A 41-post collection

How to Manage Your CrashPlan Server Remotely

In my previous posts, I've explained how to Install CrashPlan on a Headless Linux Server and then how to use SSH port forwarding to manage it from a Windows desktop.  In this post, I'll show you how to control your headless CrashPlan server without the need for SSH - meaning »

SSH Two Factor Authentication

Here at Liquidstate, we have a few Linux systems that have their SSH daemons exposed to the Internet. In this post, I'll show you how we've used the Google Authenticator App to enable Two Factor Authentication for remote (SSH) logins. Once enabled, your Linux system will require a six-digit security »

Dropbox Two Factor Authentication

You've no doubt wondered how secure your password is; the short story is that it isnt!  Two-factor authentication has been used for online banking for years, but it is now an increasingly common option for logging in to online services like Google and Dropbox that requires something the user knows »

Using RemoteApp with VMware ESXi in 7 Easy Steps

Have you tried XP Mode in Windows 7?  Or VMware Unity in Workstation?  Quite cool isn't it!  Wouldn't it be nice if you could have the same seamlessly integration of applications running on a remote computer or from a virtual machine running on a VMware ESXi host?  Well . . . you can! »

Installing CrashPlan on a headless Linux Server

Installing CrashPlan is really easy.  The installer has its own (text-based) installation script that will fetch a copy of the latest software and pre-requisites, like a compatible Java Runtime Environment.  Once installed, the CrashPlan agent will automatically update itself when a new version becomes available. So, lets go ahead and »

Don't forget to backup your home file server too!

I recently had an interesting chat with my wife about prized belongings.  If there was a fire in our house and we could only grab one (materialistic) thing as we ran for the door, what would it be?  The answer surprised me: "your server thingy". As with most »

Enabling NTLM Authentication (Single Sign-On) in Firefox

If like me you use Firefox within a corporate environment, you perhaps repeatedly get prompted for your username and password when you use internal web applications whereas Internet Explorer just lets you log right in using Single Sign-On (SSO).  Some people don't realize it, but Firefox is capable of NTLM »

Basic Business Continuity

The topic of Business Continuity isn't exactly the most riveting topic in the world, but its an area of IT that's close to my heart and one that seems to be regularly forgotten, misunderstood, or simply just poorly implemented.  After working with a variety of organisations, the problem appears to »

Logitech Squeezebox

Here at Liquidstate, we have a growing family of Logitech Squeezebox devices. For those that don't know, Squeezebox is a range of network music players originally from Slim Devices, who were aquired by Logitech.  Much like their more expensive and arguably more popular Sonos counterparts, the Squeezebox devices can play »

Using Disk Labels

In linux, hard drives are referred to as devices and are represented as pseudo files in /dev. For example, the first partition of the second lowest numbered SCSI drive is /dev/sdb1. If the drive referred to as /dev/sda is removed, then the remaining partition is automatically renamed /dev/ »