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July, 2010

  • 14 July

    Extra Large Log Files

    Question: One of my Linux system log files has suddenly become very large (several hundred megabytes). What should I do? Answer: The first thing to find out is what exactly is happening in the log files. To see the latest log activity for your web server error log, for example, …

June, 2010

  • 15 June

    How to Schedule a Reboot on a Windows Server

    In a previous post, I explained how to use the “at” command to schedule a reboot on a Linux server. On a Windows server, you can accomplish the same thing. Scheduling a reboot is helpful for those rare occasions when you make changes to your server that require a reboot. …

  • 15 June

    Rolling Your Own Kernel: Pros and Cons

    Generally speaking, it is a sound idea to keep the default packages, kernel, and drives installed on your server when you first purchased it or when you first installed your Linux-based operating system. Recompiling a kernel is usually something taken up by adventurers and computer science students. Despite that general …

January, 2010

  • 15 January

    Disable unused services on your server

    Unused services may seem like a non-issue, but they cause your server to take longer at boot, and they eat up RAM that could be used for critical services. This is a cross-platform issue, so Linux, Windows, BSD, and Solaris servers could all potentially have unused services running in the …

November, 2009

  • 9 November

    Viewing active processes in Linux

    Question: How do I find out what programs are running on my server? Answer: Linux and most Unix-like operating systems have a convenient command that allows you to view running processes in a variety of list styles. The command is called “ps”. To quickly see every process running on your …