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Use Your VPN Connection in a Linux CentOS VirtualBox Instance

Running Oracle’s VirtualBox on a Microsoft Windows 7 desktop to test applications and operating systems has proven to be very productive. As a result of a VPN connection using Citrix, a VirtualBox VM of CentOS 6.5 Linux could not connect to the remote network. After combing through the Internet, a solution is born. I know that there are many variables…

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Install Adobe Reader on CentOS 6.5

While perusing through the Internet, I found this site called iF !1 0 “If Not True then False“. I found this write-up on how to install Adobe Reader on one of many different flavors on Linux. I couldn’t pass up on this, since I was in the hunt for Adobe Reader. The process worked great, so here is my slight…

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The Easiest Method To Install Adobe Flash on CentOS/RHEL

This should be easy, install Adobe Flash on a Linux operating system to watch Youtube videos in Firefox. After an hour or so fighting with Adobe Flash, through every method I could find on the Internet, I finally found one that worked, the first time! There are many who write of downloading a compressed file and extracting the needed file...

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Linux: A Homemade script to monitor your websites

It was discovered days later that one of my websites was offline displaying only 500 error messages. As it turned out, it was as a result of the .htaccess files. The .htaccess files did not include <IfModule XXXXX> </IfModule> around the directives. Tracking down the offending lines, it was determined that the lines were all part of the mod_headers.c module....

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A Quick Guide to VNC Server on CentOS 6

After searching through several guides, all complete in one way or another, however, not complete enough, I put the pieces together into this guide. This particular configuration is a basic VNC server with two users. After creating the second user, the process can be repeated for additional users. Install the VNC Server Edit the /etc/sysconfig/vncservers file. Note that on the…

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Windows XP: Blue Screen After Installing SP3

On a relatively fresh installation of Windows XP with SP2 on a Compaq Presqrio desktop running an AMD processor, Windows XP SP3 was applied. After an apparently successful installation, upon reboot, at the Windows XP logo, the system quickly flashed a blue screen of death and rebooted. Fortunately, I was able to login to the computer in safe mode to…

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Convert a CentOS 6 install to a Scientific Linux 6 install

CentOS, Scientific Linux ("SL"), and Oracle Linux are all based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux ("RHEL") code base. Though there are differences between them, the similarities are more than not. For whatever the reason, there are documented processes that permit the conversion from one of the aforementioned Linux distros to another. This conversion will document another approach based on...

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RPM –import vs GPG –import

GPG keys are stored in the /etc/pki/rpm-gpg directory, as part of the CentOS 6/RHEL 6 install. Looking though the contents of this directory, files like RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-release exist. To actually use the key to verify packages, it must be imported. The following command provides the contents of /etc/pki/rpm-gpg There are two seemingly independent methods to import the keys: one using gpg,...

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