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RE: [redhat-list] sftp error question



Hi Mark,

(And, presumably, restarting sshd (service sshd restart).  

> Yes.

(This would have to do with the apache configuration (httpd); that's in /etc/httpd/conf and /etc/httpd/conf.d Sounds to me as though the virtual hosts are messed up, or possibly that you have secondary IPs, for which you need to look at /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts.)

> I've checked the httpd files (conf and conf.d) but they have not been updated by the updates that took place thus far. But in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts I can see 3 that were updated (ifdown, ifdown-isdn, ifup, ifup-isdn).

(What I did at work, several years ago, was to talk to the system owners, and set up a regular monthly maintenance window, when I could do full updates - bug and security fixes - and reboot as needed. And they make sure their users know of the window.)

> Unfortunately, I do not have that luxury. So I have to do them in between semester breaks....etc.

(Third, if this is a server, and *esp* if it's a production machine, I would recommend turning off yum-updatesd (that's the auto-updated; it doesn't exist in 6.x) - you should consider the updates, and coordinate if there's something that your users might see, like NFS or apache, etc.)

> Thank you - I will turn that off as it is a production server. What did you mean by: " you should consider the updates, and coordinate if there's something that your users might see, like NFS or apache, etc"? I assume you meant, being careful what updates I do and when I do them, but I wasn't sure.

Thank you for responding Mark!

Constance

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From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of mark
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 8:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [redhat-list] sftp error question

On 05/02/13 07:35, Constance Morris wrote:
> Hi everyone, I'm new to this list, so I apologize if my email is not 
> in keeping with the procedures. I am a newbie with RHEL 5.7 system 
> administration and recently registered our web server with Red Hat 
> (this past Monday). Upon registration, I noticed online that the 
> server needed
> 506 updates and so I set the auto errata to enabled. By the time, I 
> realized my mistake there were only 217 updates left to be done. I 
> changed the auto errata to disabled and locked the account to stop the 
> rest from going through on their own.

Hi, Constance,

You've probably got several things going on.

First, finish the full updates, really. 5.7 is several years old - it's now on 5.9, for the 5.x branch (the 6.x is up to 6.4 as of several months ago) and if you type lsb_release -a, that's what you should see. Having it partly updated is asking for trouble, esp. if interrelated packages are not all installed, such as an application like apache, but libraries it needs aren't updated.

Second, when you do a reboot, it *will* have major issues, unless you finish that update, for the reason above.

Third, if this is a server, and *esp* if it's a production machine, I would recommend turning off yum-updatesd (that's the auto-updated; it doesn't exist in 6.x) - you should consider the updates, and coordinate if there's something that your users might see, like NFS or apache, etc.
>
> Immediately following, I was unable to use Putty to ssh to the web 
> server. A co-worker worked with me to get us access again by updating 
> the

And, presumably, restarting sshd (service sshd restart).

> sshd_config file. However, we have some clients who use Expression Web 
> 4 to update sites and they cannot gain access. It says "There's no 
> site named 'blah' " when they try to login.

This would have to do with the apache configuration (httpd); that's in /etc/httpd/conf and /etc/httpd/conf.d Sounds to me as though the virtual hosts are messed up, or possibly that you have secondary IPs, for which you need to look at /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts.

*Do* run yum update regularly. RH should be emailing you about updates; anything labelled "critical" (like firefox) should be done that day; important, if you read what it fixes and find that it affects you, in the next couple of days. What I did at work, several years ago, was to talk to the system owners, and set up a regular monthly maintenance window, when I could do full updates - bug and security fixes - and reboot as needed. And they make sure their users know of the window.

	mark

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