Category Archives: System Administration

Flashing IT Firmware to the LSI SAS 9211-8i HBA, 2014 EFI Recipe

Many, many thanks go out to Bryan Vyhmeister and alpenwasser for their original writeups on this topic. Disclaimer: Not my fault if you screw this up. At this point, I think you’re in the minority if you don’t have the ability to boot an EFI shell, so this is a concise version of what I […]

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SNMPv3 Configuration for Dell PowerConnect 3500 Series

So apparently SNMP should be secured. Disable write access if you don’t need it, and use SNMPv3 instead of the other versions. I setup some ProCurve switches recently, and evilrouters.net had a great writeup on configuring SNMPv3. So configured me some ProCurve and went on my way. Then came my Dell PowerConnect 3548P. I bought […]

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Static Devices on Remote Side of a SonicWALL Site-to-Site VPN? Remember to Renegotiate!

tl;dr If you are having trouble with devices that have static IPs on the remote side of your Sonicwall Site-to-Site VPN, go to VPN and click Renegotiate under the Currently Active VPN Tunnels. We’ve got another warehouse with a site-to-site VPN setup using SonicWALL devices. It works decently enough for what we need. While most […]

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Extend Toner Life on Your Brother HL-2270DW By Enabling Toner Continue Mode

I’ve got a number of Brother HL-2270DW laser printers around the office, and they’re wonderful. I even have one at home. Wireless-capable with built in duplexing, and on sale the unit is under $100. What’s not to like? Toner is fairly inexpensive too, but I like to squeeze as much of the life out of […]

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The Journey From MyFax to MetroFax

(edited 2012/09/20 to add some important caveats) I’ve already established that MyFax is slowly going down the tubes. The following chronicles my experience switching to a new service. After some research, I settled on MetroFax as my new internet faxing provider. They’re based just a few hours away from me in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, […]

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Gmvault: gmail backup (Ubuntu install and setup)

(edit 8/20/2012: Originally written for v1.5, this has been tested and works fine as of Gmvault v1.7-beta, so just change things accordingly and install away! I’ve updated the links below.) I’ve been using getmail for over a year to backup my Gmail account. As far as I know, it’s been working, but it just grabs email […]

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Ubuntu 12.04 + rkhunter 1.3.8 = false positives!

rkhunter (Rootkit Hunter) is a wonderful tool to assist in securing your system, but it becomes much less helpful if it constantly reports false positives. After updating your rkhunter.conf file appropriately, you may still be left with the following error: Warning: Hidden file found: /dev/.initramfs: symbolic link to `/run/initramfs’ This file can’t be whitelisted because […]

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Synergy and Text Expansion Programs on Windows 7? Don’t run as admin.

Synergy is great. And text expansion/replacement tools are great (ie, PhraseExpress or AutoHotKey). And Windows 7…well I guess it’s alright as well. Synergy lets me share my mouse and keyboard between my Windows desktop, my Macbook, and even a linux machine (if I still ran one at work). It even synchronizes the clipboard betweeen screens. […]

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Upgrading to NConf 1.3.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Congrats to the NConf crew for reaching the 1.3.0 milestone! Two years in the making, but I’m excited to see the project continuing to move forward. It’s been over a year since I originally installed and configured Nagios and NConf 1.2.6 on my Lucid Lynx server. In the meantime, I’ve upgraded the hardware and moved […]

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vBulletin 4.1.7 Mobile Style Giving You Grief?

I upgraded a forum to vBulletin 4.1.7 last night. Pretty straightforward stuff, only the mobile style that they half-introduced back in 4.1.2 or somewhere along the lines has been a little glitchy.  4.1.6  reintroduced the mobile style, but I blinked and 4.1.7 was released. I ended up deleting the mobile style and reimporting it from […]

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