How to perform kickstart installation for Linux ?

What is Kickstart installation?

Kick start installation is unattended installation, where we can install the operating system
without fully seated in front of system till completing the installation.

Here we need to create a kickstart configuration file which contains all the details like,
Language, Timezone, Network details, Partition details, Package details, etc…

1. Creating a Kickstart configuration File

by default kickstart configuration file will be available in /root directory with the name of anaconda-ks.cfg in linux machine which is already installed. by editing this file will create new kickstart file for our requirement. But comparing to this method will create kickstart file in Graphical mode which will be very easier way.

GUI mode should be working in our machine to create kickstart file in Graphical utility.

Login the server in Graphical mode as root user and issue the below command to open the kickstart file configuration window.

[root@server ~]# system-config-kickstart

will get a window now to configure new kickstart file.

Using above window we need provide the required details in each section by selecting the option which is available in left pane.

Basic Configuration:

Default and keyboard Layout Language, Time Zone, Root password, Architecture and Reboot option after installation the Operating system.

Installation Method:

Whether its going to be a new installation or upgrade and which source we are going to use for OS media.

Boot Loader Option:

Its advisable to use “Install new boot loader” option.

Partition Information: 

Depends on your requirement you can create partitions or you may leave it to create automatically by the OS.

Network Configuration:

Based on your requirement you can provide static or DHCP IP’s and you should select the adapter first for that.

Authentication, Firewall Configuration & Display Configuration:

You may leave it by default. If you have any specific reason you can select the option.

Package Selection:

Here we need to provide what type of server you are going to install. Like, Web server,  Minimal package, DNS Server, Application Server, etc…

By default it will be minimal only.

Pre and Post Installation Script:

You may leave it.

After creating file use file-> save option to save the configuration. Here i’m saving this file under /root  with  ks.cfg name.

If you are going to create same configuration Operating system you can open the existing file which is available in you machine under /root directory.

2. Verifying the Kickstart File

After created the kickstart configuration file will verify using below command. We should install the package called ypkickstart to run the command.

ksvalidator command will help to verify the created kickstart file

[root@server ~]# yum install ypkickstart

[root@server ~]# ksvalidator /root/ks.cfg

3. Making the Kickstart File Available

Now i’m going to use http service to access created kickstart file through network for unattended  installation.

Simply install httpd package and start the service in remote machine where we are going to kept kickstart file.

Then copying created kickstart file from /root to /var/www/html/kickstart/  which is default location where the pages available to access using http service on browser.

[root@server ~]# yum install httpd
[root@server ~]# systemctl start httpd
[root@server ~]# cp /root/ks.cfg /var/www/html/kickstart/

4. Making the Installation Source Available

This section is pointing that which source of OS media we are going to use for this installation. We can use Local media, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP.

For Local media installation simply will use OS media or OS image file, if we are going to install in Virtual Machine and for other options OS image will be placed in remote machine and will be accessed using anyone of mentioned protocol.

In our case going to install in VMWare using Local media(OS Image file) source with kickstart file, which will be placed in remote machine and going to use http service to access kickstart file.

5. Starting the Kickstart Installation

Now start the virtual machine which is create in VMWare and interrupt by pressing Tab  key in keyborad and will get the screen like below.

Now insert the below entry to mention the kickstart file http location like below.

inst.ks=http://192.168.43.226/kickstart/ks.cfg

Then press enter to begin the installation.

Configuring bonding on RHEL7 step by step

What is ?

Two or more than that network adapters in corporate with single logical network pipe.

Logical network interface work as master and physical network interfaces are work as slave.

IP Address is assigned to  logical interface instead of assigning physical interfaces.

Logical interface only will work on connecting any internal/external network traffic.

It has several modes of operations based on behavior.

Modes:

  1. Round robin
  2. Active backup
  3. XOR
  4. Broadcast

Advantages:

  1. Better throughput
  2. Load balancing
  3. Fault tolerance

Issue ip a command to check available interfaces in server.

in my server, i have two insterfaces called enp0s3  and enp0s8

Using mobprobe command load the bonding kernel if its not loaded already.

[root@server ~]# modprobe bonding

To check whether the bonding driver in kernel  use the modinfo command and that will list the details like below once its loaded.

