System Monitoring Tools for SysAdmins


Need to monitor Linux server performance? Try these built-in command and a few add-on tools. Most Linux distributions are equipped with tons of monitoring. These tools provide metrics which can be used to get information about system activities. You can use these tools to find the possible causes of a performance problem. The commands discussed below are some of the most basic commands when it comes to system analysis and debugging server issues such as:

1. Finding out bottlenecks.
2. Disk (storage) bottlenecks.
3. CPU and memory bottlenecks.
4. Network bottlenecks.

Using Rsnapshot and SSH


An excellent tutorial on how to configure secure remote backups using rsnapshot and root ssh. Includes details on all the steps necessary to secure your root ssh keys and limit access.

Using LVM to migrate a CentOS system to a mirrored RAID


I recently had to migrate a CentOS 5 system from a single hard drive to a mirrored RAID configuration. Since I had set up the system with LVM originally I was able to do this (mostly) seamlessly while the machine was in production. This howto details the steps I took and the commands necessary to migrate the system.

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