September 24, 2017

How to Install Zabbix on FreeBSD

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Zabbix is a very useful tool for availability and performance monitoring. Alerting you by E-Mail, Jabber or SMS once a service is not reachable is one of the key features of Zabbix.

Here is a short list of some features available in Zabbix:

  • auto-discovery of servers and network devices
  • low-level discovery
  • distributed monitoring with centralized web administration
  • support for both polling and trapping mechanisms
  • agent-less monitoring
  • secure user authentication
  • flexible user permissions
  • web-based interface
  • flexible e-mail notification of predefined events
  • high-level (business) view of monitored resources
  • audit log

In this tutorial we show you how to get a Zabbix server, the Zabbix agents and the Zabbix frontend running on FreeBSD.

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How to Add a Second IP Address to an Existing Network Adapter on CentOS

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In this tutorial we will show you the steps to add a second IP address on an already configured NIC. This is useful for various cases. For example we use this to split the requests to a production and development website. Proxy caching is an other scenario where you can use a second IP address.

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How to Find the Owner of an IP Address on Unix, Linux and BSD Systems

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Every IP address is registered to an ISP or organisation. On Unix, Linux and BSD systems you can check the WHOIS database entry with the whois command in your command-line interface. The WHOIS record holds the name, email address, phone and many more of the IP address owner.

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How to Prevent Users From Seeing Processes That run Under Another UID on FreeBSD

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An important step to harden you FreeBSD system is to to disallow users to see processes that are being run under another UID. For this we need to set some kernel states to avoid others from fetching these information with commands like ps, top, sockstat and many more. This changes also applies to jailed systems.

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How to Install shred to Permanently Delete Files on FreeBSD

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With the Unix command shred you can securely delete files and devices by overwriting the specified files repeatedly. Recovering them after shred has deleted the files and devices is extremely difficult and needs specialised hardware. The GNU Core Utilities holds the gshred command and can be installed from the FreeBSD ports tree.

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How to Compress and Extract a complete Linux or UNIX Directory

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Sometimes it is useful to compress a complete directory. For example to backup the files or to send them to an other server. Transfering a compressed directory will save you some time. In this tutorial we show you how to compress and extract a complete directory on a Linux or UNIX system.

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How to Install NTP to Synchronize the System Clock on FreeBSD

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On FreeBSD you can synchronize your system clock with the Network Time Protocol (NTP). The NTP client can be installed from the FreeBSD ports tree. Once the NTP client is installed you can use the ntpdate command to synchronize the system clock with a NTP server.

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How to Install phpMyAdmin on CentOS

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With phpMyAdmin you can easily handle your MySQL databases through a web interface. This web interface is almost as powerful as the MySQL Command-Line tool. You can execute SQL statements, create, modify and delete databases, tables, fields or rows and manage users or permissions.

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How to Install Nginx and PHP-FPM on FreeBSD

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Using Nginx and PHP-FPM on FreeBSD is a very powerful combination. The web server and proxy Nginx is build for high concurrency environments. It delivers faster performance and also uses less memory. The FastCGI Process Manager (PHP-FPM) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation. PHP-FPM is useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. By following these instructions you will combine the performance benefits of Nginx and PHP-FPM with the robustness of the FreeBSD system.

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How to Install Confluence on CentOS

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We think Confluence (developed and marketed by Atlassian) is the best enterprise wiki out there. It has a plugin system and is very easy to configure. Confluence is written in Java and is mainly used in corporate environments. This instruction is to install Confluence on CentOS. We are using Confluence on CentOS 6 with 64 bit. Please change the paths when it is required.

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