How To Check the Kernel Version in Linux / Ubuntu / CentOS

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In this article and related video, we will be discussing how to check the kernel version in both Ubuntu and CentOS Linux. The following command works with all Linux distributions, such as Red Hat, CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu. It also works on other UNIX-like operating systems such as HPUX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, etc. Use the following command to check which kernel version your server is currently running:
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Install Puppet on Ubuntu 18.04

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What is Puppet?

In this tutorial, we will install Puppet on a Ubuntu 18.04 server. Puppet is an open core, server based, task management type of automation software that is primarily used to limit your interactions for many of the mundane, day to day server tasks that used to require personal intervention. 

This software allows you as the server owner to delegate specific functions to the software, thereby freeing you up for more critical business efforts. Puppet is a master/client based system that can interact with both Windows and Linux servers. The Puppet master server is run from a Linux server (a small downside given the time and effort it will save in the long run) but, can control efforts on other server types as well.
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Using The One-Time Secret Tool In Manage

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In order for one of our clients to start using the ‘one time secret’ tool within manage, you will need to login to the Manage portal to get started. Typically, passwords are not meant to be shared. Unfortunately, sometimes you will need to share a password or other sensitive data with the support admin you are working with. Regrettably, trying to pass along individuals character over the phone can be frustrating, annoying, and overly time consuming, and more so when a password is long and if the phone has a bad connection.

So, what can we do when it is time to share a password with support? Using the One Time Secret tool in your Liquid Web account allows you and your Heroic Support admin to share a password in a safe and secure manner that will enable them access to your password or other sensitive data.

The One Time Secret tool is also useful when you need us to change a server’s root password for you or, we need a cpanel password to assist you with a support request.

Note:
The username and IP address of the secret submitter are kept in logs stored internally, as well as timestamps for submission, and retrieval or expiration.

So, how do we access and utilize this tool? Let’s jump right in…

  1. Log into your Liquid Web account.
  2. From the home page of your account, click on Account in the left side menu and then, one the “Secrets” tab.secrets tab
    Warning:
    One Time Secret is not available for HIPAA customers.
  3. This will open the One-Time Secret home page.
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  4. Click Create New One-Time Secret.create new button highlighted
  5. Enter the message or password you need to share with us. This will encrypt the message and store it in an internal database.secret created
  6. Click Submit One-Time Secret to save your password. Click the link below to view the secure one-time secret.

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Both you and the admin can now view the password. Passwords are decrypted when the secret is viewed.

Caution:
Your secret is only viewable once before it is removed forever. Additionally, if the secret is not viewed within 24 hours, it is removed from the One Time Secret tool.

Have more questions about this tool? Reach out to one of our Heroic Support admins 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by creating a ticket at support@liquidweb.com, opening a chat with us or giving us a call at 1-800-580-4985. We are always looking forward to providing an answer to any questions you may have!

Thank you for hosting with Liquidweb!

Top Ten 2019 Password Security Standards

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Here are the top ten password security standards and specification for 2019. Use these tips to increase your overall security and remember, your server is only as secure as your weakest password or point of authentication.

Follow these top 10 best practices for 2019 to better protect all of your information.

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CentOS vs Ubuntu: 15 Factors to Consider!

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Let the Battle Begin!

Today we will be reviewing the major differences between CentOS and Ubuntu in a web hosting environment. Although this is not a fully comprehensive analysis of every single aspect of the numerous in-depth features of each operating system, it should provide a solid overview which will allow you to choose which system is best suited for your needs. Without further ado, let’s jump right in…

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Choosing An SSL Certificate

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Which one is right for you? 


You have invested your time and money and worked hard to build the perfect website that clearly reflects the amazing features of all of your products. You are finally ready to launch but, you also want to ensure that when your clients go to buy one of your products, their transactions are safe and secure. You may be thinking to yourself… 

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How to Install and Configure Puppet on CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu or Opensuse

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What is Puppet?

lookPuppet is an intuitive, task-controlling software which provides a straightforward method to manage Linux and Windows server functions from a central master server. It can perform administrative work across a wide array of systems that are primarily defined by a “manifest” file, for the group or type of server(s) being controlled.

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How to Install Squid Proxy Server on Ubuntu 16.04

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A Squid Proxy Server is a feature rich web server application that provides both reverse proxy services and caching options for websites. This provides a noticeable speedup of sites and allows for reduced load times when being utilized.

Squids reverse proxy is a service that sits between the Internet and the webserver (usually within a private network) that redirects inbound client requests to a server where data is stored for easier retrieval. If the caching server (proxy) does not have the cached data, it then forwards the request on to the webserver where the data is actually stored. This type of caching allows for the collection of data and reproducing the original data values stored in a different location to provide for easier access.

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