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Logon and remote execution without using passwords.

We can leverage SSH public-key authentication between hosts to enable all sorts of useful functionality, including…

  • Password-less login from HostA to HostB
  • Ability to execute remote commands from HostA on HostB
  • We can automatically administer an entire network of servers from a central server

I once set up a very large and complex WebSphere Commerce site for a Fortune 500 retailer that used this procedure to remotely execute various commands, including stopping/starting, and generating reports for, eXtreme Scale caching.

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My friend Penelope

Penelope was my Newfoundland dog, who passed away at the age of 13 (ancient for a Newfie) in the summer of 2015. Penelope possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.

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My friend Orpheus

Portrait of Jean Cocteau by Federico de Madrazo y Ochoa, ca. 1910-1912.

Jean Cocteau was a disciple of Orpheus, who possessed the ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music. He died attempting to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music.

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