rtl_433 senors

on Nov. 18, 2023, 8:09 p.m.

So a while back, I purchased this driveway sensor kit from Amazon. After a while, I got tired of the beeps nor could you really tell WHICH sensor was going off; however, each sensor has a different channel. Being the techy I am, I wanted to dig further and figure out if I could intercept the sensor signal, and have it send me text messages when the sensor was triggered.

Since these devices operate over the 433mhz band, I figured it would be easy. So I fired up rtl_433 and started listening, b…



Cheap Rubber Ducky Digispark Attiny85

on Aug. 26, 2023, 1:49 a.m.

This install guide assumes you are running Ubuntu 22.04 on bare metal.

First, we have to install some prerequisites:

sudo apt install libusb-dev arduino arduino-core arduino-mk

Next, setup the user account to allow the dailout:

sudo chmod a+rw /dev/ttyACM0
sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER

Next, disable brltty to keep it from interfering:

sudo systemctl stop brltty-udev.service
sudo systemctl mask brltty-udev.service
sudo systemctl stop brltty.service
sudo systemctl disable brltty.service




Install Unifi on Raspbery Pi Ubuntu 20.04

on Aug. 22, 2023, 1:17 a.m.

install assumes your are running ubuntu 20.04 LTS on a RPi 4 model B
sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk ca-certificates apt-transport-https gnupg binutils-common libbinutils binutils-aarch64-linux-gnu binutils

verify it's 1.8.0_*
java -version
javac -version

hold java version
sudo apt-mark hold openjdk-8-jdk

setup mongodb repo
wget -qO - https://www.mongodb.org/static/pgp/server-3.4.asc | sudo gpg -o /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/mongodb-server-3.4.gpg --dearmor
echo "deb https://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu …



AWS EC2 Install SSM Agent

on May 22, 2023, 7:05 p.m.

For Ubuntu, I run the following commands:

sudo systemctl enable snapd
sudo systemctl start snapd
sudo snap install amazon-ssm-agent --classic
sudo snap list amazon-ssm-agent
sudo snap start amazon-ssm-agent
sudo snap services amazon-ssm-agent

On the rare occasion, you have to add in the private AWS routes for the agent to check in. make sure to add your gateway IP

route -p add MASK gw_ip_here
route -p add MASK gw_ip_here
route -p add 1…



Create Mac OS ISO

on March 17, 2023, 3:42 p.m.

Supposedly, the following command to create the DMG is supposed to be the same thing as doing it from the GUI, but I get errors about erasing the DMG later in the process when I do. So create it via the GUI if you get an error.
sudo hdiutil create -o ~/Desktop/Ventura -size 16000m -volname Ventura -layout SPUD -fs 'Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+'

Mount the DMG file. Assumes the DMG is on the Desktop and named Ventura
hdiutil attach ~/Desktop/Ventura.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/Ventura




Sysprep VMs for Cloning

on Feb. 22, 2023, 4:02 p.m.

Need this command to reset all the SID should you clone and need to join a machine to AD.

C:\Windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /shutdown /oobe


vCenter Root Password Reset

on Feb. 17, 2023, 3:32 p.m.

1. Take a snapshot or backup of the vCenter Server Appliance before proceeding.
2. Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance.
3. After the VCSA Photon OS starts, press the e key to enter the GNU GRUB Edit Menu. Locate the line that begins with the word Linux. Append these entries to the end of the line:
rw init=/bin/bash
4. Press F10 to continue booting.
5. Run the commands
mount -o remount,rw /
umount /
reboot -f

6. Confirm that you can access the vCenter Server Appliance using the new root passwo…



Enable Serial Console for KVM

on Jan. 20, 2023, 6:49 p.m.

Run the following commands on the VM:
sudo systemctl enable [email protected]
sudo systemctl start [email protected]

Once you do that, then you can run the following command to console to the VM from the host:
virsh console vm-name


Coding Test Stuff

on Oct. 4, 2022, 7:35 p.m.

fibonacci series - a series of numbers in which each number is a the sum of the two preceding numbers.

fibo = [0,1]
_ = [fibo.append(fibo[-2]+fibo[-1]) for i in range(5)]

Check palindrome of string a palindrome is a number or string that looks the when it gets reversed

text = 'level'
ispalindrome = text == text[::-1]

Transpose of a matrix

a = [
transpose = [list(i) for i in zip(*a)]

Type casing a list

list(map(int, […



Fix Graylog Corruption

on Sept. 13, 2022, 3:10 p.m.

