Putting the Why in Documentation

I work as a Linux Sysadmin (among many other non-official titles) in a small group that mainly provides services. We run wireless and student computing labs across a whole campus, but other than that (and most of that) is just back-end systems - web servers, RADIUS, DHCP, etc. As a result …

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Short Update

Just a short update… I know I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, but I hope to get back into the habit of doing so… or even making daily posts like I had wanted.

  1. The truck that was totaled has been replaced with a newer, nicer one.
  2. I …
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Truck Totaled

Since so many people seem to have missed all of the communications via facebook (well, I can’t blame them, I spend less time there every time they make an “improvement”), I guess I should give in and post something to my usually-so-professional blog, explaining a bit about what happened …

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DHCP Debugging and Handy TCPdump filters

Recently at $WORK we’ve been having some strange issues with a particular Xen VM not getting DHCP. Traditional (tail -f dhcpd.log) debugging hasn’t turned up much, other than the server is getting the DISCOVER but not sending out an OFFER. I’ve turned to packet captures to …

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Apache catchall vhost

As mentioned in one of my recent posts, I occasionally have to setup catchall pages in Apache. The general idea is usually that I either want a vhost that serves one page for any conceivable request, or that I moved something and want to alert the visitor, but provide a …

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