No Space on the boot Partition

When I installed my Ubuntu Linux virtual machines I just let the installer do whatever it felt was right in terms of disk partitioning. In hindsight that was probably a mistake because it gave me a separate 256Mb boot partition. While this partition is large enough to store several kernels I do find myself running out of space about twice a year if I keep the servers up to date.

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Ubuntu Install – GRUB on the USB

It seems like only yesterday that I was installing Red Hat from floppy disks. Fortunately things have moved on a bit and now I generally install Ubuntu from a USB stick. The other day though I ran into a new problem. At the end of the process the installer asks if you’d like to install GRUB, I answered yes and unfortunately it proceeded to place GRUB on the USB install media.Continue reading

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Simpler KVM Network Configuration

In the series of articles I wrote discussing the installation of KVM on Ubuntu I spent articles 2 and 3 discussing the network set up but it occurred to me that it was actually an unnecessarily difficult set up and so in this article I’ll discuss a simpler KVM network configuration set up.Continue reading

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KVM Migration Problems

I recently experienced some KVM migration problems while moving virtual machines from my development laptop to my server. The laptop has a Core i7 processor but the server is running a Core i5 and, as you might expect, they have different features available. In this article I’ll explain what I did to fix my KVM migration problems.Continue reading

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SonarQube on Ubuntu 14.04

SonarQube (previously just Sonar) is an open source code quality tool. In this short series of articles I’ll be installing and configuring SonarQube on Ubuntu 14.04. Installing SonarQube on Ubuntu is just part of a wider continuous integration (CI) server build that I’ve been performing. Previous articles include installing Artifactory and Java 8.Continue reading

BIND Query Refused

I’ve just set up a new BIND DNS server for a new network. I configured the network in a way I’ve not done before which was to have the servers on a different subnet to the regular machines and other devices. I prefer this set up but it has resulted in me having to do some reading up about network configuration. Anyway, all was going well until I switched over to my new DNS server…Continue reading

Increasing the Size of a qcow2 Image Under KVM

I like to keep my disk images as small as reasonably possible when running virtual machines as I find it just generally makes life easier. Combined with the fact that if you are running LVM it’s easy to expand the disk there’s really no excuse for over specifying on the disk at install time. This guide shows you step by step how to expand a qcow2 disk image and then how to give the guest the extra space. Continue reading