Tagging and Snapshotting AWS EBS volumes

By Elvis Taghu

At Nomis Solutions we manage a couple of AWS accounts and wanted to take snapshots of all our EBS volumes and also have retention policies.

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Adding a GUI to an 'ubuntu server' install

By Ali Syed

Ubuntu Server is designed without UI for specific server use. It utilizes Long Term Support (LTS), that means that OS installs are not as frequently needed as other Servers might need with a 5 year life cycle. The server editions comes with packages needed for an ubuntu server, and nothing extra (UI). Ubuntu server simply does not come with a graphical user interface (GUI), period. It runs on command line. But GUI can be installed at any point after the installation completes.

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Oracle: Export empty tables

By Deep Pancholi

When taking a database dump from Oracle 11g recently, I found that the export did not include tables that had 0 rows. The Oracle11g instance implements a space saving measure where if your table has no data, it will not be exported. Space is allocated only when you add data to the table.

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Continuous Integration

By Elvis Taghu

Lets talk about continuous integration and I can share a tip or two on our tool of choice Jenkins (Formally Hudson).

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