Technology Insights

VNC Fatal server error: could not open default font ‘fixed’

I needed to use some GUI tools recently for testing hard drives in a large RAID group on a CentOS Linux server that I only have remote access to so I decided to install VNC temporarily. The server has never had a GUI installed so I first installed the Gnome Desktop Environment, then installed VNC, configured VNC, and last attempted to start VNC but I received an error. The error was complaining of the default fonts not being in the proper location however the error output was excellent and allowed me to create a quick symlink to resolve the issue. Below I describe the error in more detail followed by the one command resolution.

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How To Find Ubuntu Version From Ubuntu Linux CLI

Locating the Ubuntu version is easy regardless of if you need to locate the Ubuntu Linux version from the CLI or via the Ubuntu GUI. I always forget what the CLI command is so this is as much reference for myself as it is sharing with others. Below I describe how to determine Ubuntu version from the Ubuntu Linux CLI and the Ubuntu Linux GUI.

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Create And Mount Amazon AWS EC2 EBS Storage To AWS EC2 Linux Instance

Amazon’s AWS products are pretty amazing and allow you to scale with ease for short or long term projects. One thing that can be helpful is mounting extra storage to AWS instances so you have the ability to unmount the storage and mount to different instances in the future. The other benefit is the ability to terminate an Amazon AWS instance and keep the Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume to use on another AWS instance at a later date. Use the directions below to create an Amazon EC2 EBS volume, attach the volume to an Amazon AWS instance, format the volume, and then mount the volume to the instance.

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Nipper Studio Error: The Program Can’t Start Because MSVCP100.dll Is Missing From Your Computer

After a recent Nipper upgrade I received an error when attempting to launch the application. The upgrade was from Nipper 2.1.6 to Nipper 2.1.9 on a Windows 7 Professional 64 bit computer. Below I describe the error in more detail as well as what was done to resolve the error. Nipper Studio is released by Tatania and is used to do network device configuration review including device support for network products from 3com, Alteon Networks, Baracuda Networks, Bay Networks, Blue Coat, Brocade, Check Point, Cisco, Crossbeam, CyberGuard, Dell, Extreme Networks, Fortinet, Foundry Networks, GTA, H3C, HP, IBM, Juniper, McAfee, Microsoft, Netgear, Nokia, Secure Computing, SonicWall, and others.