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How to configure Startup Applications in Linux Mint 12 running Cinnamon


Today I will show you how to configure startup applications in Linux Mint 12 running the Cinnamon desktop.

Go to MenuPreferencesStartup Applications

You will be shown a list of all the programs that are configured to start at boot time. Click on Add.

For the purpose of this tutorial I will configure Libreoffice to start at boot.   In the screen shot above I have configured the following:

Name – Libreoffice

Command – /usr/bin/libreoffice (all programs are stored in /usr/bin so use this command)

Comment – Office Suite

Once configured click Add.

Restart the system and your chosen program with start at boot.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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How to configure Startup Applications in Ubuntu 12.04


Today I will show you how to configure startup applications in Ubuntu 12.04.

On your desktop go to settings (cog in the top right of the screen) and click on Startup Applications.

You will be shown a list of all the programs that are configured to start at boot time. Click on Add.

For the purpose of this tutorial I will configure Libreoffice to start at boot.   In the screen shot above I have configured the following:

Name – Libreoffice

Command – /usr/bin/libreoffice (all programs are stored in /usr/bin so use this command)

Comment – Office Suite

Once configured click Add.

Restart the system and your chosen program with start at boot.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients throughout Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more!!

How to configure a Cisco switch with an ip address


Today I will continue the Cisco theme and show you how to configure a Cisco switch with an ip address.  For this tutorial you will have to connect to the switch using a console session.

Lets start.

Comtech1#configure terminal

Comtech1(config)#interface vlan 1

Comtech1(config-if)#ip address 192.168.1.199 255.255.255.0

Comtech1(config-if)#no shutdown

Comtech1(config-if)#exit

 

Now we need to set the default gateway:

Comtech1(config)#ip default-gateway 192.168.1.1

Comtech(config)#exit

 

Don’t forget to save the configuration!!!

Comtech1#copy running-config startup-config

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

If you found this blog useful then why not sign up to my RSS Feed for news, tutorials, views and general techie stuff!!

 

How to configure basic passwords and a hostname on a Cisco switch


Today I will show you how to configure basic passwords and a hostname on a Cisco switch.  For this tutorial you are going to have to open up a console session to your switch.

First we need to set an enable password:

Switch>enable

Switch#configure terminal

Switch(config)#enable secret c7ed2bd92a (sets enable password)

 

Now we need to set the hostname of the switch:

Switch(config)#hostname Comtech1 (sets the switch hostname to Comtech1)

 

Next we need to configure console access:

Comtech1(config)#line console 0

Comtech1(config-line)#password bob2 (sets console password to bob2)

Comtech1(config-line)#login

Comtech1(config-line)exit

 

We will now set passwords for ssh and telent access to the switch:

Comtech1(config)#line vty 0 15

Comtech1(config-line)#password BigBlue (sets ssh and telnet password to BigBlue)

Comtech1(config-line)#login

Comtech1(config-line)#exit

Comtech1(config)#exit

For the changes to take effect we have to save them in the startup-config file so:

Comtech1#copy running-config startup-config

And that’s it.  Next time you connect to your switch either through a console, shh or telnet session you will be asked for the relevant passwords.

About the Author

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

How to configure services in Linux


Today we will have a look at configuring services in Linux.  For the purpose of this tutorial I will use Linux Mint 12 but the majority of the commands can be run on any Linux Distribution.

Seeing what services are running

To check what services are running on our system we need a package called chkconfig. Open up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install chkconfig

Once installed we need to check what is currently running (run as normal user) so type:

chkconfig -l

So how do we turn a service on and off?

Chkconfig runlevels

The easiest way is to turn a service off for a particular run level and to do this we use the syntax: chkconfig -s ‘service name’ ‘run levels’.

So to take an example we will make the mysql service above start at runlevels 2 and 3 so type:

sudo chkconfig -s mysql 23

In the above screenshot mysql now starts at run levels 2 and 3

Init Scrips

If you want to start and stop a service right now then you need to use init scripts.  So this time we will stop the clamav-freshclam service so type:

sudo /etc/init.d/clamav-freshclam stop

and

sudo /etc/init.d/clamav-freshclam start to restart.

Upstart

Upstart is the replacement for init scripts and as such some of the services have been re-written to work solely with upstart.  If a particular service is now an upstart job then the syntax is:

service ‘service name’ start/stop

For example to turn the samba daemon on and off you would type:

sudo service samba start

sudo service samba stop

How do you configure a service to start at boot?

You can either use the runlevel method described above or for Upstart jobs use the following syntax:

update-rc.d ‘service name’ defaults

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to configure Windows startup programs

Does this sound familiar? You want to stop a particular program starting during the system boot but don’t know how.  Today we shall have a look at msconfig and see how you configure the start up items so only programs you want start up.  I am using Windows 7 Home Premium but the following works exactly the same on XP and Vista.

Before we start a word of warning.  If you don’t know what you are doing then be very careful making changes to msconfig as this can really screw up you system.  If you are happy then read on.

Go to Start and type msconfig in the search box.  The program will be displayed above the box so click it.  The System Configuration screen will be displayed with 5 tabs – General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools.  The one we want is Startup so click the tab.  A list of programs that are loaded during the boot process will be displayed.  Choose the program you don’t want to start, uncheck the box next to it and then click on apply and then ok.  A message will appear that states you need to restart the system for changes to take effect so restart.


Once restarted a message will appear stating that you have made changes to the system configuration.  Check the box next to don’t show this message again and click ok.  The message box will no longer start at boot time.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

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