Usually in the enterprise world RAID systems are the most popular and used infrastructures when it comes to data backup and data synchronization but NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices can really improve these processes on small and mid-businesses due to the reduce costs in its implementation and since they are fast and reliable solutions.

On this quick tutorial I'm gonna show you how to backup a directory hosted on an Ubuntu Server and transfer the data to a Network Shared Folder hosted on a NAS. I'm assuming you already have a NAS storage up and running on your local network and a folder is already shared.

First we need to get the following extra packages from the Ubuntu repository that will provide the ability to mount this…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

On a previous post I already explained briefly what Varnish is and the advantages of running it along with Pound to get an amazing caching architecture under HTTPS for Drupal. On this tutorial I'll upgrade the steps so we can run both, Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 sites with Varnish 4.x which at the time of this post, is the latest supported by Drupal 8. Also, the Ubuntu version used is 16.04 which is the latest LTS release from the Ubuntu guys.

Alright, let's begin by getting the required packages. First, we need to get Pound, a version superior to 2.7 which implements fixes for Poodle attacks. Visit this…

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Development and put on production of Drupal 8 sites is moving really fast, and demanding sites are always going to require strong search engines to quickly process thousands  of search requests to their sites. On this tutorial I'm going to show you how to install an Apache Solr server to index any Drupal 8 data for fast search queries and results. Drupal 7 sites will also benefit of this since we are taking advantage of the Search API and Search API Solr modules integration.

Drupal 8 requires a minimum version of Solr 4.x so for this tutorial we'll be using 4.5.1, we'll be also configuring our installation using Jetty 9 (a servlet…

Thursday, February 9, 2017

On this post I'll show you how to run Drupal 8 or any PHP application using Apache HTTP Server with mod_event enabled and PHP 7-FPM

First we need to get the required PHP and Apache packages from the Ubuntu repository:

$sudo apt-get install php7.0-fpm apache2 libapache2-mod-fastcgi

then we need to disable the worker that's enabled by default and switch to mpm_event:

$sudo a2dismod mpm_worker
$sudo a2enmod mpm_event

Now that we have enabled the event module, let's activate some required extra apache modules needed to run our apps like Drupal:

$sudo a2enmod alias rewrite fastcgi expires headers remoteip ssl actions

We need to create a config file for PHP-FPM so apache is aware of how to treat it:

$sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf-available/php-fpm.conf
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Quick install Composer library manager on Ubuntu 16.04 to handle Drupal 8 libraries.

First, get Composer:

$cd ~
$sudo apt-get install curl
$sudo curl -s | php

make Composer available globally:

$sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

and you are done! You should get a similar output as in the next screenshot:

composer installed
Thursday, December 15, 2016