How to add a new hard disk or partition using UUID and ext4 filesystem

Adding a additional hard disk to your workstation or server is easy and often required. Here’s we’ll step through the process of identifing the newly attached drive, prepare and mount it by referencing UUID which is a preferred method today.

If you have just added a virtual disk to a virtual machine, make sure you restart the virtual machine before mounting the new disk.

1. Figure out the device name for the new device

fdisk -l
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Installing and using the IPMI tool

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a standardized computer system interface used by system administrators to manage a computer system and monitor its operation.

The development of this interface specification was led by Intel Corporation and is supported by more than two hundred computer systems vendors including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and NEC Corporation.

1. Install the ipmitool which is used to send commands and receive information from the management interface.

apt-get install ipmitool
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Using Debian Volatile to keep your packages updated

Some packages aim at fast moving targets, such as spam filtering and virus scanning, and even when using updated data patterns, they do not really work for the full time of a stable release. The main goal of volatile is allowing system administrators to update their systems in a nice, consistent way, without getting the drawbacks of using unstable, even without getting the drawbacks for the selected packages. So debian-volatile will only contain changes to stable programs that are necessary to keep them functional. Continue reading

Add an additional IP address to your server

1. Open the network configuration file (pico /etc/network/interfaces)

Check the name of your network interface. You should see a line similar to this one: “iface eth0 inet static”. In my case the name is eth0.

Add these lines to the end of the file:

auto eth0:1
iface eth0:1 inet static
address 192.168.1.3
netmask 255.255.255.0
broadcast 192.168.1.255
network 192.168.1.0
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