[root@server ~]# modinfo bonding
 filename: /lib/modules/3.10.0-514.el7.x86_64/kernel/drivers/net/bonding/bonding.ko
 author: Thomas Davis, tadavis@lbl.gov and many others
 description: Ethernet Channel Bonding Driver, v3.7.1
 version: 3.7.1
 license: GPL
 alias: rtnl-link-bond
 rhelversion: 7.3
 srcversion: B664145ACFBCC961505C750
 depends:
 intree: Y
 vermagic: 3.10.0-514.el7.x86_64 SMP mod_unload modversions

Create a file called ifcfg-bond0 which will work as logical interface in bonding using vi editor with below mentioned settings under /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts

[root@server ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-bond0

DEVICE=bond0
 TYPE=Bond
 NAME=bond0
 BONDING_MASTER=yes
 BOOTPROTO=none
 ONBOOT=yes
 IPADDR=192.168.43.250
 NETMASK=255.255.255.0
 GATEWAY=192.168.43.1
 BONDING_OPTS="mode=5 miimon=100"
 ZONE=public

:wq

save and exit from the file.

now the bond0 logical interface has been created and have to set the slave interface by following below steps.

in our case already we have two interfaces called enp0s3 and enp0s8. for the same configuration file also already there under /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts with below name’s

ifcfg-enp0s3

ifcfg-enp0s8

edit the above two files using vi editor and make entry for MASTER and SLAVE. Set the MASTER=bond0 and SLAVE=Yes for the both interface configuration files like below.

[root@server ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s3

TYPE=Ethernet
 NAME=enp0s3
 UUID=f42b80f0-95dd-4126-a5f8-62db4f4a368f
 DEVICE=enp0s3
 ONBOOT=yes
 MASTER=bond0
 SLAVE=Yes

 

[root@server ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s8

TYPE=Ethernet
 NAME=enp0s8
 DEVICE=enp0s8

UUID=f42b80f0-95dd-4126-a5f8-62db4f4a368f
 ONBOOT=yes
 MASTER=bond0
 SLAVE=Yes

 

Now use ifdown and ifup command to bring down and bring up the bond0 interface.

[root@server ~]# ifdown bond0
../network: line 2: NETWORKING: command not found
Device 'bond0' successfully disconnected.
[root@server ~]# ifup bond0
../network: line 2: NETWORKING: command not found
Connection successfully activated (D-Bus active path: /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/16)

 

Then check the ip of bond0 to confirm whether our bonding has been working or not.

[root@server ~]# ip a | grep bond0
6: bond0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,MASTER,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state DOWN qlen 1000
 inet 192.168.43.250/24 brd 192.168.43.255 scope global bond0

 

We configured bonding successfully. Now will communicate from remote server to this server using bond0 interface ip address (192.168.43.250)

Thanks for your support 🙂

User and Group Management in Linux/Unix

We are going to see some simple commands which will help to Create/ Manage Users & Groups.

 /etc/passwd   ->  This file contains all the users details.

[root@server ~]# more /etc/passwd
root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
bin:x:1:1:bin:/bin:/sbin/nologin
daemon:x:2:2:daemon:/sbin:/sbin/nologin
adm:x:3:4:adm:/var/adm:/sbin/nologin

/etc/passwd file has all the user details with some parameters.

Here i’m taking root user details to explain with details.

root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash

root – User name

x – Password

0 – User ID

0 – Group ID

Root – Comments/ User description

/root – Home directory

/bin/bash  – shell

Home directory and Group will be created with the same name of user, once we created a user.

Command to create user:

Useradd <username>

adduser <username>

Example:

[root@server ~]# useradd anand

[root@server ~]# adduser anand

Command to delete user account:

deluser <username>

[root@server ~]# userdel anand

The above command will delete a user but will not delete home directory of the user.

Command to delete a user account with home directory:

Use option -r to delete user with home directory.

[root@server ~]# userdel –r deepak

Use id command to know whether a user available in system and if the user exist, it will display User ID, Group ID and Primary group and Secondary group details.

[root@server ~]# id abu
uid=1000(abu) gid=1011(Technology) groups=1011(Technology),1012(DBcheck)

Command to add secondary group to a user:

[root@server ~]# usermod –G Technology abu

Command to change primary group:

[root@server ~]# usermod –g Technology abu

Customizing home directory:

by default home directory will be created under /home for all the users. We can set some other directory as home directory as well.

we have two options to change the home directory.

