Category: How-Tos


Installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10

If you’re thinking about virtualizing your IT environment but you don’t necessarily have a lot of budget/money to do it with, here are a few tips that may help you on your way.

Most of us already know about VMware‘s offering of VMware Server for free. This, coupled with some great open-sourced operating systems can make for some pretty efficient hypervisors. Continue reading » Installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10

Installing webmin on Ubuntu 7.10

Recently, I’ve discovered a very neat tool for administering some of my linux servers. It is called webmin, and it may be one of the more complete web based system administration tools I have seen for linux. Continue reading » Installing webmin on Ubuntu 7.10

Bart's Boot CD with Broadcom NetXtreme 57XX Gigabit Controller

Are you having problems getting Bart’s Boot CD to recognize the Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller network interface card?

I work with some Dell computers (models: Optiplex SX280, Optiplex GX620, Precision 690 and Precision 370) that have this NIC and the current version of Bart’s Boot CD is unable to recognize it. The automatic NIC detection fails with a message to the effect of “could not find any device, you can try manually selecting a driver” (sorry, I can’t remember the exact error). Continue reading » Bart's Boot CD with Broadcom NetXtreme 57XX Gigabit Controller

A Virtual Visit from Paul Wouters

Soon after posting yesterday’s blog entry, How To: VPN Between RV082 (or RV042) and WRT54GL (or WRT54G), I received a comment from Paul Wouters:

Use dpdaction=restart

btw yout ike/ipsec lifetimes are insanely short. you should not do that. leave them default, and the shortest one of the other device will be used.

Paul, if you’re reading this, thanks for the tips!

I wasn’t sure how I could have missed that useful dpdaction=restart setting so I went back and checked the ipsec.conf man page this morning. Sure enough, the dpdaction=restart setting was missing from the man page. That’s why I missed it! See! I did RTFM!

Anyway, I did some googling to find out more about dpdaction=restart and I came across this Openswan mailing list message, authored by none other than Paul Wouters: Continue reading » A Virtual Visit from Paul Wouters

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