Category Archives: HOWTO

Debian Squeeze (6) ends support – time to upgrade

February 29th, 2016 marks the end of LTS Support for Debian Squeeze, which is still used by many of our customers.  This means that updates for known security issues will no longer be produced and over time, a server running … Continue reading

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Don’t let the OOM killer stop MySQL

Many of our customers are successfully using MySQL (or MariaDB) databases on their servers, and they usually run fine as installed and do not need any special attention. However, occasionally problems can occur with MySQL, and this may indicate that … Continue reading

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Using Vagrant to Manage Rimu VPS systems

Vagrant is high level wrapper around virtualization and configuration management software. It simplifies the creation and management of easily reproduceable environments. It is particularly suited for development and test enviroments where servers are brought up and down frequently. It can … Continue reading

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WordPress + nginx quick setup

WordPress is a very popular blogging platform. We have a number of posts on how to set it up and keep it up to date on here already. In general those methods focus on deploying under the Apache web server. … Continue reading

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Running Vagrant in your VPS

Vagrant is often used to set up development environments in a standardized way, so that your software project deployed via vagrant has a standard environment with all the operating system components and set-up it needs to work properly. It creates … Continue reading

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Restoring an Exploited WordPress files

I previously had a 10 step process to replace all the files in a wordpress, this got rid of most file based exploits. Since then i have written a shell script that pretty much incorperates that wget http://blog.rimuhosting.com/files/restorewordpress.sh chmod +x … Continue reading

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Tuning apache for production use

Apache is probably the most common web service our customers use. It is an amazingly powerful and mature tool for serving all your website needs. And is very easy to get up and running with Our team is often asked … Continue reading

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Connecting to MySQL from external sources + IPTables

By default, MySQL only allows local connections. This is due to security, and for the most part works just fine for most people. Ideally you can use things like PHPMyAdmin for things like this, or even command line. Occasionally people … Continue reading

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Sync live sites to in-house dev servers

One of our customer found it tedious to sync his live websites to his dev servers, it involved using FTP (since he had no version control) as well as the database. The files were over 2GB by themselves, so it … Continue reading

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CPanel Upgrades break Cookie IP validation

A few people have done upgrades on their WHM/CPanel found the default change to 'Cookie IP validation' is now giving them the message that their IP address has changed. The easy fix is to change this from Strict to Loose, … Continue reading

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