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How AWS Became the Favorite of Engineering

AWS, with its commanding market share in the world of cloud, relies heavily on engineering organizations for its success. We’ve explored the reasons for this in previous articles. What it boils down to is that Amazon’s cloud platform is more geared toward the way...

How To: Move Git Commits From One Branch to Another

Git encourages developers to use branches during their development process as a means of coordinating and managing changes to the master branch. Git does not force any particular strategy for doing so and consequently, several popular branching strategies have...
How to monitor Windows servers using Nagios and NSClient

How to monitor Windows servers using Nagios and NSClient

One of the best monitoring software packages available for system administrators is Nagios. It's free, open source, has a large community of developers and users for support and can be relied upon to provide outstanding monitoring for mission critical devices. As part...

Network Monitoring with Cacti

Network Monitoring with Cacti

In my initial blog post, I explained a little bit about Nagios, and how it can be configured to monitor any networking device or server.  Nagios' basic operation is this: Define a check Execute the check at a specified interval Take the result of the check and...

License Management and Monitoring using X-Formation License Statistics

License Management and Monitoring using X-Formation License Statistics

Over the past year, I have been doing a lot of work with clients who use high-end CAD and/or EE software tools from respected vendors like Cadence, Synopsys, and Mentor Graphics. The majority of these software tools require a license server to be setup on your local...

Running Pro/INTRALINK 3.4 on Windows 7, 64-bit

Running Pro/INTRALINK 3.4 on Windows 7, 64-bit

I recently came across a forum post asking for advice on the combination of running Pro/Intralink 3.4 on Windows 7 64-bit. In short, I’m happy to report that we’ve been using this combination without incident: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1, PTC...

Creating a low cost, high performance ESX cluster

Creating a low cost, high performance ESX cluster

As Senior Systems Integrator for SPK and Associates, a California based IT services company specializing in infrastructure management services, I recently completed an interesting project.  The goal was to create an ESX cluster for a small engineering group...

How to setup a weekly backup job with Bacula

How to setup a weekly backup job with Bacula

In my last post, I gave an overview of Bacula, the enterprise-level free backup software. For this post I wanted to dig into the software a bit more and show how simple it is to setup a weekly backup job. One of the first things we do at SPK when working with a new...

How to Create Google Charts with Python

How to Create Google Charts with Python

The goal of a typical system administrator is to get a job or task done as quickly as possible, without worrying about how elegant a solution might be.  Reusing any existing scripts, tools, or utilities are always the first line in tackling the job.  Often times, the...