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Cisco ASA Site to Site VPN with dynamic IP addresses

Today’s problem is a new customer office opening ahead of their scheduled MPLS installation. We need to connect them back into their VPN via their existing hosted Cisco ASA. The internet connection at the new office is at this point … Continue reading

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Basic WebVPN setup on the Cisco ASA 9.x

We have resisted the change for a long time, bit its time to finally move some of our customers over to the SSL VPN who were previously using the IPSec Remote Access VPN. Windows 10 does not support the IPSec client … Continue reading

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Upgrading MySQL on CentOS 6

I’ve been migrating a web site from a community web server to a dedicated 30:30 server running CentOS, Apache, MySQL and PHP. The issue is that CentOS stopped updating MySQL at version 5.1 in the CentOS 6 track and the … Continue reading

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Retro fitting httpd-itk to a CentOS Apache setup

I have a few CentOS servers which despite being dedicated server are being managed by web developers who want to do the whole thing with an FTP client. This is fine, however I needed to install and configure httpd-itk so … Continue reading

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Cisco periodic reboot using perl

A request to reboot a Cisco ASA every week came in today. Under Cisco IOS there is a kron which would accommodate us here, however there appears to be no such thing under the ASA OS (is it still called … Continue reading

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Using apachetop with a Community Server

Having just installed apachetop on a community server to get an overview of what sites are busy on the server, I needed to create a single log file to read. Adding a line into each Apache stanza was simple but … Continue reading

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VMware VDP Appliances – they don’t write, they don’t call

It seems that since the summertime changeover, none of our VDP appliances have been reporting home with an email each day. I let this go for a bit as I was busy with other things, but after a while you … Continue reading

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MySQL ZFS snapshot restoration

Since yesterdays test on ZFS snapshots, we now have 25 snapshots in the snapshot archive which can be seen below. # cd /DATA/mysql/.zfs/snapshot/ # ls -lah total 36 dr-xr-xr-x 21 root wheel 21B Oct 16 21:00 . dr-xr-xr-x 4 root … Continue reading

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Using ZFS snapshots to keep MySQL backups

Whilst at a customer site the other day the question was raised over how they could keep a fair volume of backups of a MySQL database off site, while minimising bandwidth and disk space. So the usual ‘moon on a … Continue reading

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Converting Cisco 877 from ADSL to FTTC

Normally when we deploy FTTC to a client in an MPLS VPN we use the Cisco 887 and bypass the BT installed VDSL modem. On this occasion the client is already fully kitted out with Cisco 877 routers and is … Continue reading

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