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Can I connect to an amazon instance and create more instances?

Can I connect to an amazon instance and create more instances? I have heard this question several times now and the answer is yes. You are limited to running 20 On-Demand and 100 Spot Instances per region with Amazon EC2. If that not enough for you then you’ll need to file a Request to Increase the EC2 Instance Limit, to use more instances.

Each instance is basically a virtual machine running on amazons infrastructure, and each instance is allocated its own address allowing you to connect to it. Because each instance runs independently you can connect to as many as you want simultaneously. Read the rest of this entry »

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Save Outlook 2010 Archive Remotely

Save Outlook 2010 Archive Remotely

Have you ever had your computer lost or stolen, had to format it, or had a corrupted HDD, well if you have you’ll know its a pain, especially when trying to get you data back. Now with high-speed networks and cheap storage its becoming more common to backup are data remotely. This helps reduce data lost in the event your computer is lost or damaged.

This is all fair and well for your documents, you just copy them to a remote server and you can sleep safe in the knowledge your files will be OK. But what about your emails, these can be just as important, if not more, then your documents, in fact someone told me the other day that his emails were like is calendar and identity and would be completely lost without them, so its worth ensuring they are all backed up correctly. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to edit Host File Windows 7

The host file in windows is a file that maps host names to IP Address. This works much like a simple DNS, however only one Host Name can go to one IP Address. This can be useful in many situations, for example if you are setting up a small office and don’t have the resources for a DNS you could set-up a host file to resolve internal Host Names for you.

Back in the days of Windows XP and NT all you had to do was open you host file and edit the data. But when windows Vista and 7 came along things became a bit more complicated as you have to open as administrator, so what if your not logged in as an administrator? Read the rest of this entry »

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Snort Email Reports

Snort has many logging ability’s, syslog, unixsock, tcpdumps, csv, xml, unified and my favourite, database. All these logging methods are great if you are going to look through your logs regularly. But if your busy doing other things or maintaining snort isn’t you main priority how are you expected to keep up to date with the logs.

I find that having snort email me every morning with a simple report is a much better way of ensuring that no one is attacking my systems. It only takes me a minute to read through the report and if there is something I think needs looking at I can easily log into my database and get as much information on the event as I need. So how do you setup email reports, well if you installed Snort on a Debian based system it is already installed, just not setup correctly: Read the rest of this entry »

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Setup an IDS with Snort & MySQL

An Intrusion Detection system is like a burglar alarm for your computer. It monitors you network and system activities for malicious activities or policy violations and reports to some kind of Management Station. This is great as it lets your know who where when & how people are trying to break into your network, and knowing this is half the battle. You may be thinking that this isn’t enough and you want to block all hacks from happening, well most IDS systems include some “Network Intrusion Prevention” features. However the main concern should be closing up vulnerabilities rather then blocking someone already trying to hack your systems ,after all its a bit late if they are already in your system, and this way you may block any innocent users.
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Add NRPE host to Nagios

nagios Logo NRPE (Nagios Remote Plugin Executor) is a Nagios agent witch allows for remote system monitoring by executing scripts on a remote system allowing monitoring of disk usage, system’s load or number of users currently logged in and much more.

Normally Nagios can only monitor public services such as HTTP & FTP. This is great if you only want to monitor public servers, however I bet that most people want to monitor their own servers and have access to private information, that’s were NRPE comes in. It works on a client server basis, you install a daemon on the machine you want to monitor, then setup your Nagios server to connect to the remote daemon to gather information Read the rest of this entry »

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Setting Up an Basic IRC Server on Ubuntu

IRC Funny Cartoon Ahh the good old IRC server, these things have been letting people chat to each other since 1988. In there most basic form they are chat room servers, pretty much every chat room you’ve used on a web page is connecting to an IRC server. They definitely have a place in computing history as they were used to report on the 1991 Soviet coup d’état attempt and Gulf War during media blackouts.  But they have become much more then simple chat rooms, they allow for: File Transfer, Encryption, Proxy, Colour, Channels, Users, and even chat bots.

Sadly the IRC chat room  are being replaced by things like MSN and Facebook messenger. They are great to install on web servers because they allow you to include chat rooms into your websites, or just to play with something that’s been such an important part of computing history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Setting up a Seedbox

Tutoiral Seed Torrentflux Logo torrent dataA seed box is a server for downloading and uploading digital files, commonly making use of the BitTorrent protocol. A common use for seed boxes is seeding torrents, it’s much more efficient to setup a Seedbox as it’s likely to have access to higher upload speeds. They are also good for general downloading, its easier to have a server running 24/7 then it is running your PC or Laptop all day. The ability to remote control seed boxes is a great advantage, it enables you to add and monitor downloads from anywhere, especially useful if someone recommends you something to watch at work.

In this tutorial I’m going to talk you through setting up a seed box designed for downloading torrents. I’m going to use TorrentFlux for this tutorial as it can easily be installed on a LAMP stack Read the rest of this entry »

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Installing Jinzora 3.0 Music Server

Jinzora 3.0 Login WindowJinzora is a web based media server and management system written in php. It enables you to play your music and organise your music from any computer connected to the internet. It can stream to different multimedia devices at multiple bandwidths, so you can listen to you music at home in high quality, listen to your home library from work, or even listen to your music using your Smart Phone on the train.

When i first setup a Jinzora server I was sceptical because every other media system Ive used hasn’t worked properly over the Internet. Jinzora on the other hand has no problem working over Internet, even when running on a slow Internet connection. So What do you need to setup a Jinzora server, first you’ll need a server running the LAMP stack, my simple tutorial for this setup can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adding Hosts to Nagios

nagios LogoIn my first nagios tutorial I talked you through the instillation process required for nagios, if you have not yet installed nagios please follow my tutorial, Installing Nagios on Ubuntu.

In this tutorial we are going to go through adding hosts to nagios, sounds simple rite, well there’s a bit more to it then you think, but its not too difficult and its great to see nagios in action after all this time setting it up.

So where to start, well that’s look at the structure of the nagios config files. Unless you changed it your config files should be in the /usr/local/nagios/etc: Read the rest of this entry »

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