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Load Balancing with Nginx

Nginx is a high performance web server, which can also act as a great reverse proxy. Reverse proxy’s are placed in front of the web server handling the processing, to speed the site up, by either caching data, and/or load balancing across multiple back-end web servers. This howto will outline the steps required to set up Nginx as a load balancing reverse proxy.…

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Increase PHP Upload Limit on Ubuntu 13.04

A default installation of PHP and Apache on a Ubuntu 13.04 will set a maximum upload limit of 2MB. Quite often you will want to increase this to a larger size. How high you set this limit will depend on your requirements. This howto guide will step you through the process to increase the PHP upload limit.…

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Enable Apache Rewrite module on Ubuntu 13.04

By default, Ubuntu 13.04 doesn’t enable the rewrite engine module after installing Apache. The rewrite engine for Apache allows for on-the-fly URL rewriting/changing. This allows for the use of urls that are human readable, and SEO friendly. The rewrite engine is capable of capturing a website request, running it through a series of expression checks, and if a match is found, it will pass on the rewritten request to the web server. The end user would not notice anything different…

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Installing NGINX, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 13.04

This “how to” guide will step you through the process of setting up Nginx, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 13.04.…

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Disabling TCP Auto Tuning

If you have a application that uses TCP network communication and it seems to be running slow, you may find that it is because of a feature in Windows called TCP auto tuning. TCP tuning can be used to speed up network communications, but it can also greatly effect performance if not done correctly. By default, the TCP auto tuning feature is enabled in Windows, and in most cases this will work fine, but there may be times where this…

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