On occasions due to power outages and such, I have issues with an index getting corrupt. So here's how I fix it.

First, confirm cluster is unhealthy
curl -X GET "localhost:9200/_cluster/health"

Second, find out what index is the issue
curl -X GET localhost:9200/_cluster/allocation/explain?pretty

Third, delete that index
curl -X DELETE 'localhost:9200/graylog_29/'

Finally, create a blank index to fix issues in the GUI about it not being there
curl -X PUT "localhost:9200/graylog_29" -H 'Content-T…



Resize LVM Volume

on Aug. 10, 2022, 8:09 p.m.

First, add the new disk to a physical volume. This assumes the new disk is /dev/sdb
pvcreate /dev/sdb
Next, we do this to get the volume group need the logical volume is a part of
Next, we extend the volume group
vgextend ubuntu-vg /dev/sdb
Next, we need to extend the logical volume
lvextend -l+100%FREE /dev/ubuntu-vg/ubuntu-lv
Finally, we resize the partition
resize2fs /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-ubuntu--lv
To check to see if the space is there, we run the df command
df -h



Recognize New Disk without Reboot

on Aug. 10, 2022, 3:26 p.m.

for host in /sys/class/scsi_host/*; do echo "- - -" | sudo tee $host/scan; ls /dev/sd* ; done


Install Arch Linux with LVM

on Dec. 31, 2021, 2:34 a.m.

The first step I check when I boot to the DVD is to make sure I have an IP from DHCP
ip addr
Next, for me, I setup keyboard layout
loadkeys us
Next, I check to see if arch is booted into EFI mode
ls /sys/firmware/efi/efivars
Next, I check the link and then ping a site to make sure DNS is working
ip link
ping archlinux.org
Next, I setup NTP. I typically point to my firewall since it's a my NTP server
pacman -Sy ntp
timedatectl set-ntp true
Next, I make sure the system can see my disk and the…



Simplify3D - Stop to change filament

on Oct. 23, 2021, 2:25 a.m.

If you ever need to add the gcode to stop at a layer and change the filament, this is it.

{REPLACE "; layer 1," "G1 X0 Y0\nM0\n; layer 1,"}


FF DNS Cache

on Oct. 12, 2021, 2:56 p.m.

In Firefox, the browser itself maintains a cache which is here:

So if you having site issues, clear this. Also, you can see what IP a site resolves too.


pfSense Syslog DNS

on Oct. 12, 2021, 2:47 p.m.

I never can remember where and what config to add to unbound to syslog the requests. So now that I have pfblockerng installed, and unbound configured, I have to add this line to the /services_unbound.php config page.

server:log-queries: yes

also, if you need to setup syslogging in general, go to /status_logs_settings.php and scroll to the bottom.


Unifi AP Reset

on Oct. 12, 2021, 1:50 a.m.

On occasion, I seem to have to move Unifi controllers or reconfigure APs altogether. So here's how I've done it since they always have issues with provisioning and adoption.

syswrapper.sh restore-default
sudo set-inform

default password to ssh is:

also, disable IPv6 on the controller so STUN doesn't have issues. Add the following:

nano /etc/sysctl.conf
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 =…



CMIYC 2021 Champs!!

on Oct. 2, 2021, 1:35 a.m.

Travco is a better word-smith that I. So the majority of this post will be a copy/paste from this original link here. At the end, I want to get into the breakdown of these lists that lanix13 and I have.

We had five members on team Crevasse - zach.sanchez113, Travco, PinkieMcBluey, paymentrequired402, and lanix13. We had debated categorizing ourselves as Pro team (we did have information security professionals on the team), but considering some of our shortcomings we had doubts on if it made s…



Blacklist Archlinux Kernel Modules

on Sept. 7, 2021, 5:21 p.m.

I have an older sandy bridge PC kicking, but with age comes more maintenance. So on occasion, you have to blacklist newer modules that cause instability.

