Monthly Archives: July 2015

Admin Admin Podcast #025 – Config management & code control

This week it is only Al and Jerry hosting. Jerry teaches us about config management & code control in Linux.

Links to show Notes :

Admin Admin Podcast #025 Show Notes – Config management & code control



Linux Config management & code control


  • Needs an agent installed
    • Uses SSL self-signed certs
    • “Declarative state”


    • No agent needed
    • Uses SSH
    • Procedural (stepwise)

Version control in this context

  • git
    • branching – develop code in a branch
    • hooks – automatically do things when certain events happen
    • Omnibus package


The dates have been realised and we will be there. It being held in Liverpool, Oct 30th – Nov 1st 2015!



Admin Admin Podcast #024 Show Notes – Dean from EducationalCentre

This episode we interview Dean from the Educational Centre Blog:

– Deploy a Cisco UCS system – Part 1 – from scratch for VMware ESXi

Logging in to the vCenter Server Appliance as vSphere Client users using the Use Windows session credentials option fails with the error: Cannot get user info 

Backing up a virtual machine with Changed Block Tracking (CBT) enabled fails after upgrading to or installing VMware ESXi 6.0

– Veeam Endpoint protecton Free

– HP-AMS Driver causes ESXi memory leak

– Mailradar Open Relay Checker

– 10base2

– Windows 10 Share your wifi password with friends

– Cracking WPA WPA2 with Kali Linux

– Dean’s Blog

Admin Admin Podcast #023 – “top” of the Morning

We are back and on a roll! Al, Andy and Jerry tell you what we have been up to the last month since we have been away. A fun packed episode where we talk about onsite upgrades, Windows 8 tablets and backing up Linux to Amazon S3!

Links to the Show notes:

Admin Admin Podcast #023 Show Notes – “top” of the Morning

Al’s tablet – Linx8
Andy’s intervention
Link to PCI Card and the link to computer shop where andy purchased
Job 1

After schematic


Job1 before
job 1 after
Job 2
job 2 before
job 2 after

  – Link to PCI Card and the link to computer shop where Andy purchased the card
  – 3com 3c905c NIC
  – Maldet for malware detection on Linux machines – geared towards web servers, Plesk/cPanel etc.
  – mailwrapper – write mails sent by PHP scripts to a log – Plesk-specific, but may work on other platforms
  – s3cmd for copying/moving/syncing operations from a Linux machine to Amazon S3.
    – To get the the ‘s3cmd –configure’ to work, you have to put in a policy document (basically to allow the list operation.
  – Because of Amazon’s pricing structure, it’s more cost-effective to backup to S3, then archive that to Glacier after a while. See this howto

  – UNIX sockets – as usual, Wikipedia has a more concise, insightful explanation than Jerry!
  – Log files are your friend! – /var/log/*.log
Misc, and recommendations:
  – Mr Robot