Some more Openfiler
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | Author: Ozzik

Heeeey….
It’s been almost two years since I wrote the last time. I guess I had nothing to say until now;)
No, that’s not true, just didn’t have the time or the energy.
But the last couple of days pushed me towards posting some more about Openfiler.

This project is quite controversial. On one hand, it’s good. It combines most of the features, stability and quality you want for the storage without paying a cent.
On the other hand, the dev team is odd. To say the least. Their thing is that they don’t talk to the users. They used to, but they don’t anymore.
They had promissed to release the version 3.0 about 3 years ago, since then they keep it silent.
Now, I totally understand the “it’ll be released when it’s ready” attitude, a lot of open source (and only) projects do that. But at least talk to your community, tell them approximately what’s going on, something.
A lot of people just said goodbye to the project because of this. But it doesn’t seem to effect the principle - to disregard the community.

Anyway, personally, when choosing the storage for the mid-size company I’m still choosing the OF, because I know it pretty well, it proved to be stable enough and it has all the features a company may need.
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Thoughts on G+
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

So Google+ is nearly 3 months old now. And I have an account for almost 3 months. But since this happened - I’m not so sure I wanna keep it.

Schmidt said that Google+ was built primarily as an identity service and that those worried about using their real names shouldn’t use the service

You see, I think that people are divided into 2 categories Internet-wise:
those that started to use the net before the year 2k and those that started after.
The age doesn’t matter. The Internet was different, and people’s attitude towards it was different. We can argue whether it was better or worse and enter the never-ending loop, but if there’s one thing I would need to point out - it would be anonymity.
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pfSense 2.0 is finally here!
Saturday, September 17th, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

I’ve been waiting for this release for a very long time. It took about 3 years of development.
Now, the other thing I’m waiting for from the team is the mysterious pfCenter, which is a centralized system for managing multiple pfSense installations. Scott does tweet about it here and there, mostly with some screenshots, but it seems like this project is being kept secret. Hope it will be out real soon.

Anyway, congrats to the team and to all the happy admins/users!
Download full version here or an update here.

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DNS resolving in Openfiler
Thursday, August 04th, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

Just a small issue I had today.
Since I run rsync scripts at night and get email about their execution, I noticed that email came with:

ssh: Could not resolve hostname SERVERNAME: Name or service not known
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes received so far) [receiver]
rsync error: unexplained error (code 255) at io.c(635) [receiver=3.0.3]

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Make firefox faster
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

While I understand the importance of the whole IPv6 thing, I think we’re not quite there yet and we’re definitely not supposed to suffer browsing the web!

So if you’re a firefox user, do yourself a favour:
about:config

network.dns.disableIPv6 

double click it to enable
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Google+ chrome extensions
Saturday, July 16th, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

How weird would that be if I wasn’t trying out the new Google+, being a tech guy and all.
And while I hate the concept of the social networking, I actually do like the new thing.

Why? Because it gives you the option to choose exactly how social you want to be. I won’t be covering the whole thing as many have done so already, but the option to create and manage the circles, choose what stream to read, follow whoever you want and all the sharing/privacy settings are really doing it for me. Plus, the beautiful interface is really nailing it.
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Organize your IT equipment with RackTables
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

Hey,
So I found a new toy to play around with: RackTables.
The purpose of this software is to help you organize your IT equipment, including servers, switches, routers, patch panels into visual racks.
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Expand RAID6 with 3ware and Openfiler
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 | Author: Ozzik

Hey,
Had some problems last week with expanding the RAID6 I have on a storage with Openfiler. This is what was needed to be done:
I have a storage with 16 hard drives for storage+2 for the OS. When I built it almost 3 years ago the idea was to have 1 RAID6 with 14 drives and 1 RAID1 with 2 drives obviously. Don’t ask me why - it was stupid to begin with and thus was never really used (the RAID1 that is). But came the time when we needed that additional space of 2 drives and the decision was to cancel the RAID1 and add the spare drives to the main RAID6, expanding the existing space.

The RAID controller is 3ware 9650se and after reading the manual it seemed pretty simple: delete the RAID1, have the spare drives and do the RAID6 migration to include them. After the initialization(is this the right word?) I was supposed to have the 25-26TB of space instead of the existing 22.
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Elegant Gnome Pack
Sunday, December 12th, 2010 | Author: Ozzik

Finally, after 6 years of using Linux, found a satisfying theme pack: Elegant Gnome Pack
The only problem that I have with it is the gray icons that look very much the same - a bit confusing. Otherwise, been using it for about a month now - absolutely great, easy on the eyes, very elegant. 2 thumbs up!

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Dealing with winmail.dat on Linux
Friday, October 08th, 2010 | Author: Ozzik

Hey,
if you’re a bit old-fashioned like me you’re still using a desktop mail client like Thunderbird and not web interface, like Gmail.
But sometimes there are glitches. And while some of them are client related, others are well - MS fault.
Like this one. For some time now I’ve been getting some emails from the same source with an attached winmail.dat file. There was no way to open it and frankly, knowing the source, I didn’t care too much.
But a few days ago I logged in to Gmail’s web interface and saw the actual file behind it - it was a pdf. Now, when I can’t get a pdf by email, I start to get a bit nervous. So I googled it and came to a conclusion that it’s, of course, MS fault. See, their outlook sends out some emails in tnef format, which can’t be read by some clients.

There are few solutions. For every OS actually. Some are scripts, some are add-ons, some are apps. At first I installed the tnef program from the repositories in Ubuntu, but it did nothing, so instead of starting digging I just installed the LookOut add-on for Thunderbird and voila! I see the original pdf as the attachment.
Now, in case it doesn’t work for you, maybe you should try this:
http://blog.andrewbeacock.com/2007/07/opening-winmaildat-tnef-files-in.html

Hope it helps!

Ozzik.

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