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Learning Django with OpenShift

By on May 1, 2013 in Article

Background The goal of this article is use the OpenShift Platform as a Service (PaaS) as a learning platform for Django. Most of the technical articles out there about running Django on OpenShift assume the user already understands how to administer Django environments and projects. This article is written from the perspective of someone who has done some python...

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CentOS Post Mortem & Analysis

By on Mar 28, 2013 in Article

Background I manage the crunchtools lab and the infrastructure for this blog similar to a development data center. I have a rigorous weekly checklist, which includes optionally applying operating system patches as they are available. I do not perform the updates every week because of time constraints, but when I do, I patch all of the systems. Most of my...

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Systems Administrator’s Lab: OpenSSH MaxStartups

By on Dec 28, 2010 in Article

Background When performing automation using OpenSSH/Cron you will inevitably run into concurrency problems. Recently, we had a problem where one machine was receiving 21 ssh connection within one second. This is because the standard cron daemon only has a granularity of one minute. In this article, I am going to quickly elaborate on how we spotted the problem, how...

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System’s Administrator’s Lab: Testing

By on Nov 12, 2010 in Article

Today, I got an email from the Fedora package manager, Red, who let me know that there was a problem with Petit. I don’t think he knew it, but it was actually my fault that the whole thing got screwed up, so I felt kind of bad. Well, to make a long story short, when I went to fix it, I realized I was most of the way through converting to Mercurial from...

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Systems Administrator’s Lab: Cacti Development

By on Oct 27, 2010 in Article

Background Today, I finally took the time to update a Cacti Data Query which I wrote a while back. When I took a look at it, I found out that it was never actually working for other people strait out of the box. This data query graphs BGP prefixes, messages received and messages sent. I developed it a couple of years ago and it can be difficult digging back in after...

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