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Feb
19th

Ansible, Part III: Playbooks

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

Playbooks make Ansible even more powerful than before. more>>


Feb
17th

Learning IT Fundamentals

Author: Kyle Rankin | Files under syndicated

Learning IT Fundamentals

Where do IT fundamentals fit in our modern, cloud- and abstraction-driven
engineering culture?

more>>


Jan
30th

Ansible: Making Things Happen

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

Finally, an automation framework that thinks like a sysadmin. Ansible,
you’re hired.
more>>


Jan
29th

Rapid, Secure Patching: Tools and Methods

Author: Charles Fisher | Files under syndicated


Generate enterprise-grade SSH keys and load them into an agent for control
of all kinds of Linux hosts. Script the agent with the Parallel Distributed
Shell (pdsh) to effect rapid changes over your server farm.

more>>


Jan
28th

Advice for Buying and Setting Up Laptops When You’re Traveling or On-Call

Author: Kyle Rankin | Files under syndicated

Why stress over losing that expensive personal or work laptop? Buy a cheap
one for risky situations.

In a previous article, I wrote about how to prepare for a vacation so you aren’t
disturbed by a work emergency. As part of that article, I described how to
prepare your computer:
more>>


Jan
17th

Avoiding Server Disaster

Author: Reuven M. Lerner | Files under syndicated

Worried that your server will go down? You should be. Here are some
disaster-planning tips for server owners.
more>>


Jan
11th

Sysadmin Tips on Preparing for Vacation

Author: Kyle Rankin | Files under syndicated

Read on for ways to help reduce the chance that your vacation will be interrupted by sysadmin issues.
more>>


Jan
5th

Ansible: the Automation Framework That Thinks Like a Sysadmin

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I’ve written about and trained folks on various DevOps tools through the years, and
although they’re awesome, it’s obvious that most of them are designed from the
mind of a developer. There’s nothing wrong with that, because approaching
configuration management programmatically is the whole point. more>>


Nov
14th

Sysadmin 101: Patch Management

Author: Kyle Rankin | Files under syndicated

A few articles ago, I started a Sysadmin 101 series to pass down some fundamental
knowledge about systems administration that the current generation of junior
sysadmins, DevOps engineers or “full stack” developers might not
learn otherwise.
I had thought that I was done with the series, but then the WannaCry
malware came out and exposed some of the poor patch management practices still more>>


Oct
31st

Testing the Waters: How to Perform Internal Phishing Campaigns

Author: Jeramiah Bowling | Files under syndicated

Phishing is one of the most dangerous threats to modern
computing. Phishing attacks have evolved from sloppily written mass email
blasts to targeted attacks designed to fool even the most cautious
users. No defense is bulletproof, and most experts agree education and
common sense are the best tools to combat the problem. more>>