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    Welcome!  Here you will find posts about things that I find interesting:  OpenStack, Open Source, Ubuntu Server, Linux, Cloud Computing, and other miscellaneous, sometimes random thoughts. 

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  • Red Hat testing the OpenStack waters

    I’ve been following OpenStack’s maturity pretty closely over the past year.  Since the late 1990’s, I’ve taken note that as goes Red Hat, so goes the herd when it comes to enterprise Linux solutions.  Of course, in many cases, that may very well be “I like what you’ve got going, watch me do it better.”  That is also is not to minimize the impressive impact of Canonical, HP, IBM, Mirantis and Rackspace.  This is merely an observation that when Red Hat throws their support and weight at a project, things tend to change.

    As a relative late-comer to the OpenStack Foundation (platinum member since 2012), Red Hat is contributing $500K per year and a sizable chunk in terms of software engineering labor.  One must assume that it intends to monetize these efforts with a Red Hat OpenStack offering some day soon.  If so, what does that mean for RHEL pet projects oVirt and Aeolus?  And RHEV?  Who knows.  Their continued sponsorship of those projects raises my eyebrow a bit, that they might just be slightly over-hedged and confused.

    Meanwhile, Canonical seems to be quietly dominating this developing space with Ubuntu Server.  It will be interesting to watch as Canonical and Red Hat cloud platform offerings mature.  I’ll be looking for the OpenStack.  May the most clever hat or non-hat win.

  • Misc Trails

    Ryan Beisner, BusinessWeek:  Founder of Verity Information Systems, acquired by South Central Telcom in 1999.

    Ryan Beisner, SourceForge:  User, ryanbeisner, on the sourceforge.net open source project network.

    Ryan Beisner, Bullhorn Reach:  Hiring manager for open source tech recruiting on the Bullhorn Reach recruiting network.

    Ryan Beisner, Zoom Information:  ZoomInfo Systems Analyst profile.

    Ryan Beisner, Ardour Project:  Documentation for Ardour digital audio workstation open source project.

  • Ryan Beisner Dell PowerEdge Red Hat 7.3 Samba XP 2.25 Post Archive

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    Subject:    [Samba] SPOOLSV and XP PRO
    From:       Ryan Beisner <ryan () prattusa ! com>
    Date:       2003-06-04 1:56:32
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    Hi All
    
    I recently began having issues where there would be a runaway SMBD
    process listed in TOP, having a Pri of around 25, and using 70 to 95%
    CPU indefinitely.
    
    IPTRAF reports around 600kbps constantly in and out from the subject
    workstation, with nothing going on - on the workstation.  This traffic
    is parallel to the runaway SMBD process ... the traffic dies when the
    SMBD process is eliminated.
    
    Issuing a kill command on it seems to have no affect -- it just ignores.
    
    I used IPTRAF's lan station monitor to see from which workstation the
    session originated.  Once I found the workstation I shut it down.  
    
    The runaway SMBD process ended, having 80 to 90% CPU free on the file
    and print server.
    
    Immediately upon booting these XP PRO workstations (not all of them),
    the SMBD process goes crazy again.  I've now run into two different PCs
    that do this to our server.
    
    If I kill the SPOOLSV.EXE service in the XP task manager, the runaway
    SMBD process ends immediately.  The downfall is that XP PRO machine then
    can't print.
    
    To dig a little deeper, I tried this:  booted the PC, verified that the
    SMBD process indeed was haywire, then deleted the three network printer
    configurations from the XP PRO control panel.  Boom!  That SMBD process
    ended again.
    
    I have enabled devmode in the conf as indicated in the docs, which did
    not resolve the problem.
    
    All information you can throw my way, related or not, is greatly
    appreciated.
    
    Thanks,
    
    -Ryan Beisner
    
    PS
    
    SYSTEM INFO:  Dell PIII Rackmount PowerEdge
    I have Samba 2.2.7 on RedHat 7.3 which has been running stable for quite
    some time.  There are over 50 workstations (98, XP, 2000).
    
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  • Ryan Beisner CRM114 MailScanner McAfee Unix Postfix Mail Gateway 2004 Archive


    OK, more deep thoughts...
    
    I am currently using Postfix 2.0.x + MailScanner and an evaluation version
    of McAfee (fully functional for a month I think) -- with great results on
    one of my servers.  The virus filtering has worked flawlessly with very
    little impact on CPU.  [It's a Redhat 9 box.]
    
