

(and here's a bit of high resolution digital art) read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8753 | -tamasrepus, November 11, 2010 (Updated: April 24, 2012)

Obtain the Dell/HP serial number in Debian Linux

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You are using debian on Dell or HP servers if you want to know the serial number and model you can use the following procedure. This is very useful when you are connected remotely and find the details.

Dump Desktop Management Interface data. The Desktop Management Interface provides a standardized description of
a computer’s hardware, including characteristics such as BIOS serial number and hardware connectors. dmidecode provides a dump of the DMI data available from the BIOS. It is used as a back-end tool by other hardware detection programs. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8695 | -gg234, October 28, 2008

Tutorial: Set up a multi-distro PXE install server on Debian

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This tutorial shows how to set up a PXE (short for preboot execution environment) install server on Debian Lenny. A PXE install server allows your client computers to boot and install a Linux distribution over the network, without the need of burning Linux iso images onto a CD/DVD, boot floppy images, etc. This is handy if your client computers don't have CD or floppy drives, or if you want to set up multiple computers at the same time (e.g. in a large enterprise), or simply because you want to save the money for the CDs/DVDs. In this article I show how to configure a PXE server that allows you to boot multiple distributions (i386 and x86_64): Debian Lenny, Ubuntu 9.04, Fedora 10, CentOS 5.3, OpenSuSE 11.1, and Mandriva 2009.1. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8692 | -falko, May 26, 2009

Run Magento 1.6.0.0 on Nginx (Debian 6/Ubuntu 11.04)

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This tutorial shows how you can install and run Magento 1.6.0.0 on a Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu 11.04 system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced "engine x") + MySQL + PHP). Magento is an open-source, feature-rich ecommerce platform; I will use the Magento Community Edition here which is licensed under an open source certified license (OSL v3.0). nginx is a HTTP server that uses much less resources than Apache and delivers pages a lot of faster, especially static files. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8686 | -falko, September 20, 2011

Dual-boot Debian 6 and Windows 7

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Because upgrading Windows tends to overwrite the boot loader, if it is installed in the MBR, the best location for installing the bootloader is the boot partition or, if you are installing to a second hard disk, the MBR of the second hard disk. Doing that will ensure that nothing you do on Windows will affect the Linux or BSD installation.

This article presents a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Debian 6. read more...
permapage | score:8675 | -finid, February 18, 2011

HA load balancer with HAProxy/Keepalived on Debian

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This article explains how to set up a two-node load balancer in an active/passive configuration with HAProxy and keepalived on Debian Lenny. The load balancer sits between the user and two (or more) backend Apache web servers that hold the same content. Not only does the load balancer distribute the requests to the two backend Apache servers, it also checks the health of the backend servers. If one of them is down, all requests will automatically be redirected to the remaining backend server. In addition to that, the two load balancer nodes monitor each other using keepalived, and if the master fails, the slave becomes the master, which means the users will not notice any disruption of the service. HAProxy is session-aware, which means you can use it with any web application that makes use of sessions (such as forums, shopping carts, etc.). read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8668 | -falko, June 17, 2009

Tutorial: TYPO3 4.6 on Nginx on Debian 6/Ubuntu 11.10

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This tutorial shows how you can install and run a TYPO3 (version 4.6) web site on a Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu 11.10 system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced "engine x") + MySQL + PHP). The guide also covers the use of the nc_staticfilecache extension which allows TYPO3 to cache pages as complete .html files for faster delivery (increases response times for static pages by a factor of 230; it's similar to Drupal's Boost module). nginx is a HTTP server that uses much less resources than Apache and delivers pages a lot of faster, especially static files. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8666 | -falko, January 10, 2012

Tutorial: Install rsyslog on Debian Etch

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Well everybody knows the issues of reading and searching in log files. If you have more than one machine it even gets worse. This tutorial describes how to install and configure rsyslog on Debian Etch, but it can be adapted to other distributions. read more...
permapage | score:8640 | -falko, October 3, 2007

Multiarch: Use 32bit Packages on 64bit Debian 7

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On Debian Wheezy, it is now possible to run a i386-linux-gnu application on an amd64-linux-gnu system. This is called Multiarch and refers to the capability of a system to install and run applications of multiple different binary targets on the same system. read more...
permapage | score:8637 | -falko, June 21, 2013
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