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Can you help me with my software licensing issue?

This is a Canonical Question about Licensing. Questions on licensing are off-topic on Server Fault. If your question has been closed as a duplicate of this question, then this is because we want ...
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How do I deal with a compromised server?

This is a Canonical Question about Server Security - Responding to Breach Events (Hacking) See Also: Tips for Securing a LAMP Server Reinstall after a Root Compromise? Canonical ...
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Can you help me with my capacity planning?

This is a Canonical Question about Capacity Planning Related: How do you do Load Testing and Capacity Planning for Web Sites? How do you do Load Testing and Capacity Planning for ...
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Redirect, Change URLs or Redirect HTTP to HTTPS in Apache - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mod_Rewrite Rules but Were Afraid to Ask

This is a Canonical Question about Apache's mod_rewrite. Changing a request URL or redirecting users to a different URL than the one they originally requested is done using mod_rewrite. This ...
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How does IPv4 Subnetting Work?

This is a Canonical Question about IPv4 Subnets. Related: How does IPv6 subnetting work and how does it differ from IPv4 subnetting? How does Subnetting Work, and How do you do it by ...
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Why is my crontab not working, and how can I troubleshoot it?

This is a Canonical Question about using cron & crontab. The answer for 'Why is my crontab not working, and how can I troubleshoot it?' can be seen below. This addresses the cron system with ...
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I am under DDoS. What can I do?

This is a Canonical Question about DoS and DDoS mitigation. I found a massive traffic spike on a website that I host today; I am getting thousands of connections a second and I see I'm using all ...
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How do you do load testing and capacity planning for web sites?

This is a canonical question about capacity planning for web sites. Related: Can you help me with my capacity planning? How do you do Load Testing and Capacity Planning for Databases? ...
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How to send emails and avoid them being classified as spam?

This is a canonical question about how to handle email sent from your server being misclassified as spam. For additional information you may find these similar questions helpful: Best ...
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What tool do you use to monitor your servers?

For a more comprehensive list of monitoring tools and their features, check out this Wikipedia page. As the question states, what are the most commonly used tools used for this task and what are ...
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What are the different widely used RAID levels and when should I consider them?

This is a Canonical Question about RAID levels. What are: the RAID levels typically used (including the RAID-Z family)? deployments are they commonly found in? benefits and pitfalls of each?
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What are SPF records, and how do I configure them?

This is a canonical question about setting up SPF records. I have an office with many computers that share a single external ip (I'm unsure if the address is static or dynamic). Each computer ...
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What causes the 'Connection Refused' message?

This is a Canonical Question about Connection Refused We see a lot of questions to the effect When I try to connect to a system I get a message Connection refused Why is this ?
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What permissions should my website files/folders have on a Linux webserver?

This is a Canonical Question about File Permissions on a Linux web server. I have a Linux web server running Apache2 that hosts several websites. Each website has its own folder in /var/www/. /var/...
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Fighting Spam - What can I do as an: Email Administrator, Domain Owner, or User?

This is a Canonical Question about Fighting Spam. Also related: How to stop people from using my domain to send spam? What are SPF records, and how do I configure them? There are so ...
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Why not use a WAMP stack?

I recently had a talk with some experienced people and they suggested to me not to use a WAMP stack, and instead install apache, mysql and php separately. I don't understand why they have suggested ...
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Multiple SSL domains on the same IP address and same port?

This is a Canonical Question about Hosting multiple SSL websites on the same IP. I was under the impression that each SSL Certificate required it's own unique IP Address/Port combination. But the ...
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Windows Active Directory naming best practices?

After experimenting with Windows domains and domain controllers in a virtual environment, I've realized that having an active directory domain named identically to a DNS domain is bad idea (Meaning ...
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Why is Linux reporting “free” memory strangely?

This is a canonical question about how Unix operating systems report memory usage. Similar Questions: Server refuses to use swap partition Memory Usage in LINUX I have production ...
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How to use DNS/Hostnames or Other ways to resolve to a specific IP:Port

This is a Canonical Question about DNS/Hostnames resolution to IPs/Ports Example 1 I'm running a web server on port 80 and another on port 87. I would like to use DNS so that www.example.com goes ...
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What is a glue record?

This is a Canonical Question about DNS glue records. What exactly (but briefly) is a DNS glue record? Why are they needed and how do they work?
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What is Active Directory Domain Services and how does it work?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). What is Active Directory? What does it do and how does it work? How is Active Directory organized: Forest, Child Domain, ...
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Prevent mail being marked as spam

This is a canonical question about avoiding outgoing mail being classified as spam. Also related: Fighting Spam - What can I do as an: Email Administrator, Domain Owner, or User? What ...
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Why can't a CNAME record be used at the apex (aka root) of a domain?

This is a Canonical Question about CNAMEs at the apices (or roots) of zones It's relatively common knowledge that CNAME records at the apex of a domain are a taboo practice. Example: example.com. ...
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Tips for Securing a LAMP Server

This is a Canonical Question about Securing a LAMP stack What are the absolute guidelines for securing a LAMP server?
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ZFS SAS/SATA controller recommendations

I've been working with OpenSolaris and ZFS for 6 months, primarily on a Sun Fire x4540 and standard Dell and HP hardware. One downside to standard Perc and HP Smart Array controllers is that they do ...
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Loopback to forwarded Public IP address from local network - Hairpin NAT

This is a Canonical Question about Hairpin NAT (Loopback NAT). The generic form of this question is: We have a network with clients, a server, and a NAT Router. There is port forwarding on the ...
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What a beginner should know/learn for sysadmin job?