For example, EDAC modules don't like my rig. So we do this:

nano /etc/modprobe.d/edac-blacklist.conf
blacklist i82975x_edac
blacklist amd64_edac_mod
blacklist skx_edac
blacklist e752x_edac
blacklist i5400_edac
blacklist i3200_edac
blacklist i5000_edac
blacklist ie31200_edac
blacklist edac_mce_amd
blacklist i3000_edac
blacklist sb_edac
blacklist pnd2_e…



Resize Ubuntu VM after Automated Deployment

on Sept. 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Another command I can never remember is these two to resize my VMs after I deploy them from a template.
lvextend -l 100%FREE /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-ubuntu--lv
resize2fs /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-ubuntu--lv


VMware VCA Upgrades

on Sept. 25, 2020, 6:40 p.m.

Since I always seem to forget these commands, I'm putting them here:
# https://vcenter:5480/#/ui/update/availableUpdates
#To stage the ISO:
software-packages stage --iso

#To see the staged content:
software-packages list --staged

#To install the staged rpms:
software-packages install --staged


Sort -u Large Files

on Jan. 31, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

I know this is a huge issue the world is dying to know how to solve. So why not write about it here. Recently, I have acquired several large text files that have... words in them. Here-in lies the problem. For this to be usable, I have to get it down to a single text file with only a set of unique... words. So, after many failed attempts, I found a solution. First, you have the split the large file out into smaller text files using the hashcat utils. Within these utils is a command called split…



Kali Linux Installing Powershell Core

on June 29, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

sudo apt-get install libunwind8
wget http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/i/icu/libicu55_55.1-7ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg- i libicu55_55.1-7ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb
wget http://security.debian.org/debian-security/pool/updates/main/o/openssl/libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u6_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u6_amd64.deb
wget https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/download/v6.0.0-beta.3/powershell_6.0.0-beta.3-1ubuntu1.16.04.1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i powershell_6.0.0-beta.3-1ubu…



Installing PIP on Cygwin

on Nov. 15, 2016, 6:28 p.m.

pip3 Installation, Please

To install pip3, the Python 3-specific version of pip, under Cygwin:

$ python3 -m ensurepip
This assumes the python3 Cygwin package to have been installed, of course.

pip2 Installation, Please

To install both pip and pip2, the Python 2-specific versions of pip, under Cygwin:

$ python -m ensurepip
This assumes the python Cygwin package to have been installed, of course.


Weather Station Project

on Sept. 8, 2016, 2:52 a.m.

I was surfing Amazon one day and saw this weather station kit that was based on arduino. There is also a temperture sensor and humidity sensor as well. The problem with kit is it did not allow for the raspberry pi that runs the kit to be put outdoors with the systems. So I built my own case and stand for the station.

mounted weather station

The finished and mounted weather station.

Complete Test fit

This was the complete test fit of all the pieces.

Final component testing

This was the final component testing before I closed up the unit.



Installing Masscan

on Jan. 12, 2016, 6:22 p.m.

# Centos
sudo yum groupinstall -y "Development Tools"
sudo yum install -y libpcap libpcap-devel
git clone [email protected]:robertdavidgraham/masscan.git
cd masscan
sudo make install
# Ubuntu
sudo apt-get -y install git gcc make libpcap-dev
git clone https://github.com/robertdavidgraham/masscan
cd masscan/
sudo make install



Logitech c920 Installation

on Oct. 12, 2015, 11:20 p.m.

For some reason, out of the box the Logitech c920 has choppy video but to fix that on Ubuntu 15.04, run the following:

sudo apt-get install dov4l dv4l libv4l-0 libv4l-dev libv4lconvert0 libvideo-capture-v4l-perl qv4l2 v4l-conf v4l-utils v4l2loopback-dkms v4l2loopback-source v4l2ucp


Disable ICMP Redirects

on Aug. 6, 2015, 9:05 p.m.

echo 'net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects=0' >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo 'net.ipv4.conf.all.secure_redirects=0' >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo 'net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_redirects=0' >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo 'net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_redirects=0' >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sysctl -p


Magic Mirror Project

on July 22, 2015, 7:44 p.m.