  1. we can edit /etc/passwd file using vi editor to change the home directory
  2. Using usermod command will change home directory

Changing home directory by editing /etc/passwd  file

[root@server ~]# vi /etc/passwd
testuser:x:1004:1004::/testuser:/bin/bash

Command to change home directory:

[root@server ~]# usermod -m -d /testuser testuser

-m:    option to move the home directory

-d:      option to mention the home directory

Assigning expiry date to user:

Command to check expiry details for a user

[root@server ~]# chage -l testuser
Last password change : May 27, 2017
Password expires : never
Password inactive : never
Account expires : never
Minimum number of days between password change : 0
Maximum number of days between password change : 99999
Number of days of warning before password expires : 7

Command to set expiry date for a user:

[root@server ~]# usermod --expiredate=2017-07-20 testuser

Again will check whether the expire date has been set or not.

[root@server ~]# chage -l testuser
Last password change : May 27, 2017
Password expires : never
Password inactive : never
Account expires : Jul 20, 2017
Minimum number of days between password change : 0
Maximum number of days between password change : 99999
Number of days of warning before password expires : 7

We successfully set expire date for testuser.

Group Management:

Group is used to manage more than one users without touching the each and every user alone.

Group is created based on the Team on an organization.

All the group details available in /etc/group file, once we created a group.

[root@server ~]# more /etc/group

Using Groupadd command will create group

[root@server ~]# groupadd Technology

 

NFS Server Configuration RHEL 7 / Cent OS 7

Using NFS server will share the files/ Directories over the network.
Using this service will install operating system and access the remote server directory/file to read/write files and will share the file/directory to other machines.

Required Package:

libnfsidmap-0.25-15.el7.x86_64
nfs-utils-1.3.0-0.33.el7.x86_64

Installing NFS packages:

Use the below command to install all the required packages in one shot.

#yum install nfs*

 

Check whether the packages are installed by executing below command

[root@server ~]# rpm -qa | grep nfs
libnfsidmap-0.25-15.el7.x86_64
nfsometer-1.7-1.el7.noarch
nfs4-acl-tools-0.3.3-15.el7.x86_64
nfs-utils-1.3.0-0.33.el7.x86_64
nfstest-2.1.1-0.0.el7.noarch

Important configuration files:

/etc/exports :                This file contains which all are exported to remote                                                                 machines 
/etc/host.allow :           Daemon/ Client which matches the entry available in                                                        this file, will be granted access.
/etc/host.deny :           Access is denied for daemon/ client which matches in                                                     this file.
/etc/fstab :                      Will mount the shared directories/ filesystems                                                                   permanently using this file.
/etc/sysconfig/nfs:  Will manage the nfs port using this file.

Services which need to be enabled and started:

rpcbind  service
nfs-server  service

Command to enable the services:

#systemctl enable rpcbind
#systemctl enable nfs-server

[root@server ~]# systemctl enable rpcbind
[root@server ~]# systemctl enable nfs-server
Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/nfs-server.service to /usr/lib/systemd/system/nfs-server.service.

Command to start the services:

#systemctl start rpcbind
#systemctl start nfs-server

[root@server ~]# systemctl start nfs-server

[root@server ~]# systemctl start rpcbind

create directory for sharing:

[root@server ~]# mkdir /nfshare

set the all permission to all

#chmod 777 /nfshare

Now share the directory using NFS by mentioning the directory details in /etc/exports file

#vi /etc/exports

/nfsfileshare 192.168.12.7(rw,sync,no_root_squash)

save and exit from the file

Now use the below command to make it available in network as a shared directory

[root@server ~]# exportfs -r

Enable the services permanently in firewall in this session

[root@server ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone public --add-service  mountd
success
[root@server ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone public --add-service rpc-bind
success
[root@server ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone public --add-service nfs
success

reload the firewall  changes and make effect in this session by executing below command

[root@server ~]# firewall-cmd --reload
success

 

Now all the configuration has been done in server side and have to check and mount the shared directory in client machine.

showmount command will help us to list the directory which is shared from remote machine.

[root@node1 ~]# showmount -e 192.168.43.226
Export list for 192.168.43.226:
/nfshare *

Now we need to mount the shared directory in client. Before that we should create a directory to use that as a mount point.

[root@node1 ~]# mkdir /nfsmount

Mount the directory temporarily

#mount 192.168.43.226:/nfshare  /nfsmount

Mount permanently by editing /etc/fstab file and make entry

#vi /etc/fstab
192.168.43.226:/nfshare/ /nfsmount nfs rw,sync 0 0

save and exit from the file.

unmount the directory because we mounted temporarily before restart and after restart issue mount to check whether the shared directory is listing or not. If its not listing then there is an issue with entry in /etc/fstab file.

