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The Logs Are an Approximation of Reality

The logs are an approximation of reality and they cannot be taken as canonical or gospel. This is true in several senses. Logs can give insight to the standard investigative questions of who, what, when, where, and why, but almost always requires other information to truly answer all of these questions.

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Securing FTP with VSFTPD and SSL

Recently, I set up vsftpd on RHEL5 with SSL and it was significantly easier than I had suspected it would be. I wanted to quickly share the methods I used to set up the server, test from a client, and verfiy everything was encrypted.

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Decade of Storage: Analysis of Data Costs

Yesterday, I noticed this interesting tidbit from Rackspace calculating the cost of data over the last Decade of Storage. Of course, there a few bumps in the road that made me chuckle. Interestingly, in the last couple of years it plots the cost from $0.40/GB to $0.06/GB. This ties together a whole bunch of things that I have thought about over the last couple of years. First, now is a wonderful time to be a user buying storage for personal audio and video.

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Amazon EC2 & Rackspace Cloud Servers

Recently, I had the chance to work on a couple of projects that took me into the cloud. The first project had me setting up Eucalyptus on KVM. The second had me building out an infrastructure in Rackspace Cloud Servers. This has given me some hands on insight into the problems that are facing those of us trying to use the cloud for infrastructure build out. Since Amazon and Rackspace are probably the largest and most stable providers and my projects took me down both paths, I decided to write an article with my insight to the whole cloud thing.


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Systems Administrator’s Lab: OpenSSH MaxStartups

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 we setup a verification test rig in our Lab and how we solved it. Quickly!


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