Adding Now button to Zabbix 4.4

One of the many reasons I have held onto Zabbix 3.0 LTS is because the now function in maintenance windows. This is very useful when I need to put something into maintenance for a specific time period. The lack of this has held me off for many years from wanting to upgrade. Finally I got …

Mysterious Account Lockouts

TLDR: Use PsExec and run “cmdkey /list” on affected systems. Occurs from a combination of saved credentials, DFS/domain accessing when installing software. This was a case of a very odd account lockout that lead me to a cause I’ve never seen from Windows. Normally account lockouts are fairly simple to resolve, usually it is a …

Managing Watchguard Firmware

Watchguard has two ways to upgrade the firmware. One is from the web UI and the other via Firebox System Manager. I prefer the System Manager, but when you download the firmware it runs an installer. This is leaving my programs list full of firmware update packages. Lots of clutter that Watchguard could easily fix …

Auto-decline “Preview of Monthly Updates”

In WSUS it isn’t very easy to clear on how to automatically decline updates based on more criteria than what you get out of the box.  Luckily with powershell we can get around this.  Using a scheduled task to execute powershell.exe with a -file parameter, I was able to decline the “Preview of Monthly Quality …

Zabbix 3.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 with Percona

After upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04, I couldn’t get Zabbix to run and was receiving the following

To fix this I needed to symlink the perconaclient library to the mysql client libraries that Zabbix was expecting.

 

SMF 2.0 with PHP 7

SMF does not officially support running version 2.0.x with PHP 7.0.  This is due to PHP removing the mysql library in favor of more secure MySQLi library.  To get around this if you have root access to your server, you could manually build in the old mysql library functions.  Or you know, build compatibility functions.  I’m …

Fixing stuck Exchange delegated access

Recently ran into an issue where an admin account had stuck delegated access to user accounts.  Even after removing the access the admin would still see the user account showing in Outlook.  Force updating the Offline Address Book and others didn’t fix it.  PowerShell showed that the admin account was still there with deny permissions …

WordPress won’t update

I’ve had issues with WordPress failing to update.  After searching forever and manually updating myself for months, I found the problem.  Check the /wp-contents/upgrade folder for any files.  A previous failed upgrade to core, themes or plugins will stay there and silently cause WordPress to fail to update without any notices.  Further more WordPress doesn’t …

LetsEncrypt Nginx SSL Sites

I got my hands on the LetsEncrypt beta and already testing it out.  Incase it wasn’t obvious, if you have sites that are SSL only (I have a few subdomains which do not operate on http/port 80), you will need to set them up.  Here is a quick example of how I adjusted my Nginx …