Install Discourse Forum with Nginx on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1 – Install Docker on Ubuntu 16.04

The Discourse software is written in Ruby and Javascript, using PostgreSQL as the main database, and Redis as a cache and for transient data. We will install Discourse under the Docker container.
 
The installation process will be carried out on Ubuntu 16.04. So to begin with, install Docker using the command below.

wget -qO- https://get.docker.com/ | sh

 

After the installation is complete, check the docker service and make sure it’s already running on the system. Continue reading “Install Discourse Forum with Nginx on Ubuntu 16.04” »

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Linux Monitoring using Grafana InfluxDB and Telegraf on Debian 10

The basic installation of Grafana InfluxDB and Telegraf is described in my other post here-

Install Grafna, InfluxDB, Telegraf for Jitsi Video Meet Monitoring on Debian 10

All is needed is to create a telegraf configuration file:

nano /etc/telegraf.d/dashboard.conf

# Global tags can be specified here in key="value" format.
[global_tags]
# dc = "us-east-1" # will tag all metrics with dc=us-east-1
# rack = "1a"
## Environment variables can be used as tags, and throughout the config file
# user = "$USER"

# Configuration for telegraf agent
[agent]
interval = "10s"
round_interval = true
metric_batch_size = 1000
metric_buffer_limit = 10000
collection_jitter = "0s"
flush_interval = "10s"
flush_jitter = "0s"
precision = ""
debug = false
quiet = false
hostname = ""
omit_hostname = false

### OUTPUT

# Configuration for influxdb server to send metrics to
[[outputs.influxdb]]
urls = ["http://your_host:8086"]
database = "telegraf_metrics"

## Retention policy to write to. Empty string writes to the default rp.
retention_policy = ""
## Write consistency (clusters only), can be: "any", "one", "quorum", "all"
write_consistency = "any"

## Write timeout (for the InfluxDB client), formatted as a string.
## If not provided, will default to 5s. 0s means no timeout (not recommended).
timeout = "5s"
# username = "telegraf"
# password = "2bmpiIeSWd63a7ew"
## Set the user agent for HTTP POSTs (can be useful for log differentiation)
# user_agent = "telegraf"
## Set UDP payload size, defaults to InfluxDB UDP Client default (512 bytes)
# udp_payload = 512

# Read metrics about cpu usage
[[inputs.cpu]]
## Whether to report per-cpu stats or not
percpu = true
## Whether to report total system cpu stats or not
totalcpu = true
## Comment this line if you want the raw CPU time metrics
fielddrop = ["time_*"]

# Read metrics about disk usage by mount point
[[inputs.disk]]
## By default, telegraf gather stats for all mountpoints.
## Setting mountpoints will restrict the stats to the specified mountpoints.
# mount_points = ["/"]

## Ignore some mountpoints by filesystem type. For example (dev)tmpfs (usually
## present on /run, /var/run, /dev/shm or /dev).
ignore_fs = ["tmpfs", "devtmpfs"]

# Read metrics about disk IO by device
[[inputs.diskio]]
## By default, telegraf will gather stats for all devices including
## disk partitions.
## Setting devices will restrict the stats to the specified devices.
# devices = ["sda", "sdb"]
## Uncomment the following line if you need disk serial numbers.
# skip_serial_number = false

# Get kernel statistics from /proc/stat
[[inputs.kernel]]
# no configuration

# Read metrics about memory usage
[[inputs.mem]]
# no configuration

# Get the number of processes and group them by status
[[inputs.processes]]
# no configuration

# Read metrics about swap memory usage
[[inputs.swap]]
# no configuration

# Read metrics about system load & uptime
[[inputs.system]]
# no configuration

# Read metrics about network interface usage
[[inputs.net]]
# collect data only about specific interfaces
# interfaces = ["eth0"]

[[inputs.netstat]]
# no configuration

[[inputs.interrupts]]
# no configuration

[[inputs.linux_sysctl_fs]]
# no configuration

Update the necessary paramaters accordign to your installations.

Import the Grafana Dashboard Template from here-

https://grafana.com/grafana/dashboards/928

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Install Netbox on Docker

The first thing to do is the installation of Docker. To do this, open a terminal window and issue the following commands:

Install Docker with the command: 

sudo apt-get install docker.io -y

Add your user to the docker group with the command: 

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER.

Log out and log back in to the server. Install docker-compose with the command: 

sudo curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.24.1/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Change the permission of the docker-compose command with the command: 

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Start the docker daemon with the command 

sudo systemctl start docker

Enable the docker daemon with the command 

sudo systemctl enable docker

To get Netbox Docker up and running run the following commands. There is a more complete Getting Started guide on our wiki which explains every step.