After seeing this guy's magic mirror, I decided to make my own. There are a few things I did differently. First, I did not use php; strictly css, html, and jquery. Next, I did not spend $100 on a one-way piece of mirror glass. Instead. I bought a sheet of lexan and some one-way self adhesive film. Next, I bought a raspberry pi with most of the stuff I needed. I also bought a 1" by 4" and some molding. There's still some stuff left to be done like sanding, wood-filler(i'm a crap carpenter), and …



Centos 7 GlusterFS Setup

on June 30, 2015, 10:10 p.m.

A little about the setup before I begin with the actual setup. I created 3 Centos 7 servers with 1 20gb hard disk and 1 200gb hard disk. Since these 3 machines are virtual, it just seemed easier to do this to keep the data separate from the OS disk. Then I installed Centos and set a static IP for each. The following set of commands needs to be run on all 3 servers.

Install the gluster repo:
curl http://download.gluster.org/pub/gluster/glusterfs/LATEST/CentOS/glusterfs-epel.repo -o /etc/yum.repo…



Bastion Host Setup

on April 27, 2015, 8:35 p.m.

This setup is assuming you have a default minimal server install of Centos 7. First, update the system:
yum -y update
Next, install epel repo:
yum install -y epel-release
Next, install fail2ban to stop the script kiddies:
yum install -y fail2ban
Next, install the tools to configure selinux:
yum install policycoreutils-python
Next, we need to setup the selinux policies to allow fail2ban to write syslogs:
vi fail2ban-syslog.te

module fail2ban-syslog 1.0;
require {
type syslogd_var_run_t;
type fail2ban_t;



FreeIPA Client Install on Centos 7

on Feb. 12, 2015, 3:47 p.m.

First thing to check is that you have your first DNS server pointer to your IPA server

Next, make sure you have your fqdn in your host file
vi /etc/hosts localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4
::1 localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6 client.example.com client

Set home directories to be auto created
yum -y install ipa-client pam_mkhomedir.so oddjob-mkhomedir
echo "session required pam_mkhomedir.so skel=/et…



Freeipa Server Setup on Centos 7

on Feb. 12, 2015, 11:37 a.m.

The second part of my homelab redo was to setup a Freeipa server.

First thing to check is that you have your fqdn in your host file

vi /etc/hosts localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4
::1 localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6 ipa.example.com ipa

Install the necessary packages
yum -y install ipa-server bind-dyndb-ldap

Issue this command to start the configuration of IPA
ipa-server-install --setup-dns

Add t…



Centos 7 and KVM

on Feb. 12, 2015, 11:12 a.m.

So recently, I have started redoing my homelab in Centos 7. First step was to redo my hypervisor in Centos 7 with KVM.

First, install the necessary packages.
yum -y install kvm virt-manager libvirt virt-install qemu-kvm xauth dejavu-lgc-sans-fonts bridge-utils policycoreutils-python

Enable the kernel to do IP forwarding
echo "net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1"|sudo tee /etc/sysctl.d/99-ipforward.conf

Apply the new kernel settings
sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/99-ipforward.conf

Start libvirt and set it to sta…



Universal Profile

on Feb. 2, 2015, 7:12 p.m.

if [ `uname` == HP-UX ]; then
export PS1="$(whoami)@$(hostname):"'$PWD'"$ "

if [ `uname` == AIX ]; then
export PS1="$(whoami)@$(hostname):"'$PWD'"$ "

# Solaris
if [ `uname` == SunOS ]; then
export PS1="$USER@$(hostname):"'$PWD'"$ "
if [ -e /bin/bash ]; then
export SHELL=/usr/bin/bash
export PS1="\u@\h:\w$ "
exec $SHELL

# Linux
if [ `uname` == Linux ]; then
export PS1="\u@\h:\w$ "



Set Primary Group in AIX

on Feb. 2, 2015, 5:39 p.m.

chuser pgrp=staff username


Allowing MTR through your Cisco ASA

on Jan. 6, 2015, 9:33 p.m.

