In this tutorial, I’ll show you how easy it is to setup file sharing on your network using SAMBA. You can easily share files between Linux and Windows machines with a pretty minimal amount of setup.
What we need is a good bootable live USB stick for Windows. I’ve said this many times over the years, and hacked together things to make that very thing happen, but nothing that worked really well. So when the folks at Spyrus sent me a Windows to Go USB to check out, I was pretty excited.
I’m often asked this question: “hey, you’re a Linux guy right? What Linux should I use? I have this friend who recommends _____ and I want to know what you think?” I usually reply with the same question: what do you want to do? So I decided to make a blog post about it that I can send people instead.
Like many geeks of the time I spent the 90s and 2000s with at least 2 or 3 old computers in a closet, connected by a switch running various operating systems with various services running on them. Giant, loud, clunky machines whirring away.
All the theory, calculations, and estimations in the world aren’t going to tell you how your website will truly perform under a load. If you’re deploying a new server, or doing any kind of performance enhancements you don’t want to test your results in production. It’s always a good idea to see how your system behaves before your visitors do. To do that, you can use a load testing tool, and here are a few I use quite frequently.
Update: I’ve featured these tools is my latest IIS course on Pluralsight, IIS Administration in Depth, check it out!
I must admit I was surprised when I learned that Microsoft SQL Server would be availble in Linux. They’ve been pushing the open source initiative hard, but I didn’t expect something this big. Oh yeah, Visual Studio is now available for Mac as well. I just saw a pig flying by.
While MS-SQL is not open source they have made it available to run on open source platforms such as Linux and OSX, which I can imagine took a ton of work. So I decided to take advantage of this new option and try it out. It works great! It took 5 minutes to install. Here’s how you can do it too. Note that you will need a server with 3.5 gigs of RAM for this.
I saw an advertisement for dry ice claiming it cools 5 times better than wet ice. Out of curiosity I had to know if this were true, or at the very least see how much better dry ice performs. I thought I’d gather up a Raspberry Pi and some sensors and find out, using some techniques from my Hands on Internet of Things course released recently.
Application Pools in IIS can be somewhat of a mystery. Since they’re created for you automatically many times Administrators don’t give them a second thought. But understanding application pools is crucial to having a good running IIS server.
I cover this and other IIS Administration topics in my IIS Administration Fundamentals course at Pluralsight. Check it out!
Great news! I finally got my IoT course done! It took a long time to develop, and a lot of learning but totally worth it. This is not really a post advertising it but just a quick talk about the process.
In this article I’ll be reviewing the Netgear Prosafe WAC730 Wireless Access Point. This is a WAP geared towards small to medium sized businesses, and is designed to compliment your existing network. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the Netgear Ambassador Program. They sent me this unit to try out, and after extensive evaluation here’s what I think.