Administering a Serial-over-LAN (RMCP+) based installation of Debian Jessie entirely through console

The recent addition of four 16GB DDR3 DIMM modules to my VM server (Octeron) has seen its RAM capacity double from 64GB to 128GB thus facilitating the creation of even bigger virtualised environments. Subsequent testing of the new RAM modules »

Installing Debian Jessie on a Dell XPS 13 9350 via a custom Debian Installer ISO with complete hardware support

Since its initial announcement at CES back in January 2015 I've kept a close eye on the progression of the venerable Dell XPS 13 9343 Ultrabook. The 9343's evolutionary successor, the "9350", was released later that year and boasted various »

Configuring Unprivileged LXC containers in Debian Jessie

The gradual maturity of Linux Control Groups and in-kernel namespaces (i.e. net, user, mount, IPC, etc) has enabled powerful OS-level virtualisation utilities such as Docker and LXC to offer a lightweight, high-performing alternative to typical hardware based virtualisation (e. »

Debootstrap a standalone Debian system across multiple partitions

Having finally finished my MSci Computer Science course at Loughborough University (hoorah!) I am now exploring plausible migration options to move my Debian Wheezy 7.8 root Debian 7.8 installation from my Samsung 840 250GB to my new Samsung »

Automating external storage backups with udisks-glue

The amount of administration time saved with effective automation can be quite staggering when calculated over several months. A well developed automation script/program can greatly reduce errors (typically introduced by human interaction), be ran at specified times throughout the »

Enabling console access within Libvirt (KVM) hosted Debian images

Virtualisation plays a crucial part in my own experimentation and understanding of GNU/Linux based systems. On my Libvirt VM server ("Octeron") I currently use the VM management interface virsh utlity/shell with traditional KVM virtualisation (HVM) as a way »

Improving the Resilience of HDDs & Ext4

There are numerous guides for squeezing that little bit of extra performance out of HDDs/SSDs - sometimes at the increased risk of losing data in the unfortunate case of a power outage (Ext3/4 mount options: data=writeback and »