Linux & Apache Server – Set Local Time to London, UK, Europe

A quick and simple command you might need from time-to-time if you’re running apache webservers in one or other Linux flavour. We often grab EC2 instances on Amazon, for example, for our clients and, for various reasons, we want the server to know what time it is here in the UK! So here’s the command …

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Installing APC on Amazon EC2 Instance

Some time ago, I wrote a short blog post explaining how to go about installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance to help with opcode caching. More recently, we’ve begun using APC for similar reasons, with excellent results, including on Amazon EC2 Micro instances, which can be used under their free usage tier to run …

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PHP 7.0 Reaches End of Life on 3 December 2018

If you, like us, were thinking Christmas comes round faster and faster each year, then you’ll no doubt think it was only yesterday that the awesome improvements PHP 7.0 brought along with it hit our servers and started powering up our WordPress sites way better than PHP 5.6, which was itself cool for its era.

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Installing PHP SOAP – Need soapclient?

The tutorial below explains how to install Soapclient for PHP in a Linux system which is showing that this is not included. This may, for our clients, show up in your WooCommerce status page, and some plugins rely upon this to go about their business. The commands below will allow sysadmin to get this installed. …

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Silicon Dales Managed Hosting Servers – Dirty COW Free!

There is a Linux vulnerability known as Dirty COW which surfaced a week or so ago, for which there have been frequent warnings around the Linux community pretty much as soon as the vulnerability was uncovered, as it is a particularly nasty one which can, in some circumstances, allow malevolent forces to gain control of …

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How to Update Linux on Amazon EC2 with Yum

It’s really quite straightforward to update your Amazon EC2 instance to the latest versions: Login with your secure key via your terminal window; then Type “Sudo -i” and hit enter Type “yum update” and hit enter Hit “Y” to agree to the updates Wait for the software to carry out the update. That’s it! The …

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