    With MailScanner, I am also stripping hazardous EXE PIF URL attachments
    and the like.
    
    )) MailScanner integrates with SpamAssassin, though I don't use it for CPU
    reasons -- and I don't plan to use SpamAssassin anywhere in this recipe.
    ((
    
    I want to stick CRM114 in front of (or behind) MailScanner in the process
    -- unless someone has a really slick way to get CRM114 to replace
    MailScanner's functionality completely.  Could CRM114 kick off McAffe's
    command line scanner in the same manner as MailScanner?
    
    MailScanner has per-user white/blacklists and per-user toggle of virus
    filtering (I really like that).
    
    I know this is a big can of worms, but I wonder how a guy would "chain"
    them together in one process coming out of the queue prior to delivery to
    the user's box.
    
    Thoughts, timid or bold, will be equally appreciated.  Thanks again.
    
    -Ryan Beisner
    
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  • Ryan Beisner – Fedora 1 from RHEL 3, Red Hat 9

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    Hi AllAnyone have words (good or bad) about Fedora Core 1. Any first-hand
    experience is welcome. I’m a long-time RH user and I’m getting ready to
    either test out Core 1 or go with RHES. I generally don’t need support as
    such, but vendor updates and patches are a concern.

    -Ryan Beisner

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    Reply:

    No experience with Fedora, but if you go with RHEL version 3, be aware that RedHat pulled out the database servers (both mysql and postgresql), apparently for inclusion in an as-yet-unreleased add-on product, so be prepared to roll your own or grab them from non RH sources if required.

    Apparently, no one runs any php/mysql websites on RedHat systems, or maybe they just like alienating their customer base (they’ve sure been annoying me! Not just with the removal of the SQL servers, but with their total lack of mentioning such a major step in *ANY* online manual, migration guides, readme files, etc).


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    On Mon, 10 Nov 2003 11:34:44 -0600 (CST) “Ryan Beisner (AE)”
    <ryanb-L6cUOIw7NSPby3iVrkZq2A@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
    >
    > > No experience with Fedora, but if you go with RHEL version 3, be
    aware
    > > that RedHat pulled out the database servers (both mysql and
    postgresql),
    > > apparently for inclusion in an as-yet-unreleased add-on product, so
    be
    > > prepared to roll your own or grab them from non RH sources if
    required.
    > >
    > > Apparently, no one runs any php/mysql websites on RedHat systems, or
    > > maybe they just like alienating their customer base (they’ve sure
    been
    > > annoying me! Not just with the removal of the SQL servers, but with
    > > their total lack of mentioning such a major step in *ANY* online
    manual,
    > > migration guides, readme files, etc).> 
    >
    > Agreed. It’s silliness.
    > 
    > My, oh my. They’ve done it now. It must be time to move back to 
    > FreeBSD? I really didn’t want to do that. I was convinced that Red
    Hat
    > would have eternally had Linux freely available. I’m still going to
    dive into
    > Core 1 and see what goes. There’s nothing like moving a production
    server
    > to a test OS for a week or so and seeing what happens, yeah?

    Having never used any of RedHat’s technical support, and frequently
    throwing packages which suddenly weren’t included (such as the
    disappearance of Pine, which removes the easy-to-use “Pico” text editor,
    which causes tech support headaches when your client calls saying he
    can’t edit his config files anymore) into new systems myself (such as
    then adding Nano, GNU’s replacement for Pico), Fedora isn’t that much of
    a problem.

    Of course, I’ve been using Mandrake for most systems for the past few
    years. Now that RedHat has droped its consumer support and apparently
    altered Fedora to no longer include important packages, Mandrake might
    now follow suit. Mandrake dropped the Pine package as of version 9
    (hence the headaches).

    I just wish I could get Debian to work. I’ve never successfully
    installed Debian onto anything. And of course, Debian has never come
    with Pine. I don’t know if it even bothers with Nano.

    [and before you whine about “but why isn’t your client using vi/emacs?”,
    small business owners who switch from Windows to Linux frequently don’t
    have our level of patience and masochism to learn vi/emacs. A modeless
    text editor was good enough for them in DOS/Windows, and there might as
    well be one in Linux as well.]

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