Systems Administration

Hosted VoIP?

Sysadmin - 4 hours 22 min ago

Hi everyone,

I know this has been asked before, and I've searched and seen everything, but haven't found quite what I'm looking for:

Looking for a hosted VoIP solution that I can plug and play on any Internet connection, that I can also migrate to cell phones when needed, for an office of about 15 people. Basically, I want my guys to be able to work remotely from home with an actual phone extension, as well as transfer their extension to their cell phones when on work hours, and disable transfer when not work hours. Want to allow WFH as much as possible. Would also like to integrate with Skype for Business and have voicemail to email.

What do you guys use? What does it cost?

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[HELP] Using a button remapper tool to make the home button run a task?


I'm trying to get my background to blur when I open my app drawer.

I've followed this tutorial and it works quite well, only issue is that if I press my home buttom rather than Back my background stays blurred as Tasker doesn't detect me getting out of my APPS screen.

Is there a way to have a the home button be detected as a change of screen? Maybe using a button remapper to send that info to Tasker?


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The Practice of System and Network Administration

Sysadmin - 4 hours 27 min ago

Hey guys, I've had this book on my Amazon wishlist for a while, I'm still low level and won't get into a net/sysadmin role for around another 3 or 4 years. Would this book help as of now it should I wait until I'm closer to my career goal?

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DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

The Register - 4 hours 29 min ago
Faces up to AWS, Google with future per-second billing plan

Faced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users.…

Ever take 15 steps to do something that really only needed 2 steps and then realize that after it's done? Just happened here.

Sysadmin - 4 hours 32 min ago

Starting a couple of days ago I began to migrate all of the files off one of our older servers running Server 2003. I began moving them over to our main fileserver. All of that went just fine. However, there were a couple of applications on the old server that users had shortcuts to on their desktops.

I just finished changing the shortcuts on the first users desktop when I realized I took the longest route possible to do it.

What I could have done: Right clicked the shortcut, changed the "Target" and the "Start in:" directory.

What I did: Deleted the old icon, manually browsed to the new one on the fileserver, sent it to their desktop, copied the shortcut from their desktop, placed it in the Public Desktop folder, deleted the now old icon.

It could have been worse...I suppose. So, what have you done that after doing you realized you took 15 more steps than you had to?

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Soon to be Sysadmin! Need a little advice.

Sysadmin - 4 hours 40 min ago

The current Sysadmin is leaving soon, and I am going to be transitioned into his role, and I was wondering if there is a list of commonly used free Sysadmin tools that I should familiarize myself with while getting into the role. Thanks in advance!

Edit: I am in a Windows environment, with about 400 devices. I will be supporting 8 locations, and I have been a helpdesk tech for the last year and a half.

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Paid software for system administration?

Sysadmin - 4 hours 52 min ago

I've just accepted a position as system administrator for a company with locations all over the US (and yes I will be traveling). As part of onboarding, I've been asked if I require any software to be purchased for my laptop.

I'm currently (soon to be formerly) a sysadmin for a library system. We don't spend much on IT. All the applications I've ever used are either free (cmder, KeePass, putty, nmap, even Visual Studio), I've already purchased for myself (Sublime), or were already a part of the company's systems (like Teamviewer).

... So I'm sort of at a loss as to what I might request. My boss mentioned Visio, to which I sort of thought, well, if you guys use Visio already, then I sure hope you've bought a license for me... Everything I can think of that I might need is stuff that the company should already have.

So if you were asked this question, knowing next to nothing about the organization's infrastructure (except that it's a primarily Windows shop), what would you request?

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Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

The Register - 4 hours 55 min ago pays £15,500 in damages after failed fact-check

An asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state.…

Senior project

Guys in your senior project, what did you put in the presentation?

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Safe + 7.3.8 - Encrypt and organize your sensitive data, photos, and contacts.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 4 hours 57 min ago

Safe + helps you organize and store your sensitive data. More than just a password manager, Safe + also protects your photos, videos, contacts, and PDF documents! All data is encrypted using super-secure 256-bit AES. And now it supports Touch ID and Wi-Fi synchronization across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad!

