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  • Centos 7 - Convert Minimal to Graphical GUI GNOME or KDE Desktop

    Did you just install the minimal version by accident or want to install the GUI?  No need to reinstall just tell yum to do the work for you! You could actually have both installed and choose one as your preference on demand (although many people prefer GNOME's simplicity). Step 1.) Install Gnome and/or KDE. To install the GNOME Desktop on Centos 7: yum -y groups install "GNOME Desktop" To........
  • How To Turn Any .iso file into a bootable USB drive

    This works for almost all ISO's I find (at least Linux based): sudo dd if=CentOS-6.9-x86_64-minimal.iso of=/dev/sdg bs=20M 20+1 records in 20+1 records out 427819008 bytes (428 MB) copied, 118.233 s, 3.6 MB/s   Of course change the .iso filename above and the /dev/sdg to your desired USB drive!........
  • Centos 6 how to guide convert LVM non-RAID into mdadm 1/10 RAID array live without reinstalling

    Here is the scenario you or a client have a remote machine that was installed as a standard/default minimal Centos 6.x machine on a single disk with LVM for whatever reason.  Often many people do not know how to install it to a RAID array so it is common to have this problem and why reinstall if you don't need to?  In some cases on a remote system you can't easily reinstall without physical or KVM access. So in this case you add a second physical or disk or already ha........
  • Ubuntu Linux Slow/Delayed SSH ping response Solution

    I've only ever seen this in Ubuntu for some reason and it is because of the /etc/nsswitch.conf settings. So the issue is that if the hostname's reverse DNS cannot be found that you need to go back to DNS which was not the default in this nsswitch.conf file for some strange reason. Edit /etc/nsswitch.conf and replace your "hosts" line with this: #hosts:          files dns mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] mdns........
  • Howto Convert Xen Image to KVM

    #count=10000 makes an image of 10000MB make sure your image is at least the same as your existing dd if=/dev/zero of=yourimage.img bs=1M count=10000 # losetup -fv newimage.raw # fdisk -cu /dev/loop0 # kpartx -a /dev/loop0 # dd if=<xenimage> of=/dev/mapper/loop0p1 # e2fsck -f /dev/mapper/loop0p1 # resize2fs /dev/mapper/loop0p1 # a lot of guides tell you to edit /etc/fst........
  • How to install GRUB to the MBR of a disk image.

     cat | grub --device-map=/dev/null Now pay close to the attention of the beginning. Type: "device (hd0) VPS.img" this is telling what hd0 will be to GRUB and we're telling it the disk image file "VPS.img" in the current directory is hd0, you can specify alternate paths and image names of course.     GNU GRUB  version 0.97  (640K lower / 3072K upper memory)  [ Minimal BASH-li........
  • scp not found - solution

    Some minimal installs of Centos may be missing the scp command, which is actually part of the "openssh-clients" package. scp not found yum install openssh-clients........
  • GRUB Solution to error "Error 6: Mismatched or corrupt version of stage1/stage2"

        GNU GRUB  version 0.97  (640K lower / 3072K upper memory)  [ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.  For the first word, TAB    lists possible command completions.  Anywhere else TAB lists the possible    completions of a device/filename.] grub> root (hd1,0)  Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0xfd grub> setup........
  • yum in Centos 5/Xen halts and exits suddenly

    yum exits in the middle The problem is this VPS seems to be an OpenVZ template from HyperVM.  The only way to make it work was to disable i386 packages since this was an x64 kernel.  That shouldn't be necessary but it was the only way to make yum stop quitting after the first package or two.  I couldn't find any issue by checking the logs either. echo y|yum install vim-minimal telnet expect jwhois net-tools slocate iptables elinks gawk L........
  • GRUB "Error 2: Bad file or directory type" 0.97 won

    You can see the problem below, GRUB recognizes my hard drive and sees the partitions but cannot access them.  This is from the GRUB boot disc I'm using. What happened is that I had some power issues causing this system's power to be interrupted several times and basically an on/off on/off situation. The system won't boot, I just get a flashing cursor and no message or error from GRUB.  Obviously the problem is that my MBR seems corrupt or some other issue. My........
  • SSH Slow Login even with SSHD UseDNS no parameter

    I couldn't understand why on one system it took a few minutes to get the SSH login prompt when connecting to other systems. The other systems all had the UseDNS parameter set to no, which almost always resolves the login prompt delay. The reason is Ubuntu and perhaps Debian and other distributions /etc/nsswitch.conf file Edit yours to have the "hosts" line like so (notice that files and dns are the primary resolution choice........
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