Systems Administration

Amethyst 0.12.0 - Tiling window manager similar to xmonad.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:53

Amethyst is a tiling window manager similar to xmonad. It was originally written as an alternative to fjolnir's awesome xnomad but written in pure Objective-C. It's expanded to include some more features like Spaces support not reliant on fragile private APIs. Amethyst is free and open source under the MIT license.

Note: Amethyst must be given permissions to use the accessibility APIs under the Privacy tab of the Security & Privacy preferences pane. There is a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts that are available on the developer's webpage.

Version 0.12.0:
  • Windows can now be resized and moved with the mouse. #627
  • Add configuration option for specifying a minimum window size. #654
  • Add the global enabling and disabling actions to the status menu. #635
  • Add directional space throwing commands to the preferences window. #660
  • Fix a crash on macOS 10.13. #653
  • Fix a bug that lost the preferences for mouse resizing.

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:48
Oh, and billionaire owner Li Ka-shing retires

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.…

Enterprise Free Home Use Licensed Software

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:45

Hello, First post here. I am wondering if anyone has a good list of Enterprise level software that is free for home use like VMWare ESXi, Veeam, Sophos, etc. have. Looking to advance my knowledge on my own for now. I would like something to work on and keep my mind growing 😊. I have all the ones I mentioned. I use them at home and at work so it is beneficial to have these kind of programs. I am just wondering if there are more like then.

Thanks everyone!

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Question about safely deploy a production VM

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:41

In brief: I got a production VM running in Amazon. I want to clone that VM, but also want the network traffic to be cloned (in order not to loose real data). Then I want to apply my changes/updates to the cloned VM. Then if are all OK, to switch to the new VM (as a new production VM) and kill the old one. Is this OK as a practice? What technologies/keywords (eg Elastic IPs) do I need to search be able to do that? Thank you! (I'm not a sys admin)

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Icinga2 - HTTP check

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:41

Just getting started with Icinga2 after a long history of Nagios. I have a number of checks set up already, but am struggling with getting http checks working.

I want Icinga2 to hit my internal webserver, follow any redirects (HTTP/301), including redirecting from http to https, then parse the resulting page for a string to verify that the right page was actually generated. Should be simple - check_http does this without a problem.

Here's my service definition:

apply Service "website" { import "generic-service" check_command = "http" vars.http_uri = "/" vars.http_onredirect = "follow" vars.http_expect_body_regex = "string" vars.http_verbose = "true" assign where host.vars.role = "website" }

The service is being properly applied to the Host with vars.role="website". But it's not working properly...

GET / HTTP/1.0 Moved Permanently The document has moved here.

If I add vars.http_ssl="true", I get a bit more info:

SSL initialized GET / HTTP/1.0 User-Agent: check_http/v2.2.1 (nagios-plugins 2.2.1) Connection: close Accept: */* is 345 characters STATUS: HTTP/1.1 200 OK **** HEADER **** Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:33:33 GMT Server: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) OpenSSL/1.0.2k-fips mod_fcgid/2.3.9 PHP/5.4.16 SVN/1.7.14 mod_perl/2.0.10 Perl/v5.16.3 Last-Modified: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:01 GMT ETag: "0-5576d9be0c107" Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Length: 0 Connection: close Content-Type: text/html: charset=UTF-8 **** CONTENT **** HTTP CRITICAL: HTTP/1.1 200 OK - pattern not found - 345 bytes in 0.013 second response time

If I wget the page, the string is present in the output. And, if I run check_http manually it works just fine:

/usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/check_http -f follow -u / -H -r "string" HTTP OK: HTTP/1.1 200 OK - 15512 bytes in 5.992 second response time |time=5.992340s;;;0.000000 size=15512B;;;0

Anyone have any idea what I am missing here?!?

