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IT@Home: Backing up my Ubuntu box

After much procrastination I finally got around to setting up the backup for my Ubuntu box. As little research on the net would indicate, doing a backup for Linux boxes are fairly straight forward with tar and cron doing most of the heavy lifting. Doing a tar on the whole file system is the easiest way to get the job done. Something like the following is usually sufficient.
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IT@Home: Avira Antivir irritations

aviraI have been a Avira Antivir premium subscriber for a while now. It has generally worked ok for me. But I used to have one single big source of irritation and it would crop up now and then. I just discovered one more when I went on an overseas trip recently and had to deal with bad connectivity.

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IT@Home: Monitoring QNAP NAS with Nagios

Once I had a Nagios server set up running on my network, I was trying to figure what would be a good way to monitor the status of my QNAP TS-209 Pro NAS box. It seems there are two possibilities – one is to use the NRPE and Nagios plugins port available on Optware IPKG and the other is to go down the SNMP route using the net-snmp package available as a part of the same Optware system, and use it in combination with check_snmp Nagios plugin. Here is what I ended up doing.

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IT@Home: Keeping an Eye on Things with Nagios

nagioslogo1For a while I wanted to have a network management console to rule over my home PC dominion. It would be nice to be able to monitor all the status of scheduled jobs on my various PCs. Having used things like HP Openview, etc. in the past, I always wanted to set up something similar at home. So I finally started to investigate it few months ago and I was surprised to find the range of Open Source options available to home users like me. This wikipedia page has a nice comparison of options that are out there. Most of the open source ones seem to aim for Linux server deployments with monitoring agents available for windows and other OSs. The architecture for most of these solutions consist of a network monitoring server and bunch of agents or slave servers sitting on different boxes.

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IT@Home: Personal Sitebar server integration with IE

Recently I started using Sitebar server on my Ubuntu box to centrally manage my bookmarks. I prefer this option over using my.sitebar.org hosted option. The server was fairly easy to deploy and install and setup of the extension for Firefox to use my personal Sitebar server instead of my.sitebar.org was quite straightforward. However when it came to IE on my XP laptop it seems the Sitebar addon for IE does not give you the option to change the Sitebar server location from my.sitebar.org. The easy way to get around that is to open up regedit, assuming you have registry modification privilege. Then search for the my.sitebar.org string in the registry parameter values. If your home Sitebar server is accessed as my.homeserver.org/sbar/ then replace the “my.sitebar.org” with this string in all of the occurrences.

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IT@Home: Backup Headaches

These days more and more I find myself feeling like one of our office IT admins. Only difference is I am doing it at home with various sharewares and trying not to make a career out of it. But it seems to suck up lot of time anytime something needs attention, because one thing leads to another. My approach has been one that has evolved through knocks and stumbles and common sense knowledge, while trying to keep time and money investment low, the former more than the latter. I try to use automation tools as much as possible, and someday I may get to manage everything from a single dashboard like a real management console.

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