Notes to Self
This is where I'm collecting notes to myself.
These are my notes on how to do things when administrating my systems -
esentially, the things I wish I'd found somewhere else on the net, but didn't.
It also gives me a soapbox to explain how I think the world should be run.
Some of these are things I've learned when dealing with our remote cluster
(see CSG Cluster)
which is miles away from my desk.
Note being able to easily walk up to my server makes certain things much harder.
- Dealing with Spam
describes how I deal with getting ~200 pieces of spam a day and still
retain some civility.
- Web Interface for CollectD
describes what I've done to make an acceptable web interface for collectd.
- Disk Performance
records the details of my efforts to get a handle on how fast the various
RAID devices I manage are.
- Drupal Experiences
This documents my love-hate relationship with a CMS and in particular
with Drupal, including
Bulk Loading Data into Drupal.
This is a historical reference to a post I made to mailing list about
my difficulties in figuring out how to get Ganglia to behave.
records the details of my efforts to measure the amount of electricity
required for the machines I manage.
- PXE Booting
describes how I try to avoid booting from CDs. It's fine when your server
is in front of you, harder when it's miles away or you have 20 installs to do.
- Using IPMI
describes how I attempt to "watch" for hardware problems in machines
that are not near.
- No more KVM
using Serial Over LAN at remote sites.
install of Debian requiring no fingers (preseeding).
- Unix Notes,
things to remember administering Unix machines.