Category Archives: Linux

Update GNS3 server on GNS3 IOU VM

GNS3 Sourceforge account provides an OVA image ready to run gns3-server for those who want to use Cisco IOS on Unix images . However, at the time of this writing, the gns3-server version is outdated (1.3.3). The client must have … Continue reading

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Migrate Debian 6+ to another server with minimal downtime

Recently I had to migrate services from a running Debian server to another one, with minimal downtime of services. I usually do this to P2V or V2V Linux systems, as this allows me to resize the new virtual machine to … 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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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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Mikrotik DHCP and PXE boot

If you want to boot with DHCP/PXE/TFTP method and your DHCP is handled by a Mikrotik router and your TFTP server is on another server, then you need to set the next-server and boot-file-name parameters in the network definition. Do … Continue reading

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