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What are some tips/tricks to manage a cluster of machines?

We have a cluster of machines and I found ssh automatic login very helpful. I also found Capistrino very helpful. Are there any other tips/tricks you found useful?
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Quick and dirty VPN? (Linux to linux)

I have EC2 Ubuntu server which I would like to use as VPN gateway, I'm looking to do geoip targeting test and using a machine with US IP is a must. My client machine is Ubuntu 11.04. Any ideas, it ...
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Rails Site Maintenance/Monitoring

I am setting up a daily maintenance task for my rails app. When the task is complete is sends me an e-mail that summarizes the tasks activity. If you were doing the same, what kind of tasks would your ...
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Best Web Server Backup Tips?

I have a web server that I run which has quite a few sites on it now all using SQL Db's - Its actually a cloud server from 1&1 (Win2008). I have the following in place in case of the worst: ...
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Advice and tips for a junior sysadmin straight out of college?

I've recently graduated and have got a job at a fast-growing dedicated/VPS hosting company as a junior sysadmin. I'd like to know any tips or advice you more senior sysadmins have, e.g. what ...
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Tips on speeding up boot time on Mac OSX

I have seen a few pages discussing this and some scripts that I won't run because I don't understand them, so would be great if the experienced users can share some tips or scripts (and perhaps ...
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Nagios configuration GUI

We've implemented Nagios for services on our network and it is working great. The notifications are nice and the wide range of configuration options are very handy. Up to this point, we've done all ...
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IBM BladeCenter operation tips?

I recently purchased a used BladeCenter E chassis and I have two HS21, one HS20, and seven QS20 blades. As you are likely aware, used hardware means I get to figure it out myself (and that's part of ...
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How to recover the strength of a laptop battery?

I got a laptop, which I brought a year ago, which has a battery that can last for 3 hours. 6 months ago, the battery's life dropped down to roughly 15 minutes (Windows says its supposed to last for ...
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Tips for remote work?

I'm about to start full-time telecommuting. I would like to save myself some trouble and learn from everyone's experience. I'm pretty much an IT generalist in a small office, but I focus more on SQL ...
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What makes a “Good” or “Great” Administrator?

In the scheme of things, it's pretty easy to run a web-server. Install, for example, Apache, PHP, and MySQL, and you're on your way. But the job, obviously, doesn't end there. Good administrators ...
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Things every Oracle DBA should know

This could include: Books worth reading; Tools worth having; etc.
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Dtrace tips and tricks

What awesome tips and tricks have you seen or done with Dtrace?
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How do you optimize new user setup?

What's your top trick for getting a new employee set up quickly? Do you use images, scripts, something else?