Category Archives: SysAdmin

Systems Administrator related stuff – techie stuff.

Change SciTE’s default open filter from “All Source” to “All Files”

Posting this mainly to keep it for myself, but making it public to benefit anyone else looking for it as well. By default, SciTE‘s open dialog box is set to “All Source,” which means to show a list of all files it considers “source files” (files that contain program source code.) I wanted my copy of SciTE to display “All… Read more »

Fix VolumeUp|VolumeDown|Mute/Unmute keyboard keys in Lubuntu

Mostly for my own reference; to get the Volume Up/Volume Down/{Mute|Unmute} keys to work on my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 in Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE/Openbox), I had to modify the lubuntu-rc.xml file to indicate the correct commands to execute when those keys were pressed. Initially, I thought that the system wasn’t identifying the keys correctly, so I was using… Read more »

OpenSSH internal-sftp chroot logging on Ubuntu

I’m putting this here mainly to store it for myself, so these are going to be rough notes until I have time or inclination to review and edit this post. Note: this solution was formulated on a server running Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS To setup sftp chroot directories for sftp-only users, and yet still log all actions & transfers like… Read more »

Import Xen VM from .xva file via cmd-line or GUI

Importing a Xen VM from a .xva file Import/Restore a Xen VM from a backed-up image file, likely a backup taken of a VM prior to the destruction of said VM for any reason. Import via command line (faster and preferred method) This method took 2:33 (2 minutes 33 seconds) to import a VM that had an 8GB HDD, of… Read more »

Flash plugin crashing in Firefox on Windows 8 with StackHash_fa66 error

As of today, 2014-01-07, I am running Firefox 26.0 on Windows 8 with the Adobe Flash Plugin 11,9,900,170. For the past few weeks, whenever I attempted to load a site that utilizes the flash plugin, I would receive an application crash error with the following details: Problem signature:   Problem Event Name:                        APPCRASH   Application Name:                             FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_170.exe   Application Version:                          … Read more »

AutoMySQLBackup authentication error

Note: If using automysqlbackup to backup all your MySQL databases on a Linux host, and you are getting the error: ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘automysqlbackup’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) even though you test it on the command line and can successfully login as the automysqlbackup user (or whichever user you are using for backups), make certain that the… Read more »

Serving static content through the ASP.NET handler on Windows 2003 / IIS 6.0

I recently had the need to process static file types (particularly *.html and *.pdf files) through the .NET processor/Framework on a Windows 2003 / IIS 6.0 server for the purpose of redirecting certain URLs. Having done this in the past, I knew I simply needed to add an application mapping for each file extension to the .NET processor. (Read more… Read more »

QuickBooks Pro 2008 Unrecoverable Error upon start

I just rebuilt a computer at work due to a motherboard failure, and upon reinstallation, had a problem with QuickBooks Pro 2008.  When I tried to run the program, all I got was: “QuickBooks unrecoverable error” as the title of a message box, with contents indicating that the program couldn’t start and asking if I would like to send an… Read more »

su: invalid script: /usr/libexec/auth/login_passwd (OpenBSD)

I had to replace a host-based firewall, based on OpenBSD, that had some failing hardware this week.  I managed to get the failing system up and running and made a full back up of the system using tar over SSH to a remote computer.  (Thanks to Trinity Rescue Kit for the help! I ran TRK on a Windows laptop I… Read more »