Category Archives: nerd

Static IP on multiple NICs in OpenIndiana with NWAM

I wanted to set one of the NICs on my OI box to have a static since it’s got a direct connection to my ESX box, bypassing any switches, and directly linked to a VM on that machine. I routinely transfer large chunks of data (1-20GB files) from that VM to my OI box, so I wanted to completely move that off of my main network. The VM is a Windows box, and I have the NIC set statically to and wanted to set the OI box to .2. However, I couldn’t find a simple way to do it with ifconfig, and everything I found suggested disabling the NWAM service and switching to the old way of doing things, which is bad. Apparently.
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An open letter to Vic Toews

I am as vocal in my opposition to this bill as I can be without grabbing people on the street and yelling at them to pay attention to how obscene it is. I routinely bring it up in conversation, I talk about it routinely on Twitter, I try to make everyone listen to me when I talk about how flawed it is, and often spam anyone that has the slightest inclination to avoid instantly writing me off as a paranoid nerd with information about it. I’ve donated several hundred dollars to to aid them in raising awareness, and written several letters to my MP, to other members of parliament, signed petitions, etc.
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Migrating to OpenIndiana

I recently had a bunch of problems running ZFS on Ubuntu, and so since that is the FS I’ve decided on using for the foreseeable future, I wanted to move to something FOSS that was actually built to use it. I decided to go with OpenSolaris, and then found that that has been Oracled, and now there is OpenIndiana. There’s a few things that I really like about OI, but a lot of minor gripes.
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A note on Google Analytics


None of the data collected is shared with Google or their partners, nor with any other products within Google. I get the info, that’s it.

Obviously the +1 button does not fall into this category. ++ing something clearly sends information to Google and is linked with your account.

Modifying files over CIFS or SMB (Samba) shares on OpenIndiana 151a

I was hit by an apparent bug in OpenIndiana that was fixed in an older release of Solaris which doesn’t fully set permissions when you use the default chmod in OI.  Because of this, I couldn’t delete or modify files via the CIFS shares, and possibly the AFP shares. I say possibly because as soon as I found the fix, I shotgunned it across my data directory, and now the permissions appear to be fixed. Logging in locally via SSH was fine, but via SMB/CIFS only adding files worked.

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MigrateWinsockConfiguration could not be located in the dynamic link library MSWSock.dll

So, I was given the task of figuring out why Outlook will not connect to Exchange for an executive. The obvious quickfix of setting a new profile up kept reporting that Exchange is offline. A quick check the event logs, tonnes of  Userenv errors, event ID 1053:

Windows cannot determine the user or computer name. (The RPC protocol sequence is not supported. ). Group Policy processing aborted.

This means that we can’t properly complete the RPC call, and suggests that network communication is having issues. So, let’s see if there’s any other evidence of problems with the machine’s networking. First, let’s see if we can get the machine’s name out of it. Open cmd, hostname: Continue reading MigrateWinsockConfiguration could not be located in the dynamic link library MSWSock.dll

DRAC 5 console access on Server 2008 with IE9

Horseshit… It refuses to work in FireFox5, even with the instructions I found detailing how to extract the plugins and manually install it. So, IE it is…

It’s doable, but it’s a stupid ugly pain in the ass. I assume if you’re trying to do this, you know how to use a computer, so the instructions are basic.

1. Disable IE Protected mode
2. Launch IE in 32bit mode
3. Add the DRAC  IP to Trusted sites
4. Reopen IE as admin and go to the DRAC console and connect
5. Click install on the warning
6. When nothing happens, hit refresh, and click install on the new warning
7. Close and reopen IEx32 as admin
8. Sign back in and it should work.


Something to be said for simplicity…

I’m not a fan of SonicWall or Juniper networking gear, because I find them to be needlessly complex and overpriced for their functionality. Due to this lack of appreciation, I’m not familiar with them because I’ve focused more on other platforms.  My distaste for those devices was heightened recently when I was flown to a client’s office because their old firewall had just decided it would no longer pass network traffic. I got there a little after midnight and met the client who had been waiting around since about 5:00. I wanted to get the internet and remote management up and running as quick as possible so that we could let the client go home. Then I’d just finish off the configuration from my hotel. Continue reading Something to be said for simplicity…