Systems Management

Scripting, Part Two: Looping for Fun and Profit
Crafty System Administrators who want to conserve energy need to learn the fine art of looping.
Command Line Magic: Scripting, Part One
Creating shell scripts is the lazy (smart) system administrator's way to automate and build intelligence into repetitive tasks.
FAUMachine: First Impressions
If you'd like to try a new twist on virtualization, FAUmachine might be the next cool thing.
FBCMD: Command Line for Facebook
What's better than the command line and Facebook? How about combining the two?
2X ApplicationServer: Applications at the Speed of Cheap
If you're looking for a way to beat the high cost of application publishing, look no more, 2X has it under control.
WiFi Extension Problem Solved: DD-WRT
There's nothing quite like solving your own problems with Linux. Using Linux-based DD-WRT solved a big one for me.
Audacity: The Free Dimensional Sound Editor, Part One
The audacity of developers who create, maintain and support an advanced sound editor free of charge is unfathomable but appreciated.
Slap a Patch on It and Call it Good
Patching and updating have their limitations but, if you want support, you'd better have the latest and greatest.
Hands On Demo: iPad Linux Terminal
After a quick session of Angry Birds, Senior Systems Editor, Ken Hess, gives us a tour of how you can turn your iPad into a handy Linux terminal.
Should We Abolish User Access to rm?
Lately, I've been hearing system administrators and managers ask about solutions to keep people from accidentally removing their data. These are very smart and dedicated people asking for a solution so that data isn't lost either by accident or on purpose. A wild idea I've heard to solve the problem is getting rid of user access to the rm command. Is this truly a crazy idea?
VirtualBox 4: First Impressions
A look at the good, the bad, and the not-so-ugly of Oracle's latest incarnation of VirtualBox.
Take a Mulligan with Redo Backup & Recovery
If you like the way snapshots work for virtual machines, you'll love that same physical system functionality with Redo.
Apple iPad: A Linux Administrator’s New Assistant
Will the iPad gain acceptance among staunch Linux supporters or will the mere mention of such cross-species contamination stir up thoughts of lighted torches and pitchforks? Truth be told, it's a great device for some administrative tasks.
Up and Running with KVM, Ubuntu Style: Part Three
Once you go graphical with KVM's Virtual Machine Manager, you might never go back to the command line.
SME Server: Simple. Mature. Enterprise.
SME Server is a no-nonsense approach to providing advanced network services to a large user base.
All That Java Jive
I love coffee, I love tea. I love the Java Jive and it loves me.* If Java is giving you jive, put your fears aside. You'll soon love it sweet and hot. Or maybe not.
Wireshark II: The Analysis
Find out if those TCP streams on your network are filled with C monsters or if it's smooth sailing for your Internet surfers.
Wireshark: An Ethereal Experience
If you love the aroma of network packets, you'll love capturing a snifter full of your favorite network-scented morsels with Wireshark, the world's most popular network protocol analyzer.
As Easy As Openfiler
Need an easy and powerful storage solution? Openfiler is one excellent option. Let's check it out.
Intro to Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules
Every time you log into a Linux system, you're using the Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM). Let's take a closer look what's going on under the hood.