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Day-To-Day BSD Administration

Release Date: 2013-09
Rating: 31 votes


  • It’s lonely at the top
  • MidnightBSD Custom Installations and Live CDs
  • BSD Server Maintenance
  • Re-purposing an Abandoned Mac Mini as a Wireless Router with OpenBSD
  • Monit – Monitoring solution for enterprise and SOHO servers with FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 8
  • A closer look at the changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2 – Part 2 – Directory encryption using PEFS
  • Intro to ZFS
  • Articles

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    • It's Lonely at the Top

      With the imminent departure of Steve Ballmer and Microsoft insiders adamant that Bill Gates will not return, what is the future for the industry giant?

    • MidnightBSD Custom Installations and Live CDs

      System administrators and hobbyists often wish to build custom install media with their own software packages, or live CDs for fixing systems. This flexibility can ease deployments in large environments or make it easy to bring your favorite OS along with you.
      Prior to customizing install media, it’s important to look at the existing build system in MidnightBSD. There are two directories within the source tree for building media, release and nrelease. Release is used to build installation media, and nrelease (which originated from DragonFly BSD) is used to build Live CDs and USB flash media.

    • BSD Server Maintenance

      Many sites and handbooks explain how to install servers, but once a server is running, can an administrator keep it that way? This article will cover the basics of maintaining a BSD server.

    • Re-purposing an Abandoned Mac Mini as a Wireless Router with OpenBSD

      Don’t let thousands of dollars worth of hardware that has been abandoned by Apple rot with old, unsupported software. Bring it into the present with OpenBSD.

    • Monit - Monitoring Solution for Enterprise and SOHO Servers with FreeBSD

      The state of the network services offered by a company is the business card with which it presents itself to the world. Thanks to constant monitoring, it is possible to understand how and where to improve the infrastructure of the network in real time and detect any abnormalities.

    • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 8

      In the eighth part of our series on programming, we will refine our Jquery menu and start building a user friendly interface to add content.

    • A closer Look at the Changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2 – Part 2 - Directory Encryption using PEFS

      Last month we took a look at how PC-BSD is implementing ZFS boot-environments, which can be a life-saver for both servers and desktops. This month we will be looking at how PC-BSD uses the PEFS kernel level file system module to automatically encrypt your home directory and its contents, and how you can manually run PEFS for other sensitive data.

    • Intro to ZFS

      “The Z file system, originally developed by Sun™, is designed to use a pooled storage method in that space is only used as it is needed for data storage. It is also designed for maximum data integrity, supporting data snapshots, multiple copies, and data checksums. It uses a software data replication model, known as RAID-Z. RAID-Z provides redundancy similar to hardware RAID, but is designed to prevent data write corruption and to overcome some of the limitations of hardware RAID.”