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Getting started with OpenStack in your lab

Having recently finished building my new home lab I wanted to put the second server to good use by installing OpenStack (the first is running VMware ESXi 5.0 with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 Server and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS virtual machines). I figured many of you would benefit from a detailed walkthrough so here […]

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Lab Security

HOWTO: Set up OpenVPN in a VPS

If, like me, you want to do any or all of the following things, you’ll want to tunnel your traffic over a VPN to a remote location: Access media services restricted by geography (Hulu, FOX, BBX, etc.) Bypass draconian censorship Conceal your identity/location/etc. Protect your machine from attackers etc. You could of course use a […]

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Installing VMware tools in Ubuntu 8.04 (hardy)

So like me you’ve been hanging out for another Long Term Support (LTS) Ubuntu release and having arrived last month (8.04) you’ve got it up and running in VMware (Fusion in my case). To make VMware tools install you need to: Virtual Machine->Install VMware Tools (that’s the easy part) apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) mount […]

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SSHKeychain 0.8.2 Post Install Problem on Leopard

It seems SSHKeychain breaks on (recent?) Leopard builds because it wants to find a group for each user (eg samj:samj): #!/bin/sh chown -R $USER:$USER “$2/SSHKeychain.app” #chown root:admin “$2/SSHKeychain.app/Contents/Resources/TunnelRunner” #chmod u+s “$2/SSHKeychain.app/Contents/Resources/TunnelRunner” You’ll want to change the second ‘$USER’ to id -gn so it picks up your group name (eg ‘staff’) by itself, and while you’re […]

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Google Apps – On in 60 seconds

To celebrate today’s Google Apps launch here’s a screencast I whipped up showing just how easy it is with Google Apps to get ‘On in 60 seconds’: Update: On advice from Dave Girouard (VP, Google Enterprise) we’ve changed the name to ‘On in 60 seconds’ from the somewhat less enthralling ‘Setting up Google Apps’. Update: Thanks […]

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Compiling bash-3.0 on Interix

So you’ve followed my instructions for updating config.guess for Interix 5.2 (the version shipping with Windows 2003 Server R2) and now you want to compile something. Interix ships with C Shell (csh) and Korn Shell (ksh) but lacks the Bourne Again Shell (bash) – the shell most Linux users will be familiar with, so why […]

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Compiling on Interix 5.2 (Windows 2003 Server R2 SUA)

The soon-to-be-released Windows 2003 Server R2 includes features that were previously shipped as Services for Unix (SFU) – perhaps the most interesting of which is Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA). At the time of writing, if you want to see what R2 is all about you’ll need to download the Windows Server 2003 R2 Release […]