Create Direcotry:

mkdir /var/netbox
cd /var/netbox
git clone -b release https://github.com/netbox-community/netbox-docker.git
cd netbox-docker
tee docker-compose.override.yml <<EOF
version: '3.4'
services:
nginx:
ports:
- 8000:8080
EOF
docker-compose pull
docker-compose up (allow to run docker in the foregorund)
docker-compose up -d  (allow to run docker in the background)

The whole application will be available after a few minutes. Open the URL http://0.0.0.0:8000/ in a web-browser. You should see the Netbox homepage. In the top-right corner you can login. The default credentials are:

Username: admin
Password: admin
API Token: 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef01234567

How to access Netbox

It will take around two to five minutes before Netbox becomes available. During that time, issue the command:

echo "http://$(docker-compose port nginx 8080)/"

The above command will print out the exact port you should use to access Netbox. In my case the following output is printed:

http://0.0.0.0:8000/

Tips:

Before you deploy the container, you’ll want to edit the .env file and configure it to meet your needs. Issue the command:

nano env/netbox.env

In that file, you might want to change the line:

SUPERUSER_PASSWORD=admin

The above is the default password for the admin user. Change that to something unique and strong. Alter any other options you might want (such as SUPERUSER_EMAIL) and save the file. 

Src: 
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-deploy-the-netbox-network-documentationmanagement-tool-with-docker/
https://github.com/netbox-community/netbox-docker

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Install Grafna, InfluxDB, Telegraf for Jitsi Video Meet Monitoring on Debian 10

Step 1: Install InfluxDB

apt update && apt install -y gnupg2 curl wget
wget -qO- https://repos.influxdata.com/influxdb.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://repos.influxdata.com/debian buster stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/influxdb.list
apt update && apt install influxdb -y
systemctl enable --now influxdb
systemctl status influxdb

If you run a firewall (i.e. ufw) on this server, open the port for influxdb and grafana webserver:

ufw allow 8086/tcp
ufw allow 3000/tcp

Step 2: Install Grafana to display stats dashboards

curl https://packages.grafana.com/gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
add-apt-repository "deb https://packages.grafana.com/oss/deb stable main"
apt update && apt install grafana -y
systemctl enable --now grafana-server
systemctl status grafana-server

Step 3: Install & configure telegraf

wget -qO- https://repos.influxdata.com/influxdb.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://repos.influxdata.com/debian buster stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/influxdb.list
apt update && apt install telegraf -y
mv /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf.original
nano /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf

Enter following contents in telegraf.conf:

[global_tags]

###############################################################################
# GLOBAL #
###############################################################################

[agent]
interval = "10s"
debug = false
hostname = "jitsi_host"
round_interval = true
flush_interval = "10s"
flush_jitter = "0s"
collection_jitter = "0s"
metric_batch_size = 1000
metric_buffer_limit = 10000
quiet = false
logfile = ""
omit_hostname = false
nano /etc/telegraf/telegraf.d/jitsi.conf

Enter following contents in jitsi.conf:

###############################################################################
# INPUTS #
###############################################################################
[[inputs.http]]
name_override = "jitsi_stats"
urls = [
"http://116.203.231.172:8080/colibri/stats"
]
data_format = "json"
###############################################################################
# OUTPUTS #
###############################################################################
[[outputs.influxdb]]
urls = ["http://localhost:8086"]
database = "jitsi"
timeout = "0s"
retention_policy = ""

We enable start on boot and start telegraf now on server “jitsi”:

systemctl enable --now telegraf
systemctl status telegraf

(Mind: We will not create a database as Telegraf will create our database if it does not find one)

Server: "jitsi"

Step 4: Adapt Jitsi onfiguration to expose stats

nano /etc/jitsi/videobridge/config

Make sure to configure the jvb options:

JVB_OPTS="--apis=rest,xmpp"

and

nano /etc/jitsi/videobridge/sip-communicator.properties

Here we configure colibri statistics:

org.jitsi.videobridge.ENABLE_STATISTICS=true
org.jitsi.videobridge.STATISTICS_TRANSPORT=muc,colibri
service jitsi-videobridge2 restart

Check output in the terminal on the jitsi server:

curl -v http://127.0.0.1:8080/colibri/stats
Response: {"inactive_endpoints":0,"inactive_conferences":0,"total_ice_succeeded_relayed":0,"total_loss_degraded_participant_seconds":0,"bit_rate_download":0,"muc_clients_connected":1,"total_participants":0,"total_packets_received":0,"rtt_aggregate":0.0,"packet_rate_upload":0,"p2p_conferences":0,"total_loss_limited_participant_seconds":0,"octo_send_bitrate":0,"total_dominant_speaker_changes":0,"receive_only_endpoints":0,"total_colibri_web_socket_messages_received":0,"octo_receive_bitrate":0,"loss_rate_upload":0.0,"version":"2.1.169-ga28eb88e","total_ice_succeeded":0,"total_colibri_web_socket_messages_sent":0,"total_bytes_sent_octo":0,"total_data_channel_messages_received":0,"loss_rate_download":0.0,"total_conference_seconds":0,"bit_rate_upload":0,"total_conferences_completed":0,"octo_conferences":0,"num_eps_no_msg_transport_after_delay":0,"endpoints_sending_video":0,"packet_rate_download":0,"muc_clients_configured":1,"conference_sizes":[0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0],"total_packets_sent_octo":0,"conferences_by_video_senders":[0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0],"videostreams":0,"jitter_aggregate":0.0,"total_ice_succeeded_tcp":0,"octo_endpoints":0,"current_timestamp":"2020-04-17 23:14:38.468","total_packets_dropped_octo":0,"conferences":0,"participants":0,"largest_conference":0,"total_packets_sent":0,"total_data_channel_messages_sent":0,"total_bytes_received_octo":0,"octo_send_packet_rate":0,"conferences_by_audio_senders":[0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0],"total_conferences_created":0,"total_ice_failed":0,"threads":37,"videochannels":0,"total_packets_received_octo":0,"graceful_shutdown":false,"octo_receive_packet_rate":0,"total_bytes_received":0,"rtp_loss":0.0,"total_loss_controlled_participant_seconds":0,"total_partially_failed_conferences":0,"endpoints_sending_audio":0,"total_bytes_sent":0,"mucs_configured":1,"total_failed_conferences":0,"mucs_joined":1}