#umount /nfsmount

Restart the client and check using mount command

[root@node1 ~]# mount | grep /nfsmount
192.168.43.226:/nfshare/ on /nfsmount type nfs (rw,sync,vers=4,addr=192.168.43.226,clientaddr=192.168.43.67)

What is Linux

What is Linux?

Linux is an operating system, which manages all resources associate with your Desktop, Laptop and Server. Now days it’s used in maximum devices like smart phones. It’s secure and virus free operating systems.

Linux is used in most of the production environment.  We can manage the devices using scripting and can automate job as well. Even we can modify the operating system as per our requirement, if you are genius in coding.

It’s easy to install, configure and manage the server in Linux. For all level user can use Linux operating system. It has number of distribution and version’s on that distribution.

Distribution list:

Redhat

Ubuntu

Fedora

Debian

Opensuse

 

We can use below methods to install Linux

  1. Automatic/Unattended/ Network
  2. Manual

Automatic/Unattended/network installation:

We can install Linux operating systems without our presence using below technologies.

  1. Kickstart
  2. NFS
  3. HTTPS/HTTP

In this method we can define everything, like Packages, Network  IP, DNS, Keyboard language, etc…

Manual installation:

In manual installation we should use local installation media for Linux installation.

We are going to discuss about Redhat Linux and will see others later on…..

Migration

In this post gonna explain what is migration, types and steps to be followed in migration.

What is Migration?

Migration is used to move the Data/Storage/Server/ from one to another (Server/Storage)

Pre-Requests:

  1. Hardware must be the same or updated one in Destination.
  2. Connectivity should be established between the source and destination.
  3. Tools for Operating System related migrations.

Migration types:

  1. DR Functionality
  2. Forklift

III. MSP Oracle

  1. Storage, Oracle (Storage/ggate)
  2. V2V (LPAR), V2V (VM), V2V (VPAR), V2V (Clone VM)
  3. P2V, P2V (VM), P2V (LPAR), P2V (NPAR) , P2P

VII. Seed-n-Swing (Physical), Seed-n-Swing (VM)

Steps involved in Migration:

  1. Data gathering
  2. Building a New server
  3. Post Provisioning
  4. Start Migration
  5. Decommissioning

Data gathering:

As per my knowledge, I have some details which we need to check from the old server. Details are below Server Name,Building Name,Source DC,Target DC,Migration Method,Environment,Server Status in Tool,HW Server Vendor,Operating System,OS Version,Model of Server,NFS,No of Physical CPUs,No of Cores per CPU,Memory (GB),Number of Physical NICs in Use,NIC Teamed,Data NIC IP address,Data NIC subnet mask,Data NIC gateway,Data NIC MAC Address,Other NIC Ips,DNS Servers in order,Boot From SAN?,VG Name,Free space in VG,LV,No of LUNs,Total External Storage in GB,SAN type seen by Powerpath,Connected HBA WWN,Disconnected HBA WWN,Is HP DDMI Agent Running?,Last reboot – uptime,Forsee any issue in the mig method, based on SAN/Network,Lun counts,Storage type,Array_id,Total Size,Internal Disk size.

Building a New server:

We have to create a new server for migration based on Migration types and keep in mind the date which we gathered from old server. Example: No need of new server like Forklift migrations

Post provisioning:

Once the server build has completed, have to perform below post build tasks

Be compliance in DNS entries and hosts file entries (/etc/hosts), NTP Server Configured or not, Backup is done if it’s necessary, etc… Based on the Data gathering.

We have to vulnerability scan and fix the security patch errors (FAIL’s and WARNING’s) which will be present in the new servers.

Migration:

  1. Create the file systems in new server based on old server with same VG, LV and PV name and size.
  2. Copy the boot file system from source to Destination Server. Need to do manual copy from source to destination server in Linux Server’s like Red hat. Will use tools to take image in AIX, etc…
  3. Have to do rsync the Data filesystem from source to Destination.
  4. Move the LUN’s to the target server if it’s applicable.
  5. Copy the applications from old to target server.
  6. Set the IP Address, DNS and other stuffs based on the Data gathering.
  7. Get the server in live once all these stuffs completed.

Decommissioning the old server:

  1. Check what are all the jobs and applications running and get the help from concern team to stop the running applications.
  2. Temporarily disable the backup, Mail, triggers, Disconnect the Database, Disable the NIC (Ethernet).
  3. Wait for some days without shutting down the server to confirm whether we are getting any call back from any team for any issue in new server.
  4. If we don’t hear any issues then will go ahead with disabling backup, mail, Triggers, Database, Network permanently.
  5. And then will turn of the server the Server and will remove the server from Rack.

