User Profile Move for XP or 2K

The following two procedures allow you to move local user profiles from one domain to another on the same machine. For example, lets say you are running Win2k or WinXP on your workstation which is attached to an old NT (or win2k or 03) domain. The new domain is created and you need to migrate your machine to the new domain but want to keep all of your favorites, email and desktop settings intact. [Read more…]

Apache2 Virtual Hosts Problems?

Problems configuring Apache2 virtual hosts?  Try setting the wildcard character on NameVirtualHost without the port number. Do the same for all virtual hosts in the file. Make sure to use proper document root or server alias directives.
virtual hosts

Open Source XGL trumps Windows Vista glass UI

I am just your average geek that likes to test what is up and coming for operating systems and such. A friend told me about XGL and so I thought I would check it out. I hopped on to google and found a video of XGL in action. I was absolutely blown away at what I saw. A 3-dimensional desktop in the form of a cube which could spin, rotate, and create some really bizarre effects with running programs. The video did no justice and so I began an attempt to install XGL and Compiz on my Gentoo box. After multiple failed attempts I turned back to google to see if I could find the right code to set this alice-in-wonderland UI up on another box. What I found was an awesoeme LiveCD from Christopher Smart with XGL and compiz completely prebuilt. You can find it at and I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be disappointed. [Read more…]

What I love about UNIX

At work I run a mixture of Server03 with AD and FreeBSD. For network monitoring/alerting I use a combination of nagios and cacti but on two different servers. Since I work for a school district and money was (and still is) an issue when I arrived there in 2004, I set up the nagios system on a spare x86 PC. I did the same for cacti but then moved it to a box that was donated to us recently. In an effort to consolidate multiple systems into the one donated box (a Dell PE2450), I rebuilt nagios and upgraded it to version 2. [Read more…]

Sendmail Riddle

I had an interesting encounter this past weekend with rebuilding sendmail on freebsd. See if you know this one…

You setup Sendmail as an MTA and configured it with a new .cf file. You can send email just fine. As root you get email for the local system just fine. You test your new .cf file by telnet via smtp port on the local machine, primarily to see the configuration settings confSMTP_LOGIN_MSG and greet_pause in action. Everything checks out. When you try to send email from a pop or imap client, it says that the communication to your mail server was interrupted. Telnet to the smtp port (from remote host) gives an automatic disconnect. You can recieve email on the client but not send email. You run an nmap on the localhost and it reveals the smtp port and your configured pop and imap ports are open but an nmap from a remote host reveals a closed smtp port. A ps ax | grep sendmail reveals a running sendmail process.
What’s the problem? [Read more…]