Category Archives: File Systems

Installing Munin on Ubuntu 16.04

Installing Munin on Ubuntu 16.04 is not the hard. Munin is a monitoring system that runs over the network for the local server and remote servers. It monitors all the basics out of the box. We can use it to monitor servers of all types to see what has happened and help find out why stuff broke or started to go slow.

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Installing AWstats on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

If you want to see loads of stats for your web site try Installing AWstats on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Number of visitor, Waht OS or Browser they used.


Installing AWstats on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and some additional packages necessary for the geo and net IP location stats.

sudo apt-get install awstats libgeo-ipfree-perl libnet-ip-perl

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Ubuntu 16.04 Mirror on a Synology Diskstation

Creating Ubuntu 16.04 Mirror on a Synology Diskstation

I am constantly installing Ubuntu with various configurations. I find having a local Ubuntu 16.04 Mirror on a Synology Diskstation speeds up the installation and updates, making the time spent setting it up well worth while.

Backup your diskstation before doing anything else, just in case.

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Test Networking Lab Ubuntu On 16.04

Test Networking Lab Ubuntu on 16.04


I wanted to create a test networking lab Ubuntu on 16.04 for trying out configurations without having to hack my real LAN about. I decided to use VirtualBox virtual machines as they are freely available and work with Linux and you can also use MS Windows guests. The network in the test networking lab Ubuntu on 16.04 will need to separate from our own normal LAN. VirtualBox provides this out of the box. We simply set the network interfaces to us “Internal Network”. This way only VM’s on the host can see each other.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Minimal Server Install.

This post will, quickly, run through how to create a Minimal Server Install using Ubuntu 16.04. It also only takes a short time, taking between 7 to 20 minutes to install depending on your hardware and the number of times you have run through it. I find it an ideal way to try out and learn how to install Ubuntu in various configurations. I also use a virtual machine running on Virtualbox as this allows me to throw it away without messing about with real hardware.

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Changing the SWAP file Swapiness on Ubuntu 14.04

I have been asked several times about reducing the “swapiness” on a Linux machine to make the machine more responsive. So here is a post on how to do that. Remember just because you can does not make it a good thing to do.

If the machine has 8GB or more RAM turn down the swapiness. That is, if you do not want the system using swap until only 10-15% of RAM is left unused. Then this is the post for you.

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Installing Ubuntu 14.04 on RAID 1 and LVM

So you want an Ubuntu server machine running with RAID1 for reliability and LVM for flexibility.

TIP: Play around with this on a virtual machine. 
     It only takes 10 minutes for a new install.

I used a virtualbox guest. I created a test machine: 2CPUs, 2048MB RAM, 2 x 25Gb Hard disk.

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Joining an Ubuntu Machine to Samba with Winbind

This is the third part of a series of howtos showing how to setup and use Samba4 as a drop in for MS Active Directory Server. The first part Samba4 AD DC on Ubuntu 14.04 is here. The second part in this series take a look at Administering AD DC via Windows.

In this part we will connect an Ubuntu 14.04 machine to the domain and then login with users configured with Active Directory.

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