Safe + helps you manage and organize your passwords, and provides a mobile and secure place to keep them -- at home, at work, and on the move. When you’re traveling, Safe + stores your health-insurance data, screenshots of travel documents and boarding passes, and images of your passport, ID, and credit cards. Safe + is also a secure wallet for membership, debit, and loyalty cards, even QR codes -- all securely stored as images in one safe place.

Safe + allows you to perform a comprehensive range of tasks:

  • Protecting your sensitive data with your password and strong encryption
  • Organizing your data in as many categories as you want
  • Use our templates for credit cards, bank accounts, user accounts, contacts, images, text, or create your own item forms
  • Adding comments to your items
  • Changing and sorting your categories and items in a simple way
  • Accessing your login credentials directly from Safari
  • Launching Safari direct from web addresses stored in Safe+
  • Creating encrypted backups for data security and to transfer across devices

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  • Compatibility with Safe + v7.3.8 for iOS
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  • macOS 10.12 or later

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1Password Teams 6.8.6 - Secure management of sensitive data for teams.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 5 min ago

1Password Teams gives you full control over who has access to your team's most important information. Now you can share the simple security of 1Password with everyone. Emailing passwords is just the tip of the bad-security iceberg. IM, post-it notes, broken telephone. They’re not safe, and they don’t scale. 1Password Teams makes it super simple and safe to share all those passwords with the whole office. Items show up on your teammates’ devices automatically, so no one has to worry about staying in sync. And it isn't just for passwords: protect sensitive financial information such as bank accounts and credit cards; and access confidential documents from anywhere, knowing that all your information is thoroughly protected.

  • Tools that give you control. Manage what your teammates can see and do using the Admin Console. Instantly deploy, grant and revoke access to shared vaults. You can even securely recover locked-out user accounts.
  • Secure teams are productive teams. Keeping everyone safe can feel like a full time job. The less time you need to spend dealing with hacks, phishing scams, and lost passwords, the better. Give your team the tools they need to take security into their own hands. And it’s so easy to get started, they’ll thank you for it.
  • Everywhere. Get your secure data on your phone, your desktop, your wrist, and the web.
  • Security is not just a feature. It’s our foundation. Every design decision in 1Password Teams begins with the safety and privacy of your data in mind. For us, security involves more than just bolting on encryption and enabling SSL. It takes a combination of policy, innovative thinking, and a deep respect for your right to privacy.
    • Secure - We’ve innovated features never seen before in a password manager.
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The published price is that of a Standard account, per user, per month, billed annually. The full pricing schema can be found here.

Version 6.8.6: New
  • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
  • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
  • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Norwegian health authority hacked, patient data of nearly 3 million citizens possibly compromised

Hackers have breached the systems of the Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst RHF), and possibly made off with personal information and health records of some 2.9 million Norwegians. What’s known about the breach The breach was announced on Monday by the authority. The first to notice that something was amiss was HelseCERT, the Norwegian healthcare sector’s national information security center, which detects unwanted events and traffic and reports them to affected … More →

1Password Families 6.8.6 - Powerful security for sensitive information for up to 5 family members.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 7 min ago

1Password Families is the one password manager that’s ideal for your whole household. Decide who you share your information with and what they can do with it. You can give your loved ones the tools to stay safe online without taking away their independence. But not everything needs to be shared with the whole family. Personal vaults let everyone keep their own private passwords and documents, all managed under a single subscription.

