Category: Walk Through Technote

BTF – New PC Alert!

Hello Internet,

You are cordially invited to attend the retirement party of R&D’s workstation, this mustard color case resembles Dwight Schrute (from you know where) is our workhorse doing all kinds of work since 2006. Here are a few photos from Flickr we took back then when we first bought the components.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/binarytaskforce/tags/computer/

Throughout the years, most of the components lasted and we only had to replace the power supply and video card.

Front of a completed case

Collating Pages in PDF files

In front of you a 10 page double-sided report in hard copy you are asked to produce in PDF format under 5 minutes. Not an issue as you glanced at the auto document feeder of your multi-function printer. You casually walked towards the printer, loaded the document and just about to hit that “SCAN” button, your face turned white as you found the scanner has no double-side scanning function.

Debian 8 (Jessie) – All-in-one installation notes

Hey Readers

As you may know already, we made the jump from Fedora last week.

After a weekend of Debian Linux manual reading and catch up, we completed out first Debian server in our lab. Here is our technical note for those who need to build a similar server in a rush. As all Systems and Network administrators will agree, ” The best plan is a well defined plan.” so start laying out what you need and create a check list. Preparation is king! (While you are reading this, you better off started your Debian distribution download.)

Network Monitoring Station

Setting up a Network Monitoring Station

We all have important equipment running on our network, from a corporate database server, network drive share to an office wifi access point. We want them running all the time and thus we need to keep an eye on them. Introducing a network monitoring station.

Network monitoring station is a computer (server) that does all sorts of monitoring work within your network environment. Special characteristics as follow:

  • It is ON and running on your network at all time
  • It needs to able to “see” and “communicate” with the devices that you want it to monitor
  • It surveys your network, checking devices (you specify) with logging and reports findings via email
  • It graphs so you will have a better view of capture over time
  • Admin uses client (browser) to access network monitoring server and view report, real time graphs, etc.

In this blog we document our build. Setting up is easy at first, then progressively getting harder when comes to configure Cacti to monitor your devices, some learning curves involved but most are straight forward.

Lets go.