EXCHANGE   Exchange – A reboot from a previous installation is pending



When updating Exchange you probably con come across the following error in the prerequisite analysis:

A reboot from a previous installation is pending

The way to solve it is supposed to be by rebooting the server in order to apply any previously pending installed windows updates or whatever… but it never works, at least for me.

If it is also … Read more

Linux   Linux – rsyslog: parsing and splitting message fields



Until now I hadn’t used the options and features rsyslog comes with. Let me show a simple example I have done today. This is an example log line rsyslog has received from iptables (I have configured iptables to log certain connections attempts to identify and save devices with malware):

Sep 29 15:30:39 myserver kernel: [malware3] IN=ens192 OUT=ens192 MAC=XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX SRC=10.15.13.17 
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Linux   Linux – Simple DNS server using DNSmasq



This article offers a 5 min howto about configuring your own DNS server (perhaps for your company or maybe for your home network) using DNSmasq. Obviously, only the surface is covered on this post.

Given my router does not allow me to add host entries for local DNS resolution, I decided to use DNSMasq on one of my internal network … Read more

Icinga icon   Icinga – Notification template with notes support



I have just configured an Icinga2 notification template for hosts and services to replace the ugly and impractical default one.

Features

Not big things but useful in my opinion

Clear and nicely formatted layout

State based colors

State based icons

UTF Icons are included depending on the state of the host or service

Notes support

This notifications scripts can include … Read more

Linux   Linux – SQL Server command line to perform queries (mssql-cli)



There are different methods to run queries against an SQL Server from a Linux machine. The one I am using is mssql-cli (https://github.com/dbcli/mssql-cli)

As you can check in the related github website, it has the following features:

  • Auto-completion
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Query history
  • Configuration file support
  • Multi-line queries

Installation

The -Q parameter

It has been packetized for a lot of distributions … Read more

   Exchange – Bulk import of distribution group members from csv



A short but useful post:

Suppose you need to import hundreds of members to a distribution group.
The list is in a CSV file:

Name,Email
user1,user1@domain1.com
user2,user2@domain2.com
user3,user3@domain3.com
user4,user4@domain4.com
user5,user5@domain5.com
user6,user6@domain6.com
user7,user7@domain7.com
user8,user8@domain8.com
user9,user9@domain9.com
user10,user10@domain10.com
user11,user11@domain11.com
user12,user12@domain12.com
user13,user13@domain13.com
user14,user14@domain14.com
user15,user15@domain15.com
user16,user16@domain16.com
user17,user17@domain17.com
user18,user18@domain18.com
...

To bulk import all the users, a simple command like this is enough:… Read more

Home Server icon   Home Server (9) – Upgrade HP Microserver Gen8 CPU



Im using my Microserver Gen8 a lot and, sometimes the poor performance of the CPU is noted (when showing galleries with many images for example). So I decided to replace it by another better one.

CPU model to choose

I chose the cpu model based on this resource

Those are compatible CPU with different performances prices and all of them … Read more

Home Server icon   Home Server (3) – First steps configuring HP Microserver Gen8



Third post of the Home Server series in which I explain how I built my own server.
Visit the first post for details about the objectives of the project.

Maybe you have decided to have your own server and already you are owner of any model as HP Microserver Gen8. Surely there are many more to be done, but theseRead more