Archive Author: Josh

Migrating from Rackspace to AWS

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I finally migrated my web and email hosting from Rackspace to AWS. I have been with Rackspace since the Slicehost days, back in September of 2009. I’ve gone from having […]

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A common issue with SQL Server Reporting Services is to proxy the server so it is not exposed on the internet. This is difficult to do with nginx, apache, and […]

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Migrating DNS Domain to new Registrar

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A not so common task for most is to migrate a domain from one registrar to another. One of the most important things that you can do to ensure the […]

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Windows, by default, does not allow the use of a hosts file entry to alias a CIFS share to localhost. The typical error when attempting this would be “Incorrect username […]

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On a recent new server deployment, I ran across the error that puppet could not find the fqdn fact: Warning: Could not retrieve fact fqdn Warning: Host is missing hostname […]

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Script Kiddy of the Day

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I saw this humorous attempt in the apache logs this morning: ==> /var/log/httpd/access_log

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I was doing some recent environment testing with rails with the same application created on each of OSX, CentOS, and Ubuntu and was surprised when the application gave an error […]

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Enable EPEL Repository on Amazon Linux

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Amazon Linux provides an easy way to install / enable the EPEL yum repository from the command line. Use the amazon-linux-extras command to enable the epel feature, and then install […]

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I recently deployed a Rails app on a CentOS 8 container and was surprised to see that the ‘rails new’ command did not create the entire application directory structure that […]

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Unique UserAgent

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I saw this line in a server log this morning and thought it was humorous – if you’re going to spoof the UserAgent, why not do it right? 109.228.111.66 – […]

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