Brocade: Health Check Commands

In this post I will be showing you some Brocade switch commands to check the health status of your Brocade switches. You can run these commands by connecting to your Brocade via SSH using your Terminal or Putty. While this isn’t really a Linux guide, Brocade switches do run on Linux and this guide may be useful for system administrators …

A Newbie’s Guide To Piping In Linux

Today I will be showing you how to use piping or pipe commands in Linux. Piping is used to take the output from one command and “pipe” it into another command. An example of this would be listing all your drives on an HP server with hpacucli and then piping it into grep to search for the term “fail” so that …

Bash: Passing Arguments Through Curl

In this quick guide I will show you how to pass arguments to scripts while using curl. Sometimes you may have a script that you wish to curl multiple times or on multiple servers but also need to pass arguments to them. Rather than wget, chmod, and then execute, you can curl and pipe said script directly into bash with …

How To Check IP Address In Linux

In this guide I will be showing you how to check both your internal and external IP addresses in Linux. The difference between these two types of IP addresses are that external IP addresses are the IP addresses that servers and other computers will see whenever there is a connection, while the internal is for communicating with your switch, router, …

How To Connect To OpenVPN In Linux

In this guide I will be showing you how to connect to your OpenVPN server using a Linux desktop. The following guide should work regardless of whether you are running Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora or any other Linux distribution.  You will need root or sudo access in order to connect to your VPN.

How To Change Time Zone In Linux

Today I will be showing you how to quickly and easily change your time zone on a Linux system. To do this we will be searching for the closest time zone file New York for example, and then copying it over /etc/localtime. This file is what your system uses to get the local time, you should not try to edit …

Restarting vs Reloading A Linux Service

If you are making changes to configuration files such as Apache or Postfix for example, you will need to either restart or reload the service for the changes to take effect. So what is the difference between a Linux service reload and a Linux service restart?