Archive for the ‘system administration’ Category

More Samba fun OR “unable to find suitable server”

Friday, September 5th, 2008

For anyone following the saga, I’ve been trying to do a migration NT4 (yes, NT 4) to Samba running LDAP as a backend.  I’ve done migrations in the past and they have not been this painful.  Here’s the latest goodie:
As part of the migration, you ned to get the SID from the NT 4 PDC. [...]

Problems with Samba and vampiring an NT 4 DC

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I’m trying to migrate an NT 4 Enterprise Edition PDC to a Samba 3.0.23 BDC running on Suse 10.2. According to everything I read, this should be easy, but it’s not working.
If I do
net rpc vampire -S WINNT -W MYDOMAIN -U Administrator
I get
[2008/09/02 17:59:07, 0] rpc_client/cli_pipe.c:cli_rpc_pipe_open_schannel(2673)
cli_rpc_pipe_open_schannel: failed to get schannel session key from [...]

Solved:Mutt’s not seeing new emails!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

How I fixed mutt to read new emails

Troubleshooting a hard drive crash, part deux

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

In an earlier post, I gave you the the data needed to diagnose a hard drive failure and several symptoms of the failure. In this post, we’ll go over my observations and fixes.
First problem
I mentioned that partitions 6 and 7 were complaining of errors. Naturally, the way to fix these is to [...]

Troubleshooting a hard drive crash

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I got a call today from a new client, M. Four years or so ago, M’s company bought a Linux-based file server from a local company that is now defunct. Some time ago, the mirrored drive went bad and the system kept running as Linux systems are wont to do. Unfortunately, the [...]

Fun with Samba and LDAP

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I have been fighting all week trying to get Samba 3.0 and LDAP 3.0 working on a openSUSE 10.2 server. I got it working once; I was rebuilding it again for the practice.
I kept getting these errors whenever I ran smbldap-populate, depending on whether or not I started with a clean LDAP database (clean [...]

Dovecot + MailDir + Outlook

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The three steps to getting Dovecot to use maildirs to work with Outlook.

Surprise! Twitter is down again…

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

…as of 20080523 1822 EST.
Maybe I’m just an old fart, but if a service wants me to think of them as indispensable, they’ve got to be around all the time.  If you’re not going to be there when I want or need you, then you’re not very reliable, eh?
Maybe the youngun’s over at twitter need [...]

Speeding up USB Writes

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

[This is being reposted since I’m too lazy to move the WP database from the old host to the new host. — f^2 ]

If you’re writing alot of file to a USB Drive formatted with ext2/3 file system, here’s a tip that will speed things up tremendously (for various values of “tremendous”): mount the USB [...]


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