Sunday, April 17, 2016

Disable/Ban certain users to connect from ssh

Generally after turning on the sshd service on our machines, we fail to authorize or rather restrict a set of users only to access (white-listing) the machine. The following setting in sshd_config helps you to restrict access to a select few users. The settings will take effect after restarting the sshd demon on your machine if already running.

[parag@paragcentos:/home/parag]sudo cat /etc/ssh/sshd_config  | grep -i Allow
##Allow the following users only to remote via ssh
AllowUsers root parag
Also please read this post on more tips on how to secure your ssh server. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Checking Bad Blocks in Hard Disk

If you need to see/check how your hard disk in doing, the first thing you look for bad sectors and read/write speed of your hard disk.
Below are a few commands which can be run on your linux machine to check for any errors/speed related or read-write issues

[parag@centos: /home/parag]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd42ad42a

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1          64      512000   83  Linux
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2              64         587     4194304   82  Linux swap / Solaris
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3             587       19458   151582720   83  Linux

[parag@centos: /home/parag]# badblocks -v -s /dev/sda1
Checking blocks 0 to 511999
Checking for bad blocks (read-only test): done
Pass completed, 0 bad blocks found.

[parag@centos: /home/parag]# hdparm -tT /dev/sda

 Timing cached reads:   532 MB in  2.00 seconds = 266.05 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 248 MB in  3.02 seconds =  82.11 MB/sec
[parag@centos: /home/parag]# hdparm -tT /dev/sda1

 Timing cached reads:   556 MB in  2.00 seconds = 277.54 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 236 MB in  3.00 seconds =  78.61 MB/sec

[parag@centos: /home/parag]# hdparm -tT /dev/sda1

 Timing cached reads:   524 MB in  2.01 seconds = 261.21 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 174 MB in  3.03 seconds =  57.49 MB/sec

[parag@centos: /home/parag]

Troubleshooting Packet Drops in SolarFlare Onload 10G PCI Card

If you see lots of packet drops in your onload accelerated application even after going the troubleshooting discussion we did over here ,...