With this response we see that the rest api responds and can be used for our purpose! To make sure that the colibri rest endpoint can be accessed by telegraf:

ufw allow 8080/tcp

Configure dashboards in Grafana

Open Grafana in browser: http://<Your-IP>:3000 31 and prepare your admin account

Add datasource.

We will add an InfluxDB datasource and set it to be the default.

Name: InfluxDB
Default: On
HTTP URL: http://localhost:8086 14
HTTP Access: Server (default)
Database: jitsi

Download a Dashboard.

https://grafana.com/grafana/dashboards/11969

A collection of all fields from the jitsi rest api response is available in the json attached for convenience.

Src: https://community.jitsi.org/t/how-to-to-setup-grafana-dashboards-to-monitor-jitsi-my-comprehensive-tutorial-for-the-beginner/38696

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Install RClone for synching Server contents to Cloud storage- google drive, onedrive, dropbox or own/nextcloud

Use case with Jibri Recorded content to push to cloud storage operators.

Rclone installation (Debian 10)

All below commands are executed as ‘root’. (I know!..)

apt update
apt install curl -y
curl https://rclone.org/install.sh | bash

Rclone is now installed. We need to find where rclone expects it’s config file:

rclone config file

Response:

Configuration file doesn’t exist, but rclone will use this path:
/root/.config/rclone/rclone.conf

So we need to upload the file from our windows pc/laptop (C:\Users\[user]\.config\rclone\rclone.conf) to the location on the Jibri server (/root/.config/rclone/rclone.conf). (I used WinSCP for this). After upload, we check once more to be sure rclone finds it’s config: Continue reading “Install RClone for synching Server contents to Cloud storage- google drive, onedrive, dropbox or own/nextcloud” »

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How to increase memory size for MySQL Server

To increase the memory size for a MySQL Server, follow these steps:

1.Enter management mode by typing your password and pressing Enter twice. Select Exit to terminal using the arrow keys and then press Enter

2.Type:

nano /etc/my.cnf

3.Locate the line innodb_buffer_pool_size = 1024M and change the number to 50% of RAM of the VM. 1024M means 1024 megabytes.

4.Press Ctrl+X to exit the text editor, then press Y to save.

5.Reboot the appliance using the Restart system option in management mode.

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Install Nextcloud on Debian 10

Install Apache, MariaDB and PHP

NextCloud runs on the webserver, written in PHP and uses MariaDB to store their data. So you will need to install Apache, MariaDB, PHP and other required packages on your system. You can install all of them by running the following command:

apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php mariadb-server php-xml php-cli php-cgi php-mysql php-mbstring php-gd php-curl php-zip wget unzip -y

Once all the packages are installed, open the php.ini file and tweak some recommended settings:

nano /etc/php/7.3/apache2/php.ini

Change the following settings:

memory_limit = 512M
upload_max_filesize = 500M
post_max_size = 500M
max_execution_time = 300
date.timezone = Asia/Kolkata

Save and close the file when you are finished. Then, start the Apache and MariaDB service and enable them to start after system reboot with the following command: Continue reading “Install Nextcloud on Debian 10” »

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Install Graylog2 on Debian 9

1 Install Required Packages

Before starting, you will need to install Java 8 and other required packages to your system. Not all required packages are available in Debian 9 standard repository, so you will need to add Debian Backports to the list of package source. First, login with root user and create a backport.list file:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/backport.list

Add the following line:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main

Save the file when you are finished, then update your system with the following command:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Once your system is up-to-date, install all the packages with the following command:

apt-get install apt-transport-https openjdk-8-jre-headless uuid-runtime pwgen -y

Once all the required packages are installed, you can proceed to install MongoDB. Continue reading “Install Graylog2 on Debian 9” »

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Installing Transmission Torrent Client on Debian

Install transmission

sudo apt-get install transmission-cli transmission-common transmission-daemon

Configure

There are many settings which can be configured. This how-to focus on tweaking the default configuration file for use with Debian/Ubuntu server. transmission-daemon will start automatically each time you start your server, with the settings defined in /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info/settings.json

Make sure the Transmission daemon is not running when changing the config file otherwise your changes will be over written.

sudo service transmission-daemon stop
edit /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info/settings.json
sudo nano /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info/settings.json

Continue reading “Installing Transmission Torrent Client on Debian” »

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