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29 May
Posted in Linux

MaaS Timeout Error

When setting up MaaS there was an odd timeout error when commissioning machines. The PXE image was not able to run apt and was timing out. Turns out the firewall and Intrusion Detection System (IDS) was blocking IPv6 traffic to Ubuntu archives even though the rules were configured to allow. […]

27 May
Posted in Linux

Adding nodes to the Ubuntu OpenStack Installer

One of the nice things about using Ubuntu to deploy OpenStack is that there are a lot of tools built for the sole purpose easing cloud-deployments with Ubuntu. Unfortunately not all of these tools have the easiest documentation to follow. One of these tools is the Ubuntu OpenStack installer. When […]

22 May
Posted in Linux

Reviving Quantum Guardian 4400 NAS

In keeping with the previous post about getting second-hand hardware I present the Quantum Guardian 4400! Once a state of the art machine, the Guardian 4400 is now a shadow of its former self. It is vulnerable to a host of vulnerabilities, most notably¬†shell-shock, The icing on the cake is […]

21 May
Posted in Other

Enable Wake on LAN: Supermicro H8SGL(-F)

So you’re in the process of setting up a sweet Metal as a Service cluster and you’re taking all the second-hand hardware you can get your hands on. Lucky for you, a relatively beefy unmarked PSSC Labs server (4U) happens to make its way over to your rack. Nice! *Or […]

20 May
Posted in Linux

Setting up JBOD on x3650 M2 (7947)

In an attempt to get MaaS/OpenStack working with a x3650 M2 (7947), one of the big showstoppers we ran into was with the RAID controller not wanting to allow the disks to be seen as physical disks. This is something which the OpenStack installer¬†wants to see, so we had to […]

19 May
Posted in Linux

Updating the RAID controller on x3650 M2 (7947)

I recently began working with an IBM System X 3650 M2 (7947) with no operating system installed and a very out of date MR10i SAS RAID controller. Unfortunately I was caught in a bit of a catch 22 since I had no OS installed and could not figure out how […]

21 January
Posted in Linux

TUTORIAL: Sending emails directly to the Gmail trash bin when deleting from thunderbird mail

I just recently started using Ubuntu again, and one of the biggest challenges I have ran into has been with the default mail client, Thunderbird. This guide explains how to fix one of the biggest problems I have been encountering with thunderbird, sending emails directly to the trash bin without […]

29 April
Posted in Uncategorized

Ubuntu 11.04 Released…With Unity

Canonical has now released the latest version of Ubuntu, 11.04, dubbed natty narwahl out of its final stages and now as an official finished version. The biggest change is instead of the Gnome interface which we have all grown very used to, it now features the unity desktop. Now that […]

21 February

Why Chrome Will take over the browser market.

Over the past few days, I have been using almost soley Mozilla Firefox 4 beta for browsing the internet, and just today decided to play with Google Chrome a little more, given I had not given it much of a chance. After about a days worth of use, I am […]

15 October
Posted in Other

HOWTO: Redirect a webpage

There are many different ways to redirect a page or a whole site to a new address. Here is a list of two of the most popular ways explained the simplest way possible. Most of these are different ways of doing the same thing, however some are useful for slightly […]