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Like most sys admin, I’m lazy. I try to automate almost all things in order to save time. Inexperienced sys admin and help desk staff working under me finds all these tools useful. It saves their time and avoids security issues. Automation allows help desk staff to do things that they don’t have enough direct system knowledge to do themselves. However, selecting correct tool and applying correct methodology is very important.

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AWStats is a free powerful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically. This log analyzer works as a CGI or from command line. This document describes awstats configuration.

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Juliet Kemp shows you how to look after your bugs with Request Tracker, an enterprise-grade (and GPL’ed) ticketing system that can be used for project management, help desks, software development, and much more.

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If you need a tabular representation of relationships and source of the various variables representing a chunk from /32 to /0 subnets use iptab command. This is useful if you are allocating IPs to end users. Following information is displayed with the command: => CIDR notation => Network Mask => Available Networks => Available Hosts […]

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This may come handy, from the project page: Mk-boot-usb is a perl script to create multiple-bootable usb sticks (usb keys / usb flash drives). It wipes out an entire usb stick, partitions it, creates file systems on it, installs grub, and installs a minimal linux on it. Mk-boot-usb is meant to speed up and lower […]

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Perl is a dynamic programming language created by Larry Wall and first released in 1987. Perl is used in many sys admin and web related projects. Perl 1 was released to the public by Larry Wall 20 years ago today. Perl 5.10 isn’t just a bug fix version: it’s full of new features that I’m […]

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Practical Extraction and Report Language is hackers and sys admin’s # 1 choice language :) This site offers examples – perl one liners for command line use, a summary of important perl command line arguments, and how to convert between 1-liners and full Perl scripts. This page assumes the reader has a reasonable amount of […]

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