Monthly Archives: August 2008

Football

Easy win over Georgia Southern

The University of Georgia Bulldogs move to 1 and 0 in an easy win over Georgia Southern.  After what happened with Appalachian State last year with Michigan this one actually had me a bit concerned.  But a 45-21 win eased those concerns.  Likely to continue at #1…

Articles and Books

Steve Jobs Lives

Since it’s the weekend, let’s leave the tech stuff out and just roll with something kinda’ funny – or not…  How creepy would it be to read your own obituary?!?!?

http://gawker.com/5042795/bloomberg-runs-steve-jobss-obituary

Mac OS X Mac OS X Server

Mac OS X Server: Group Quota's

Group Quotas enable limitation of how much data a given group can write to a volume.  The .quota.group file at the root of a given volume can be used to control quota settings. 

Note: the .quota.group file is hidden (as can be seen from the leading . in the filename.

The edquota command can be used to enable Group Quotas on a per-volume basis.  In this regard it is important to remember that an AFP mount is considered a volume to the client systems.  Each different AFP Share Point is a separate volume to the client system.  

Mac OS X Mac OS X Server

Mac OS X: SetFile

A couple of months ago I wrote about Using SetFile to Make Files Invisible. But today I’m going to discuss using it to change a few other attributes of a file. The options for SetFile include:
SetFile -a can change attributes of a file, such as visibility, locked status, etc.
SetFile -c can change the creator of the file
SetFile -d can change the creation date of the file
SetFile -m can change the modification date of the file
SetFile -t can change the file type

So let’s look at using some of these other options. First let’s take a file called logo.png on my Desktop (~/Desktop) and let’s change out that creator. To do so, we’re going to simply cd into the directory with SetFile in it (/System/Library/ServerSetup in OS X Server) and run:
./SetFile -c charles ~/Desktop/logo.png.

Now we’re going to go ahead and change out the creation date of the file using:
./SetFile -d 01/01/2000 ~/Desktop/logo.png

Now check the GetInfo on the Finder to see if it worked. Now let’s move on to changing the last modification date to be the same as the creation date:
./SetFile -m 01/01/2000 ~/Desktop/logo.png

To check, let’s just look at:
ls -al ~/Desktop/logo.png
-rw-r–r–@ 1 cedge staff 9096 Jan 1 2000 /Users/cedge/Desktop/logo.png

Note: We didn’t change the owner by changing the creator…

Final Cut Server Mac OS X Server

Final Cut Server: Stops Making Proxies

If Final Cut Server stops making proxies for you then check the Qmaster app in Activity Monitor. If it’s red then Force Quit it and it should fire back up immediately. If it does so repeatedly then reinstall Qmaster. If you want to script it then it’s qmasterprefs -restart in /usr/sbin. Seems to be happening more than it should…

Windows XP

New BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager Release

The new BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager v1.0.1 is now available at:

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/#tab_tab_web_desktop

Windows Server

Windows Server: Pick What Goes into AD Next

What you would like to see in the next version of Active Directory Users and Computers? This is a great opportunity for you to provide feedback and help ensure that the features you want make it into ADUC’s next version. If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested in participating, and can make it to Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington for a two-hour study session, e-mail us at itusable@microsoft.com with ADUC in the subject line.

Mac OS X Ubuntu

Ubuntu: Installing Netatalk

Netatalk is an Open Source implementation of AFP. To get Netatalk you have to perform a custom build from the source code.  To start: open system -> Administration -> Software Sources. Check the Source Code Box then click on close and click reload.

Then open a terminal and type the following commands:

sudo apt-get build-dep netatalk

sudo apt-get install cracklib2-dev fakeroot libssl-dev

sudo apt-get source netatalk

cd netatalk-2*

Next build the Netatalk package using:

sudo DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=ssl dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

sudo dpkg -i ~/netatalk_2*.deb

echo “netatalk hold” | sudo dpkg –set-selections

That’s it.  

Windows Server

Windows Server: Who Deleted My Frickin' OU?!?!

Well, we knew it was possible, but we didn’t know anyone would actually do it.  Based on the title here, you probably already know that someone deleted a whole OU.  Given that about 6-7 people could have done it and none were owning up of course you’re gonna’ get forced to figure out who it was.  Well, let’s get started then.  

First, restore the OU.  To do this we’re gonna’ use the ldp.exe utility from the Windows Server 2003 Support Tools.  THen we’re going to open it up and click on the Connection menu and connect to your DC (and authenticate as a Domain Admin or above of course).  Then click on the Options menu -> Controls ->Load Predefined -> Return Deleted Objects -> Control Type -> Server -> OK.  Then View -> Tree -> enter the DN for the missing container (eg if it’s the Users container of 318.com that would be cn=Users, dc=318, dc=com).  Now right-click the OU -> Modify.  Click isDeleted -> Delete -> Enter.  If it’s not present, add lastKnownParent value and paste DN in Values.  Click Operations -> Replace -> Enter -> Synchronous -> Extended -> Run.  Then, click Controls -> Options -> Check Out.

Whew, but you’re not done yet.  Now you have to reset passwords, profile settings, home directories and group memberships.  Then re-enable them.  YAY!  So by now you’ve got to want to figure out who did this.  So let’s do so.

First make sure the 2003 Resource Kit Tools are installed.  To start grab the objectGUID.  Then type:

repadmin /showmeta GUID=<YOUR GUID HERE> <FQDN DOMAIN NAME>

Now look for that isDeleted attribute we got rid of earlier.  This will tell you which DC it came from and you can comb through the logs there using the time stamp from your repadmin command.  Good luck and may God have mercy on their soul.

Windows Server

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition: Cluster Problems

MSDTC failing over repeatedly.  Not good.  Look in error logs and find this lovely ditty:

The cluster resource could not be brought online by the resource monitor.

Turns out someone added the resource without assigning a name to a dependent disk.  What to do?  Open diskmgmt.msc -> right-click unnamed volume -> Assign the follwing Drive Letter -> OK

Restart and you should be OK…