The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system can use a variety of tools for automating and managing different activities in the data center. Some of these tools configure virtual machine management, security, and performance, while others help with standard Linux administration tasks. SearchEnterpriseLinux.com has published a number of tips on specific tools for different versions of RHEL. This guide can serve as a reference for these resources.
Using ipconfig, arp, tcpdump and iptraf on RHEL 6
Network integration problems can be solved using some basic Linux command tools including
Tuning tips help to boost RHEL performance
An advantage of Linux is performance tuning. A duo of Red Hat engineers put on workshops to train Linux admins on tuning methods for their servers. Learn which tools used by Linux admins can provide the biggest performance boost.
Monitoring and maximizing performance on your RHEL servers
Learn how to assess the baseline performance of Linux servers, then how to use command line tools to generate system reports, perform system monitoring tasks and tune Linux servers in this comprehensive tip from Unix to Linux expert, Ken Milberg.
Moving from init to Upstart boot tools in RHEL 6
Starting in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the Upstart boot tool will be used rather than the more familiar System V init. Learn what you need to know to get started using Upstart and how it differs from init.
Open source security tools for RHEL
Find out how Red Hat Linux users can blow up hackers and intruders with TripWire, Nessus and Snort. Learn the pros and cons of using these tools with RHEL.
Using SELinux, iptables and more to secure RHEL servers
When setting up Red Hat Enterprise Linux on your data center servers, you need to make security decisions. Learn about security options for RHEL including SELinux, iptables firewall, TCP Wrapper and application security use considerations.
Virtual machine management tools for RHEL
Learn about managing virtual machines in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 using VM management tools virt-manager and virsh to help manage virtual machines.
KVM virtualization tool in RHEL
Learn how to set up KVM VMs in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 environment -- including setting up KVM hosts, creating KVM VMs and managing VMs in RHEL 5.4.
Using Puppet configuration and management tool
Automating and controlling configuration of hundreds or thousands of virtual hosts on Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers can be accomplished with Puppet. The basics of how to get started with Puppet configuration software on your Linux system are covered in this tip.
Installing VMware tools on RHEL
Using Linux commands line tools and scripts learn how to install VMware tools on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server. Especially helpful for Windows admins with virtual Linux machines, this tutorial gives step-by-step instructions.
Open source tools for building and managing clouds
Deltacloud is an open source project started last year by Red Hat. It abstracts the differences between clouds and maps a cloud client's application programming interface (API) into the API of a number of popular clouds, including Amazon EC2, GoGrid, OpenNebula, and Rackspace. Deltacloud is just one option for cloud management in Red Hat Linux.
This was first published in March 2011