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Old 08-16-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Checklist for a Red Hat Linux server


Hi,

I am new to the world of Linux. I have a red hat 5.2 Linux server in my data center and need to prepare a checklist for the server.

The checklist should give detailed description of tasks to be performed on the server on a daily/weekly/monthly/event based frequency.

I request you to provide your inputs in preparing the same.

Thanking everyone in advance.

Regards
 
Old 08-16-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
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A checklist like this really depends on the configuration and isn't something that a forum will help you much with. Any suggestions you do get may not be right for your particular situation and everything about maintaining a server is contextual within your business processes, best practices, and personal preference. The only hard and fast rule is perform updates regularly but what regularly is depends on how often you want to handle those updates and all that is involved with them.

Regards,

Alunduil
 
Old 08-16-2010, 11:45 AM   #3
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A checklist like this really depends on the configuration and isn't something that a forum will help you much with. Any suggestions you do get may not be right for your particular situation (..)
It might provide a better starting point to just ask the OP what services the machine provides.
 
Old 08-19-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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[QUOTE=alunduil;4067791The only hard and fast rule is perform updates regularly
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Even that is a matter of opinion. Some knowledgeable people think it best
to perform security updates, but otherwise follow "if it aint broke
don't fix it". Updates do occasionally cause problems, of course, so one
reasonable line of thought is that if the update doesn't provide anything
you need, it's best not to do the update and risk a problem.

There's actually not much that needs to be done on a regular basis, generally.
Those things that need to be done regularly are most often handled
automatically via cron. One thing that can bite you, though, is if
you don't have a cron job to truncate or rotate your logs. You'll want
to check that logrotate or something is being used to get rid of old logs.
Otherwise, you end up filling up your disk and things get nasty when the
drive is completely full. Check disk space 30,60, and 90 days after
deployment to make sure nothing is slowing filling it.

If you set a working email address for root in /etc/aliases, the automated
monitoring tools like logwatch will send you daily emails of things
that might be of interest, so you need not go check those things
regularly. For example, it will email you if a partition is getting
too full. You may want to filter those messages a bit by adjusting
logging options or whatever to get rid of the stuff you don't want to
see. That way you don't stop reading them and miss something important.
 
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:54 AM   #5
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Even that is a matter of opinion. Some knowledgeable people think it best
to perform [
Thank you for your invaluable inputs. The Linux servers that I have are UAT, Production & development.

Can some one please let me know the monitoring tools (apart from logwatch) which are recommended for installation on all above 3 type of servers and your experience with them?

I intend to install some monitoring tool on my UAT server first.

Regards
 
Old 08-20-2010, 06:19 AM   #6
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Nagios ?
 
Old 08-20-2010, 06:23 AM   #7
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Hi,

I second chrism01's suggestion of Nagios. Have been using it for quite some time and am very satisfied with the results and possibilities.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 08-23-2010, 07:41 PM   #8
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Hi,

I second chrism01's suggestion of Nagios. Have been
I am targeting installation of 'sysstat' package for my servers. However, I require some guidance on this for the following:

a) pre-requisites to be met.
b) step by step guide for installation, if any

RHE Linux site does not seem to give much information on the installation of this package. Please correct me if I am wrong.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 07:48 PM   #9
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I am targeting installation of 'sysstat' package for my servers. However, I require some guidance on this for the following:

a) pre-requisites to be met.
b) step by step guide for installation, if any

RHE Linux site does not seem to give much information on the installation of this package. Please correct me if I am wrong.
That's the beauty of using Red hat and other distros with good package
managements systems. The pre-requisites and such are handled automatically.
Just run:

yum install sysstat

Older Red hat versions don't have a new enough version of Python, as I
recall (or maybe that's for iostat). Lots of things depend on Python,
so that makes things difficult. I'm probably thinking of iostat, though.
 
Old 08-25-2010, 09:56 AM   #10
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The another way to create the list is to find out the extra rpms installed in all 3 servers and then related process and there CPU utilization.Post the rpm installed of applications.
 
Old 08-25-2010, 02:52 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Centurion99 View Post
I am targeting installation of 'sysstat' package for my servers. However, I require some guidance on this for the following:

a) pre-requisites to be met.
b) step by step guide for installation, if any

RHE Linux site does not seem to give much information on the installation of this package. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Hi,

Here's at least one pretty decent HowTo for sysstat.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
  


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