Using tmux terminal multiplexer

The tmux terminal multiplexer allows us to open multiple terminal windows in the same SSH session and continue the command execution even when we log out of the SSH session. This way we can execute long-running copy commands overnight without keeping the SSH session open.

Install tmux

On CentOS family Linux

yum install tmux

To start tmux and attach to the last session

tmux a

To keep the current session active

To continue the session execution even when you log out of the server, detach from the session before closing the connection. See the commands below.

Commands

To switch to binding mode

ctrl-b

Commands in binding mode

d detach
% vertical split
horizontal split
arrows move between panes
c new window
p previous window
n next window
l last used pane
q display pane numbers
[ enable scroll with arrow keys or pgup, pgdown
q quit scroll mode
x close the pane (will ask you to press “y” to confirm)

Zooming

cmd-shift + zoom in
cmd-shift – zoom out
cmd-shift 0 (zero) 100% zoom

Send Alt-Control-Delete to a Windows server via Remote Desktop

When you log into a Windows server via the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in some cases you need to send the Alt-Control-Delete ( in other notations Alt-Ctrl-Del, Control-Alt-Delete, Ctrl-Alt-Del ) key combination to the remote server.

From a Macintosh laptop

On a Macintosh laptop press the fn+control+option+delete keys to send Alt-Control-Delete to the server.

From a Windows workstation

If the Remote Desktop window is not in full-screen mode, Alt+Control+Delete will control your own Windows workstation.

On a Windows workstation press the Alt+Control+End keys to send Alt-Control-Delete to the remote server.

 

`pwd’: No such file or directory – getcwd (Errno::ENOENT)

When you rename a subdirectory under the directory where your Linux or MacOS terminal is open you may get the error message

/opt/chefdk/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.4.0/gems/chef-13.4.19/lib/chef/knife/cookbook_download.rb:45:in `pwd’: No such file or directory – getcwd (Errno::ENOENT)

You need to refresh the directory cache of the terminal.

  1. Go one level higher
    cd ..
  2. Go back to the directory
    cd MY_DIRECTORY

 

Configure the Ubuntu virtual machine in VirtualBox

Enable shared folders on the virtual machines

To be able to use shared folders between the host ( your workstation ) and the virtual machine.

  • Start the Ubuntu virtual machine in Virtual Box,
  • Select the virtual machine window on your workstation,
  • In the Devices menu of Virtual Box select Insert Guest Additions CD image…
  • Click the Run button,
  • Enter your admin password and click Authenticate,
  • Select the terminal window and press Enter,

  • Restart the virtual machine for the change to take effect,
  • In Ubuntu
    1. Open a terminal window,
    2. In the upper left corner of the desktop click the Search icon,
    3. Type terminal into the search box,
    4. Select the Terminal icon.
  • In the Terminal window create a directory for the mount point
    mkdir ~/host-share
    sudo chmod 777 ~/host-share
  • Mount the Shared Windows location. Get the Machine Folder name from the virtual machine’s Shared Folders tab in VirtualBox

    (If you shared the root of a Windows C: drive, the name is “C_DRIVE”.)

    sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=$UID,gid=$(id -g) MY_MACHINE_FOLDER_NAME ~/host-share

Source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox/SharedFolders

Make the mounting permanent

  1. Create the folder /opt/scripts
  2. Create a new file in the new folder mount_host_share
    #!/bin/sh
    # Mount the Host Share to see the host computer's file system
    echo MY_PASSWORD | sudo -S mount -t vboxsf -o uid=1000,gid=1000 MY_MACHINE_FOLDER_NAME ~/host-share
  3. Make the file executable
    chmod +x /opt/scripts/mount_host_share
  4. On the Ubuntu desktop click the Search icon and type startup, and click the Startup Applications icon
  5. On the Startup Applications Preferences window click Add,
  6. Enter the Name and this Command, and click Save
    /opt/scripts/mount_host_share

The shared drive appears in the File manager.

Relax the password requirement

The virtual machine is already protected by the operating system of the host, your workstation, so it is not necessary to enter the password every time you want to switch to the guest machine. To remove the password requirement

  1. Click the System Settings icon in the sidebar,
  2. Uncheck the Waking from suspend and Returning from blank screen checkboxes.

Configure the Windows virtual machine in VirtualBox

Enable shared folders on the virtual machine

To be able to use shared folders between the host ( your workstation ) and the Windows virtual machine.

