Category Archives: Computer

SNOM phones and presence monitoring

If you have issues with your SNOM phones and presence monitoring (the little LEDs that display when another extension is ringing or busy), then maybe this will help. We had this problem at work. When we checked the SIP traces, … Continue reading

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Nagios and LSI RAID cards

To monitor the status of a LSI RAID card, say for example a Dell PERC card, you will need to install NRPE, sudo, mpt-status and check_mpt.sh . Install sudo and NRPE via your package manager. You can grab mpt-status via … Continue reading

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VMware and Windows poor TCP performance

I have had a strange issue lately with Windows servers on VMware vSphere 5.1 hosts. Throughput of TCP connections between some virtual machines were very very slow, barely 10 mbit/s . The behavior was easily reproducible : just start an … Continue reading

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Using Windows domain resources while VPN is active with different credentials

If you are frustrated to get your Domain account locked while you are logged on a VPN with different credentials than your Domain credentials, then this is for you. Edit the file %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk with your favorite text editor. All the … Continue reading

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Exim GnuTLS Diffie-Hellman errors

I have been getting increasing number of errors in my Exim log related to GnuTLS Diffie-Hellman prime number. That prime number being too small causes Exim to abort the connection and initiate a new one to send the email over … Continue reading

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rsyslogd auto-configuration

To have rsyslogd automatically create directories and files with whatever you send at it, just put this in your rsyslog.conf file (or a .conf file in /etc/rsyslog.d): # provide UDP syslog reception $ModLoad imudp $UDPServerRun 514 $template DynFile,”/var/log/syslogs/%fromhost-ip%-%fromhost%/%$YEAR%-%$MONTH%-%syslogfacility-text%” # log … Continue reading

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Active Directory export script to import into SME Server

I had to migrate users from an Active Directory/Exchange combo to a SME server for temporary disaster recovery event. Here’s the script I wrote to create the export and recreate the users and their aliases in the SME server. The … Continue reading

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VMware vCSA 5.1 password expiration

A few months ago, I was unable to login on my vCSA. At that time, I thought it ws a glitch, I rebooted (didn’t fix the issue) and changed the password of the users, which fixed the issue. Recently, I … Continue reading

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Nagios and Exim queue size

A simple script to check Exim queue size for Nagios NRPE: #!/bin/bash #arg1 = warning count #arg2 = critical count if [ -z “$1” ] || [ -z “$2” ] then         echo “Usage: ${0} warningcount criticalcount” else         if … Continue reading

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Ubuntu “reboot” on Supermicro X9SCI/X9SCA shuts down

On two recent Supermicro servers, typing reboot actually shuts down the server. Thanks to Google and this blogpost, major.io/2013/06/03/supermicro-x9scix9sca-server-does-a-shutdown-rather-than-a-reboot/ no longer have this issue. Short story: just blacklist the module named “mei” and you’re good.

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