This is a Canonical Question about System Administration Careers When I start my job as System Administrator, what basics skills should I know/learn? Are there any key differences for Network, ...
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Should we host our own nameservers?

This is a Canonical Question about whether to outsource DNS resolution for ones own domains I currently have my ISP providing DNS for my domain, but they impose limitations on adding records. ...
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How can a single disk in a hardware SATA RAID-10 array bring the entire array to a screeching halt?

Prelude: I'm a code-monkey that's increasingly taken on SysAdmin duties for my small company. My code is our product, and increasingly we provide the same app as SaaS. About 18 months ago I moved ...
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How do you do load testing and capacity planning for databases?

This is a canonical question about capacity planning for databases. Related: Can you help me with my capacity planning? How do you do Load Testing and Capacity Planning for Web Sites? ...
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Incredibly low disk performance on HP ProLiant DL385 G7

As a test of the Opteron processor family, I bought a HP DL385 G7 6128 with HP Smart Array P410i Controller - no memory. The machine has 20GB ram 2x146GB 15k rpm SAS + 2x250GB SATA2, both in Raid 1 ...
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Heartbleed: What is it and what are options to mitigate it?

This is a Canonical Question about understanding and remediating the Heartbleed security issue. What exactly is CVE-2014-0160 AKA "Heartbleed"? What is the cause, what OSs and versions of OpenSSL ...
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What's the best way of handling permissions for apache2's user www-data in /var/www?

Has anyone got a nice solution for handling files in /var/www? We're running Name Based Virtual Hosts and the apache2 user is www-data. We've got two regular users & root. So when messing with ...
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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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Why is “chmod -R 777 /” destructive?

This is a Canonical Question about File Permission and Why 777 is "destructive". I'm not asking how to fix this problem, as there are a ton of references of that already on Server Fault (reinstall ...
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Setting the hostname: FQDN or short name?

I've noticed that the "preferred" method of setting the system hostname is fundamentally different between Red Hat/CentOS and Debian/Ubuntu systems. CentOS documentation and the RHEL deployment guide ...
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Third-party SSD solutions in ProLiant Gen8 servers

I was wondering if anyone had any specific experience using Intel DC3700 SSDs (or similar) in the HP (DL380p) Gen8 servers? I'm upgrading a set of database servers that use direct-attached storage. ...
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How to understand the memory usage and load average in linux server

I am using a linux server which has 128GB of memory and 24 cores. I use top to see how much it is used. Its output is pasted at the end of the post. Here are two questions: (1) I see that each of the ...
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How to Configure Windows Machine to Allow File Sharing with DNS Alias

What process is necessary to configure a Windows environement to allow me to use DNS CNAME to reference servers? I want to do this so that I can name my servers something like SRV001, but still have \...
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Hundreds of failed ssh logins

Every night I get hundreds, sometimes thousands, of failed ssh logins on my RedHat 4 server. For firewall reasons from remote sites, I need to run on the standard port. Is there anything I should be ...
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Hosting a ZFS server as a virtual guest

I'm still new to ZFS. I've been using Nexenta but I'm thinking of switching to OpenIndiana or Solaris 11 Express. Right now, I'm at a point of considering virtualizing the ZFS server as a guest within ...
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du vs. df difference [duplicate]

I have a fileserver where df reports 94% of / full. But according to du, much less is used: # df -h / Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda3 270G 240G 17G 94%...
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LVM dangers and caveats

I have recently started using LVM on some servers for hard drives larger than 1 TB. They're useful, expandable and quite easy to install. However, I could not find any data about the dangers and ...
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Why is geo-redundant DNS necessary for small sites?

This is a Canonical Question about DNS geo-redundancy. It's extremely common knowledge that geo-redundant DNS servers located at separate physical locations are highly desirable when providing ...
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How to reset or recover admin account password for MySQL?

I have a MySQL database that I "inherited" and I was not given the admin credentials. I do however have access to the box that it runs on. Is there a way to either recover the admin credentials or ...
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Meaning of the buffers/cache line in the output of free

Why does my server show total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 12286456 11715372 571084 0 81912 6545228 -/+ buffers/cache: 5088232 7198224 Swap:...
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Linux - real-world hardware RAID controller tuning (scsi and cciss)

Most of the Linux systems I manage feature hardware RAID controllers (mostly HP Smart Array). They're all running RHEL or CentOS. I'm looking for real-world tunables to help optimize performance for ...
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How do I tell if my Windows server is swapping?

I'm using Process Explorer to monitor my windows server while it reconstructs some data. It's primarily a CPU intensive process, but I want to make sure it's not swapping. How can I tell if it is ...
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Is there a name based virtual host SSH reverse proxy?

I've grown quite fond of HTTP reverse proxies in our development environment and found the DNS based virtual host reverse proxy quite useful. Having only one port (and the standard one) open on the ...

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