How To Install Chef On CentOS 7

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What is Chef?

Chef is a popular, open-source, IaC (Infrastructure as Code) management tool. It eases administration, configuration, and deployment of server resources across a network from a central location. 

What is IaC?

IaC (or Infrastructure as code) is the procedure of provisioning, coordinating, and controlling servers via machine-readable files, that are defined in commonly reused records called cookbooks rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools.

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How to Install Python 3 on CentOS 7

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The CentOS 7 Linux distribution includes Python 2 by default. However, Python 2 is going to reach EOL on January 1, 2020. While some legacy applications might require access to Python 2 for various reasons, it’s vitally important to kick start new projects in Python 3.

In this tutorial, we are going to take a look at how to get up and running with Python 3 on a CentOS 7 server. Specifically, we will take a look at how to install Python 3 via the CentOS 7 package manager Yum as well as from source.

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How to Setup OpenVPN

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What is OpenVPN?

The OpenVPN software bundle is a set of open-source, virtual private network (VPN) applications used to create a direct, secure site-to-site connection that provides remote access between two locations. 

The OpenVPN Server consists of three main parts:

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Install Fail2Ban On CentOS 7

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What Is Fail2Ban?

Fail2ban is an open-source software that actively scans the servers log files in real-time for any brute force login attempts, and if found, summarily blocks the attack using the servers firewall software (firewalld or iptables). Fail2Ban runs as a background process and continuously scans the log files for unusual login patterns and security breach attempts.

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Siege: How to Benchmark Your Server

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What is Siege?

Siege is a remote host http/https regression testing and benchmarking tool that can be used to test the performance of your web server under duress to see how it will perform. 

It allows an admin or server owner to simulate hits or connections to a web server with a preconfigured number of concurrent connections from simulated users. By utilizing this software, these simulated users target the server and place it “under siege,” hence the name. The timeframe of the siege is measured in: 

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How to Install PhantomJS On CentOS 7

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What is PhantomJS?

In this article, we will be discussing PhantomJS. PhantomJS is, in the simplest of terms, is a headless browser (headless, meaning without a GUI) that utilizes a javascript API. This function makes the browser very useful when used for:

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How To Create A Software Install List

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to describe and explore ways to copy or backup your currently existing installed software titles into a single file for later use. We can then use this file to reinstall the software onto another system or clone the existing software across multiple Linux systems on or across a network. This method also prevents the need to install software titles one by one.

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Update: WHMCS CURL Bug

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WHMCS has discovered a problem in an earlier EA4 Curl Package introduced on CentOS servers.

Update!

UPDATE: This is reportedly fixed in ea-libcurl-7.67.0-2.2.1, so it should no longer be necessary to downgrade. (https://github.com/CpanelInc/libcurl/commit/7ca2bbb724ac54a3c41950c8736076953bf1429b)

Working versions:
* ea-libcurl-7.66.0-1.1.2.cpanel.x86_64
* ea-libcurl-7.67.0-2.2.1.cpanel.x86_64

Buggy version:
*ea-libcurl-7.67.0-1.1.2.cpanel.x86_64

Per https://forums.cpanel.net/threads/cpanel-curl-update-breaks-whmcs-enom-module.663449/ it may be necessary to restart PHP-FPM to apply the changes to the running PHP binaries.

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How to Install Microsoft SQL on Linux

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In this article, we will be discussing how to install Microsoft SQL or MSSQL on Linux. Microsoft SQL, colloquially referred to as MSSQL, is a relational database management system created by Microsoft. Open-source MySQL and PostgreSQL are typically synonymous with Linux distributions, but working with MSSQL on Linux is also supported. MSSQL offers some features that its open-source counterparts don’t, and depending on application requirements, it might be the right choice for an RDBMS. In this tutorial, we are going to walk through how to install MSSQL on CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 16.04.

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How to Install Snapcraft on Ubuntu/CentOS

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What is Snapcraft?

Snapcraft is a command-line utility for building snaps. This software allows users to build their own applications or software packages, and then publish them to the Snap store to be shared and utilized by other users! In this tutorial, we will learn how to install Snapcraft on Ubuntu and CentOS.

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