Removing Hyper-V from Windows 10

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Hyper-V is pretty cool, and I enjoyed playing with it, especially in conjunction with Ubuntu’s Multipasstool. However, once I finished playing with it – I ha...

Chef upgrades - part 1

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At work our internal Chef infrastructure has been using an older version of Chef for a while. We built out several fully Chef-managed internal projects, all ...

Managing Email

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Over almost 30 years using email at work I’ve gathered a few habits to ensure that I see email as it comes in, reply quickly, and can find messages later. In...

Windows 10 and web analytics

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I’m very curious how quickly Windows 10 is being adopted. One quick way to get a look at this normally is via web analytics and traffic dashboards for large ...

Python unbuffered

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I came across a new-to-me Python thing today that was astonishingly useful, so thought I’d document it.

TeamCity and git and overlapping branches

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Ran into an intersting edge case at work today with TeamCity’s git functionality that was fairly obscure, but Googling provided no useful information so I’ll...

Adobe CQ Tar PM data file rotation bug

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At $WORK this week we encountered an extremely strange and annoying set of bugs in older versions of the Adobe CQ CMS system – specifically, in all CQ system...

Powershell and WMI, redux

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About a year ago I posted some tricks for pulling information about WMI counters on Windows using the Powershell command line tools.

OpenNMS and WMI, update

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About a year ago I wrote a couple of posts about setting up OpenNMS with WMI (part 1, part 2), but until recently we were unable to leave this functionality ...

Ubuntu journaled disk quotas

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If you install quota support on current versions of Ubuntu, modify your fstab to add usrquota and/or grpquota options, and run quotacheck, you will get a mes...

System.Net tracing

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I was trying to troubleshoot an intermittent issue with a .NET application connecting to vsftpd on a Linux box today. The issue is that the .NET application ...

Ubuntu - rssh - sftp only, with chroot

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Here’s how to setup rssh on Ubuntu, to allow sftp only with a chroot directory. Note that these instructions are for Ubuntu Server 9.04 x64, other versions m...

OpenNMS and WMI - Part 1, getting started

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I’ve setup and used OpenNMS at my last job and my current job, and it works very nicely. One thing I haven’t done until last week, though, is get WMI monitor...

Powershell and WMI

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I’ve been working a fair bit with WMI on Windows servers, in particular pulling out performance counters (will shortly be putting up another post about OpenN...

TortoiseSVN - lowering TSVNCache utilization

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I’m using TortoiseSVN at my current job, and have at several past jobs as well. It’s a pretty good SVN client implementation for Windows, with the usual issu...

Multiple Jetty6 containers on Ubuntu 8.04

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For a while at $WORK in our Development and QA environments we were running multiple apps within one Jetty6 container. This works well, but isn’t always conv...

Solaris 10 x86 - updating boot device

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Recently at work I had a situation where I had to move a Solaris 10 x86 virtual machine from a VMware Server environment to a VMware ESXi environment. Unfort...

Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.1 guest on VirtualBox 1.6.4

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I’ve been playing with VirtualBox and have been having an issue getting Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.1 working, specifically that everything installed fine but after re...

PHP4 to PHP5 - fun with echo

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Found a legacy web site at work today running on PHP4. As the PHP folks no longer support version 4, I started testing the site on PHP5 to prep it for migrat...

Fun with MS errors

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I decided to install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition, because I want SQL Server Management Studio Express and figure it can’t hurt to have the whole SQL Serv...

Grails on Ubuntu Hardy

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Just for the posterity of the Internet, and because I didn’t find an immediately useful answer when searching with Google…

Ubuntu 7.10

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Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) has been released - there are news articles everywhere, even in the mainstream press. I’ve been running the beta for a couple of w...

Sun Java on RedHat and time zones

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For future reference, when updating the time zone on a RedHat machine running Sun’s Java it is not sufficient to update /etc/localtime, you also have to upda...