Email Subscriptions For Blogs

I have setup a FeedBurner account so that anyone may subscribe to email updates from my blog.

Subscribe for email updates from The Lazy Sys Admin here

This is something I have been thinking about recently, I was driven to actually set it up because of another project I am working on at the moment. There is a fairly simple set of instructions to use over at NetTuts – Build a ‘WordBurner’ Email Newsletter Manager using WordPress and FeedBurner. I skipped the steps about creating a single category as for what I need all posts would be candidates for emails.

Linux PostgreSQL Sys Admin

pg_standby triggering unexpectedly

I have been having a problem with my redundant PostgreSQL setup over the last couple of weeks. I run two Postgres servers with a WAL Logging Warm Standby system using pg_standby from 8.3. When the master server is under heavy load and generating a lot of WAL traffic the secondary server has been tripping and going active.

After checking all the logs and putting pg_standby in debug mode there was still no clue as to why this was happening.

Linux Postfix Sys Admin

Postfix/SASL/Courier AuthDaemon Cannot connect to Courier authdaemond: No such file or directory

I have a Ubuntu Virtual Server handling all my mail, recently after an apt-get upgrade I was unable to send email using my Postfix Virtual User setup through Courier and SASL.

I kept getting the following error in my logs:

Aug 18 07:53:53 marvin postfix/smtpd[23938]: warning: SASL authentication
  failure: cannot connect to Courier authdaemond: No such file or directory
Aug 18 07:53:53 marvin postfix/smtpd[23938]: warning: localhost[]:
  SASL LOGIN authentication failed: generic failure

After consulting with Google for at least an hour i finally hit upon a page that helped me.

PostgreSQL Sys Admin

PgFouine Automatic Report Setup with PostgreSQL & Logrotate

Monitoring & analysing your PostgreSQL server logs with PgFouine provides you with a way to see which queries are performing badly and need optimisation. It can also provide insight into busy periods and give some basic query stats such as the number of INSERT, DELETE, UPDATE, and SELECT operations.

Cacti Mitel Sys Admin

Mitel Bandwidth Management Graphs for Cacti

When running a cluster of Mitel PABX’s it is likely that you will have them interconnecting in one way or another. If you send calls over your WAN connection then these graphs are for you.

There are two graphs added:

Bandwidth – Shows the current set bandwidth limit and usage figures for a Zone Access Point
Calls – Shows the number of calls both accepted or rejected by Bandwidth Management