Systems Administration

TARS and TSeer Form Open Source Project Communities Under The Linux Foundation to Expand Adoption and Pace of Development

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced at LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China in Beijing that TARS, a remote procedure call (RPC) framework, and TSeer, a high availability service discovery, registration and fault tolerance framework, have become Linux Foundation projects....(read more)

Chrome GPO : restrict which users are allowed to sign in to google chrome

Sysadmin - 6 hours 33 min ago

Hi -

I am trying to force all users in my company to sign in to google chrome. I also want to restrict the domain name of the account they can sign in from.

So for example I want to ONLY allow sign-ins from accounts with

I tried following the instructions on the Chromium site but for me this blocks all sign-ins. I think I'm formatting it wrong. Can someone help me? Thanks.


Restrict which users are allowed to sign in to Google ChromeData type:String [Windows:REG_SZ]Windows registry location for Windows clients:Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\RestrictSigninToPatternMac/Linux preference name:RestrictSigninToPatternSupported on:

  • Google Chrome (Linux, Mac, Windows) since version 21

Supported features:Dynamic Policy Refresh: Yes, Per Profile: NoDescription:

Contains a regular expression which is used to determine which users can sign in to Google Chrome.

An appropriate error is displayed if a user tries to log in with a username that does not match this pattern.

If this policy is left not set or blank, then any user can sign in to Google Chrome.

Example value:".*"

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Dropzone 3 3.6.8 - Open, transfer, and install files by drag-and-drop.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 34 min ago

Dropzone 3 (was Dropzone) makes it faster and easier to get things done. Drag a file onto the dock icon and your fully customizable grid of destinations flies smoothly out using core animation. Drop the file onto a destination and Dropzone will take care of the rest. Whether you're installing an app, uploading a file to an FTP server or sharing your photos on Flickr.

  • Launch Applications - Sometimes you want to keep an application quickly available, but you don't want it taking up space in your Dock. Simply add it to your Dropzone grid, and then you can launch the app by clicking on it in Dropzones grid, or you can drag files or folders onto it.
  • Install Applications - Drag a DMG onto the Install Application destination, and Dropzone mounts the disk image, finds the application inside, copies it to your applications folder, launches it, ejects the disk image and moves it to the trash for you.
  • Flickr Upload - Drop a bunch of pictures on to the Flickr Upload destination and Dropzone uploads them for you. It can even copy the direct image URL to the clipboard so you can paste it to a friend. You can also setup multiple accounts.
  • FTP Upload - You can setup as many FTP servers as you like with Dropzone. If you hold down option while dragging, Dropzone will even zip up the files or folders for you before uploading and put the URL on the clipboard.
  • Save Text - Drop some text onto the Save Text destination, Dropzone asks you for a name, and saves it for you. Great for storing those little snippets of text that you don't want to lose.
  • Copy or Move Files - Sometimes you want to copy or move a file or folder somewhere else on your Mac. Dropzone lets you setup destinations that do this. Underneath, Dropzone uses the fast and powerful Rsync file transfer tool to do its work.
  • Zip and Email - The Zip & Email destination zips up the dragged files and adds them as a Mail attachment, all ready to send. A simple and convenient time saver.
  • Extend Dropzone - Dropzone has a powerful Ruby based API that allows you to script Dropzone to do whatever you need. Not only that, but all the code for the destinations above is open source. So you can help us make Dropzone even better!

Version 3.6.8:
  • Removed Growl
  • Improved macOS Notification Center support
  • HockeySDK updated to the latest version
  • Sparkle updated to the latest version
  • Fixed issue with ReplaceDialog crashing on some macOS versions

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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DDN Announces New Solutions to Accelerate HPC Workloads and Enable the AI-Ready Data Center

DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced several new high-performance computing (HPC) storage solutions and capabilities, which it will feature this week at the International Supercomputing event, ISC 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany....(read more)

[HELP] switch preferred network when at work

My work is an LTE dead zone, but 3G tends to work ok. Is there an easy way with Tasker to switch my settings [Data Usage > Mobile Networks > Advanced > Preferred Network Type > 3G/LTE] based on location, other than using Auto-Input to go through all the various submenus?

