Systems Administration

Windows User Profile Disks are Good but… - Virtualization Information - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:06
With the widespread adoption of Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox Enterprise, etc., Windows user profiles are now more bloated than ever before....(read more)

[Help] How to check video integrity of many files

Hi, I'm on Debian 9 and I've many video files (terabytes) on a errorless filesystem on a new hard drive. I'd like to test files for video integrity. I know that some of them are corrupt, I can see corrupt files with mpv video player only in part (the not corrupt part). What is the best and faster way to list files that are corrupt on a text file?

I searched a lot and I found bash scripts that use ffmpeg (converting file to "null") but they are slow and not really "smart" because after finding an error on a file, they continue to scan the same file instead of jumping it.

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Fuzzy file finder and file type execution

Command Line - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:52

Hi :)

I _really_ miss spotlight in OSX and in Linux it seems fzf is the most minimalistic way to have the same functionality. Currently, I use an alias for "nvim $(fzf)" but of course the file always has to be a text file. What if I wanted to open a pdf, flac, video-file or something like that? Is it possible to set that up?

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Citus Data's Citus Cloud Database Supports HIPAA and SOC 2 Type 2 Compliance - Virtualization Information - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:44
Citus Data announced that Citus Cloud can be used to manage protected health information (PHI), and to build HIPAA-compliant applications on top of Postgres....(read more)

New Ingram Micro Business Transformation Center Features Scale Computing's HC3 - Virtualization Information - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:42
Scale Computing today announced its HC3 Edge platform will now be featured in the collaborative environment of the new Ingram Micro Business Transformation Center. ...(read more)

Execute ps1 script from within another ps1 script in different directories

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:25

Hey guys,

So I've ran into a rather stupid problem where I can't figure out how to execute a powershell script from within another powershell script in different directories. I've scoured the internet and everyone suggest an answer related to this SOF post:

The problem I'm having is this seems to be a solution only if the two scripts live in the same directory. Am I missing something here? My call looks like the following from script 1:

invoke-expression -Command C:\Path\to\Script2

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John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:24
Default judgement for one-time antivirus bad boy

Infosec personality John McAfee has been found legally "liable" via a default judgment for the death of his neighbour, who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his Belize home in 2012.…

Electronic Signatures

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:17

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to implement an electronic signature platform for our company. Last post I saw about this was 5 years ago and not entirely on this topic. I'm looking for recommendations based on your experiences.

The software should be able to sign any type of electronic document, and conform to E-SIGN standards. I would prefer local hosting, but will take cloud hosting (and looking at the options out there, it seems everything in this category is cloud hosted).

About the company: 1000 people, about 700 across 11 major locations, the other 300 scattered across 55 sites. We are a non profit that provides services to people with intellectual disabilities. Completely standardized on W10 enterprise; servers are mix of Server 2012 R2 and CEntOS 7, and various appliances. AD domain. Certificate server available if needed. We also have a mix of about 300 android and apple tablets.

I'm willing to buy signature hardware if needed.


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Help with arp script

I’m new to Bash scripting and working on a senior project.

I am trying to create a script that will send an email with the arp table to a user. I am a bit confused as to how I should go about doing this.

I was tinkering with the arp command and connected my phone to the network, then ran the arp command, but my phone wasn’t listed. I pinged my phone, then ran arp, and my phone was now listed in the arp table.

This got me thinking, maybe I could ping the subnet then run arp? This doesn’t work as once I pinged the subnet and ran arp, it gave me an empty entry for all other IPs on the network.

I don’t know how often the arp table refreshes and am trying to make the script run twice a day, possibly 3, and send an email each time with the connected devices.

Can anyone give some insight as to how I should go about doing this?