Also, is there any place that I can see exactly what command Icinga2 is running? I checked the logfile and any table that felt like it made sense in the database, but I couldn't get a log of precisely what command it is actually trying to do

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WANdisco launches OEM sales partnership with Alibaba Cloud - Virtualization Information - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:41
WANdisco, the Live Data Company, announces it has entered into a non-exclusive OEM ('Original Equipment Manufacturer') sales agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. ...(read more)

Melobase 1.4.7 - Record and play music back from a client-server.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:40

Melobase is a client-server solution featuring a database, a sequencer for recording and playing back music sequences, a metronome with tap tempo capabilities, an editor, an embedded studio offering 128 General MIDI instruments and a drum set, an input from an external MIDI keyboard, a synthesizer, and a mixer with level and balance control. Melobase also provides the ability to import MIDI sequences and also to save your sequences on your computer as standard MIDI files or audio files.

Version 1.4.7:
  • Fixes the rendering of many duplicate voices with some instruments such as the drawbar organ.
  • Fixes the sequencer not being updated immediately after edition.
  • Fixes the playback being sometimes stopped when changing the zone channel or the zoom level.
  • Fixes the screen not always being refreshed properly in high DPI mode under Windows.
  • Fixes the application becoming very slow with Intel HD 4000 or lower on Windows 10.
  • Other minor fixes.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Check your WSUS, Office 2019 Preview incoming

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:39

Heads up for anyone that didn't see it.

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Cisco ASA 5500 Firewall

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:38

Hello, /r/SysAdmin!

I am... loosely one of you. I work in the IT department for a small business (15 people total, 8 in the office - other 7 are field techs), and while much of my job is customer facing for our specific industry, my team mate and I are also more or less in charge of internal IT as our supervisor left to pursue other opportunities.

When he left, I was the only IT team member left. He was walked out a day earlier than anticipated, and did not provide me a list of credentials to all our systems, including the Cisco ASA 5500 Firewall unit. I am looking into either replacing it or resetting and reconfiguring it, as I do not currently have access.

Does anyone have any experience with these and be able to provide some insight on either regaining access or otherwise resetting our unit?

Thank you so much in advance!

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The Obligatory Comcast sucks post

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:36

I have a client down the DC area and we have had multiple tickets opened with comcast. They have been out onsite to replace the cabling from the street and install signal boosters. None of it has solved the slowness problem. They currently have a 50/10 plan and the most they get is 3/4 down and 7up. Does anyone have any tricks or tips on how to get Comcast to actually fix this issue?

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Hides 5.0.1 - Keep a squeaky-clean workspace.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:35

Hides allows you to effortlessly clear your desktop in one quick keystroke to quickly hide sensitive information. Enable Focus Mode, to focus on the task at hand. What is Focus Mode? Focus Mode will hide all open applications automatically except the one you're currently working in! You have no excuse to procrastinate. Once enabled, Focus Mode work's like so: whenever you click on an app's dock icon (or window), all other apps will instantly be hidden from view. This create's a distraction-free, and ultimately more productive workspace. Focus mode can be configured only for specific apps or globally for all apps and it is easily configured in Preferences.

  • Focus Mode (only one app is active on screen at a time - completely configurable in Preferences)
  • Hide all open Apps
  • Hide all open Apps except the current active App
  • Global Hotkey support for all features

Version 5.0.1:
  • The Finder now has an option in Focus Mode. Some apps were showing in Focus mode but weren't actually compatible with it. These have been removed as an option.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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The great attribution debate: Why we should focus on HOW not WHO

(IN)SECURE Magazine Notifications RSS - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:30

Organisations often don’t understand what they need to be protecting themselves from when it comes to costly cyber-attacks. The threat landscape is becoming ever-more evolved and it’s now rare for a day to go by without a new form of attack hitting the headlines. Interventions by hacking groups into foreign affairs, such as reports that Russian hackers targeted twenty one US states during the election campaign and the recent Olympic Destroyer malware which targeted the … More →

The post The great attribution debate: Why we should focus on HOW not WHO appeared first on Help Net Security.

Jettison 1.6 - Ejects external disks when you put your Mac to sleep.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:28

Jettison automatically ejects external disks from your Mac before your computer goes to sleep.

Simplify those last few seconds when you grab your MacBook and run out the door. Just close the lid and Jettison will automatically eject your backup drive, iPod, or whatever is connected so you can safely unplug it. Say goodbye to "disk was not ejected properly" errors and waking your computer back up because you forgot to eject everything.