Here's how I was able to get the wonderful tool mtr to go through my firewall:

asa-gw(config)# class-map icmp-class
asa-gw(config-cmap)# match default-inspection-traffic
asa-gw(config-cmap)# exit
asa-gw(config)# policy-map icmp_policy
asa-gw(config-pmap)# class icmp-class
asa-gw(config-pmap-c)# inspect icmp
asa-gw(config-pmap-c)# exit
asa-gw(config-pmap)# exit
asa-gw(config)# service-policy icmp_policy interface outside



Java 8u25 Install on Centos 6.6

on Jan. 2, 2015, 11:38 p.m.

here's how:

cd /opt/

wget --no-cookies --no-check-certificate --header "Cookie: gpw_e24=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oracle.com%2F; oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" "http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u25-b17/jdk-8u25-linux-x64.tar.gz"

tar xzf jdk-8u25-linux-x64.tar.gz
alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk1.8.0_25/bin/java 2
alternatives --config java
alternatives --install /usr/bin/jar jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_25/bin/jar 2
alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_25/bi…



Speed Up Youtube Videos

on Nov. 23, 2014, 12:10 a.m.

for linux:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -s -j REJECT
sudo iptables -A INPUT -s -j REJECT

for mac:
sudo ipfw add reject src-ip in
sudo ipfw add reject src-ip in

for windows:

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="YouTubePerformanceHack" dir=in
action=block remoteip=, enable=yes


Disk Space Analysis

on Nov. 23, 2014, 12:07 a.m.

du -sk * | sort -rn | more


Red Hat Enterprise Linux Reset Root Password

on Nov. 23, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

On rhel, this is how you reset the root password. Reboot the server
and at the grub boot menu, press tab. This is then give you the option
to edit the current grub config. Press e then highlight the kernel
line and press e again. Add a space to the end of the line and add


Once that is done, press enter and then press b to boot. The
system will now boot up into a read-only single user bash shell.
Once at the shell, run

mount -o remount,rw /

This will remount the filesystem wit…



Solaris Console Escape Sequence

on Nov. 22, 2014, 11:06 p.m.

Since I never can remember the escape sequence for the Solaris serial console, I am going to put it here


Solaris Profile

on Aug. 31, 2014, 5:06 p.m.

Today I have been screwing around with my Solaris box. Now I will admit I prefer Linux to Solaris so I have been making an effort to at least get my bash shell straightened out. To do this, I did the following:

vi /etc/passwd

vi /root/.profile

export PS1="\u@\h:\w # "
export TERM=xterm
export SHELL=/usr/bin/bash
exec $SHELL



NIS and Linux

on July 9, 2014, 10:09 a.m.

Remember to set the domainname for nis in /etc/defaultdomain or else ypbind will fail to bind if your machine domain.

echo 'yourdomain' > /etc/defaultdomain
chkconfig rpcbind on
chkconfig ypbind on
domainname yourdomain
service ypbind start
ypcat passwd | less


Another Reason to Use Visudo

on Jan. 21, 2014, 9:07 p.m.

Today I learned that one REALLY should use visudo. Today a co-worker was on a Solaris box after a while called me over because he could not figure out how this user group had sudo rights when their was no mention of it in /etc/sudoers. After both being stumped for about 10 minutes, I asked if the user id of the user was id 0; negative. I paused then thought "what happens when you run visudo?" Sure enough there it was but it lead to the question of "where the hell was the configuration file for …



Measuring Server AMPs

on Dec. 20, 2013, 10:15 p.m.

So today I learned how to measure amps on a server. First to do so requires some prep work.

We start by striping the insulation off a power cable since a clamp meter is only designed to be clamped around either the positive or negative wire but not both at the same time.

This should be enough. Next let us power up our server and see how many amps 1 side of the twin 1u supermicro server pulls.

1.8 amps? How have I not tripped a breaker?! Oh wait, I have... Next let us power up sid…



Reset AIX Account

on Dec. 19, 2013, 1:55 p.m.

This is how you reset the failed login count on AIX
chsec -f /etc/security/lastlog -a "unsuccessful_login_count=0" -s username

This is how you unlock the account
chuser "account_locked=false" username


Centos: Install package using yum

on Dec. 5, 2013, 10:31 a.m.

yum --nogpgcheck localinstall packagename.arch.rpm


Sed - remove commented lines and blank lines

on Nov. 24, 2013, 2:59 p.m.

Because i keep forgetting this sweet little one liner, I am putting it here.
sed -e 's/#.*$//' -e '/^$/d' inputFile


Disable Selinux

on Nov. 22, 2013, 7:04 p.m.

echo 0 > /selinux/enforce
sed -i 's/SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=disabled/g' /etc/sysconfig/selinux


Fixing Time Zones

on Nov. 21, 2013, 2:25 p.m.

