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Hacking NIS+ and BoKS

2004-11-17 18:25:00

Holy moly, what a weekend! I can tell you guys right now that the procedure I wrote for switching NIS+ master servers is NOT fool proof! We had planned to only take about four hours at a max, for switching both NIS+ and BoKS over to a new master server. Unfortunately it turned out that we would only get to spend one hour on switching NIS+ until things went horribly sour.

In the end I spent a total of eightteen hours in the office on Saturday and Sunday. I'll spare you the gory details for now (I'll incorporate them in version 2.0 of the master switch procedure).

But God, what a weekend! And the way it looks now we'll be repeating it in a week or so...

Aniwho... I'm still trying to put as much time as possible into my work for the convention, but it's going slowly. I plan on spending every free minute of coming thursday on my Foundation work though. That should get me along the way nicely.


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Moving NIS+ to a new master server

2004-11-15 20:14:00

Finally got round to writing the "Switch to a new master" procedure for NIS+. This procedure is damn handy when you want to move your current NIS+ root master to new hardware. This is something that we'll be doing at my employer on the 20th of November, so I'll keep you guys posted. I'll also be sure to update the procedure should anything go wrong :]


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Additions to the Sysadmin section

2004-11-15 19:17:00

More expansion in the UNIX Sysadmin section! I've added procedures for initialising new NIS+ clients and for switching NIS+ over to a new master server.


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Writing more articles

2004-11-11 21:55:00

The way things are looking right now I'll be writing a whole series of articles for the discerning system admin :) As you know I finished an article on the crafting of proposals a week or so ago. Now I'm also planning to do articles on "keeping personal and project plannings" and on "catastrophe management".

I'll also be using my lovely Powermac G5 for something completely new today! At the office we lost two passwords for NIS+ credentials and luckily we managed to retrieve what we _think_ are the encrypted passwords strings. So now I'll try and use John the Ripper to crack the passwords. I've no clue how long this'll take and I hope I can get things finished before the 20th. 'Cause that's when I need the damn passwords :)


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Reviewing NIS+ books

2004-11-11 19:51:00

I've added a little review page for books on the topic of NIS+, since that's something I'm currently very into at the office.


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How to write proposals

2004-11-01 09:33:00

Version 2.0 of my tutorial on writing proposals is available from the menu now. Share and enjoy!


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