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SysAdmin & Developer: Responsibilities

When it comes to something like a production webserver, what is best practice for responsibilities for the sysadmin & developer? Specifically, I am thinking about updating/installing software. ...
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Firmware Best Practices and Update Schedules

Firmware receives very little attention when it comes to updates. Out of sight, out of mind. Many devices: RAID controllers, NICs, chipsets, and even hard drives, get some benefit from being ...
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To update or to not update?

Since starting working where I am working now, I've been in an endless struggle with my boss and coworkers in regard to updating systems. I of course totally agree that any update (be it firmware, ...
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Why do I have .rpmnew file after an update?

I use yum to update my Fedora. After a huge update, I got many .rpmnew and .rpmsave files. I could understand if I had modified these files. But I'm sure that I didn't edit these files. What should I ...
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How to stay up to date with the latest information about UNIX software patches and upgrades?

Until now I have always used the SecurityFocus mailing lists to keep myself informed about the possible need of upgrading my server packages. The main problems I have with using this method: Massive ...
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How do you handle updates on a server?

I am really lazy I will give you guys this ;) but I have ~25 virtual machines running on xen. I really like xen and everything but now comes the tricky part.. I don't really feel like going through 25 ...
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How do you get the latest update for Java 6?

An application my company is considering buying requires Java 6. I am concerned that this is quite out of date and am recommending against the application as a result. But it seems that Oracle do ...
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Should I have to enable automatic update on Debian lenny stable?

I have installed a new Linux Debian lenny server that will be a LAMP and a Subversion server. Should I have to enable automatic updates? If I enable it, I am sure that I have the latest security ...
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Updating production Ubuntu boxes the dos and don'ts

Every so often I login to production web/db/tools boxes and see the typical message: 30 packages can be updated. 16 updates are security updates. My question is, how do all of you handle updates on ...
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HP plan to restrict access to ProLiant server firmware - consequences?

I've been a longtime advocate for HP ProLiant servers in my system environments. The platform has been the basis of my infrastructure designs across several industries for the past 12 years. The ...
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What does that mean: packages excluded due to repository priority protections

When updating with yum i recieve the following message: yum update Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, priorities Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * atomic: www7.atomicorp.com * base: ...
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What's the best solution for updating in a small environment

I'm looking for a solution to updates - I really need all my flash and Java updates to be installed automatically as soon as they are available. Microsoft Updates pro - updates all versions and ...
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Is it important to reboot Linux after a kernel update?

I have a few production Fedora and Debian webservers that host our sites as well as user shell accounts (used for git vcs work, some screen+irssi sessions, etc). Occasionally a new kernel update will ...
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Remotely Trigger WSUS Downloaded update Installation

This has been bugging me for a while. We have our Servers set to download only windows updates to stage them to be installed during one of our bi-monthly patch windows. I have looked high and low for ...
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Force install updates on WSUS server

The WSUS administration console shows computers with not installed (critical) updates. To be clear: The computers report their status every day. These updates do have a deadline that has already ...
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How to keep SpamAssassin up to date under CentOS?

I am running CentOS 5.4 with SpamAssassin installed via yum. However the version yum installed was SpamAssassin version 3.2.5 and I am finding that this version has many outdated rules -- including a ...
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Chrome Flash Updates in a Domain environment

One of the business critical applications for us is powered by Adobe Flash. Naturally, this comes with plenty of associated problems. The company wide browser in use is Google Chrome. We run a ...
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Keep RHEL at a particular minor revision level? [duplicate]

I'm working with a large database platform (Or#&%@) that requires a specific revision level of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In this case, it needs EL6.2 in order to retain support and compatibility ...
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Server 2008 stuck in update-configure-fail-restart loop

I have a Windows 2008 Standard server, fresh install, fully patched with no roles installed. This morning I went and installed the following roles: AD Certificates Terminal Services IIS When the ...
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rkhunter reports change in file properties, but I don't see that they've been updated by yum

Maybe I'm being overcautious, but I recently received the following warnings from rkhunter: Warning: The file properties have changed: File: /bin/dmesg Current hash: ...
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How quickly should I action the update announcements on the CentOS mailing lists?

I've recently subscribed to the CentOS mailing lists so that I can keep up to date with any new releases or updates. I'm subscribed to CentOS-announce. I get quite a lot of emails regarding bug fixes ...
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Upgrade ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04

I have a bunch of old machines in production all running uBuntu 9.10. I want to now upgrade this to 10.04 distributions but I am getting the following error (because the repositories have expired I ...
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Updating Network Solutions Virtual Private Server

Just got a VPS from Network Solutions, it's got Red Hat 4, PHP 5.16, Java 1.4, no Yum and a whole bunch of packages I'd expect to have from a fresh install. Anyway, obviously I sound like a spoiled ...