Managing EC2 Configurations Using SVN

I am a big fan of using Subversion for things other than just versioning code.  In the past I have used SVN to manage configuration files across many servers.  Making it easy to deploy and (if needed) roll back changes.  It is also a big help on development servers for PHP developers to commit changes […]

Amazon EC2,S3,EBS,CloudFront. . .OH MY!

I have been working on some new projects since leaving my last job about 6 months ago.  One is to build an entire infrastructure that is highly available and redundant.  With Amazon Web Services this is a snap and almost makes my job obsolete.  With EC2, S3, EBS, and CloudFront you can build a scalable […]

OpenVPN Setup

I found the setup and configuration of OpenVPN to be very easy and straight forward.  Much easier than setting up IPSec for sure.  It was as easy as doing a yum install openvpn then editing the configuration file to fit my needs.  One thing I also installed was the OpenVPN Webmin module.  The way I […]

Monitoring Your Racks for Cheap

When we were setting up our locking cabinets at the new data center for my job I was wondering how to actively monitor the security around our cabinets. Being that only myself and the data center staff have keys to the cabinets I wanted to be able to monitor when anyone entered them. I came […]

I Love Me Some Zabbix!

For our new data center I considered using Nagios, Cacti, and Zabbix. At the time Zabbix had it’s 1.1 version in Beta and looked very promising. In the past I had used Nagios and Cacti with much success even though each has their own caveats. But from the test install I had done of Zabbix […]