Using PuTTY for Key-Based SSH Login

If you are on Windows and need to “shell” into a Linux machine then PuTTY is the tool of choice. For password based logins it’s as simple as entering the IP address or name of the machine you want to connect to but for key based logins things get a little more complicated. This guide will show you how to generate a key pair and use it to quickly and efficiently log into a machine. The target machine that I will be logging into is a virtual machine living in an OpenStack cloud, by default these machines don’t allow password based login.Continue reading

Applying Updates on ESXi 5

I was recently faced with the task of having to apply updates to an server running ESXi 5. Now, you would think that this would be a pretty simple job but it actually turned out to be more difficult that I would have though. The main problem was that I couldn’t find any concise instructions. I found a couple of guides but they were so complex I was pretty sure something would go wrong before I got to the end. Hopefully this guide is so simple nothing can go wrong…Continue reading

ReadyNAS Ultra 4 – Rsync over SSH

You might wonder why an article about the ReadyNAS Ultra 4 is filed under the Linux category but there is a very good reason for this. Under the hood the ReadyNAS Ultra range (and the Pro range) are basically just little Debian based machines running Intel Atom x86 processors. This, from my point of view, is a really good thing because it means I can make up for some of it’s short comings.Continue reading