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Install MySQL Automatically On Ubuntu

If you need to complete an unattended installation or scripted install of MySQL On Ubuntu Linux you can do so easily by setting the necessary variable with debconf-set-selections. Typically when you install MySQL on Ubuntu it will pop up a window and ask for you to enter a password even when you have specified -y with apt-get install. Below are the commands necessary to set the password variable which then allow you to automatically install MySQL on Ubuntu.

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Turn Off Automatic Updates Using Active Directory in Windows Server 2003

I recently had a client who kept complaining that their office server was randomly rebooting through out the night. I knew when I had done the install of server 2003 I had turned off auto updates so that I could control the update procces myself but the problem sounded like auto updates. Once I did a little investigation I noticed that auto updates was still on and when I tried to change it via the control panel all the options were grayed out and I had no control. I then remebered that active directory’s group policy determines pretty much every thing on a domain controller and since I had just reused the existing policy when I did the reinstall, the automatic updates were still on.
In this article I will show how to turn off auto updates on a domain controller running active directory:

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Force Litespeed To Download A New Version And Then Upgrade Litespeed Via The LSWS Admin Interface

There are a couple projects I work on that use LiteSpeed WebServer as the web server. LiteSpeed or LSWS comes out with releases on a fairly regular basis so it is important to upgrade often. This process is usually really easy as the server will send an email to the web server administrator email address notifying them of any new upgrades. Upon receiving the email you simply login to the LiteSpeed web administration interface, click on Version Manager, and then click the Upgrade link located to the right of the latest release that has typically already been automatically downloaded. A couple times I have run into an issue where some servers have downloaded the upgrade and others have not so I typically wait for all servers to download the upgrade before upgrading any of the servers. Tonight I decided to figure out how to jump start this automatic download process or force the download of new LiteSpeed versions so I wouldn’t have to wait for all of the servers to automatically download the latest version. Below I describe what the admin interface might look like while you are waiting for an upgrade to automatically download, how to force download the new LiteSpeed upgrade, and how to make sure that your server is configured to automatically download the latest software from LiteSpeed Technologies.

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Stop Amazon Jungle Disk Backup Application From Starting Automatically On Windows 7

I have been using Amazon’s Jungle Disk as a backup application for awhile now and have been really satisfied by how it has worked to date. I first used Jungle Disk on Windows XP primarily but now I have it configured and working properly on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. I not only was using the backup portion of Jungle Disk but I also had the online drive configured as well on multiple computers but I found that I rarely used the drive so I have been investigating the configuration and resources that the application uses.

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Automatically Follow People On Twitter

Automatically following people on Twitter when they start following you is easy. All you need to do is sign up for an account at Tweet Later. Setting up and account at Tweet Later will provide you with a dashboard where you can configure multiple Twitter accounts. Once configured you will be able to set up various automation tasks including following those that have followed you, sending private messages to people, or stop following people who stop following you.

Once you have a verified Tweet Later account login to the tweetlater.com website. Once logged in select the Accounts menu item which will open a sub navigation menu. Select “Add Account” to add the Twitter account where you want to set up automation tasks. During the setup process you will be able to configure multiple options including Auto Welcome, Auto Follow, Vet Followers, and Auto Unfollow. Below is a brief description of each of these four options.