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Spotify app broken when started by Tasker while phone locked

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:53

I've got a task ( ) that starts Spotify, adjusts the BT volume, and tells it to play when I connect to my car's BT system. This has been working for a while (since Jan 2017 across multiple phones: Moto X Pure, Pixel 2, and now Pixel 3), but yesterday it started messing up. If the task runs while my screen is locked, Spotify doesn't start properly and when I unlock the phone it's just a black screen until eventually I get a "Spotify is not responding" popup. If I run the task manually while the screen is unlocked, it works fine. If I add a wait to the start of my task and kick it off manually, then lock the screen, it fails in the same way that it does when fired automatically, so it really seems like an issue with the screen being locked.

I suspect that the change coincides with the Spotify update to that my phone installed yesterday (even though the Play store says the last update was Nov 8), but I have not yet tried to find an older APK to install over the current one to see if that fixed it.

Anyone else seeing this or have any hints that might help fix it?

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Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:33
Just don't mention those three Big Blue letters, OK?

Red Hat used this week's OpenStack Summit to announce the impending arrival of its OpenStack Platform 14. We had a chat with Red Hat's Nick Barcet about cadence, Kubernetes, and most definitely not IBM.…

Amazon announces free alternative to Java (which is shortly going to a paid model for commercial use). Anyone tried it out?

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:27

I'm mostly curious about whether it's a direct replacement, meaning you just uninstall Java, install Corretto, and everything just works.

Here's the announcement they made yesterday:

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AI in the Real World - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:25
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Created PowerShell script to create user and mailbox

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:24

Created a new script and since everyone liked my earlier work so much I though I could my newest script.

This is a basic user creation script for AD and Exchange. It has the following features.

  • Create AD User
  • Create mailbox for user
  • Copy group permissions from template

I also went ahead and put some checks in for the following items

  • Ensure user name variables aren't empty
  • Ensure middle initial is not more than 1 character
  • Ensure that the phone extension is only 4 characters and has no letters in it
  • Ensure that username, email address, and display names are unique
  • Set users address information, if nothing is input defaults can be configured that will be used
  • Ensure the ZIP code is in 5 digit format with any letters
  • Ensure two letter country code is used
  • Ensure that managerial user exists before setting manager attribute
  • Ensure that template being copied is in the templates OU

Here is the script.

This is hands down the most complicated script I have written so I am sure I missed some best practices. Feel free to give me advice for the future.

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Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:18
Facebook boss delays, denies and deflects more invitations to international committee

"Delay, deny and deflect." Turns out Facebook's strategy for dealing with major threats works pretty well for small fry too because Mark Zuckerberg has once again turned down MPs' advances.…

Best Place to Post About Apache Guacamole?

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:15

I was surprised to find that there isn't a sub reddit for Apache Guacamole. This subreddit was the first and only result that came up when searching reddit. Is this the best place to post questions and info about Apache Guacamole or is there a subreddit specifically for it I am unaware of?


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[Help] Using Active Directory to authenticate SSH

Hello hello linux admins. I have an environment of RHEL 7 and CentOS 7 boxes that are in desperate need to a centralized authentication method. The other admins here all used a shared account and I have had enough. So in my lab I'm trying to make a vm authenticate ssh logins with AD accounts. I've followed this guide to a T LINK. I continue to get permission denied when I try to ssh with my test AD account. the SSHD config is open to all users and groups. I've set both the CentOS and Windows Server to pull time from the same external NTP server. I've set the sssd debug to level 9 and can provide that if needed. But I'm at a loss here. Even disabled both firewalls to make sure everything in getting through on both sides. Any help here would be much appreciated.

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CryptoMove Launches Private Beta for Tholos Key Vault to Secure Cloud Native Development - Virtualization Information - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:01
CryptoMove, the only cloud-native secrets management key vault to provide moving target defense, today announced the launch of a private beta for its flagship solution, Tholos Key Vault....(read more)

Is anyone else in IT getting phone calls from foreign sounding callers who want to "share a guide" with us via email?

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:32

I've gotten about 10 calls now over the last six months or so, all from people with thick Indian accents, who want to talk to the IT administrator so they can "share a guide" (usually a PDF) and they ask for my email.

I assume this is just a creative way to get an email address or something.. it's starting to get annoying.

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