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Solaris 10 Service Management

solaris 10

Under the Solaris 10 system – or the open Solaris as well,
the service management have been upgraded, and there are great new tools to handle the sysadmin
work on the services.

The long detailed explanation can be found here:
Solaris Service Management Facility – Quickstart Guide

But for the fast paced sysadmin – here is the short version :)

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Searching For All Your Info At Once

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In this age when all our information is exposed to the world,
our images are floating everywhere and you don’t know anymore where and what is written about us,
the good people at HoHli have created a new search page that will gather all your information at one place,
showing you details about yourself or anyone else from many social networks and search engines at once.

output comes from:

  • Blogger
  • Myspace
  • Google Images and search
  • Yahoo Images and search
  • Digg
  • Twitter
  • and more …

Searching for yonitg information:

A little scary seeing all that information out there.

Go ahead, search for your name at:

put a comment here with how much details you found about yourselves that you didn’t know was out there :)

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solaris 10 and vnc

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VNC is a server client method of connecting to a remote server,
the great thing about vnc is that you can see the remote server desktop, and work on it with a mouse just like its your local desktop.
another good thing about vnc is that its free for use for many distros.

There are main 2 major software companies that supply free vnc server and vnc cllient,
the first is realvnc and the second is tightvnc , from the tighvnc site:

TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. TightVNC is:

  • free for both personal and commercial usage, with full source code available (GPL-licensed);
  • useful in remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes;
  • cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.

So these are 2 options for you to download a good free vnc viewer.

Solaris VNCserver configuration

and I say only viewer because now the Solaris 10 build 5 comes with the vncserver alredy inside.
all you need to do is to configure it.

This page on the SUN site will give you the detailed explanation on how to do things and what security patch you need to install fisrt ,but the instructions can be summed up in 4 lines:

mkdir -p /etc/dt/config

cp /usr/dt/config/Xservers    /etc/dt/config/Xservers

edit this file “/etc/dt/config/Xservers” and add these lines at the end:

:1  Local local_uid@none root /usr/X11/bin/Xvnc :1 -nobanner -AlwaysShared -SecurityTypes None -geometry 1024x768x24 -depth 24
:2  Local local_uid@none root /usr/X11/bin/Xvnc :2 -nobanner -AlwaysShared -SecurityTypes None -geometry 1024x768x24 -depth 24
:3  Local local_uid@none root /usr/X11/bin/Xvnc :3 -nobanner -AlwaysShared -SecurityTypes None -geometry 1024x768x24 -depth 24
And reboot the server.

The lines with the :1 :2 etc at the beginning, are the virtual displays you wish to server to have available for connections, you can add more by changing the numbers to :4 :5 etc.

when connecting to the server with the vnc viewer you need to express to which virtual display you want to connect by adding it to end of the server’s name or ip:

If you want to connect to virtual display number 3.

A security note – this configuration will allow passwordless access to the vnc screen – if someone logs in and leaves it open – the next user can just enter without a login.

A safer configuration is to require a password by using the -SecurityTypes VncAuth parameter. The Xvnc(1) man page describes password requirements.

VNC and Security

The vnc as a general is clear text, for a more secure connection there is a method of tunneling the vnc through a ssh session.
2 nice tutorials for vnc through ssh can be found here and here.
the second tutorial is using putty for the ssh connection – putty is another great freeware,
its a free ssh client for windows to connect to ssh servers.

If the server you wish to connect to through vnc is located withing your lan,
and you are relaxed about security for the users on it – if its a training server etc ,
you can just setup the vncserver without any safeguards,
but if you are connecting through an unsecured medium (AKA the internet)
you better add the ssh layer to it.

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Solution for Windows 7 samba connection problem


A fresh install of windows 7 might have a problem with samba shares,

if you setup samba logging you will see errors like this:

[2009/08/26 09:15:53, 3] smbd/connection.c:yield_connection(76)
yield_connection: tdb_delete for name  failed with error Record does not exist.
[2009/08/26 09:15:53, 3] smbd/server.c:exit_server(614)

although the user was able to connect from a different PC with a different operating system.

