I’ve got a project that I’m working on that requires a good server back end. It’s been a long time since I’ve done much with Debian (except Ubuntu). So I decided to go cutting edge and load the “etch” release. To make it a little easier since I’m just doing some testing I loaded it in the free version of Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2004 on my XP laptop. The install went smoothly. The only problem that I had was that VPC 2004 on supports 16 bit color so I had to boot into single user mode and edit the X11 setting to change it from 24 bit in order to get a usable desktop. Although my project doesn’t require a desktop, I thought I would check that out anyway. I runs like a charm, I loaded up ssh server and can do my work from cygwin while it runs in the back ground. Now that I have a base machine installed, I can start working on my project with it next week.
I’ve been wanting to try out BackTrack for a couple of weeks now. This distro is loaded, really loaded with all the security and network goodness you can think of. No more tracking down your favorite security tools and compiling and messing with dependancies anymore. This has them all (well all that I would use anyway). Its a live CD and is a easy as burn and boot. I haven’t even used a 1/4 of the tools loaded (haven’t need them all yet) and I can see this things getting a full install soon!
Based on a suggestion from bullfrog, I loaded up Sabayon Linux this week. Its one of the slickest looking distro’s I’ve loaded in a while. I normally focus on server side installs, but this is one nice looking desktop. Super simple to use and lots of eye candy. I didn’t get beyond the basic desktop user things and I can say I would recommend this to somebody getting started in linux.
Whew what a day. Work is just crazy lately. I had just enough spare time today install Ubuntu 6.06 inside a VMware image. Now I can play around with a few things since my play around box is now in production. It was super easy and works great.
Yesterday I installed the unix agent for backupexec 9.x on the Ubuntu 6.06 server. It went off without any problems and in 5 minutes I had a backup running to the backup server. I wasn’t expecting any problems and I didn’t have any, now thats a good feeling.
I also did and apt-get for cvs. I like keeping all my config files for the servers on a CVS server. On this machine i’m keeping the samba files and the backupexec config files in cvs. A also keep a whole bunch of scripts from over the years on cvs. So when I install a new box all I have todo is checkout the scripts folder and have all my tools ready to go.
I’m very happy with the performance of this server. Its running on an old P4 machine that was one a Win98 desktop. I’m considering migrating some of the other servers to Ubuntu now. I’m planning on doing a mock up migration of one of them soon to see how easy it is. Maybe I’ll get started next week on it.