KVM guests and synhronizing clock

I was launching a couple of Ubuntu 14.04 KVM guests and I ve noticed that time was wrong. OK I thought, a simple ntpdate command and ntp service enabled will fix the issue. Made a reboot of the guest host and show that the time was ok. Then I destroyed the guest and when I checked the time it was wrong. This can’t be right, I thought, and started researching what might be the issue. What I found is that KVM guests should always consider their hardware clock in UTC time while my guests configuration was in local time.

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Unset/Remove apache’s X-Powered-By header in ubuntu

When a browser send a request to an apache web server, apache will send back the response data as well as response headers. You can check what kind of headers are send back with curl command.

$ curl -I http://mysite/

or if the site is on https

$ curl -Ik https://mysite/
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:12:52 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Powered-By: Phusion Passenger (mod_rails/mod_rack) X.X.XX
Cache-Control: no-cache

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Centos 6 Virtual Machine custom partition layout in text mode install

I have been trying to create a simple bash script for copying/configuring KVM guests using templates.
This way I don’t need to do the whole installation over and over again.
The script would use an already KVM image file copy it to a new image file, mount it change the hostname and network settings. It would also copy the xml file remove the uuid, change its name and define it with virsh command.

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vagrant package breaks on undefined method

I have been using vagrant to develop chef cookbooks. Vagrant is a tool for managing virtualized development environments. When vagrant was initially launched supported VirtualBox only. As vagrant matured more providers were added like VMWare, AWS, Docker etc. I prefer using vagrant with its default provider, VirtualBox. I use vagrant 1.6.3 with ruby 1.9.3p547 on my Ubuntu 12.04 Lenovo U410 ultrabook.

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