Using libcloud with RimuHosting

Libcloud.org has merged our RimuHosting driver into their Python library.  All of our api functionality isn't included in that driver, but there are a number of handy things that you can do via just a smattering of python code.  I'm going to write a few articles on this topic to demonstrate some of the cool… Continue reading Using libcloud with RimuHosting

External MX Records

I see this particular problem about once or twice a day it seems and probably have for as long as I've worked at Rimu. Sometimes customers opt to have their email handled via a 3rd party mail service (google apps, for example).  If the hostname of your server is example.com and you're trying to send… Continue reading External MX Records

Spam Addresses

I hate spam.  I really hate spam.  I guess everybody can relate to that.  I not only hate spam, but I don't like receiving correspondence from some website that made me register to view some content or post a message, some site that that I've ordered from or any other place that I've had to… Continue reading Spam Addresses

Linux permissions, package management, chattr

A customer emailed in today with a fresh install and was having problems with a basic upgrade. I tried running a yum update from the Webmin control panel, and got this error for the 'rpm' package: Updating : rpm [ 73/147]Error unpacking rpm package rpm-4.4.2.3-18.el5.i386 error: unpacking of archive failed on file /etc/cron.daily/rpm: cpio: rename… Continue reading Linux permissions, package management, chattr

Announcing the RimuHosting REST-ful API

Announcing the RimuHosting API The RimuHosting API is an programmable interface to manage some of RimuHosting services. It lets you do things like setup new VPSs, add memory or disk to existing VPSs, check your data transfer usage, grab host server load stats, reboot servers, and most other actions that until now you could only… Continue reading Announcing the RimuHosting REST-ful API

checking the checksums of your binary packages

Occasionally you just want a bit of piece of mind about your server or Linux install. You may suspect there is somebody who has hacked your computer or even something changed by a package install that shouldn't have been. Heres a couple of ideas on how to do a quick 'health' check on he md5sum… Continue reading checking the checksums of your binary packages