Author Archives: Jarrod

Create computer groups for WSUS

Create WSUS Computer Groups

This post will cover how to create and manage computer groups in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for Windows Server 2016.

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How To Install Xfce GUI In CentOS 7 Linux

How To Install Xfce Desktop In CentOS

By default a full installation of CentOS 7 will have the GNOME graphical user interface (GUI) installed and it will load up after system boot, however if we have installed CentOS without a GUI installed we can always install one later, or optionally we can install a different GUI.

This quick guide will cover how to install the Xfce desktop on CentOS 7, which will provide a GUI for working with the Linux system. While I don’t suggest using a GUI on a production server, it’s a good option if you’re using CentOS as a desktop.

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How To Install GNOME GUI In CentOS 7 Linux

How To Install GNOME Desktop In CentOS

By default a full installation of CentOS 7 will have the graphical user interface (GUI) installed and it will load up after system boot, however if we have installed CentOS without the GUI we can always install it later.

This quick guide will cover how to install the GNOME 3 desktop on CentOS 7, which will provide a GUI for working with the Linux system. While I don’t suggest using a GUI on a production server, it’s a good option if you’re using CentOS as a desktop.

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Configure WSUS reporting in Windows Server 2016

Configure WSUS Reporting

WSUS is quite powerful in that it can provide us reports containing useful information regarding which Windows machines have which Windows updates applied, allowing us to get a good overview of our environment.

This type of information will be useful if you’re required to perform any type of compliance check to ensure that your servers are properly patched. In this post we’ll take a look at installing the software required to view the reports as well as how to run the reports.

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How To Install KDE Plasma GUI In CentOS 7 Linux

How To Install KDE Plasma Desktop In CentOS

By default a full installation of CentOS 7 will have the GNOME graphical user interface (GUI) installed and it will load up after system boot, however if we have installed CentOS without a GUI installed we can always install one later, or optionally we can install a different GUI.

This quick guide will cover how to install the KDE Plasma desktop on CentOS 7, which will provide a GUI for working with the Linux system. While I don’t suggest using a GUI on a production server, it’s a good option if you’re using CentOS as a desktop.

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How To Fix MariaDB 10.0.29 SELinux Update Failure

Fixing Failed MariaDB Update

I have this server to set to automatically perform a ‘yum update -y’ once every 24 hours in order to keep it automatically up to date. After the most recent MariaDB update to version 10.0.29-1.el7.centos in CentOS 7.3 I found that it failed to start back up correctly, here’s how to fix it.

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Linux VS Windows Web Server Benchmarks

Windows vs Linux web server benchmark test

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks and Windows web server benchmarks, I noticed that in general IIS appeared to perform better than all Linux based web servers that I’d previously tested.

As my Linux results were completed in March last year, I’ve run some of the tests again with the most up to date versions of each web server to ensure that the best performance can be achieved.

So let’s find out how Linux and Windows based web servers compare against each other in a static workload speed test.

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How To Repair An AWS EC2 Instance Without Console

How To Repair AWS EC2 Instance

Recently while rebooting the web server that hosts this website in order to perform a kernel update I ran into a kernel panic on boot.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) do not seem to provide an interactive console for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, so I had to work out another way to fix the problem which I have documented here.

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Windows IIS Speed Test Benchmark – 2017 Results

Windows Server IIS Web Server Benchmarks

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks, I’m going to be performing the same tests on all current generations of Microsoft’s IIS web server.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the below versions of the IIS web server and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – IIS 7.5
  • Windows Server 2012 – IIS 8.0
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – IIS 8.5
  • Windows Server 2016 – IIS 10.0

First I’ll discuss how the tests were set up and actually done before proceeding into the results.

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25 Useful DNF Command Examples For Package Management In Linux

DNF Command Examples For Linux

Dandified Yum (DNF) is an RPM based package manager which is used to install and update packages in various Linux distributions including CentOS, RHEL and Fedora.

DNF is the next major verison of Yum and as such it aims to maintain CLI compatibility with Yum, so a lot of the information here will be similar to our yum commands.

Like Yum, DNF is quite powerful as it’s capable of automatically resolving dependency issues, and is similar to other package managers such as ‘apt-get’ in Debian based distributions.

These examples should serve as a useful introduction, guide or cheat sheet style resource for how to use the dnf command in Linux.

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