Tag Archives: linux

Alternatives to top and htop

We’ve covered top, atop and indirectly due to it’s popularity as top’s alternative… htop (the last screenshot).  But are there any others worth looking at? That was the question today in the ask.haydenjames.io Linux forum. This is largely a matter of preference regarding what data is most important to you as it pertains to system healthy […]

Using CentOS CR (Continuous Release) Repo

CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that attempts to provide free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). CentOS is run by volunteers who work directly with Red Hat’s RPM source files and pushing them to CentOS for release. At times the project will fall behind […]

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions

August 6th 2017 Update: This list now contains 70 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions. Back in 2014, I compiled a list of the top 20 server performance monitoring solutions. Largely because I already had a list saved locally for my own reference. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on […]

Does your Linux server need a RAM upgrade? Lets check with free, top, vmstat and sar.

Based on the output of ‘free -m’ on a 1GB VPS and taking into consideration the amount of swap space in use – details below – a RAM upgrade was necessary. Required was a minimum of 3GB of RAM multiplied by 2 = 6GB. This ensures that there’s adequate memory available for buffers/cache. There’s  This article will walk you though […]

How to direct-install Debian SID rolling release using mini.iso (w/ screenshots)

For desktop, I’ve always preferred rolling release distros such as Arch Linux or recently Kali Linux. However, currently I’m on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which I rush-installed after an SSD failure last year. Ubuntu recently released 16.04 LTS which means at some point, I’ll need to perform an in-place upgrade or complete re-install to enjoy the newer […]

Panopta (exclusive offer) Get Two Free Months

Over the years Panopta has listened to customer feedback and continues to respond with additional development and improvements to their infrastructure, application and network performance monitoring tools. With Panopta you can easily keep an eye on the most fundamental metrics across your complex infrastructure so you can identify the root cause of problems. If you […]