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Using Munin to monitor a Debian Squeeze server

Again, here is a tutorial article exposing the recipe I use to cook a Munin on a Debian Squeeze. As usual, let’s start by installing the main Munin package: $ aptitude install munin FYI, the version that aptitude choose to install was Munin 1.4.5. The default configuration coming …
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MGE Ellipse 750 UPS on Debian Squeeze

My home server is protected by an MGE Ellipse 750 UPS for years. I bought it for several reasons: it’s affordable, has good capacity and is Ubuntu certified. I also read back then rumors implying that Nut’s maintainer was employed by MGE. Having a hardware manufacturer employing a …
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Keep a Debian fresh thanks to cron-apt

As I mentioned in an old comment, I use cron-apt to keep my Debian servers fresh. This post is just a quick reminder to my future self, about how I setup cron-apt on my machines. First we install the package: $ aptitude install cron-apt Then we configure it: $ sed -i 's …
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Setting up HDD’s SMART monitoring on Debian Squeeze

Here is how I setup SMART monitoring and maintenance of an array of Hard-Disk Drives running a Debian Squeeze. First, let’s install the smartmontools package: $ aptitude install smartmontools We now have to check that SMART is activated on our drives: $ smartctl -a /dev/sdb | grep "SMART support is: Enabled …
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