Useful Tools to Display Network Usage in Linux

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In this article we would like to introduce you two simple and smart Linux command line tools to monitor bandwidth usage on all network interfaces in the real time: iftop and nload.
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Bash Script for Automated OpenStack Tenant Creation

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During OpenStack deployment and testing you may need to quickly create: project tenants, tenant users, networks, routers, security groups, etc… just to check, if Cloud is working properly.

Instead of arduous clicking all this stuff in Horizon dashboard, you can use the below Bash script, which will quickly create:
multiple project tenants
2 tenant users (admin, member)
tenant networks, sub-networks
routers
router gateways (to existing public network)
tenant ports in routers
security groups (Allow all TCP,UDP,ICMP ingress/egress)
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Download script: tenant_setup.sh
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Add New Compute Node to Existing OpenStack using Packstack

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OpenStack is quite reliable Cloud solution, that provides extensibility and scalability. That means, if the Cloud is running out of resources for new tenants and instances, it can be easily extended with new Hypervisors (Compute nodes) practically on-line.

In this tutorial we will extend existing OpenStack installation (Controller node, Compute node) with new Compute0 node on-line, without shutting down existing nodes. The easiest and fastest way to extend existing Openstack Cloud on-line is to use Packstack, the automated installer script.
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How to Create LVM Volume Group and Logical Volume

Create LVM Volume Group and Logical Volume
Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is a device mapper target that provides logical volume management for the Linux kernel. LVM allows to create Logical Volumes from underlying Physical Hard Disks (Physiacal Volumes). Logical Volumes can be easily extended and shrunk according to the file system capacity demands.

LVM Objects:
Physical Volume (PV): underlying physical storage for LVM. These are most often physical hard disks, but also can be: partitions, RAID volumes, etc…
Volume Group (VG): storage pool, created from one or more Physical Volumes.
Physical Extent: small chunk of Physical Volume, used during Volume Group creation.
Logical Extent: mapped to Physical Extent, acting as front-end chunk for Logical Volumes.
Logical Volume: group of Logical Extents, used by the system as hard drive partition.
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Detect Intrusion and Check Linux File System Integrity with AIDE

If you suspect that your system was compromised and files and/or their permissions were modified by the intruder, you can use AIDE to check your file system against some modifications.

AIDE (Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment) is a file integrity checker and intrusion detection program. AIDE is used to scan the system when it’s in known good state – it collects information about files and their permissions in the file system and writes gathered information to the database. Once the database is initialized it can be used to verify the integrity of the files in case of some compromise is suspected. All of the usual file attributes can be checked for inconsistencies.

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and deploy AIDE on CentOS/Fedora/RedHat.
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Display Hardware Topology in Linux

Sometimes we need to know what is our system configuration (CPU, RAM, network interfaces, etc…), but we don’t want to open computer case to look what’s inside or even don’t have such possibility, especially when we are connected to remote server.

We can use lstopo command in Linux command line to quickly display system architecture.
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How To Detect Physical Interface Connectivity to the Network in Linux

How to verify, if cable is connected to the interface in Linux? How to verify physical connection to network on interface in Linux?

If you are away from the server and unable to see if ethernet cable is connected to the particular interface in server, but you have another connection (i.e.: via iLO Console), you can use ethtool to verify physical connectivity on that interface remotely.
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