Automatically Backing Up Remote Servers with Qnap 109

Introduction If you run an important server such as web server you should of course take regular off site backups. Now everyone knows that backups are a total pain to do manually and more often than not get forgotten. However, using linux cron you can automate this task easily and be more confident of your […]

Editing Cisco Access Lists

Note: This is an old post recovered from a previous blog Introduction Once upon a time Cisco Access Lists were very very clunky and crude. They were a pig to manipulate and something to be avoided. Things have improved over the years and they are not so bad as they once were. For example there […]

How to Enable SSH as the transport for Cisco IOS devices

Note this is an old post I moved from an old blog.  It seemed a shame to let the post die as some people may find it useful on older IOS devices. Introduction If you administer networks or unix based servers it most likely won’t have escaped your attention that the commonly used remote admin […]

Building AWS EC2 instances with Puppet Enterprise

Building aws ec2 with puppet Puppet Enterprise has a useful system called Cloud provisioner which will manage the creation, deletion and puppet classification of virtual machines or “instances”.  This cloud provisioner system supports three well known virtualization / cloud systems;  Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine and VMware.  This document is going to cover the […]

Build a Base Box for Vagrant and Puppet deployment

Introduction If you want to create your own Vagrant Base Box using an Oracle Virtualbox as the vagrant provider, you can and it is fairly straight forward. I have detailed the steps in this post. I am using Windows 7 as my “host” operating system on my laptop and I am going to build a […]

Simple configuration of a two host ElasticSearch Cluster

Introduction The following article describes the process of setting up a simple two host elastic search cluster using the unicast discovery method. Pre-Requisites This assumes you have installed two Elastic Search hosts built and you would like to configure them to work together in a simple elastic cluster. Proposed Scenario For the purposes of this […]