Working from home: scripting, BoKS and virtualization

2009-07-29 08:57:00

Given the fact that Marli can't currently provide the required care to Dana (due to her burnt hand), I've been working from home the past two days. With any luck Mar's hand will be healed by tonight and I'll get back to the office. In the mean time I've been scripting my ass off, getting more things done in two days than I usually do in a week. "I'm on a roll", as they say.

I had a list of five or six scripts that I wanted to write that work with FoxT's BoKS security software. Most of them are monitoring scripts that work with Tivoli (Nagios conversions coming up soon), with two sysadmin scripts to complete the set.

In order to test these scripts I'm setting up a test network, all with thanks to the wonders of Parallels Desktop. I admit that the 4GB of RAM in my Macbook is a bit anemic for running two Linux servers and a Solaris server, but it'll do for now. Maybe I ought to get a proper Powermac MacPro again. :)

Installing Solaris x86 in Parallels took a few tries, but I finally got it working, thanks to some tips found on the web.

* Give it a minimum of 512 MB RAM

* A small hard drive is fine, but don't set it to autoextend.

* Set 800x600 and 1024x768 as native display resolutions.

* Don't use the graphical/X11 installer, but go the console route.

EDIT:

This tutorial by Farhan Mashraqi was indispensable in getting the Realtek emulated network card to work under Solaris.


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