Jettison even makes sure that Time Machine backups and file server volumes are properly shut down before they're removed. Your backups and shared files are safe and sound.

And what if you decide not to leave, and open your MacBook back up? Jettison will check to see if your drives are still connected and will mount them back on the Desktop if they're there.

Version 1.6: Enhancements:
  • Remounting ejected drives works more reliably.
  • Jettison now coordinates between multiple simultaneously logged-in users.
  • Jettison offers AppleScript commands to eject and mount disks and to put the computer to sleep.
  • When Jettison can't eject a disk, the error dialog includes a button in to save diagnostic information to a file so you can report the problem.
  • Jettison will not remount disk images that were mounted as part of a software update.
  • A "Check for Updates" menu item lets you manually check for updates.
  • APFS special volumes and recovery drives will not be remounted.
  • Corrected "drive not found" errors when remounting some disks.
  • Eliminated a crash that occurred when the system provided incomplete disk information.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when checking for open files when a disk refuses to eject.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Robocopy issues with .gdoc file on new GoogleDriveStream drive

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:26

I'm getting error 1 when doing my periodic backups of my Google Drive sync, now called 'stream'. It starts okay, but hangs on the first .gdoc file it encounters.

I still have the old fileset from the previous GoogleDriveSync and it runs fine with the same file in there.

I'm on Win10, I checked the file properties, ran it as admin...still hangs on that file.

Here's a the execution line from my bat file:

robocopy "H:\My Drive." "F:\GoogleDriveStreamBackups\GoogleDriveBackup-%curr_date%" /MIR

Runs fine until I get the 'Incorrect Function' error on that file.


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Remotix 5.0.5 - Access all your computers from anywhere.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:22

Remotix is a fast and powerful application to easily access multiple Macs (and PCs) from your own Mac.

  • Complete Apple Screen Sharing support - including Mac OS X login, clipboard synchronization, Apple adaptive codec and multiple display configurations
  • Advanced RDP implementation with RD Gateway, clipboard sync, bidirectional sound, file system and printer redirection
  • Automatic Bonjour server discovery and network scanners makes it easy to find and connect to other machines
  • Complete SSH tunneling support with public-key and password authentication
  • Remotix Cloud - allows users to access all their computers from anywhere

Version 5.0.5:
  • Fixed RDP authentication issues

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Domain Computers not Locking if users leave a streaming video running on browser

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:20

I've noticed an issue where the machine will not lock if a user is streaming an online video. We have a GPO in place where it will lock due to inactivity and works fine if the user is not streaming a video but if they forget to close the browser it will not lock.

If the browser is minimized it will lock...When running the "powercfg -requests" cmd, displays that the audio service is in use.

I checked the multimedia settings and noticed that it was set to "When sharing: Prevent idling to sleep" and have changed it to "Allow computer to sleep" which did not fix the issue. Does not matter what browser is used, issue occurs both via firefox/chrome on Windows 10 PRO.

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Fork - Fast and friendly git client (beta).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:20

Fork is a fast and friendly git client.

  • Basic features: Fetch, pull, push | Commit, amend | Create and delete branches and tags | Create and delete remote repos | Checkout branch or revision | Cherry-pick, revert | Merge, rebase | Stashes | Submodules
  • Work with repository: Create, clone or add existing repos | Open recent repository quickly
  • Commit view: Stage / unstage changes line-by-line | Access to recent commit messages
  • More features: Browse the repository file tree at any commit | Intuitive merge conflict resolving | See your stashes right in the commit list

Version New:
  • Allow to ignore whitespaces in commit view.
  • Allow to checkout tags on double-click.
  • Allow to rebase on commits.
  • Add ability to change tracking reference for local branch.
  • Update commit message area.
  • Add track checkbox to push dialog.
  • Add ⌘⌥⇧O shortcut to open file in default editor.
  • P/r/s/f/d keys don't work after interactive rebase.
  • Commit list tooltips are not readable in dark mode.
  • Commits that are cherry-picked are not signed.
  • Fork shows incorrect number of conflicted files in status bar.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:17
It's your body Notch your mind

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy.…