Entries Categorized as 'System Administration'

Connecting Apache Directory Studio to Active Directory

Date March 10, 2015

This is more of a reminder for me than anything, but you might find it useful as well. You may be aware that querying LDAP using the command line tools in Linux are a PITA. Fortunately, the Apache Directory Project has released the Apache Directory Studio (this isn't new software, I've just never written about […]

Annoying pfSense Issue with 2.15 -> 2.2 Upgrade

Date March 3, 2015

I run several pfSense boxes throughout my network. Although the platform doesn't have an API, and it can be a pain to configure manually in certain cases, it's generally very reliable once running, and because it's essentially a skinned BSD, it's very easy on resources. There's also a really nice self-update feature that I use […]

VLAN Translation on a Nexus 5548 - :Sad Trombone:

Date February 23, 2015

I've got a problem. Our school is expanding, and we're constantly hiring people. We're hiring so many people that they won't actually fit in the building we're in. Because of that, we're having to expand outside of the building we've been in for years. Part of that expansion is extending my networks across campus (and […]

Keeping up with the Jones's and their vSphere clusters

Date February 20, 2015

Ron Popeil introduced "Set it and forget it" into the lexicon, and really often, we sysadmins take that to heart when it comes to services and software. Blessed are those installations that reliably and quietly update on their own in the background, for they lead to full nights of sleep. But unfortunately, those kinds of […]

Upcoming Event: Virtualization Field Day 4 in Austin!

Date January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2015. This new year will feature an array of exciting things, like writing the wrong date on everything for the better part of a month, and still trying to figure out what to call the decade that we’re currently halfway through. One of the first things I’m going to […]

#SysChat discussion tonight on Twitter, Webcast on Friday

Date November 18, 2014

Well, this is new and interesting. SolarWinds approached me a little while ago and asked me if I'd be interested in taking part in a combination Twitter discussion and webcast, talking about system administration, monitoring, and so on. I said yes, but what I really meant was, "You've seen my twitter stream...I was probably going […]