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About mark

At work, been working on Tandems for around 30yrs (programming + sysadmin), plus AIX and Solaris sysadmin also thrown in during the last 20yrs; also about 5yrs on MVS (mainly operations and automation but also smp/e work). At home I have been using linux for decades. Programming background is commercially in TAL/COBOL/SCOBOL/C(Tandem); 370 assembler(MVS); C, perl and shell scripting in *nix; and Microsoft Macro Assembler(windows).

Jellyfin media server, and using remote disks

Have I mentioned I have discovered Jellyfin ? Everyone wants their own home media server to avoid having to locate that elusive DVD you want to watch again, which may have degraded to the point it is unwatchable anyway so … Continue reading

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Apache Guacamole terminal server – self hosted

Apache Guacamole is a terminal server you can run in-house to provide access to pretty much any server you are running using nothing but a web-browser. It can be installed onto a physical host or VM, or run as docker … Continue reading

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Accessing EXT4 drives from Windows10

People are stil asking how to do this in forums today; presumably mostly dual boot uses that want to look at their Linux partiton. This post is primarily for EXT4 filesystems as those are the ones used when installed supplied … Continue reading

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Setting up a DNS (dnsmasq) server for your home network

First a what this post is and is not. It covers only using dnsmasq. Who this post is for It is is primarily for people that have a lot of VMs running in their home network and are finding the … Continue reading

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I have upgraded a few machines from Alma8.7 to 9.2 – my notes

I saw Alma had 9.2 available this month so decided to upgrade my 8.7 versions. My old sledgehammer method of “dnf distro-sync –releasever=nn” did not work for this. It may have if I had spent months resolving conflicting packages but … Continue reading

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Been a long while since I posted anything, the real world has been keeping me too busy. But here are a few things that have been irritating me lately. Will hackers ever go away There was an article on the … Continue reading

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When puppetserver master CA expires

One issue with puppetserver CE is; the damn CA and key expire OK. That is obviously a good idea; but it is a real pain to sort out. Everything here is for puppetserver version 7.8.0 and puppet agents at versions … Continue reading

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Writing Ansible modules using bash instead of python

If any of you have been paying attention I have lately been looking into ansible. First a disclaimer, I use ‘puppetserver’ and puppet agents as since they moved away from Ruby to their own scripting language which is pretty much … Continue reading

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Quick install of AWX (ansible-tower upstream) into Docker

AWX is the upstream open source project for ansible-tower. If you are interested in ansible-tower it is obviously a good starting point, as it is the starting point for ansible-tower. It is also free to use, not just free as … Continue reading

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Differences between Docker and Kubernetes from a container viewpoint

This post is not about the differences between Docker and Kubernetes; it is about the differences needed for containers. And why you should not expect any container from dockerhub.io to run under Kubernetes. The main difference discussed here is that … Continue reading

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