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Time for time

Windows PC’s in a workgroup can use MS time servers. In an AD environment though they only use the AD server automatically. So the AD server must have legit time. And there’s no obvious way to set time there either. w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:”address.of.ntp” /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update Props here. Now for your Linux systems you’ll need […]

OpenLDAP 2.4 config

The folks running openldap made some radical changes in how the backend conf is setup starting in 2.3, and now set as default in 2.4. The configuration and longevity of Centos 5 meant that a typical installation didn’t see that change as the Centos 5 packages iirc were still 2.2, and in any case still […]

Dagum Hippies

Java on Linux: OpenJDK does not work for production use, full stop. Least-painful method for Centos 6.x from here: Install system + updates wget rpm bin from Mr. Ellison’s cookie jar Magic sauce is this: /usr/sbin/alternatives –install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/default/bin/java 20000 You can even do this after a tomcat6 install. Though you might have to […]

WebDav for Windows

Another can’t believe nobody’s had this particular problem before. Anyways, lots of notes consolidated. Windows (XP and newer) insists on Digest Auth for DAV even with SSL. httpd can not do digest if you’re delegating auth to a module, eg mod_ldap. HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters\BasicAuthLevel=1 Windows also caps file size at 50MB. HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters\FileSizeLimitInBytes=0xffffffff Win7 Robocopy adds /MT:xx switch […]

Cause sticky notes don’t work

Cloud backed sticky notes that are taggable and cross platform and AES-256 encrypted. Todo. Meanwhile…

Ides of March, p1

The title was appropriate when drafted, as it is now subjected to the fluidity of a dynamic calendar, it shall stay. The gross negligence of the journalism profession is categorically well-documented, so to say that any one particular incident is the proverbial tipping point is rather unnecessary. So rather than castigate them further than their […]

Srs Bzns Lawlz

Yes we have no bananas. When queried about recently inexcusable logistics issues, the vendor in question replied with “yes yes they will be there soon”. As a result much drama ensued, and the broader hierarchy has yet to acknowledge culpability in triggering the subsequent fail-cascade. Similarly, a major enterprise in the process of engaging an […]

Found Newman

I loath drama. Lawlz is fine, drama is not fine. It’s either annoying or stupid or arrogant or all of the above. Obsessing over dramas is also annoying. However, this one exception is most definitely worth it. The Lost finale has an interesting portrayal frankly far better and more poignant than most anything else out […]

Virtual poasting

Management industry-wide will from time to time acknowledge the lack of recognition of the efforts of IT – eg nobody notices when things work, only when they don’t work – but more seldomly do they acknowledge the hidden costs of operations. This leads to screwy virtual and real accounting within IT, and a mindset bordering […]

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“Yeah, updates would be nice. Sure-sure.” lulz.

What I can do is make this a running journal of fixing the impossible on whatever subject.

Update the First is how to rock your way through the stone age with an Avaya Merlin Magix PBX. “Call us and we’ll set it up remotely” they say. Should have been obvious (how does one remote into a PBX not yet provisioned?).