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OpenVPN Access Server on Ubuntu

I recently retired my OpenVPN Turnkey appliance and needed to get my VPN solution up and running again. I decided to go with installing OpenVPN Access Server on a clean install of Ubuntu Server to create a stable and lightweight¬†Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access my network. I chose to go with OpenVPN AS because […]

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The mcrypt extension is missing. Please check your PHP configuration

After a quick LAMP install, I decided to install PhpMyAdmin. Logging into I noticed a warring message that read: The mcrypt extension is missing. Please check your PHP configuration To resolve this I attempted the following: Elevated my console to root (sudo -i) apt-get install mcrypt apt-get install php5-mcrypt (no need because the previous command […]

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Tech Short: Ubuntu Server System Information on login

If you have run Ubuntu Server you may have noticed that each time you log into your system via SSH system information ¬†status are displayed. I have wondered this for a while now and tonight I found out. The command to reproduce this information is landscape-sysinfo This command is run from /etc/update-motd.d/50-landscape-sysinfo and exists when […]

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Installing Open-VM Tools on Ubuntu Server

I have been using Ubuntu Server to host many of my projects here at home; everything from my media servers, testing systems and web/blog site. I have install the VMware tools in the past and ran into issues or just found them to break. At best I just need the¬†minimal the tools offer, and this […]

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Howto: Upgrade Ubuntu Version of Server

To upgrade from Ubuntu server system to the latest server: 1- install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed: sudo apt-get install update-manager-core 2- This is optional, you can update without doing this: Edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; 3- Launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d and follow the on-screen […]