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How To Disable IPv6 on Ubuntu

A default install of Ubuntu will enable IPv6 connectivity. If you don’t need IPv6, there is no need to have it enabled. Follow the steps below to disable IPv6 on a Ubuntu install. Check to see if you’re installation is currently set up for IPv6: $ cat /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/disable_ipv6 If the output is 0, IPv6 is enabled.
If the output is 1, IPv6 is already disabled. Edit the /etc/sysctl.conf file to set the kernel parameter to disable IPv6: $ sudo nano…

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Configure a PPTP VPN Server on Ubuntu Linux

If you need to access your network (be it a home network, or a work network) from a remote location, a great option is to set up some sort of VPN connection. There are a few different types of VPN connections, such as PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec, and each has advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages of PPTP VPN connections is that almost all devices that can create VPN connections, have a PPTP VPN client already. Linux can be…

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Updating Ubuntu with the APT package manager

Updating the software running on a operating system is an important part of maintaining a computer. Not only does it allow you to keep up to date with the latest features in the applications you use, it is also crucial to keep your system as secure as possible. The APT (Advanced Package Tool) package management system makes installing/updating/removing packages extremely simple. The first step in the process is to update the APT sources. This downloads the latest package lists, so…

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Installing NGINX, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) is a fast & lightweight HTTP and HTTPS web server (it can also act as a reverse proxy, and perform load balancing). Its small memory footprint requirements make it great for systems with small amounts of memory, such as low end cloud servers. Nginx is great for serving static files to users, and is cable of handling more than 10,000 simultaneous connections, but it lacks the embedded module support for PHP as Apache does. Thankfully you can…

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Setting a static IP address in Ubuntu

During a default install of Ubuntu it will try and automatically obtain an IP address using DHCP. While that may be fine for most users, if you are wanting to set up a server, the chances are you will be wanting it to always have the same IP address. There are two options for ensuring you get/use the same IP address at every boot. You could set up a IP address reservation on the DHCP server based on the hardware/mac…

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