  • Share. 1Password is the easiest and safest way to share passwords, credit cards, and anything else that’s too important to email.
  • Protect. 1Password helps your family practice smart online security by generating strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts.
  • Relax. 1Password remembers everything for you, and automatically signs you into your favorite sites with a single click.
  • Features
    • Protection for the whole family - Five people can join in and have individual accounts on your single subscription. They don't even have to belong to the same household.
    • 1Password on-the-go - Sign in to your account, view and edit your items, and manage your family from your web browser.
    • Always up-to-date - You will always get the latest versions of 1Password and all new features as soon as they come out. Never pay for upgrades again.
    • Award-winning 1Password apps - Your subscription includes the latest, full versions of the 1Password apps for Mac, iOS, and Android at no extra charge.
    • Secure documents - Your family gets 1 GB of encrypted storage for documents, which you can share and access securely from anywhere.
    • Use on all your devices -- for free - Don’t stress about licenses -- install 1Password on as many computers and devices as your family owns.
    • Seamless sync - All your data appears instantly on all your devices with no work on your part whatsoever. There is no sync service to set up.
    • Watchtower service - Receive around-the-clock alerts whenever there are security breaches for the services and sites that your family uses.
    • Item history backup - Go back in time up to one full year and recover passwords which you or your family members have deleted or changed.
    • 24/7 support - Get free, one-on-one support from AgileBits employees whenever you need it. We're here to help you at any time of day or night.

    The published price is that of a monthly charge for an all-access subscription (desktop and mobile apps, free upgrades, Web access, and sharing) for up to five (5) people.

    Version 6.8.6: New
    • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
    • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
    • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
    • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.

    • OS X 10.10 or later

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1Password 6.8.6 - Powerful password manager; integrates with Web browsers and more.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 8 min ago

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.

Version 6.8.6: New
  • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
  • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
  • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Visual UI for calculation functions

I would like to implement sum of two step-functions.

To calculate for every number, would be tedious.

Is there a tool which can generate function and calculate for you with UI input and output ?

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Man who tweeted vulnerable adults' details prosecuted

The Register - 5 hours 24 min ago
Kent bloke 'threatened' the ICO that he'd release more

A man from Kent has been prosecuted under the Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive information on Twitter.…

Strategy for re partitioning large volume

Sysadmin - 5 hours 32 min ago

Hi all, need to re partition a volume to use LVM but currently holds 6TB. I'm looking for advice on best way to handle the job. Get backups, check backups and check again. Transfer off (estimate 1day 4hrs), repartition (10 mins) and transfer back (estimate 1day 20hrs). Anyone know any tricks or have any advice?

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Purism Progress Report, Spectre Mitigation for Ubuntu, Malicious Chrome Extensions and More

Linux Journal - 5 hours 38 min ago

News briefs for January 18, 2018.

Purism, the group behind the security and privacy-focused Librem 5 phone just recently published a progress report highlighting the latest developments and design decisions to its crowdfunded project. Changes include an even faster processor. more>>

Easy-Cat 1.0.0 - GUI for the 'cat' command-line tool.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 41 min ago

Easy-Cat is a GUI for the Terminal cat tool, which can be used to concatenate several files into a single file. In addition, Easy-Cat has the capability of batch processing, so that everything can be prepared and the concatenation can take place in the background.

Why is Easy-Cat helpful? - Working with the Terminal-tool cat is not very comfortable. The to be concatenated, files must be laboriously specified, and you have to wait for completion of the concatenation before you can move on to the next concatenation. Easy-Cat spares you from this tedious work by predefining multiple concatenations and by easily putting together the files to be concatenated using drag-and-drop. Once the actual concatenation has started, you can sit back and let Easy-Cat do all the work for you.

What data can be chained? - The cat Tool can be used for concatenating plain data such as plain text-files, uncoded music and movie files (for example, Wave, MPEG).

Version 1.0.0:
  • Initial release

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Linear Raid Array on multiple encrypted disks

Hi everyone,
I need to create a linear aray (no RAID-X, just a concatenation of disks, JBOD) on some luks-encrypted disks on Linux.
This is the main idea:

1) Have N disks
2) Encrypt each disk with LUKS
3) With mdadm create a linear array (no raid-x, just concatenation) to see it as a single drive

These are the important requirements:

  • Files must not spread across multiple drives, a single file must be contained on a single disk
  • If you extract a single disk, we should be able to extract data on said disk, after unblocking the drive with a luks passphrase

Can this be done?
What happens to the array if I remove a disk?
Can I recover data from all the other disks If I remove a single drive?
Are there any particular mdadm flags I should set?

Thanks in advance

EDIT: I understand that disks have to be unlocked one by one

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