Sysadmin Open Source Landscape

Idea I decided to take up a small side project. That is the reason why I didn’t write new blog posts in last month or two. (No I didn’t run out of topics to talk about ) The idea of a project came out of all those questions on the web, where people ask what

GMVault – Probably your nr. 1 email backup solution for Gmail

GMVault program It’s a neat little program I just recently discovered that lets you backup and restore your Gmail account along with your chat logs. It’s open source, can run on Mac, Windows and Linux. It’s really robust, prone to network/IMAP errors and fast. So far I used fetchmail to backup my Gmail emails, but

Amazon ELB and AutoScaling scripts

AutoScaling Amazon itself doesn’t provide Auto Scaling scripts, so you have to write your own ones. It’s up to you to decide when to start an instance and add it to loadbalancer. We can achieve this with API calls and for this purpose Amazon even provided a CLI. Link to CLI tools: http://aws.amazon.com/cli/ Problem Recently

Amazon ELB and Client side certificates

The problem Amazon’s ELB only allows you to setup loadbalancer with a normal SSL certificate and does not support 2 way SSL authentication. To overcome this issue, there are certain “hacks” you can make use of. At the time of writting this post, Amazon AWS was in the process of implementing this feature, but it

Creating bootable Windows USB from Linux

Intro Many of you probably have Linux for your desktop OS and therefore don’t have access to Microsoft’s DVD/USB tool that creates bootable USB from iso. I’ve had few issues in the past when I tried to make bootable USB from my windows.iso file. Pretty lame, but still… There used to be programs like winusb