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March 10, 2017
by sjvn01
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Deftly Pulling Your Servers’ Strings with Puppet

If all you’re doing is running a single server instance, you don’t need DevOps tools such as Puppet. But, if you’re setting up and managing multiple servers, you need Puppet. Oh, you could run dozens of servers using shell scripts. … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
by sjvn01
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OpenVAS: Checking for Holes Before the Hackers Do It for You

I have a friend who believes that his site is too small for crackers to ever bother with. Need I tell you his site was recently cracked open like an egg? You’ve got to take security seriously. One of the … Continue reading

December 28, 2016
by sjvn01
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How to Use Fail2Ban to Blunt Brute-force Attacks

WordFence, the WordPress security plugin company, tells me that unsophisticated brute-force attacks have doubled in the past three weeks. While WordFence can help keep your WordPress instances up and running, your server is still getting mauled. What can you do … Continue reading

September 10, 2014
by sjvn01
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Red Hat Satellite 6 comes with improved server and cloud management

There are many ways to manage Linux systems. Some people still swear by shell scripts with their fine control. Others like high-level tools such as cPanel that enable them to control servers with broad strokes. But, for Red Hat Enterprise … Continue reading