22 articles Servers & Hosts

Want to learn more about Puppet from Puppet Labs?

Even with smaller companies, I don't think it hurts to look into automating more server admin and web development processes.  Puppet is one of those DevOps tools that keeps popping up.   I'm definitely going to learn more about it so here's a link to a free e-book, "Essential Steps to Mapping Your DevOps Journey" on…

.deb files: Installing Debian packages on your server

Many awesome software packages like Odoo come with free downloadable editions, it's much easier to install software and packages via the command line, but sometimes you might need to download the package so you have an image ready to deploy quickly.  Whatever your reason, if you have a .deb file, that's the package for Debian…

Windows performance lagging? Have you tried the free Piriform CCleaner?

It's amazing how much bloat your Windows machine can accumulate, it's worse than eating too much over the holidays! I ran Piriform CCleaner on my machine and it freed up over 2 GBs of unnecessary files.  Lots of small files added up really taxes your system.  Also, the registry tools worked superbly in improving my…

Oracle VirtualBox: Auto start your virtual machines on Windows server

All you have to do is know where VirtualBox is installed, change the path to it below, then also change the name of the virtual machine (VM) you want to autostart below.  Here, upon boot up, I have one of my local development servers auto start "vm1", which is a Ubuntu web server with a…

“Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service”: Thankfully, this is a Microsoft thing, thanks for not letting us know

Recently, my computer started slowing down.  I heard nightmares about hackers encrypting data on drives and only unlocking the drives if you pay a ransom.  How nice. Then, after Ctrl+Alt+Del and checking on programs running, I've started to see "Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service".  Sounds scary.  Apparently, it's part of Microsoft Windows.  How many times have…