By: mfaris01

January 20, 2011 4:40 pm

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Encrypting Container Files in SLES 10 and SLES 11

There are endless documents, articles, editorials and such, on data security and encryption. Views and opinions fly over which methods are better than others and why. AES, DES, Sha1, twoFish256, Blowfish, TripleDogDareYouFish192. File encryption, Partition encryption, Full disk encryption and the popular, No encryption. This article is just concerned with showing you how to encrypt […]

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By: mfaris01

January 14, 2011 3:18 pm

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Loading the Linux Kernel Manually Using GRUB on SLES

This article will show you how, when presented with this situation, to manually load your kernel and find out what went awry. First thing is to briefly explain how Grub loads itself and the kernel. GRUB in a nutshell When the server is powered on, the server's BIOS finds the primary bootable device and loads […]

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By: mfaris01

January 11, 2011 1:56 pm

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My Collection of Useful Linux Admin Tricks

The purpose of Novell Cool Solutions is to disseminate information that contributors provide and share what they think is Cool. To continue with this purpose and tradition, I have compiled a list of what I think are Cool Tips and Shortcuts that have greatly improved the efficiency of my life with Linux. I hope you […]

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By: mfaris01

December 14, 2010 10:09 am

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eDirectory Restoration – A Case of Perfect Replication of a Change

You’ve followed all the best practices and documentation. Your eDirectory trees are healthy and replicating with no errors. Time is in synchronization and ndsrepair shows no errors or external references hanging out there. So, what do you do when eDirectory gets a request to remove 20,000 members from a group and replicates the […]

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By: mfaris01

October 27, 2010 5:06 pm

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Creating a Standard Server Template for SLES 11 SP1 on VMware

I have always tried to preach the importance of standardization. Having all of your servers set to a standard build reduces administration, aids in troubleshooting and increases the efficiency of global changes. It also reduces the amount of time new employees need to learn your server configurations. Creating a Standard Server Template in VMware greatly […]

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By: mfaris01

May 25, 2010 11:14 am

12,700 views

Installing and Configuring KDump on SLES 10 for Kernel Crash Analysis

Although Linux continues to prove itself as one of the most stable platforms ever, there are times when something goes awry and bad things happen. A poorly written application performs some function that the kernel doesn't like and a crash or panic occurs. As with the Unix-related operating systems, a simple reboot isn't an acceptable […]

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By: mfaris01

May 5, 2010 10:23 am

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Using Logical Volume Management (LVM) to Organize Your Disks on SLES 10

Gone are the days when we build a SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) and simply create one data partition for root (/) and one swap partition. Today's Linux servers have reached a level of maturity in the enterprise that calls for more file systems that are more versatile, configurable and manageable. Linux Logical Volume Management […]

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By: mfaris01

September 24, 2009 10:21 am

1,880 views

Installing ZENworks Linux Management 7.3 Agent on Remote Servers

Like me, many of you have multiple Linux servers to contend with and maintain. Even though ZENworks Linux Management allows you to do numerous, helpful tasks with these servers, you still have to install the agent. Not having the luxury of direct access to these servers and I did not include the ZLM 7.3 […]

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By: mfaris01

July 14, 2009 1:38 pm

1,939 views

NetWare to Open Enterprise Server 2 Migration – Lessons Learned

Over the past couple of months, I have been involved with migrating remote NetWare servers to Open Enterprise Server 2 (OES2) Linux. During this time, there are some lessons that have been learned that hopefully this article will be able to help you, the reader, perform your own migrations more smoothly and avoid some of […]

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By: mfaris01

March 9, 2009 4:33 pm

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Open Enterprise Server 2 SP1 Migration Guide – Windows NT/2K+

Unfortunately many companies have left the Novell religion and migrated their systems to a Windows environment. Fortunately, the is a way to redeem yourselves and return to the flock. Novell provides a set of keen migration utilities, included with the Open Enterprise Server 2 SP1 installation. Migrating from Windows to OES2 SP1 does not provide […]

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