Thanks for choosing the blog. Comments are welcome…

Multipathing in Linux

Multipathing is used for Load Balancing, path failover & Recover for block devices in Linux.

Load balancing:

The workload is distributed across the available hardware components.

Path failover & Recover:

Will use redundant I/O channels to redirect the read and write operations when one or more paths no longer available.

Prerequisites RPM’s:

  1. device-mapper-1.02.77-9.el6.x86_64
  2. device-mapper-multipath-libs-0.4.9-64.0.1.el6.x86_64
  3. device-mapper-multipath-0.4.9-64.0.1.el6.x86_64

Daemon: Multipathd

Configuration file: /etc/multipath.conf

The “multipath.conf” has five sections:

  1. System level defaults
  2. Blacklisted devices
  3. Blacklist exceptions
  4. Storage controller specific settings
  5. Device specific settings

Simple steps to configure multipath:

  1. For configuring the Multipath in Redhat Linux, device-mapper-multipath should be installed. You can verify It by using below command that it is installed or not:

#rpm -q device-mapper*

  1. If it is not installed, install it by using below command.

#yum install device-mapper

  1. After installation, start to configure multipath

#cd /etc

#mv multipath.conf multipath.conf.dist

#sed ‘/^#/d; /^$/d’ multipath.conf.dist > multipath.conf

#vi multipath.conf

Change to blacklist local hard drive only,

blacklist {
devnode “sda”
}

  1. Now start the Multipath service

#Service Multipathd start
#chkconfig Multipathd on

  1. Now Verify the disk paths

#fdisk -l
#sfdisk –s

Commands:


#service Multipathd start – to start the multipath service

#service Multipathd stop – to stop the multipath service

#service Multipathd reload – To update the modified configurations to replicate without restarting the service.

#multipath –ll – To list all the multipathed devices

#multipath –F – to stop the multipath

How to check listening ports in Linux

We should pay attention to listening ports, to validate and disable the unused ports in infra is a very important thing. In that the way, we can secure the server from the attack surface. So, Will see How to check listening ports in Linux

Known Ports:

993    – IMAPS
1194  – openVPN
1812  – RADIUS
995    – POP3s
2049  – NFS (nfsd, rpc.nfsd, rpc, portmap)
2401  – CVS server
3306  – MySql
3690  – SVN
6000-6063- X11
123    – NTP (Network time protocol used for time syncing uses UDP protocol)
137    – NetBIOS (nmbd)
139    – SMB-Samba (smbd)
143    – IMAP
161    – SNMP (For network monitoring)
389    – LDAP (For centralized administration)
443    – HTTPS (HTTP+SSL for secure web access)
514    – Syslogd (udp port)
636    – ldaps (both ctp and udp)
873    – rsync
989    – FTPS-data
990    – FTPS
20      – FTP Data (For transferring FTP data)
21      – FTP Control (For starting FTP connection)
22      – SSH (For secure remote administration which uses SSL to encrypt the transmission)
23      – Telnet (For insecure remote administration)
25      – SMTP (Mail Transfer Agent for e-mail server such as SEND mail)
53      – DNS (Special service which uses both TCP and UDP)
67      – Bootp
68      – DHCP
69      – TFTP (Trivial file transfer protocol uses udp protocol for connection less transmission of data)
80      –  HTTP/WWW(Apache)
88      – Kerberos
110    – POP3 (Mail delivery Agent)


Issue the below command as root user to check the listening ports.

Will use  netstat command to check open ports.

#netstat -tulpn

t – Will enables listing of tcp ports.
u – Will enables listing of udp ports
n – this will shows the port numbers
l – It will list only listening pockets

We should pay attention to listening ports, to validate and disable the unused ports in infra is a very important thing. In that the way, we can secure the server from the attack surface. So, Will see How to check listening ports in Linux


/etc/services – by reading this file we can read different types port/protocol combinations and applications.

#less /etc/services


lsof command:

Package for lsof:  lsof-4.87-4.el7.x86_64

To check the package avilability in linux use the below command.

#rpm -qa | grep -i lsof

To list open ports:

#lsof -i



To display all open files:

nmap command:

    Using nmap  command will check the open ports for remote server.

Using below command will check open ports in local machine.

      #nmap -sT  -O localhost



Command to check remote machine open ports:

#nmap -sT -O 192.168.0.105