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InfiniBand Accelerates the Top Three Supercomputers on TOP500 Supercomputer List

Mellanox Technologies announced that for the first time, InfiniBand solutions accelerate the top three supercomputers on the TOP500 list, and four of the top five systems: the fastest High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer in the world deployed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the fastest supercomputer in China ranked second on the list, the second fastest supercomputer in the US deployed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ranked third, and the fastest HPC and AI supercomputer in Japan, ranked fifth....(read more)

Enterprise DevOps for the Cloud

XebiaLabs announced a DevOps framework that provides a smooth pathway to the cloud for companies who are moving applications to cloud-based resources on a large scale. The framework connects enterprise DevOps practices with common cloud management functionality and provides an essential foundation as enterprises accelerate their transformations to cloud-based applications....(read more)

System-i Email Extractor Lite 1.3.4 - Extract email addresses from text files.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 40 min ago

System-i Email Extractor Lite is a simple application that allows you to extract email addresses from any text file, you can view they into a list and then you can export as text ONLY email addresses.

This little application is useful when you whant to create personal mailing lists getting addresses from Web pages or email messages. It's simple! Save your email message (or Web page) as text, then open the generated file with Email Extractor then export and all is done!

Lite limitations: only first 5 addresses found will be exported.

Version 1.3.4:
  • Maintenance update

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Modo 12.1v1 - 3D Modeling, Paint and Render in one application.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 45 min ago

MODO brings you the next generation of 3D modeling, animation, sculpting, effects and rendering in a powerful integrated package. An end-to-end solution delivering raw horsepower, refined technology, and robust workflows, MODO is the creative option of choice for artists and designers around the world - from home-based hobbyists to Hollywood studios.

  • MODO makes creative exploration possible with fast and intuitive polygon modeling and sculpting tools that allow you more time to explore and visualize new ideas
  • Offers out-of-the-box value with highly-integrated modeling, painting, sculpting, effects, animation and unlimited network rendering capabilities
  • Ensures consistency with a philosophy of tool re-use, easy-to-learn workflows and a fully customizable UI that is unmatched in any other 3D software
  • Integrates seamlessly into existing pipelines with built-in Python scripting and versatile SDK
  • Get instant results for interactive design reviews with the use of the photorealistic preview render

Version 12.1v1:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • At least 4 GB RAM
  • At least 1GB of video memory / driver support for OpenGL 3.2

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Working on 80+ domain computers without domain privs...

Sysadmin - 6 hours 45 min ago

I find myself in a position for a while of administering 80ish computers, all joined to an AD domain, but the only privilege I have is the ability to join machines to the domain and remove them. Literally. Everything else is done via PDQ Deploy and Inventory (free mode at that) and local admin accounts. The company is part of a larger conglomerate and other than user account, the domain isn't used for ANYTHING, and I (and other subsidiary companies) have no privs. I've asked for an explanation and all I get is a mumble about "culture" at the HQ.

It's... suboptimal. If anyone's worked in such an environment, advice is appreciated. I really wish they'd just given each company a domain and federated the, if not using groups and perms properly, but this is what I have to work with...

I don't suppose there's a way to create a domain here and have it do user auth to an external domain without worrying about someone in control of the other domain cooperating, is there? Basically federating my domain without needing to coordinate?

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SysAdmin Appreciation Day 2018: Win one of 100+ Prizes with Altaro

Sysadmin - 6 hours 46 min ago

Hi everyone,

Altaro has some exciting news for all you SysAdmins today!

We’re running a great contest in celebration of SysAdmin Day on 27th July, and will be giving away Amazon eGift Cards to the first 100 eligible entries and 1 Grand Prize to 1 lucky winner.

The Grand Prize winner will be able to choose any prize from the following: a Playstation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, a 3-year membership of Amazon Prime, an Unlimited Plus Edition of Altaro VM Backup, and more!

All contest participants will even get FOREVER FREE backup for 2 VMs when they download Altaro VM Backup!

Want to WIN?

Here’s what you need to do to:

  1. Download Altaro VM Backup from using a valid work email address
  2. Set up a virtual machine on Altaro VM Backup and take a screenshot. Only screenshots that show at least 1 VM added for backing up will be considered as eligible.
  3. Upload the screenshot and the Grand Prize choice at the link you will receive via email once you download Altaro VM Backup from the contest page.

The contest ends on 22nd July, 2018 and you have till 24th July, 2018 to submit your screenshot.

Good luck!

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Hyper-V Private Cloud Management

Sysadmin - 6 hours 46 min ago

I'm not sure how many of you will fit the criteria, but for those who are running a private cloud of any description on top of Hyper-V, what do you use to manage it?

I know there are tools like 5nine's tools, SC VMM, etc, but what specifically do you use and why?

Tasks that I am talking about are things like:

  • deploying from, and managing, VM templates
  • managing cluster/failover
  • performing updates (perhaps cluster-aware updating)
  • load balancing

I know of plenty of products that are out there and this is not at all a "I'm building a private cloud, please tell me how" post, I'm just at a point where I think we can do things better internally, and am curious to hear how others do it, what their experience with particular products and why they choose/chose that product to begin with.

