Sunday, June 4, 2017

Top 7 Cloud Certifications of 2017

Top 7 Cloud Certifications of 2017

Amazon Web Services - AWS Certified Solutions Architect ***ON FIRE***
https://aws.amazon.com/certification/our-certifications/
https://acloud.guru
https://www.linuxacademy.com

Google Certified Professional: Cloud Architect **HOT**
https://cloud.google.com/certification/cloud-architect

Microsoft Azure - MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure *BOILING*
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcse-cloud-platform-infrastructure.aspx

Red Hat Certified Architect - DevOps *RED HOT*
https://www.redhat.com/en/services/certification/rhca/devops

Red Hat Certified Engineer *BURNING*
https://www.redhat.com/en/services/certification/rhce

VMware Cloud Management and Automation *FLAME ON*
https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=101016&ui=www_cert

These are what recruiters are constantly searching in high demand for in addition to DevOps. Don't forget that a minimum of an Associates Degree get's you past HR people and into the hands of IT Managers, IT Directors, etc. It's just too easy now-a-day's to get college education which is a rip off in some ways, but it's how society is structured unfortunately. It's better to have it then not to have it though.

Do not attend schools that are not regionally accredited in the US (also, take the time to find out if their is a lawsuit or restriction on accreditation for the school, your spending your money, invest in either a public university or college or reputable private school. Don't get scammed and become another victim of schools like ITT Tech (DO NOT attend any school that is not regionally accredited and holds only the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools: The Department of Education has sued to remove them as an accreditation body.
Don't be dumb. Do your research or just go to a public community college, college or university in your state!! You can also pick an accredited online school with a good reputation. If they advertise like crazy, probably not a good idea.


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The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

Ok. You set up Wordpress. You go to upload a theme. Bam! You get this error:

The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini.

*Solution tested on Apache (Debian 8) Version 2.4.10

Now what? Don't even bother searching Google like crazy...it's already here! Optionally, you can do this after deploying a template on Google or AWS (Haven't check Azure) and save yourself the headache.

1. Launch a Google Cloud Platform (Wordpress) VM - Use the Google Click-to-Deploy version.
Note: This will also work with anything that you install on CentOS, Ubuntu, SUSE or RHEL for Apache installations Only (NGINX go Here: https://goo.gl/xeGbSE)

2. Post Installation. Change the configuration with the vi editor under the php path under /etc/php5

4. username@servername:/var/www/html/wp-admin$ sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

When you enter vi. You search with / command (key next to shift) "/upload_max_" (don't put the "). Comment out the line above (you never know...) and then write to the file and save it.

;upload_max_filesize = 2M
upload_max_filesize = 50M
post_max_size = 50M
:wq!
5. username@servername:/var/www/html/wp-admin$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
6. Dance for freaking joy!! Now Envato Themes are worth it. https://themeforest.net/
7. Setup DNS and then Encrypt with SSL from Let's Encrypt (Digital Ocean/Let's Encrypt): https://goo.gl/XH6Ex5
8. Don't forget to secure your servers with a snapshot (Google Cloud Platform, Azure or AWS) and then scan and secure weaknesses with either a DISA STIGS or a CIS Benchmark. Be careful out there. It's the wild...wild...west for those that take security for a joke.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Setup VNC on RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 or Ubuntu 16.04LTS


#######Already Setup########

VNC Viewer for Google Chrome): VNC Viewer for Chrome

1. Reset the VNC Password.

2. Login as user (CLI: su - username)

3. vncpasswd

4. Restart the service: systemctl restart vncserver.service

#########Not Setup##########

5. Create New VNC Connection:

http://www.linuxtechi.com/install-configure-vnc-server-centos-7-rhel-7/

6. Encrypt all connections:

RHEL VNC Viewer Security

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

CloudReady Default Chronos Password

Neverware leverages open source Chromium for their CloudReady product. It's a lifesaver for old hardware in the house that you want to build for family that you know you do not want to give a Windows or Linux laptop to. All they will do is call you so Chromebooks make it easy. If you do not have the money to buy a Chromebook or you just want to use the hardware that is already available. Use CloudReady.

Since the company uses the official Chromium OS from Google. They aren't doing any copyright infringement and they are allowed to sell and distribute the open source version of the OS, unlike unapproved "clones" that will be hammered down by Google. You get the best of both worlds with Google's ChromeOS and your own old or newer hardware you want to re-purpose.

If you want to still use Ubuntu or a Linux variant for testing, simulations or something advanced, you can use Crouton if you don't want to bother with dual booting. Since it's a "developer" build anyway, you can skip all of the crouton enable developer mode steps.

Chromium Shell Password
"chrome"

I highly recommend that you change the default root password for common sense security.

Neverware Cloud Ready
https://www.neverware.com/#introtext-3

Free Edition:
https://www.neverware.com/freedownload
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Friday, November 18, 2016

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Did you have a real job?

Are you an internet age baby (90's, 2000's) and have a job and a real life that doesn't revolve around social media. Do you actually TALK to people and use text messages. Well...let's get your life back.

You can delete Facebook and be done with it. If you are going to school, learning something new or important, studying a language, memorizing the Qur'an, writing a novel or planning your trip to a beautiful country where you will be disconnected from the Internet. You can delete your Facebook account.

Get out and talk to people! Volunteer or do something actually valuable with your time.

1. Click this link (You Need to be Logged In):

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account 

2. The account will then be deactivated for 14 days (It's not deleted yet).

3. Do no login to Facebook. Delete the Facebook AND Messenger apps from your phone.

4. Resist...resist...fight it!!!

5. Find a hobby, learn a language on Duolingo, get a college degree or do something important.

6. If you spend more than 1 hour of your time on social media and it's not a job your getting paid for, you need some help.....
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Top 7 Paying IT Certifications of 2016

What certifications actually matter in 2017 and are hot and will actually pay you?

