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But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV)

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PostHeaderIcon Upgrade WordPress without FTP info

I help maintain a site that runs WordPress, but we don’t have ftp access to the box it runs on.  So it makes doing WordPress upgrades a little difficult sometimes.  I came across a site that had a little work around for this though.  All you need to do is add “define(‘FS_METHOD’,’direct’);” to the end of your wp-config.php file.  Once that is done you should be able to apply the updates without being asked for any ftp info.
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PostHeaderIcon Lab Environment – Post 1

At work there are several of us that have wanted to be able to setup a lab environment for testing powershell scripts, configuration changes, training, and other things.  The way we’ve done it in the past is to run one or two VM’s on our desktops.  The problem with that is you usually can’t have enough VM’s running for a good lab.  We got the ok to purchase 4 servers from eBay that we could load up and have enough resources to run 15 to 20 VM’s without much problem.  I should note that the VM’s may run a little slow, but that can be expected for a lab setup.
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PostHeaderIcon Install NRPE on Linux

1. Go to: https://library.nagios.com/library/products/nagiosxi/documentation/268-installing-the-xi-linux-agent
2. Download the latest linux nrpe agent.
3. Extract the agent using: tar xzvf linux-nrpe-agent.tar.gz
4. CD to linux-nrpe-agent
5. Type: ./fullinstall
6. Provide the IP address of your Nagios server.
7. Add the server to Nagios.


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PostHeaderIcon Ubuntu Chrome Kiosk Setup

So at work we have a couple of computer setup in a public area that can be used to access our web site.  In the past we have used Windows XP and locked them down.  However, with support for XP coming to an end we needed to come up with another solution.  I wanted to branch out a bit (at least for me) and come up with a kiosk setup that used a Linux distro .  I came across  some really good options, but one of the requirements was that the browser should be Google Chrome.  Most of the sites I came across used FireFox as the browser.  I spent a few weeks searching and testing and finally came up with a working solution that uses Ubuntu 14.0.4LTS Desktop (x64), Openbox, and Google Chrome.  I used information from the web sites listed below to come up with this working kiosk.
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PostHeaderIcon Install Windows 7/8 from USB

Windows LogoHere is a link to a document I put together for preparing a USB drive for installing Windows 7 or 8.

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