One of the wonderful things about Linux is that you can mount folders hosted on remote servers, and use and access them just like they were local folders. While there are a bunch of different protocols to access those remote folders, by far one of the most common is SMB/CIFS (Server Message Block (SMB), one version of which was also known as Common Internet File System (CIFS) ). In this article, we will go over mounting a password protected SMBV/CIFS share, not just once you've got things going, but automatically at boot time.

Whenever I have a customer complain about CPU usage, the first thing I check is the 'top' command. This is one of the closer commands to Windws' Process Explorer. This will easily show you which process is taking all the CPU Usage. Sometimes though, it isn't a specific process that is taking up the CPU, it's... something else.

I was working on a lab to replicate a customer's impending upgrade. One of the things we need to do prior to this upgrade is change some routing and go from OSPF to Static routes. Part of my testing and validation involved finding how long it would take for the staic route to be removed from the routing table after some changes were made. How am I going to figure THAT out...?

Every now and again, I come across some kind of connectivity issue relating to misconfigured MTUs somewhere along the connection path. This can manifest itself through any number of symptoms. A common problem I have seen is with VPN connectivity to Checkpoint; all other basic connectivity tests are successful, but the VPN still won't connect. So once you figure that the issue may be relating to MTUs, how do you go about testing that?

Over the past few years, I have made several things use my Gmail to send email. Lately, this includes this website here, my firewall, my file server, and several small Raspberry Pi projects. Everytime I need to set something new up, I find I have to look and search and look and hope to find the Gmail Server details I am looking for...