Building a FreeBSD Build System (30 tags)
Keeping a single BSD system up to date is relatively easy. Keeping a whole business full of servers fresh with patches and new applications and updates is more work--unless you take advantage of the ports system. Bjorn Nelson walks through the design and implementation of a build system usable to push fresh binaries to as many servers as you have.
Best Windows Admin Downloads (30 tags)
There are more than 9,000 tools, templates, white papers, and other items available from the Microsoft Download Center. Which are the best for Windows administrators? Mitch Tulloch clues you in.
Managing Disk Space with LVM (26 tags)
Linux's Logical Volume Manager (LVM) allows you to create virtual disk partitions out of one or more hard drives. This makes it easy to manage growth in filesystems. Combined with RAID, it provides a nearly unbeatable way to keep your files safe and available. Bryce Harrington and Kees Cook show how to configure LVM, how to combine it with RAID, and how to use it on desktop machines too.
The Ultimate Free Windows Toolkit (21 tags)
You don't have to spend a bundle if you want to keep your network and its servers in tip-top shape. Mitch Tulloch gives you the rundown on the best free tools you can find for system administrators.
Six Things First-Time Squid Administrators Should Know (20 tags)
New users often struggle with the same frustrating set of idiosyncrasies involved in learning Squid, the popular web caching software. Duane Wessels, creator of Squid and author of Squid: The Definitive Guide, provides in-depth discussion on six things system administrators should know about using Squid from the get-go.