5 Awesome Open Source Cloning Software

last updated in Categories Datacenter, Hardware, Open Source, Storage

Cloning is nothing but the copying of the contents of a server hard disk to a storage medium (another disk) or to an image file. Disk cloning is quite useful in modern data centers for:

  1. Full system backup.
  2. System recovery.
  3. Reboot and restore.
  4. Hard drive upgrade.
  5. Converting a physical server to virtual machine and more.

In this post, I am going to list the Free and Open Source Cloning Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning that you can use for GNU/Linux, *BSD and Mac OS X desktop operating systems.

Linux Tutorial: Install Ansible Configuration Management And IT Automation Tool

last updated in Categories Datacenter, Hardware, Open Source, Python

Today I will be talking about ansible, a powerful configuration management solution written in python. There are many configuration management solutions available, all with pros and cons, ansible stands apart from many of them for its simplicity. What makes ansible different than many of the most popular configuration management systems is that its agent-less, no need to setup agents on every node you want to control. Plus, this has the benefit of being able to control you entire infrastructure from more than one place, if needed. That last point’s validity, of being a benefit, may be debatable but I find it as a positive in most cases. Enough talk, lets get started with Ansible installation and configuration on a RHEL/CentOS, and Debian/Ubuntu based systems.

Top 8 Tools To Search Memory Under Linux / Unix [ Forensics Analysis ]

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Hardware, Open Source, Programming

You can dump Linux or Unix server memory. This is useful for forensics analysis, and testing your own system. This is often desirable to see:

  • What code and what data actually resides in memory.
  • You can search for specific pids memory.
  • Search memory for string and other data such as passwords.
  • Works as add-on tool for gdb and others.
  • Search/replace/dump memory from running processes and core files.
  • All kinds of deep hacking activities that simply saves your time and solve problems.

Solaris / Linux: nicstat Command Show Network Interface Card Statistics

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Hardware, Networking

nicstat-welcomeThe nicstat command is top like utility for network interface card (NIC). It displays information and statistics about all your network card such as packets, kilobytes per second, average packet sizes and more. It works under Solaris and Linux operating systems.

In this post, I will explain how to install and use the nicstat command to find out stats about your NICs under Debian / Ubuntu / RHEL / CentOS Linux operating systems.

agedu: Unix / Linux Command For Tracking Down Wasted Disk Space

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Hardware, Howto, Storage

The most sysadmin will run low on disk space or storage space. Users will demand more disk space, and you need to free storage space. You will find out files that are a waste of space and delete it or move to an archive medium. However, how do you find the right files to delete that can help recover maximum space? Say hello to agedu tool (pronounced as ‘age dee you’) – it scans a directory tree and produces reports about how much disk space is used in each directory and subdirectory, and also how that usage of disk space corresponds to files with last-access times a long time ago. In other words, this command might help you to free up disk space.

5 Linux / Unix Commands For Connecting To The Serial Console

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Hardware, Networking

Most embedded Linux / BSD systems such as routers, servers and nas devices comes with console interface (serial port with RS-232). BIOS can uses this, and after boot BIOS screen I/O is redirected so that you can use the device. RS-232 is also used for communicating to headless server, where no monitor or keyboard is installed, during boot when operating system is not running yet and therefore no network connection is possible. You need to use a serial cable between your computer and embedded system or server. In this post I will cover five conman utilities used for serial communication under Linux / Unix / *BSD and Mac OS X.

Why Valve Wants to Port 2500 Games on Linux?

last updated in Categories Hardware, Linux News

Gabe Newell is the co-founder and managing director of the video game development and online distribution company called Valve Corporation. He want to port 2500 game titles on Linux. But, why? First, Gabe hates Windows 8. He recently made a rare appearance last night at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle.

Dell Releases New Precision M4700 and M6700 Linux Powered Mobile Workstations

last updated in Categories Hardware, Linux News

Dell has announced that it has updated its business grade mobile workstation laptop line with new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs, graphics card and comes with preloaded with RHEL 6. Theses systems are designed as replacement for desktop workstations and targeted at professionals, engineers, scientists, and users who need powerful hardware on the move for advanced analysis, engineering, manufacturing and design applications.