Install and Setup Samba on CentOS / RHEL

It is a fact of life,, there are Windows clients that need to access shared data and as admins we like to have control and secure way to deliver the data from Linux to Windows and this is where Samba comes into play. A basic Samba share on a Linux server is not very hard to implement and in this post we will be using CentOS to deliver the goods. Install Samba package $ sudo yum install samba samba-client... read more

Using Dell racadm on RedHat / CentOS

Recently have had the pleasure of using part of the the Dell Server Administrator tools to manage their hardware on RHEL 5 and 6 servers. The servers had been built and shipped out but the DRAC’s were un-configured. With RACADM command this is not an issue and can be done with command line tools and the use of configuration files. This is assuming the Server Admin tools have been installed on the... read more

Using Dell SUU on RHEL 64 Bit

Part of many systems admins jobs is to update firmware and drivers on the servers. This is needed to keep systems stable and avoid nasty crashes and OS incompatibilities. The best time is when you build the system and also when you can get the time when you can take the system offline to give it much needed patches. Dell provides a downloadable DVD ISO for their Server Update Utility (SUU), which runs on... read more

How to install Plex Media Server on CentOS / Fedora / RHEL

In an earlier post we covered installing Plex Media Server on a Windows 7 system. In this post we’ll cover how to install and configure on a Linux system, CentOS 6.2 to be exact, but this process can be used on Fedora / and RHEL as well. First make sure you meet the system requirements. System Requirements: 1.6 GHz processor (2.4 GHz dual core for 1080p transcoding). 256 MB RAM Gigabit... read more

Java leapsec issue causes high CPU

Seems like a bug is going around caused by leapsec in Java that causes high CPU. There is a simple fix for the issue. For CentOS / RHEL 5 & 6 /etc/init.d/ntpd stop; date; date `date +”%m%d%H%M%C%y.%S”`; date Wait for the CPU to go down and then restart ntpd /etc/init.d/ntpd start After doing this, see if the cpu usage falls down using top or your tool of choice. If not, restart of the ntpd... read more

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