This is how to change your system time to the correct time zone on redhat/centos
mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime.old
ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/New_York /etc/localtime


Clearing Password History

on Nov. 19, 2013, 11:05 a.m.

Occasionally one has to violate best practice to clear password history... here is how to do it on

AIX, and Linux:
chuser histsize=0 username
Sometimes on AIX you have to make sure these lines exist too.
edit this file so that root has a minage and histexpire:
vi /etc/security/user

chmod 600 /etc/security/passhistory
vi /etc/security/passhistory (delete the line for your user here)
chmod 400 /etc/security/passhistory



VLC and Blurays

on Oct. 21, 2013, 1:35 p.m.

Ever decided to no longer use Windows but still wanted to use your blu-ray drive to play your movie? yeah, me too.. heres how to set it up to run with VLC.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc libaacs0 libbluray-bdj libbluray1
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
cd ~/
mkdir -p ~/.config/aacs/
cd ~/.config/aacs/ && wget http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/files/KEYDB.cfg



Add User to Sudo Group

on Oct. 4, 2013, 10:42 a.m.

Because I keep forgetting how to do this, this is how one adds an existing user to the wheel group
usermod -a -G group user


Ubuntu IPtables Configuration

on Oct. 3, 2013, 11:58 p.m.

This is the init.d script that's needed since ubuntu doesn't come with one.


### reset ipv4 iptales ###
echo "Stopping iptables..."
for table in $( do
$IPT -t $table -F
$IPT -t $table -X



Selinux, PHP, and HTTPD

on Oct. 1, 2013, 11:07 a.m.

A lot of tutorials say to disable selinux. This is dumb. here is how you configure it to let you serve php files.

first make sure it is actually selinux
echo 0 > /selinux/enforce
This disables selinux so now let us see if the pages serve up now.
Next if the pages serve fine with selinux disable, see what the policy is currently set on the directory
ls -Z
Also, you can check here to see if it is selinux that is keeping apache from executing the php files
tail /var/log/audit/audit.log
Next, we need to…



Xubuntu Disable Network Manager

on Sept. 30, 2013, 8:39 p.m.

this disables it:
sudo touch /etc/default/NetworkManager
sudo touch /etc/default/NetworkManagerDispatcher
echo "exit" | sudo tee -a /etc/default/NetworkManager
echo "exit" | sudo tee -a /etc/default/NetworkManagerDispatcher

and this re-enables it:
sudo rm /etc/default/NetworkManager
sudo rm /etc/default/NetworkManagerDispatcher


Development Tools Uninstall

on Sept. 15, 2013, 11:42 a.m.

Yes, initially one can do the following but i find it removes things I find useful on my boxes.. like ssh-client and ssh server.
yum groupremove "Development Tools"
So that is why I do this; Should work great on x64 systems.

yum erase autoconf.noarch automake.noarch bison.x86_64 byacc.x86_64 cscope.x86_64 ctags.x86_64 cvs.x86_64 diffstat.x86_64 doxygen.x86_64 elfutils.x86_64 flex.x86_64 gcc.x86_64 gcc-c++.x86_64 gcc-gfortran.x86_64 gettext.x86_64 git.x86_64 indent.x86_64 intltool.noarch libtool.…



Installing Syslog-ng on Centos 6.4

on Aug. 2, 2013, 2:37 p.m.

First you will need to enable the ELEP repo
wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
yum update

next install syslog-ng
yum install syslog-ng

next if we are using a mysql backend, we wil have to install the plugin and mysql server
yum install syslog-ng-libdbi mysql-server


Yubikey + SSH key Authenication

on July 22, 2013, 8:31 p.m.

So at work we use Yubikeys for various things. So i finally decided to spend the 30 bucks and get one myself for Lastpass and authentication for my servers. While i already have ssh key only authenication setup for most all of my servers, i figured why not for giggles setup up my yubikey as well.

So setting up two factor authentication for ssh isnt as hard as it sounds. I will now walk one through how to do this on Centos 6.4.

First you will need to enable the ELEP repo
wget https://dl.fedora…



Top Replacement: HTop

on July 6, 2013, 10:44 p.m.