  1. Start the Windows virtual machine in VirtualBox,
  2. Select the virtual machine window on your workstation,
  3. In the Devices menu of VirtualBox select Insert Guest Additions CD image…
  4. In the virtual machine start Windows Explorer,
  5. Open the VirtualBox Guest Additions CD,
  6. Start VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe,

  7. On the User Account Control popup click Yes,
  8. Click Next on the setup page,
  9. Click Next on the path selection page,
  10. Click the Install button,
  11. Save all your documents on the virtual machine, and allow the reboot of the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

The shared folders will be available in the virtual machine’s Windows Explorer under Network locations as the E: drive

Important

Refresh

When an application copies or deletes files and folders in the displayed shared folder, click the Refresh button to see the new state of the directory. Windows usually does not refresh the view of the shared folder.

 

Command window

On a Windows 10 guest machine, the Git Bash and Command Prompt windows cannot see the mapped shared folders. To execute commands in shared folders, use the PowerShell window. For more see Git Bash and Command Prompt cannot see the VirtualBox shared folder on Windows 10 guest

VirtualBox installation and configuration on Macintosh

Download VirtualBox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and follow the instructions to install it.

At the time of writing, this was the section where the installer files were referenced

virtual-box-01-download

Run the downloaded installer file and accept all default values.

The installer starts the application.

 

Create a virtual machine

To create a new virtual machine

Download the OS image from the manufacturer’s website.

  1. Start the VirtualBox application
  2. Click the New icon
  3. Click the Expert Mode button
  4. Enter the name, select the operating system type and version, and set the memory size,
  5. Set the initial size of the virtual hard disk, and click the Create button,
  6. Select the virtual machine icon and click the Start button
  7. Click the Browse icon and select the OS image file in the Downloads directory,
  8. Click the Start button,

Configure VirtualBox for each virtual machine

Networking

To share the connectivity of the host computer with the virtual machine, mainly if you use VPN

  1. In VirtualBox select the virtual machine icon and click Settings
  2. Select Network
  3. Attach the network adapter to NAT

If your company use automated software installation and updates, set up a second network connection using the Bridged Adapter. This way the virtual machine will get an independent IP address in the same IP address range as the host machine.

  1. Select the Adapter 2 tab,
  2. Select the Enable Network Adapter checkbox,
  3. Select the Bridged Adapter in the Attached to drop-down,
  4. In the Name drop-down list select the fastest network connection of the host machine.

Copy and paste

To enable copy and paste between the virtual machine and the host ( your workstation )

  1. On the General tab of the Settings page select the Bidirectional shared clipboard

Shared Folders

Specify the shared folder on your workstation

  • In the VirtualBox menu select Preferences
  • On the Shared Folders tab click the + icon
  • Select your home folder on your workstation

Configure the virtual machine OS

To configure the virtual machine operating system in VirtualBox, see Virtual machine configuration on the VirtualBox page.

Send CTRL-ALT-DELETE to a Windows Virtual Box computer from a Macintosh

When you start a Windows 7 or equivalent server machine, to log in, you need to press CTRL-ALT-DELETE on the keyboard to get the login page. To send Control-Alt-Delete to a Windows virtual machine in Virtual Box from a Macintosh

on a Macintosh laptop press the fn – Command  – Delete back  keys

on a Macintosh desktop press the Command  – Delete forward  keys.

Native resolution in Remote Desktop client on MacOSX

When you connect to a Windows computer from your Macintosh workstation the best remote desktop client is the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the Apple Appstore.

To configure the remote desktop connection for the best experience

  1. Select Native resolution
  2. Scale content for Full screen mode
    To be able to unselect the “Use all monitors checkbox”, uncheck it first, before you uncheck the “Start session in full screen” checkbox, otherwise, the last checkbox will be disabled.

If you use multiple displays, make sure you open the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on the display you want to use to view the remote computer, because the Native resolution setting will use the resolution of the display the app is running on at the moment you start the remote desktop connection.

How to move a window on the Macintosh if the header is not visible

There are times when a window opens on your Mac and the header is out of the screen or hiding behind the Macintosh Toolbar.

To show the toolbar

Option 1.

  1. Click the window to select it,
  2. Press Command 1 to switch the window to full-screen mode,
  3. Press Command 1 again to exit full-screen mode,
  4. The toolbar appears on the screen.

Option 2.

If the trick above does not work, try to find a point on the edge that instead of stretches the window, moves it. Four small regions on the sides can move the window up and down, another two small regions at the bottom can move the window sideways. The locations of the regions are very inconsistent, in one moment they work, a second later the region is at another location.