Monitoring Linux Servers with Monitorix

Monitorix is a mature and open-source system monitoring tool for UNIX and Linux; it is written in Perl and is resource-friendly enabling it to be used quite happily on Raspberry Pi’s and embedded devices too. Although there are other monitoring and graphing tools for Linux that I’ve used before such as Nagios and Cacti, I … 

 

Installing PHP7 on Windows Server 2012 R2 and IIS 8

At the time of writing PHP 7.0.6 is the latest stable release and given that we are going to be using Microsoft’s IIS as the web server on Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) we will need to download the latest version of PHP 7.0.x ensuring that we download the NTS (Non-thread safe) version and the … 

 

Setup an OpenVPN site-to-site remote router (OpenVPN client) on Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS

In my last couple of blog posts (here and here) I demonstrated how to setup an OpenVPN server using Windows Server 2012 R2 and enable IP forwarding to enable OpenVPN client roaming access to the server network; today I will explain how to setup a Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS based server which we will ultimately use … 

 

Enabling OpenVPN clients to access to the LAN.

In my previous post I wrote about how to setup an SSL VPN server on Windows 2012 R2 and enable external network access to the server using OpenVPN. This article will walk you through the process of configuring IP forwarding on our Windows server and exposing static routes to enable VPN clients to access network … 

 

Setting up OpenVPN Server on Windows 2012 R2

This weekend a friend of mine asked my advice on setting up a VPN for his  business to enable remote workers to connect and access the office’s file server and other internally hosted data. The requirements really consisted of a using Windows Server (ease of management) with the ability for MacOSX laptops to connect over … 

 

Dark theme (Dracula) for NetBeans

I’ve personally used NetBean for about five years now; I’ve learn’t to love it and despite all the “cool kids” recently moving to the likes of PHPStorm and Sublime Text, everytime I try to switch over I just miss my trusty NetBeans and come flying back. Since recently purchasing my latest MacBook Pro, I went … 

 

Setup a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (MATE) terminal server with LTSP

In this post I’m going to explain how to set-up a terminal server that you can use at home or in the office; the terminal server (running LTSP) will enable you to run a central terminal server or “mainframe” type network where you can have a large number of “diskless clients” (also know as “dumb … 

 

Configuring and hosting Laravel 5.x applications on Windows Azure

Over the past three weeks myself and a colleague have been busy (both at work and a lot of overtime at home) building a new light-weight CMS built on top of the Laravel framework, this will power a new recruitment campaign website, of which is to be hosted on the Windows Azure cloud platform (our corporate hosting … 

 

Setting up and running a server with Ubuntu Server 14.04 on Raspberry Pi 2

The RaspberryPi is something that I’ve always been interested in but never really got around to actually ordering one… until this week! In February the RaspberryPi Foundation released the RaspberryPi 2, this models sports a quad core, 900Mhz ARM7 processor with 1GB of RAM, this is a massive improvement on the previous models so I … 

 

Set-up your own MineCraft server on FreeBSD 10.1

My daughter (Ruby) has been bugging me to get her MineCraft and so I thought I’d set her up with her own server that we could both play on together so I thought I’d compile this blog post as a quick tutorial on how to set up a MineCraft server on FreeBSD 10.1, hopefully others will find this …