On a recent portupgrade I received some dreaded ***stop error***’s regarding php5-filter and php5-zip ports. The output was as follows:

“Skipping ‘lang/php5-extensions’ (php5-extensions-1.3) because a requisite package ‘php5-zip-5.2.12’ (archivers/php5-zip)
failed (specify -k to force)
** Listing the failed packages (-:ignored / *:skipped / !:failed)
– devel/automake110 (port directory error)
– devel/automake19 (port directory error)
! devel/autoconf (autoconf-2.62) (install error)
* devel/autoconf (autoconf-2.67)
* lang/php5 (php5-pcre-5.2.12)
* lang/php5 (php5-spl-5.2.12)
! security/php5-filter (php5-filter-5.2.12) (missing header)
! archivers/php5-zip (php5-zip-5.2.12) (missing header)
* lang/php5-extensions (php5-extensions-1.3)”

At first, I needed to resolve the autoconf issue and a pkg_info *auto yeilded some interesting information-four different versions of each with separate wrappers. Apparently devel/autotools has had some ongoing cleanup taking place, which AHEM (yes, I make bonehead sysadmin mistakes too ;-), I failed to catch while reading the /usr/ports/UPDATING file prior to running portugrade… More »

While polling the microsoft exchange team site recently, I found this post about an internal tool the dev team has available to them, which recently has been made public. After a quick download and setup of RDCman, I was off and running. I exported my current list of servers straight out of “remote desktops” tool and directly into rdcman. Once some intitial editing was done for credentials to each server (we have two domains, each with different admin credentials), it was time to check it out.  More »

15. May 2010 · Write a comment · Categories: Blog

Well, I can’t believe it has been an entire year since I last posted on this blog. I have a ton of learning to convey and just haven’t had the time. On a personal note, I began taking care of two parents who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in mid 2008.  Trying to keep up with my own family (wife and two kids) and add to that all of my parent’s affairs, well my life has just been crazy. Thinking about blogging, but just never getting to it.

The VMWare cluster implementation is complete and I will add some posts about that. As I move towards a full IMAP to Exchange 2010 implementation, I will add posts regarding those processes as well.  I moved from my iPhone to Droid recently and quite honestly, will probably never go back . I will post my findings on that as well.

Stay tuned…

29. May 2009 · Write a comment · Categories: VMware

So, in a recent install of server core (2008) on our vmware cluster, I noticed that network driver support for the default enhanced vmxnet card is, of course, not included. Adding the drivers is very straight forward though and this is the process I followed. First, you will need the drivers contained within the default windows.iso file included in the vmware esx installation. You can find the windows.iso file in the /vmimages/tools-isoimages/ folder on the root of the esx server. More »

08. April 2009 · Write a comment · Categories: Blog

Frustrated by the lack of documentation by Adventnet on this topic, I decided to dig into and discover the proper procedure on installing an SSL certificate that would work for their ADManagerPlus application. Having some previous experience with Java certificate stores, I used that knowledge to complete the task. If you are like me, I tried to use Adventnet’s documentation but kept getting stuck on how to embed the Root CA correctly (knowing this from the fact that https revealed an untrusted certificate!). This is the process I followed to get ADManagerPlus working with our private Root CA…

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In my previous post I discussed the issue I resolved with Sendmail on FreeBSD 7. Since I am always testing different configurations with my setup on a test box, I discovered the deeper problem which involved a corrupted /usr/src. To resolve, I did the following…

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After years of running a legacy version of FreeBSD, I felt it was time for me to bring my web/mail server up to the latest version (7). At near completion, I had just my sendmail config to complete and was I ever surprised to find the lack of documentation for troubleshooting sendmail and FreeBSD 7!

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Ahh, so the woes of running Vista continue to pile up. As mentioned at the end of my previous post, I bought a laptop designed for Vista-which has proven to be more stable so far in the short run. But another nice little quirk I found with Vista is it just doesn’t like to attach to legacy wireless devices. On a recent trip to Seattle I found out just how bad it can be. More »

So this past weekend I decided to fire up my home system on the Vista drive that I configured some time ago. My primary system is a home-built AMD 4800+, 64×2, with 4 GB of RAM on an MSI Neo2 motherboard. I run a PCI-e promise RAID card that allows for my two 500GB SATA data drives to run in a mirror. I also have one 160 GB SATA drive which runs Vista Ultimate and a 250GB ATA drive that runs XP. I do most of my work on the XP drive but really like how UT2004 runs on Vista. More »