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(Hopefully) useful various sysadmin and other stuff.

December, 2011

TFTS 1: What NOT to do when your server crashes randomly.

I recently built a lit­tle server whose main task is to serve files. Bought a moth­er­board that had a decent amount of SATA ports, added two addi­tional SATA con­troller cards and packed the whole case full of disks. As the server is at home, I didn’t bother with enterprise-grade hard­ware stuff. Fun was had, but soon […]

fstab gone in Mac OS X — How to add mounts.

Recently, I had to add a mount entry to a rel­a­tively new Mac OS X Server instal­la­tion (Snow Leop­ard). As you may have noticed, the /etc/fstab file is gone. There is a /etc/fstab.hd, but it con­tains a stern warn­ing not to use it. Err…but where does one note mounts with­out this file? Reg­u­lar, directly attached devices […]

Setting up virtual users in vsftpd

I’ve set up a FTP server for me and my col­leagues. This was a mat­ter of honor (don’t want to go all Duke Nukem on my friends) and as a such, it had to be done cor­rectly. So, I’ve had some require­ments prior to set­ting up: It must be secure It must scale (hey, we start […]