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Troubleshooting Disk Utilization

The ability to diagnose and resolve issues on a Linux system is a skill that every administrator needs to cultivate. In this lab, we cover using various reporting and monitoring utilities to troubleshoot issues with disk utilization on the system.

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Clock icon Mar 13, 2020

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  1. Challenge

    Install the Monitoring and Reporting Utilities (`sysstat`)

    Install the sysstat package using the following commands:

    sudo -i
    yum install -y sysstat
  2. Challenge

    Use the Monitoring and Reporting Utilities to Diagnose the Issue

    This is a list of possible steps to take in order to find the source of the issue. All of these can be used, but they are not all required. Once located, the offending process should be copied to /home/cloud_user/.

    vmstat 1 4
    iostat -y 1 3
    iostat -dy -p xvdg 1 3
    lsof | grep “mount point or device major,minor number”
    ps -ef | grep (PID of
    pstree -p (PID of
    cp /mnt/roshar/ /home/cloud_user/
  3. Challenge

    Terminate the Offending Process

    Once the PID of the offending process has been located (, use the kill command to terminate it.

    kill -15 (PID of

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