UpGuard 101: SSL Certificate Expiration

This article is part of our ongoing UpGuard 101 series that focuses on ways to use UpGuard to keep your environment ready and yourself sane in real world scenarios.

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Puppet vs Salt

Two factors have resulted in a corresponding increase in the number of servers supported by today’s sys admin - virtualization and the massive growth of computing in the organization. Even in small and medium-sized companies, it is not unheard of to have a sys admin supporting 4 servers or so. And of course, this number only goes up as the size of the organization increases. Enter configuration management (CM) tools like Puppet, Chef and Salt. Make no mistake, any of these tools will truly simplify your life as a sysadmin, by automating and minimizing the drudgery of manual server setup and creation. But which one should you go for? As with IOS vs. Android vs. Windows Phone, X-Box vs. PlayStation vs. Wii, each has both diehard loyalists and vociferous critics. The answer, again as happens in many of these wars, is that you need to match and compare each contestant’s capabilities to your own needs, and judge for yourself.

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MySQL vs Postgres

MySQL and PostgreSQL are two of the most popular open-source RDMS (Relation Database Management System) programs on the market. They have competed favorably with commercial closed-source database programs for many years. Each has developed a reputation for specific strengths and weaknesses. MySQL is perceived to be much quicker but offers fewer features. PostgreSQL is believed to have a deeper feature set. Some programmers think of PostgreSQL as being similar to Oracle, and it is often favored by those who know Oracle products.

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