Ottawa Valley SAGE

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Mar 10, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

ovSAGE Meeting

Title: ovSAGE Meeting Location: The Pythian Group, St. Laurent Mall, Ottawa Link out: Click here Description: This is the March meeting for Ottawa Valley SAGE. This month we will be continuing the setup and install of a virtualized system to act as a mail, web, pop, imap, webmail server. We will also be looking at kickstart, PXE boot for installation and once we have finished all of this, puppet and nagios for configuration management and monitoring

Mar 8, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

And the fun continues...

Something I had noticed a couple of posts ago was bothering me today and I decided to search out the problem and see if there was a fix for it. The problem being the tags for a post were no longer working. I had used them for the first post, but when I decided to use them a couple of posts ago, no luck. I ignored it as something to look at later and when I posted my HDD woes, the tags were still broken.

Mar 8, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

Ottawa Area Security Klatch

Title: Ottawa Area Security Klatch Location: Microsoft Canada, 100-152 Queen St., Ottawa, ON, Canada Link out: Click here Description: Talk #1: DNS Security: The Seven Deadliest Sins Speaker: Derrick Webber A vulnerable DNS allows attackers to compromise everything else in the organization: your web sites, servers, SSL, VPNs, even desktops. This short presentation covers the very worst mistakes in the design and operation of the Domain Name Service and how to fix them.

Mar 7, 2010 - 4 minute read - Comments

Fun with Technology...

Well, not so much fun… Tuesday last week, I guess there was a power bump or some such event and my main drive on my mac decided to take a nose dive. I should have expected this, as the power is not exactly the most stable in this neck of the woods. I do have backups, but I was lazy the past 2 months and didn’t do a backup. Time machine isn’t quite suitable (no real control) and I haven’t bothered anything beyond a full dump at intervals and that takes time.

Mar 3, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments


Well, registration for the site doesn’t automatically give you the ability to create articles, just to comment. As I didn’t have to register, I didn’t notice. I have upgraded access for the current members and if it doesn’t work, leave a comment for me.

Feb 25, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments


I have a friend who has decided to get a new computer. The old one just doesn’t seem to be able to handle the load on it. This is rather amusing, as the “load” is the use of a web browser. I asked and that is pretty much the sum of the computer use. I guess there may be a game of solitaire in there somewhere, but that is supposedly the entire sum of the computer’s existence.

Feb 22, 2010 - 3 minute read - Comments

Highly amusing... and so true!

Matt Simmons sent a tweet this morning regarding today’s xkcd comic. His observation was that it would make a large number of sysadmin blogs and I’d have to agree. The rest of his commentary from his blog is also quite apt. I remember having this discussion at the LISA conference multiple times, specifically the hero complex and how dangerous it is to stability and reliability for all the reasons listed.

Feb 21, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

Once more, a new system

As I have been promising, I have finally pushed the new site live. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to migrate data and users from the old site, so I will be bringing over the users from the old site. If you are impatient, register again and I’ll avoid duplicating you. Due to a difference in the password encoding mechanisms used, you will have to use the lost password feature to get a new one.