How to Manage Linux Kernel Modules

Linux is the kernel for a variety of operating systems that power many of the world’s servers. Although the operating systems themselves are often commonly called Linux, the actual term refers specifically to this kernel and all of its parts. In addition to the components that are compiled into the kernel, Linux also supports modules […]

Full Virtualization vs. a Chroot Environment

Virtualization is extremely popular in the server world right now, and many organizations swear by it. Still, there are some IT people that will look at individual virtualization examples and say to you, “Why don’t you just use a chroot environment.” There are pros and cons to this method, and we will discuss the benefits […]

5 Benefits of Virtual Server Provisioning

In the old days, when you needed to deploy a new server, there was at least some legwork involved. You would have to find rack space, make sure the rack had enough power for a new server, install an image on the server, and, if the image is not exactly what you needed, customize it […]

Manage a KVM Guest with Virsh

KVM is a Linux-based virtualization system that allows you to virtualize a wide variety of operating systems and environments. When you want to manage your virtual machines or guests, you can use a program called virsh. As a command line tool, you can use virsh to manage guests and the hypervisor. It is built on […]

When Is Enterprise-Level Virtualization Necessary?

Virtualization can save your organization a lot of money, so it is no surprise that it has become a popular tool for server deployment. What once required 4 dedicated servers may now only need one server running four virtual machines. While enterprise-level virtualization is inexpensive compared to actual hardware, it is still not free. To […]

3 Levels of Linux Virtualization

When physical space is an issue but you have virtual space to spare, virtualization is a great way to consolidate multiple server instances into one machine. Linux is very flexible when it comes to virtualization and even has virtualization capabilities built into the kernel.
There are three levels of Linux virtualization that determine how the virtual […]

Build an Open Source Private or Hybrid Cloud with Eucalyptus

Building your own private or hybrid cloud sounds rather difficult, but with the right solution, you can create a stable AWS-compatible cloud and have user-friendly tools to manage it. Eucalyptus is one such solution. It is a free and open source cloud platform that follows industry standards to deliver an AWS-compatible cloud solution.
Eucalyptus works by […]

Server OS Profile: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) has a colorful past. Like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it was spawned from a commercial Linux distribution (SuSE Linux) primarily geared toward the desktop. In 2003, Novell acquired the german company SuSE Linux AG, and sought to reap the benefits from the already strong server base that the […]

How to Create a Virtual Machine in Cloudmin

There are many ways to create virtual machines and many virtualization tools you can use. KVM is one tool that is built into most Linux distributions. Cloudmin, an optional add-on for Virtualmin and Webmin, can provide a graphical interface for creating and managing virtual machines.
To create a virtual machine in Cloudmin, do the following:
1. Click […]

How to Setup and Use KVM: Part 3

This is the third part of a series on KVM. If you have not already read them, you should begin with part 1 and continue with part 2.
Once you have KVM installed, you should make sure that you have libvirt installed as well. If not, install it now.
# yum install libvirt
Next, […]

How to Setup and Use KVM: Part 2

This guide will describe how to install and setup KVM on a Red Hat/CentOS server. The end result will be a system capable of hosting multiple virtual machines, all of which operate on a bridge network, meaning they are equally accessible within the same LAN and would appear to a remote user as though they […]

How to Setup and Use KVM: Part 1

Virtualization is one of most important advancements in computing. It allows the user to run one operating system within another, accessing and interacting with the hardware as though it were running natively. Over the past decade, the technology has progressed to the point where you can now run a virtual machine at nearly the same […]

Managing Virtual Machines with Archipel

Virtualization gained many fans in 2011. More system administrators than ever before are seeing the benefit of creating virtual machines for a variety of purposes, from sectioning off business operations to hosting virtual private servers for customers. The more virtual machines you have, the more difficult it can be to manage all of them. Fortunately, […]

Choosing Between KVM and Xen

Virtualization can save you time and money when used efficiently. This has made it very popular for small, medium, and large sized data center operations. Whether you have a single server or a fleet of them, virtualization has its benefits.
KVM and Xen are two virtualization options for Linux servers, both with their advantages. Xen is […]

What to Do When You Forget Your Password

One of the worst feelings you can experience after putting so much time and effort into your dedicated server is to suddenly realize you are unable to control it. Aside from security breaches, the most common reason for this is that you forgot your password. Forgetting a user password is unfortunate, but not the end […]

Virtualization Options in CentOS

Virtualization is a method that allows a system administrator to run one instance of an operating system (called a virtual machine) within another. Each virtual machine operates as though it were a standalone dedicated server of its own, but it is really depending on the resources of its host.
Many commercial vendors offer virtualization options for […]

Virtual Windows Options on Linux Servers

In most circumstances, you will probably only run a single operating system on your server.  Dual booting makes little sense, as anything that normally runs on the other OS will be off while the current one is running.  For situations where you need two OSes, virtualization is a viable and increasingly popular solution.
On a Linux […]

How to Try Out Server Upgrades Before Installing

Major OS or software upgrades can be exciting for a system administrator, but they can also be a little frightening.  What if something breaks?  What if you lose everything and have hours or even days of down time?  This can be especially troubling if you have web applications and are […]

Long-term Server Virtualization

A virtual machine is a great tool for testing server implementations, web applications, and new operating system versions. It is also great for development environments and can even be used on mobile computers to make work easier. Nevertheless, there are also situations where you might benefit from long-term or permanent virtualization.
The essential premise […]

Using Virtualization to Host Multiple Operating Systems

In many cases, virtualization is used to create Virtual Private Servers (VPS), which essentially make small duplicates of the same operating system within directories that appear to the user as servers within themselves.
A VPS, however, is not the only use for virtualization. In some cases, you may actually want to run a completely different […]

When Your Server Goes Down

Although this may be difficult, the first thing to do is to remember not to panic. Staying calm will go a long way in making sure you can resolve the issue quickly and calmly. When operating a server remotely, your only assurance that a server is running is through its websites and through […]