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Want to learn Quantum Computing?


If you're reading this, you're most likely interested in learning about quantum computing; however, you might not be sure how to get started because of a lack of people to work with, lack of direction, and maybe even a lack of a bit of background knowledge.

I've created a subreddit, /r/MikeAndIke, which will enable people with the desire to learn about quantum computing to come together and learn, generally directed (though not entirely restricted) by the book Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Michael A. Nielsen and Isaac L. Chuang (hence the name, Mike & Ike).

I'm very new to reddit in general, and so I'm extremely new to running a subreddit. But, I hope that together we can make this a great learning experience for each other! Let me know if you have any questions or any other comments, feel free to spread the word to people you think may be interested, and I'll continue to look forward to your arrival! :D

-Foobanana (the real one)

P.S. - I've posted this a couple times, and so (as always) I leave it to the moderators to determine whether or not I'm spamming the sub, and to please feel free to remove my post if they deem this to be the case! My only wish in posting repeatedly is to leave no one behind who wishes to learn with us in our community!

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Marvell Co-Founder Embarks On Hybrid Cloud Storage Endeavor

Dr. Pantas Sutardja, co-founder of storage and semiconductor innovator Marvell, today announced the launch of Latticework, Inc., a developer of cloud-edge solutions that tackles storage and bandwidth issues related to skyrocketing data and video usage. The company has invested in and built its own cloud service infrastructure called LatticeNest, to power its debut product, Amber. Watch this video to learn more about Amber....(read more)

Quest Change Auditor/Reporter

Sysadmin - 6 hours 48 min ago

Hey guys, I've been trialing these for a couple of weeks and they seem pretty decent for giving an audit trail of file/folder permissions changes and permissions reporting.

Pricing seems acceptable too so far.

Quest have been around forever but I think Dell took them on then they split off so I wanted a check on whether they're considered "good" or "bad" right now as Dell can have an effect on the things they buy...

Anyone using them?

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Logan Airport blocks port 22 at their routers :(

And everything else besides 80 and 443 for that matter. What am i supposed to do!!!!11one. The bars aren't even open yet. pls sent halp. pls.

Totally thought about spinning up a VPN over 443, but in order to do that, well you see where this is going.

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WhatRoute 2.1.5 - Geographically trace online data-packet routes.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 50 min ago

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

Version 2.1.5: Enhancements
  • Added DNS Server Performance testing.
  • Initial preparation for Mojave compatibility.

Preparations for Mojave include support for Dark Mode, application notarization and compilation with a hardened runtime. The changes are in this version of WhatRoute but will not be publicly available until Xcode 10 has been released and WhatRoute recompiled. All code in this version of WhatRoute is compiled with Xcode 9.4.1

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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TIL:If Firewall can't syslog, it won't pass traffic

Sysadmin - 6 hours 52 min ago

Maybe this is something everyone already knows, in which case feel free to roast me.

Cisco ASA with FirePower. I set up a Splunk server a few months ago. I'm currently out of the office (Just had a baby) and I get the call from my boss that one cloud based app isn't working. 30 minutes later another call saying it sounds more serious, no traffic in or out. E-mail, site-to-site VPN's, nothing is working.

I head in and proceed to bang my head against the problem. For all the world it looks like an ISP problem, but after working with their support I could connect my laptop directly to the ONT and configure one of our static IP's and be online without issue. What was weird was it seemed to pass SOME traffic randomly. Could SSH into the firewall but not VPN.

Ended up handing it off to our consulting company who worked with TAC after being stumped themselves. Turns out if the ASA can't reach the syslog server, or if the syslog server is full it simply won't pass traffic. I thought this was a pretty interesting failure mode. I'm just glad it got resolved and I was able to go home and be with my family.

TL;DR in the title.

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Create gMSA Group Managed Service Accounts in powershell within Quest Active Roles Server (for logging purposes).

Sysadmin - 6 hours 56 min ago

Hi guys,

Im trying to script a automated flow for creating gMSA's. The thing is, we use Quest ActiveRoles for logging and auditing. So the prefered way to do this would be via Quest Cmdlets. Cant really find any quesy documentation regarding this topic.

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Place Microsoft App on Desktop via Group Policy?

Sysadmin - 6 hours 57 min ago

I want to be able to place a desktop shortcut to apps (ie. OneNote) for all users. I usually would do this through GPP but there is no target path for the apps that I'm aware of.

Anyone have a work around?

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