I found this great solution for the samba connection problem,

and to break it to a few simple steps:

  1. from the run command or from a cmd window run secpol.msc
  2. go to “Local Policies” -> “Security Options” -> “Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level”
  3. change to “LM and NTLM – use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated”
  4. Press the OK button

This solution worked just fine on a fresh windows 7 install.

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Linux Hardware Info

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Finding information about the hardware installed on your Linux server is easier then you might think.
The Linux server comes installed with some very nice command line tools to help you list all the linux hardware information you need.
lets start with the basic tool: dmesg

Startup Log

you can either run the command dmesg or read the log itself at: “cat /var/log/dmesg”

this logs will show you the bootup process messages your Linux server had sent out in its last boot, and all the hardware it had recognized. a lot more info is listed – for example the network card running state:

[root@localhost /]# dmesg | grep eth
eth0: registered as PCnet/FAST III 79C973
eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex
eth0: no IPv6 routers present

this command gives you the network card status and if its in full or half duplex mode, for example.

List PCI Devices

the command lspci will list your PCI devices on your system – mainly information about which motherboard is installed, what is your network card maker and which video device.
sample output:

[root@localhost /]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440FX – 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II]
00:01.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: InnoTek Systemberatung GmbH VirtualBox Graphics Adapter
00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] 79c970 [PCnet32 LANCE] (rev 40)

List Bios Info

the command dmidecode will list the SMBios info,
which should give you a lot of details on the installed Bios – but its not 100% reliable,
it wont only tell you what exactly is installed, but it might also tell you whats the fastest CPU that can be attached to the mother board, not what really is there.
a sample output:

Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 20 bytes.
BIOS Information
Vendor: innotek GmbH
Version: VirtualBox
Release Date: 12/01/2006
Address: 0xE0000
Runtime Size: 128 kB
ROM Size: 128 kB
ISA is supported
PCI is supported
Boot from CD is supported
Selectable boot is supported
8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
ACPI is supported

List All Your Linux Hardware Devices

a very thorough listing of all the devices attached to the computer including the Plug-n-Play devices is listed through the command lshal, for example everything you wanted to know about my mouse and more:

udi = ‘/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pnp_PNP0f03′
info.udi = ‘/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pnp_PNP0f03′  (string)
linux.subsystem = ‘pnp’  (string)
linux.hotplug_type = 1  (0x1)  (int)
info.product = ‘Microsoft PS/2-style Mouse’  (string)
pnp.description = ‘Microsoft PS/2-style Mouse’  (string) = ‘PNP0f03′  (string)
info.linux.driver = ‘i8042 aux’  (string)
info.parent = ‘/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/computer’  (string)
info.bus = ‘pnp’  (string)
linux.sysfs_path_device = ‘/sys/devices/pnp0/00:04′  (string)
linux.sysfs_path = ‘/sys/devices/pnp0/00:04′  (string)

Test Harddisk Transfer Speed

this cute command line will tell you whats your hard-disk speed is, of course you need to know what hard-disks you have first:

[root@localhost /]# hdparm -t -T /dev/hda
Timing cached reads:   7680 MB in  1.99 seconds = 3868.01 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads:  148 MB in  3.00 seconds =  49.33 MB/sec

USB Devices

just like lspci the command lsusb will list your USB devices:

[root@localhost /]# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

So these are some good command line tools to list all you Linux Hardware info, but check out my post about Linux Server Information which explains how to use cfg2html to easily extract all this information and more at once.

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proxy settings for the command line


When using applications from the command line,
you will sometimes need to setup a specific proxy for them to use, if you don’t have a direct access to the Internet from the server you are working on.

in some of these application you can setup this through the app switches itself, but simpler apps just use the system network settings.

to fix this you can first check what current settings you have now with:

ENV | grep -i proxy

this should show you the current proxy settings you have.

to add your own settings do:

export http_proxy=”http://<proxy-server-ip>:<port>”
export ftp_proxy=”http://<proxy-server-ip>:<port>”

for example:

export http_proxy=”″

after that, just run your command line app, it should pick up and use these settings.



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