Syslog server on Lenny

So, I installed VMWare Server on my Windows Server 2003 box the other day. Downloaded a Debian Lenny image and got it running. Never dealt with VMWare Server so it's pretty neat to configure virtual machines from a convenient web interface. The web interface was having issues at first, of which I tracked down to IIS. The web UI runs on port 8333 and IIS runs on port 80 of course. Disabled IIS and the web UI was up and running.


How to: Simple load balancer setup for web servers

I finally put together a load balancing setup together this weekend, and I'm surprised it was this easy.

What you'll need is three servers, two web servers and one server for the load balancer. It's not recommended that you only use one load balancer since it's a single point of failure (SPOF) but I only had one extra server on hand. For this tutorial, I used Debian Lenny.


First thing's first, download and install pound on your load balancer. 


Dual booting Debian

Getting Debian set up to dual boot with XP is extemely easy. I installed it to a second harddrive, installed GRUB to the MBR of the first drive and auto detected XP! The only thing now that's pissing me off is trying to get the NVIDIA drivers to work, so I can have triple monitors under Debian. Gah! I've tried everythimg but it's not working.

I built a Twitter PHP bot (sorta) the other day. It updates itself if one of the servers are down. I'll release the source or something.

Anyway, I'm off to go watch TV or something....mmmm TV...........

Log server/firewall

Flippy, my webserver which died back in December/November-ish has been sitting my desk, lifeless. So, I decided to turn it into a log server and firewall (running Debian, of course). I'll post some pics and specs later on.
I was looking into getting a switch (over a hub, which I have now). I think it would greatly improve my network performance (A D-Link DES-1024D 24 port 10/100).

Anyway, I haven't made any money with AdSense or PayPal donations, so that sorta sucks....

Debian on my Eee

I installed Debian on my 701 4GB Eee the other day. Runs perfectly, I couldn't ask for more. The only thing I need to fix is wifi. I either use the MadWifi or the Atheros drivers. Doesn't sounds too hard, I had it working before...apparently. Not sure if sound works or not, I don't use it that much so I disabled it in the BIOS to save power.

Something is wrong with my server.... I tried to access it via SSH & HTTP and nothing. Turn on the monitor; kernel panic. Whatever, I rebooted. CRC error. Rebooted; works fine but Apache doesn't start.

Debian Web Server

Well, I turned one of my [8] computers into a file/web/FTP/SSH/etc.. server. I got a free DNS so far, and its working great. And of course, its running Debian, the greatest distro of all time. Instead of wasting time installing PHP, Apache, etc.. separately, I just used LAMPP (XAMPP), which isn't very secure, or so I've read. I also got another HDD mounted as /opt so all the files are mounted on their. Oh, thats right..the spec of the server:
Intel Pentium III @ 450mhz
512Mb RAM
10GB HDD as /
40GB HDD as /opt