5 MUST HAVE tools for system administrators PART 1

Hey folks,

Today I’m going to review a few of my favorite tools that I use every day, and in my opinion these can be classified as must have for a regular daily work of a system administrator. All the software that we are going to look at this article is for Windows.


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The art of Hacking nowadays

Hello folks,

Me and my colleagues participated at a conferrence last weekend – to be accurate the date was 25.10.2014. The picture I’m sharing with you is part of the first talk – which started approximately at 9:30 a.m. which was a good start of the day, and a good lesson too! :)




Let’s leave the jokes – How.camp was an interesting Web Conferrence, with a STUNNING  presentation of Biohacking as a way of life from Teemu Arina. It worths googling what Biohacking is. I have to say, that I rarely get inspired by something or someone, but Teemu’s talk about measuring almost EVERYTHING in your life and IMPROVING it, did an affect on me.



p.s. Expect a few interesting pictures of our trip back home in the snow, it was really interesting :)

Apache load balancing by source IP

As you may already know Apache doesn’t do loadbalancing based on source ip. This gets a very big deal, when you use apache as a proxy for some application servers, which need sticky session, otherwise something gets wrong.

So a colleague of mine came across with a nice solution, based on what ends your IP address.


This nice hack uses mod_rewrite and mod_proxy and basically transfers all clients which IPs are ending on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 0 to one of the proxy balancers

…and if it couldn’t match (mod_rewrite doesn’t work, or IP ending on 5,6,7,8,9) it sends to the other one.

Here’s the code that should be added to your .htaccess or conf file in conf.d/ directory:


RewriteLog /var/log/httpd/rewrite.log # Turns on the log
RewriteLogLevel 5 # Log level
<Proxy balancer://cluster1> # Place your IPs here, these will be the application servers.
BalancerMember route=dns-name-of-the-machine disablereuse=On retry=0
</Proxy># Place your IPs here, these will be the application servers.
<Proxy balancer://cluster2>
BalancerMember route=dns-name-of-the-machine disablereuse=On retry=0
RewriteEngine On # Switching on mod_rewrite, if its not on
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} 1$|2$|3$|4$|0$ # First condition matching 1,2,3,4,0 ending IPs
RewriteRule ^/path(.*)$ balancer://cluster1/path$1 [P] # change PATH here, according to your path
ProxyPass /path balancer://cluster2/path # Second condition, if the first fails or ip is ending on 5,6,7,8,9
ProxyPassReverse /path balancer://cluster2/path


NOTE: Please be careful when you are pasting this in already used configs. If the rewrite rule isn’t working, take a good look if you have another rule that is preventing this one.