Smbclient which works with BackupPC on Ubuntu 12.04:
Unlike IPv4, which uses DHCP for configuration, IPv6 uses the Neighbor Discovery Protocol to configure addresses and gateways. Unfortunately, originally the protocol had no means of providing addresses of DNS servers to clients, making it necessary to use DHCPv6 for that purpose. Modern Linux and Mac OS X machines are able to use the IPv6 Router Advertisement Options for DNS Configuration (RFC 6106), but to my knowledge, Windows clients are not able at the moment. Here’s how to configure a Linux router using radvd and the ISC DHCP daemon. Continue reading Linux IPv6 Router: RADVD + DHCPv6
Installing Python on Windows is a bit more laborious than on Mac or Linux, because there’s a bit of manual configuring to do. Here’s an installation checklist to go through to get it done so that you have IPython ready, and you can install packages from PyPI. These instructions are for Python 2.7. Continue reading Python 2.7 Windows Installation Checklist
I had to migrate a pretty big database cluster from one server with PostgreSQL 8.4 to a new server with 9.2 There we multiple apps using the databases, and the downtime had to be minimal. Luckily, the databases were split to multiple schemas, and there were only a few tables in a couple of schemas that were in active use at the time of the migration.
The pg_dump tool was very helpful in this operation. First, I set up ssh public key authentication between the postgres users from the source to the destination server. Then I ran the first full cluster dump to the new empty cluster. This can be done while users are actively using the source database, as long as you know which schemas, tables and sequences are in use, so that they can be copied again after shutting down applications: Continue reading PostgreSQL Database Cluster Migration Notes
In this article I will show you how to use the Sonera CStream Messaging Web Service API to send an SMS using Python, and a library called SUDS. The CStream API is two-way service for both sending and receiving messages. You obviously need to pay for the service to get access. After you have your credentials, you can start using the service.
The SUDS is a lightweight SOAP Python client for exploring and using web services. A recent version can be installed on Debian based distros with “sudo apt-get install python-suds”, or on almost anything with “pip install suds”. Continue reading Sonera CStream Messaging Web Service API with Python and SUDS
Excellent article on how to extract almost any piece of metadata from PostgreSQL: Extracting META information from PostgreSQL
Sometimes you have an executable which does not fork to the background, but you need to control it with init scripts, so that it does indeed run in the background. Here’s a pretty generic init script for that. It allows you to configure these:
DAEMON_NAME="My Little Daemon"
HP seems to have set up a package repository for Ubuntu 12.04, which is an improvement since I last checked a few years ago. To use the repo, add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://downloads.linux.hp.com/downloads/ManagementComponentPack/ubuntu precise current/non-free
Run “sudo apt-get update”.
You can install a number of software packages from the repository:
- hpsmh: HP System Management Homepage
- hp-smh-template: HP System Management Homepage Templates
- cpqacuxe: HP Array Configuration Utility, web-based
- hp-snmp-agents: Insight Management SNMP Agents for HP ProLiant Systems
- hponcfg: RILOE II/iLO online configuration utility
- hp-health: HP System Health Application and Command line Utility Package
- hpacucli: HP Command Line Array Configuration Utility
- ams: Agentless Monitoring Service for HP ProLiant Gen8 Systems Continue reading HP ProLiant Management Component Pack on Ubuntu
To get a virtual serial console, you need to enable the iLO virtual serial port. I had mine set up like this:
- iLO 2 Virtual Serial Port: COM2 0x2F8 IRQ 3
I also enabled ssh access in the iLO web interface. This way I can ssh into the iLO and see all BIOS messages using the “vsp” command. I can even go to the BIOS setup (RBSU) by pressing “ESC-9”.
To be able to control GRUB via the virtual serial port, it has to be configured. I changed the following lines in /etc/default/grub: Continue reading HP iLO2 Virtual Serial Console on Ubuntu
I downloaded the firmware from HP site. It was named CP019022.scexe. I tried uploading it in the iLO2 web interface, but it was rejected. Next, I copied it to the server, gave it execute permissions and ran it:
./CP019022.scexe: 153: ./CP019022.scexe: pushd: not found
./CP019022.scexe: 158: ./CP019022.scexe: popd: not found
./CP019022.scexe: 96: ./CP019022.scexe: ./flash_ilo2: not found
Not working. This is a fresh installation of Ubuntu Server 12.04.2 LTS x86_64. So I had to start looking closer. The file is a bash script but the hashbang is #!/bin/sh, which puts bash into old Bourne shell mode. No pushd/popd there. Continue reading Upgrading HP Proliant iLO2 Firmware with Ubuntu Server