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Adding users to a .htpasswd file for Nginx

This howto article shows you how to add a new user and password combination to a .htaccess file, for use with Nginx or another web server. While these commands below work great with Nginx, they aren’t limited to just being used with Nginx. It will work with Apache too, however the htpasswd tool that comes with Apache will probably make life easier.…

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VMWare vSphere client command line parameters

The VMWare ESXi / vSphere Infrastructure client allows for command line parameters to auto connect to a VMWare ESXi / vSphere server. The following command line options are available: Parameter Description -i Ignore untrusted certificate -s <server address> Server address of the ESXi / vSphere host. -u <username> Username to connect with. -p <password> Password to connect with. eg: VpxClient.exe -i -s 192.168.1.20 -u root -p password…

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Update time from network time server on Linux

To update the time on a Linux installation, simply run the following command: $ sudo ntpdate <time server address> Replacing <time server address> with a valid NTP time server address. eg: $ sudo ntpdate pool.ntp.org If you only want to query the time, without updating your system, use the following command: $ ntpdate -q pool.ntp.org To update the time, without outputting any log information to standard output (handy for a cron job), use the following command: $ sudo ntpdate -s…

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Install VMWare ESXi / vSphere on a Adaptec 3405 RAID card

I recently set out to build a VMWare ESXi / vSphere white box. A white box in this case, is a custom built PC, that may not have all parts on the VMWare supported hardware list. Generally, ESX will work on most hardware, but the two common issues preventing things from working, are network adapters, and storage controllers. After trying to install ESXi / vSphere it became apparent that the onboard network interface and storage controller don’t work with VMWare…

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Connect to a PPTP VPN Server from Ubuntu Linux

This howto outlines how to connect to a PPTP VPN server from a Linux computer running Ubuntu (or a Ubuntu based distribution). It covers the installing of the PPTP VPN client, configuration, and connecting/disconnecting from the VPN connection.…

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