06/05/2009: Search Failures

Thanks to the unbridled power of the Verrotech Control Panel, Google Analytics and Spyder on search.purplepixie.org I'm able to see what search terms people are using who end up on the FreeNATS website.

So I can see certain trends for common requests, especially those that don't appear to find the correct results in the documentation. In an attempt to help FreeNATTERs who insist on using search terms that do not quite match the documentation here is a list of the most common search failures and the information the people were (probably) after:

default password / freenats root login / freenats username and password
You could of course always have a look at http://www.purplepixie.org/freenats/wiki/Install_Virtual_Appliance but here is a quick list:
For the VM console: user root password freenats
For the FreeNATS web interface: user admin password admin
For the rPath web interface (https://HOST:8003): user admin password freenats


monitor mysql with freenats
There are various tests available for MySQL. You can do a simple one, just timing a query / counting rows or you can actually get and test a result from a query.
Check out http://www.purplepixie.org/freenats/wiki/Tests#MySQL_.28Time_and_Rows.29 and also the MySQL Data test just below it.


dns test
You can do simple or quite complex (on a specific server) DNS testing with FreeNATS, have a look at http://www.purplepixie.org/freenats/wiki/Tests#DNS_Host for a simple test and check out DNS Query just below for more complex.


freenats disk space
To check available disk space on the virtual appliance login to the console and do: df -h
This will show the disk available space in human-readable form with the single partition / being the disk storage.
To monitor diskspace of nodes in FreeNATS you will need to use nodeside testing with an agent on the node (Windows and *ix hosts are supported). See http://www.purplepixie.org/freenats/wiki/Nodeside for more information).


ip address change
The virtual appliance is set to use DHCP by default. If you need to change this login to the rPath interface (https://HOST:8003) and use the configuration option. You need to move the mouse over the interface and click edit.


freenats download mirror
WTF? Are the nuclear powered Verrotech servers not fast enough for you? There are no mirrors.
Originally the VM was mirrored on a Verrotech US server but owing to popularity had to be removed as the bandwidth costs would have killed me.


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