Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2016 Core
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This guide walks you through how to installing and configuring windows server 2016 core, afterward you will easily be able to add one to your environment with very little resources. Start off by using the video guide over the installation process. Once done, check the bullets below to help walk you through doing it in your infrastructure.

Optimizing Apache Memory Usage using mpm prefork
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This guide goes over optimizing apache memory usage by configuring mpm prefork module to the best values for your server. Afterword, you should notice substantial increases in performance especially if you are using free micro instances from Google Cloud or AWS.

The Perfect htaccess for WordPress
· ☕ 8 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This walks you through what your htaccess should look like in a WordPress Installation. I am a minimalist and believe you shouldn’t be using a ton of plugins that slow down your install when most of what you are looking to accomplish can be achieved with this file.

Snipping Tool Removed by Microsoft in October 2018 Update 1809
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The Snipping Tool is being removed by Microsoft in October 2018 Update 1809 and I am not happy! This tool is one of the best tools Microsoft has ever created, so why? Well, they want you to use the Snip and Sketch App from the Microsoft Store. Spoiler: It sucks.

Using IOMeter to determine hard drive performance
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Using IOMeter will give you a great benchmark on any hard drives and network drives you have. I use this quite often as you can see the effects of new hardware, introducing Link-Aggregation, or troubleshooting drives to determine if they are losing performance.

Issuing SSL Certs using Let’s Encrypt in Ubuntu
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This article goes over Issuing SSL Certs using Let’s Encrypt in Ubuntu 16.04. The basic steps outlined in the video are adding the repository, installing certbot, issuing a certificate, and enabling SSL.

Google Chrome missing www and how to fix it
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Chrome started rolling out update 69 at the beginning of this month (September 2018) causing a missing www in the address bar. There are two things this update did that you need to be aware of.

Installing Linux Subsystem for Windows 10
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The following video goes over installing Linux Subsystem on Windows 10. Most notably it allows you to run Linux terminal commands in Windows 10 without having a virtual machine or dual boot into a Linux operating system.

Introduction to Google Cloud Platform
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This is an Introduction to Google Cloud Platform and goes over creating your first project and virtual machine. This walkthrough is for beginners that are just getting started with Google Cloud.

Setup an always on VPN in Ubuntu
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This is a guide on how to set up an always on VPN in Ubuntu, and basic troubleshooting of VPNs in ubuntu server. I used Private Internet Access as an example VPN connection.

Debloat Windows 10
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Trying to Debloat Windows 10 is getting ridiculous and as a system admin it is soul crushing to see all that performance go to waste on the botched attempt by Microsoft to do an Appstore and its apps (I’m looking at you Candy Crush). Luckily some admins have worked tirelessly to give us a solution that works considerably well. Lets Start!

Virtualization Introduction
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This is a virtualization introduction and when you should be using it. In the follow-up videos, I will go into using the hypervisor, creating VMs and maintenance.