I also ran across a top replacement today
sudo apt-get install htop



on July 6, 2013, 10:38 p.m.

Today I came across a cool tool for monitoring network usage in real time as well as historical on a linux called vnStat
sudo apt-get install vnstat
and if you want it to output images
sudo apt-get install vnstati


Bind DNS Query Logging

on July 5, 2013, 8:17 p.m.

Turn on logging
rndc querylog

View bind sever query log
tail -f /var/log/syslog

Turn off logging
rndc querylog

To permanently turn it on, modify the config file

# vi /etc/named.conf
options {
querylog yes;

logging {
channel querylog {
file "/var/log/querylog";
severity debug 3;


List Ubuntu Hardware

on July 4, 2013, 10:28 p.m.

Ever needed to find out what hardware a system was running out in more detail that just running
cat /proc/cpuinfo
cat /proc/meminfo
If so, run the following...


Xubuntu 12.04 Login Fix

on June 13, 2013, 9:37 p.m.

Xubuntu 12.04 has a bug which slows down the login process dramatically. Luckily, a fix is available:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreas-diesner/lightdm-fix-temporary
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade


Fixing My Slow SSH Login

on June 2, 2013, 11:39 a.m.

To disable GSS API, first open/etc/ssh/sshd_config in your favorite editor

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Then find the line that says GSSAPIAuthentication yes and change it to GSSAPIAuthentication no

sed -i 's/GSSAPIAuthentication yes/GSSAPIAuthentication no/g' etc/ssh/sshd_config

and save the file. Finally, restart the sshd service.

service sshd restart


Identifying failed drive in FreeNas

on April 24, 2013, 1:54 p.m.

[root@n1] ~# zpool status -v
pool: data
status: One or more devices has experienced an error resulting in data corruption. Applications may be affected.
action: Restore the file in question if possible. Otherwise restore the entire pool from backup.
see: http://www.sun.com/msg/ZFS-8000-8A
scrub: none requested

data DEGRADED 0 0 18
raidz1 DEGRADED 0 0 50
ada0p2 …



Init.d script template

on March 26, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

# myapp daemon
# chkconfig: 345 20 80
# description: myapp daemon
# processname: myapp


DAEMONOPTS="-my opts"

DESC="My daemon description"

case "$1" in
printf "%-50s" "Starting $NAME..."
PID=`$DAEMON $DAEMONOPTS > /dev/null 2>&1 & echo $!`
#echo "Saving PID" $PID " to " $PIDFILE
if [ -z $PID ]; then
printf "%s\n" "Fail"



What's Eating My Ram?!

on March 25, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

ps -e -o pid,vsz,comm= | sort -n -k 2


Deleting Files Older Than 5 Days

on Feb. 6, 2013, 10:55 p.m.

find /path/to/files* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;


xenserver url installs or netinstalls

on Feb. 6, 2013, 10:53 p.m.

for xenserver template installs or just netinstalls... use these urls to pull the install.img files





NIC Renamed eth0 to eth1

on Jan. 29, 2013, 3:58 p.m.

Ever had to replace hardware in a linux box and then the networking wanted to screw with you? as in not find your NIC but lspci would list the NIC?

Yeah, this is the file is causing that issue. It records the MAC address of your NIC and then if it changes, it will rename your primary NIC as eth1. Also, if your new NIC name(eth1) isn't in your /etc/network/interfaces, you won't have any networking.

rm -rf /etc/udev/rules.d/*-persistent-net.rules

once you have ran this command, reboot and yo…



Ubuntu NIC Bonding

on Jan. 19, 2013, 7:03 p.m.

auto bond0
iface bond0 inet static
post-up ifenslave bond0 eth0 eth1
pre-down ifenslave -d bond0 eth0 eth1


KVM Centos 6 and Libvirt

on Jan. 19, 2013, 6:58 p.m.

To install KVM on Centos 6, we first need to install some things.
yum groupinstall Virtualization "Virtualization Client" "Virtualization Platform" "Virtualization Tools"
yum -y install bridge-utils avahi ntp ntp-doc ntpdate nano wget

Next, we need to enable the the epel just in case. To do this, we need to download the following rpm's.
wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

Install and prioritize the repo's.
rpm -Uvh epel-release-6*.rpm

Now update everyt…