More in relation to self-hosting – eXtplorer

Pretty nifty interface, easy install and allows you to upload/download files via the browser – http://extplorer.sourceforge.net/

UPDATE: Changed to ajaxplorer – cleaner interface, maintained project and couple of nifty options like download directly from URL – http://ajaxplorer.info/

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Mac Tips

I got myself a Mac Mini and have started setting it up, tentatively as a HTPC.

So far, what I have noted is:

– File Sharing –  For file share to work across Windows and Mac (System Preferences->Sharing->Options, you have to select the Windows Compatible option Share using SMB (Windows).

– iTunes doesn’t play .avi files, I will check Plex next.

Handy tips/tricks:

– Add a “Open Terminal option to folder menu in Finder – http://blog.leenarts.net/2009/09/03/open-service-here/

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Update Red Hat Linux 5.5 with CentOS packages

I don’t have a subscription to us the Red Hat repo so this is what I tried, adapting the instructions at http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/red-hat-31/how-to-update-redhat-from-centos-repos-696783/.

– Rename /etc/yum.repos.d/rhel….repo file

– Create /etc/yum.repos.d/centos.repo with the following content

############################################################
## ##
## RedHat EL5 using CentOS 5 repos. ##
## i386 ##
############################################################
[base]
name=Red Hat Linux – Base
#mirrorlist=http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/repodata/
baseurl=http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/i386/
enabled = 1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://mirror.centos.org/centos/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5
#priority=1

#released updates
[updates]
name=Red Hat Linux – Updates
#mirrorlist=http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5.3/updates/i386/repodata/
baseurl=http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/updates/i386/
enabled = 1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://mirror.centos.org/centos/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5
#priority=1

#released addons
[addons]
name=Red Hat Linux – addons
#mirrorlist=http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5.3/addons/i386/repodata/
baseurl=http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/addons/i386/
enabled = 0
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://mirror.centos.org/centos/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5
#priority=1

#released Sources
[SRPMS]
name=Red Hat Linux – SRPMS
#mirrorlist=
baseurl=ttp://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5/os/SRPMS/
enabled = 1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://mirror.centos.org/centos/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5
#priority=1
################## EOF ################################

mkdir /var/cache/yum/centos

download the public key from
http://mirror.centos.org/centos/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5

rpm –import RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5

And from my own limited experience, it works! I’ll post back if I find any issues further down the line.

Self Hosted Web Applications

I have been looking around for a replacement for iGoogle for a while now and have tried several mainstream alternatives, amongst others Netvibes and Evernotes, and none of them really suited me. After scrutinizing what I was using iGoogle for, I realized that I was using mostly the “My Listy” widget and decided to focus my search on that. Available services in that light don’t seem to offer a simple and lightweight solution for this so I started looking at self-hosted solutions. Owncloud doesn’t do a great job to simply add/edit/delete notes and I ended up trying 2 options – myTinyToDo (http://www.mytinytodo.net/) and Shaarli (http://sebsauvage.net/wiki/doku.php?id=php:shaarli) on my own server.

So far, my favorite is myTinyToDo, it looks nice and does everything I want it to do. Shaarli has a lot more features but nothing I would really need… More to come once I spend time with both services!

Remoting into Mac OSX Snow Leopard (10.6)

I am trying to remote from a Windows 7 laptop and am using RealVNC Viewer on the Windows side to connect. I had read that the default Screen Sharing (System Preferences->Sharing->Screen Sharing) would enable the built-in VNC server but that didn’t work for me. Instead, I installed Vine Server (from http://www.testplant.com/support/downloads/vine/) – free, easy as a breeeze to set up and get to start at boot and connection worked first time!

I then built on that by setting the connection up in Guacamole so I access a web page served by Guacamole running on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine which itself connects to the Mac via VNC and the speed is actually pretty decent considering I am testing on the laptop on wireless. The idea is that I would be able to access the Mac via a web interface on my LAN from any machine without any additional software required.

Posted in Mac

Patching a Home ESXi server

Steps to follow to patch ESXi server – not that easy to figure out from looking at the vmware site!

  • Finding Patches

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/02/understanding-esxi-patches-finding-patches.html

esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/[DATASTORE]/[PATCH_FILE].zip

Note:command for VMware vSphere CLI uses https protocol, not http as per doc and code example for tool

VMWare ESXi and WSX

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/wsx

Nice piece of kit in theory – allows for day-today VM management tasks (start/shutdown + screen share) via web interface without having to install vCenter.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work against my ESXi 5.0 install. It logs in fine (type IP address ONLY, no port number), I can see my VMs … and as soon as I try to take any action, I get a message “Connection disconnected”. I haven’t been able to find any information on the issue.