Monthly Archives: August 2015

How to Create a Website or Blog with WordPress

WordPress is a free web application that allows you to create a fantastic looking website or blog. There are thousands of additional themes and plugins allowing you to easily customize your website to get the unique look and functionality that you’re after. So how can setup your new website using WordPress? Let’s take a look.
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How To Manage Linux Systemd Services with Systemctl

In many Linux based operating systems such as Debian 8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS 7 systemd is now the default init system and is used for service management.

Here we will cover service management with the systemctl command, which is used to control the state of the systemd system and service manager.

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Thoughts After Windows 10 Upgrade – Is It Worth It?

Windows 10 Logo

I’ve been using Windows 10 as my main desktop operating system for the past couple of weeks, here are some of my initial thoughts on it including things that I like and dislike since upgrading. Finally I’ll conclude with determining if I consider upgrading to Windows 10 to be worth it.
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How To Enable Telnet Client in Windows Server 2016

By default the telnet client in Microsoft’s Windows operating systems is disabled, this is unfortunate as it is an extremely useful tool which can be used for testing TCP connectivity to external hosts on a specified port.

This is great when you’re trying to troubleshoot network connectivity problems, for example, say we have a web server which should be listening on port 80 to serve HTTP traffic but we are not able to load a web page, by using telnet to connect to the web server on port 80 we can verify the connectivity.

It may be that the connectivity is fine but there is a problem with the web server, or that the web server is stopped and the port is not listening at all, for instance. With telnet we can get a better understanding of what’s going on.

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How to Change Windows 10 Start Menu to Windows 8 Full Start Screen

Windows 10 Full Start Screen

While many people are happy to see the start menu make a return in the latest Windows 10 operating system, there are many others that prefer the Windows 8 full start screen. These people will be happy to know that it’s quite easy to swap so that you still get the full screen start screen experience in Windows 10.

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XenServer Tools Removed by Windows Update

After performing a regular Windows update and restart recently I found that XenServer tools appeared to have been removed. After trying to reinstall the tools I found that the process would hang indefinitely preventing the problem from being resolved.

After contacting Citrix support they advised that this was a known issue caused by Amazon accidentally uploading a set of their WHQL PV tools to Microsoft Windows update which overwrote the existing PV drivers in place, here’s how to fix this.
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10 Simple Bzip2 Examples

Bzip2 Compression Command Examples

Bzip2 is used to compress a file in order to reduce disk space, it is quite popular in Linux and UNIX operating systems for this reason. Bzip2 has been around since the late 1990s and is still widely used today. It may be preferable over gzip as it can produce smaller compressed files, at the cost of additional memory and processing time.

We are going to cover 10 examples of bzip2 here, showing you common tasks that can be completed and just how easy it is to use.

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Performance Difference Between NFS Versions

The Network File System (NFS) protocol has been around since the ’80s which is quite ancient in the realm of technology, and yet is still used widely. How has the performance of NFS changed over the years between the different versions?

Here we are going to compare the performance of NFS versions 2, 3, 4, and 4.1 to get idea of how things have progressed over time, the results are quite surprising.

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