Integrating Bosh / Cloud Foundry with FiFo and SmartOS

Integrating Bosh / Cloud Foundry with FiFo and SmartOS

For some time, after watching people having lots of fun with Bosh -  I decided to give “Bosh” the service deployment system a try. Bosh has great documentation that explains how it can be used on some popular cloud infrastructures. For simplicity sake, lets just call them “clouds”. That’s where the problems started, because as we all know too well, the officially supported mainstream clouds(…)

SmartOS Zone Firewall Lockdown Guide

SmartOS Zone Firewall Lockdown Guide

So like me, you may have public facing SmartOS machines and you want to lock down. You probably already have existing dedicated firewalls on your network perimeter. Even so, you should probably further secure your Zone instances by using SmartOS’s powerful built in virtual network filter. Before we begin, please be aware that this applies(…)

Block WordPress comment spam with nginx and GeoIP

Block WordPress comment spam with nginx and GeoIP

Lets face it, wordpress comment spam is a real pain in the butt I manage a ton of WordPress client sites and of course I always use Akismet to flag spammers. Akismet does help by flagging comments as spam in your WordPress backend, but this still means: You have to manually delete them – which(…)

Awstats and Nginx setup on SmartOS

Awstats and Nginx setup on SmartOS

These days, I am doing a lot of dedicated WordPress VPS sites for clients. I always use SmartOS zones and Nginx wherever possible. Best practice is always to setup Google analytics and Google Webmaster tools to analyse traffic metrics and what is happening from a SEO perspective. I also don’t like to have all my(…)