DevOps:
https://linuxacademy.com/devops/courses

AWS SysOps:
https://linuxacademy.com/amazon-web-services/courses

Linux Skills (DevOps/Systems Engineer/Administration):
https://linuxacademy.com/linux/courses
https://www.pluralsight.com/browse/it-ops/linux
LPIC - https://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/summary-of-certifications
RHCE/RHCSA/RHEV - https://www.redhat.com/en/services/certification

Azure:
https://linuxacademy.com/azure/courses
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/azure-training.aspx

Google Certified Professional - Cloud Architect:
https://cloud.google.com/training/cloud-infrastructure
https://www.coursera.org/googlecloud

Certified Ethical Hacker:
https://www.pluralsight.com/paths/ethical-hacking

Nutanix Platform Professional / Nutanix Platform Expert
https://www.nutanix.com/support-services/training-certification/

Lastly, you need some kind of college education to get you through Human Resources, Recruiters or these ridiculous resume scanning software systems from ADP, Workday, ZipRecruiter, etc. It impacts your ranking and can be a headache if you don't have at least an Associate's Degree for promotions and some Mid-Level to Senior Level Engineering positions and is a bare minimum to be an IT Manager, Datacenter Manager or DevOps Manager.

A community college anywhere in the US is dirt cheap ($80-130 per credit hour). Get your associate's degree. If you pick an online college and it's going to cost you more than $30k to graduate for a Bachelor's degree, don't do it. Get your Associate's degree from a community college on the cheap, transfer your credits to a US Department of Education Regionally Accredited Bachelor's Degree granting college and finish up. There are a ton of college's out there. Stay away from the diploma mills. If they advertise all over the place, it's because their sole purpose is making money, not educating students. Don't bother.

If you have your Bachelor's or even your Master's or if your really a go-getter, your Ph.D., you need hands-on. There is nothing more irritating than a direct line IT Manager with a bunch of college degree's that has no clue about the technology in use for team's their managing.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Cybersecurity Training for Less than $300!!

Ok. Since the IT Market is going in the following avenues and you plan on staying in IT and making more than US $100,000 a year. You need to practice. Also, one of the joys of learning and staying in IT is the ability to resolve the problem everyone learning on the cheap has to do. Even though I can likely buy a fancy schmancy $600 or $1500 laptop. I like to keep it inexpensive and cheap and actually focus on learning.

Tools:
1. Chromebook (US $100-$500). CPU's are what jumps the cost. Stick with Intel CPU's.
2. RAM from Amazon (Prime get's it to the house quicker)
3. Crouton (with -e encryption: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton)
4. Kali-Rolling / Ubuntu (Depending on if you need VirtualBox to run Window$)

1. Put your Chromebook into Developer Mode (ESC+Restart Key+Power Button)
2. CTRL+D
3. CTRL+D, Machine will wipe into Developer Mode
4. Connect to your wireless and log back in (recreate your profile by enabling your sync)
5. Launch a Terminal Shell (CTRL+ALT+T)
6. Shell
7. Download "Crouton" from https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
8. Pick your distribution (Debian, Kali or Ubuntu). You can use -r to change the distribution.
    (Example: sudo -e sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r kali-rolling)


9. If your doing Cybersecurity training, your going to need Kali-Rolling and Pluralsight Online Training (https://www.pluralsight.com/). If you already have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree. Don't waist your time getting another degree at a university. Learn hands-on, pass some certification exams and then start applying for jobs. University programs are pretty good, but like I said, this is the cheap and quick way to jump into the field if your already in IT or flipping into IT. Certifications and hands-on experience is what will get you through a technical interview or technical phone screen. Degree's help, but I can't count how many people I have by-passed because they didn't know anything hands-on or weren't skilled.

However, a college degree is actually important. Don't let anyone tell you different, but if you can't afford it, you have to do something else. Also, you don't need to spend US $5000, $10,000 or dear goodness...$50,000 US getting a college degree. You can attend a US Department of Education Accredited Online School like University of The People: http://www.uopeople.edu/ where tuition is free and all that you pay for is exams and whatever ancillary expenses are necessary. If you have math or other area's of academic weakness you can use Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/ . The only one that can stop you from learning is you.

10. Choose your desktop type (sh /Downloads/crouton -t list) this will show you what environments you cant to pick. I prefer gnome to unity. As usual with all things administrative. You have to run via "sudo"

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t gnome


11. sudo startgnome


12. Optionally, if you want it encrypted and want to throw the whole kitchen sink at it...just copy and paste the following command (NOTE: Xenial is Ubuntu 16.04.1):

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r xenial -t unity-desktop,gtk-extra,cli-extra,extension,keyboard,xbmc,chrome -e

Note: If you have an issue, use another desktop type and run the command with -u (don't forget your passphrase or your done...)

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r xenial -t xfce,keyboard,xbmc,chrome -u -e

FYI. If you don't like Unity use another desktop like Gnome or some other desktop. Personally, I like Budgie or Kali Linux. Budgie: https://github.com/solus-project/budgie-desktop. If you are new to Linux...Kali will make you an Internet warrior!! Kali+YouTube+Blogs+Pluralsight...equals lighting and thunder!!! Ok....this Chipotle is making me sleepy...so delicious. Anyway...screenshot below!



More Crouton Information? It was created by a Google Employee.

More? Sheesh...go here already...http://www.howtogeek.com/210047/how-to-manage-the-crouton-linux-system-on-your-chromebook/
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