bridging lan segments across untrusted links

we’ve run out of the office space in one of the locations. in short term it was not possible to find a suitable and large enough place to rent so we had to split and relocate some of the staff to another building few kilometers away. it’s possible that we’ll shuffle people and servers between …

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multi-master mysql replication with servers on 3 different continents

at work i’m using mysql replication quite extensively. first it was a straightforward one-way replication that has been rock-solid for us since 2009. in 2012, for another type of data, we’ve started using master-master setup. initially the servers were in different European countries, eventually the secondary site was moved to North America while primary one …

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idrac upgrade failures

idrac gives you “RED006: Unable to download Update Package” and plenty of headaches during updates? it happened to me while jumping over few updates and going straight from 2.41.40.40 to 2.52.52.52. no amount of racadm racreset would help. upgrading first to 2.50.50.50 and only then to 2.52.52.52 did the trick for me.

Windows 10 client cannot anymore access public samba share that does not require any login

i’ve run into an issue where windows 10 desktop could not anymore access a simple samba share on a linux server; that linux server did not have any type of authorization put in place. Windows would randomly give errors ” might not have permission to use this network resource” or “Windows cannot access \\Server\ShareYou do …

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E5-2643 in r620 stuck at a very low cpu frequency

few weeks ago i’ve done a general firmware upgrade of 2 identical Dell Poweredge r620 servers. a while later i’ve noticed that one of them had really sluggish performances. i’ve noticed that /proc/cpuinfo has shown CPU frequencies of hundreds of MHz rather than thousands. cat /proc/cpuinfo |grep MHz gave me 16 rows of values between …

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lxc broken after upgrade from linux-image-4.12.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 to linux-image-4.13.0-0.bpo.1-amd64

lxc containers no longer start after i’ve upgraded debian stretch server from 4.12 kernel from stretch-backports repository to 4.13 also from backports. symptoms in /var/log/syslog: that was resolved by creating /etc/systemd/network/99-default.link with: via this comment. then there was nothing interesting in syslog but the lxc guest still would not start – lxc-start -F -n serverName …

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btrfs and nfs dont play nicely together

i use ghettoVCB to take backups of vmware esxi 6.5 vms. data is copied to a nfs share hosted on Debian Linux. for over a year i used btrfs partition as an underlying datastore for the nfs share. and i just could not get it to work for backups which size larger than available RAM …

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opendkim failing to start after recent routine debian update

on 2017-10-12 i’ve done a routine apt-get update; apt-get upgrade on a debian stretch vm that, among other services, runs opendkim service that adds a digital signature in the headers of the outgoing mails. during the update i was asked weather to keep or replace the /etc/opendkim.conf; as usual in such cases i’ve answered no …

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“out of range” on drac console when booting debian stretch

i’ve installed debian stretch on an old dell poweredge 2950. after booting it i saw grub, few lines from kernel and then green screen with “out of range”: reboot, on the grub menu select “*Debian GNU/Linux”, press e, hilight a line with linux /boot/vmlinuz-4.9.0-3-amd64 root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet, add there vga=normal fb=false nomodeset and press ctrl+x …

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sphinxsearch reborn as manticoresearch?

for the past year number of commits in my favorite open source text-search server – the sphinxsearch project – has dropped to nearly 0. looks like in the meanwhile some of the old contributors moved to another project – manticoresearch. the website of the new project features two prominent supporters – craigslist and boardreader. fingers …

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unwanted wordpress trackback spam

today i’ve learned that disabling trackback in wordpress’s settings > discussion [ ] Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles is not enough. your old posts, created before the date when this check-box was un-ticked, will still allow trackback which might be spammy. solution? adjust the trackback setting on per-post …

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varying svn checkout times under virtualized windows server 2016

we’ve set up a new build server using Windows Server 2016 running under ESXi 6.5. few days later devs came back with a complain: full svn checkout time varies a lot – it takes between 1 and 8 minutes. steps taken that hopefully resolved the issue: disable the icon cache of tortoise svn, then eventually …

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bridging two physical interfaces of esxi server

my colleagues got into an unpleasant situation where one of two dedicated servers, running vmware esxi 6.0, rented from a datacenter lost its network connectivity. the datacenter/internet-facing interface is down, hours later, during regular working day, the hosting provider did not react and resolve the problem. maybe the network card died, maybe switch port misbehaves …

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ghettoVCB failing randomly on larger VMs

at work we’re using happily ghettoVCB.sh to back up and restore VMWare ESXi VMs. since a few weeks we’ve started to experience occasional failures of backups, only for one – larger VMs. in the logs produced in /tmp/ghettoVCB-2017-04-xxx.log we got: or after some head scratching, watching at iostat -x 1 and ifstat -b 1 -i …

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