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by lunarg on August 8th 2007, at 13:15

In absence of a decent article, here's a good resource page for performance tuning of DSPAM:

http://dspamwiki.expass.de/Performance_Tuning

by lunarg on August 2nd 2007, at 15:55
If you ever had the need to automatically reboot your system (whether it's a workstation or a server), knows that this is not a very simple thing to do. The shutdown command of Windows is often limited (e.g. it can't be used when nobody is logged on, or when the system is locked), and other applications are often too complex, or not free, or may even contain spyware and other ill-made wares. Windows Sysinternals has a solution.

The application is called PsShutdown, and is downloadable for free:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/psshutdown.mspx

PsShutdown is quite similar to "regular" shutdown - the former accepts the same parameters as the latter, but has various add  ...
by lunarg on August 1st 2007, at 14:07

A document about the installation of the IBM Director and ServeRAID manager in VMware ESX 3 can be found here:

http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/WP101047.

Should be useful to anyone who cares... If I ever get the chance to try it out myself (which should be fairly soon), it would probably be added (after rewriting, of course).

by lunarg on July 29th 2007, at 15:18
An LVM structure is build as follows:At the bottom is the PV (Physical Volume), which is basically just a partition (logical or not). LVM markers need to be placed on it for LVM to see it as a usable PV.

Before actual volumes can be created, a VG (Volume Group) has to be created. A group is the second lowest structure. Only one VGs can be created on per PV, but a single VG can span multiple PVs, which makes VG a very neat thing.

The final step (before the filesystem) is the LV (Logical Volume). This is the thing that will actual hold the filesystem and data. So when mkfs-ing, it will be done on this. Several LVs can occupy one VG, but unlike VG, an LV can not span VGs (so if you were to me  ...
by lunarg on July 28th 2007, at 23:02


Has no journalling, so preferrably only used for CF and USB sticks, or for very small file systems where journalling makes things worse than better.

No indexing, so don't use for many files.

Preferred choice for external storage, because virtually all systems can read ext2/ext3 (including Windows with proper software).

Has journalling. Is perfect for all-round (server) systems, in particular root file systems and such. If there are many small files, and many files in one directory, this one is not the preferred choice because there's no specific indexing method (or none that I know of).

Has full resize support, so can be used for LVMs.

Is robust: has proven its worth.

Disaster recove  ...
by lunarg on July 24th 2007, at 23:38
In light of my media guide (which is still under heavy development), I did a bit of experimenting with MythTV.
The result of my experiment is pretty nifty: I now have the ability to watch TV on my laptop (without a TV tuner), as long as I have a connection to my media PC (where the tuner is). Want to know more? Read on then...

As you know (or perhaps not yet), MythTV consists of two parts: a backend server (which does all the work: managing records, accessing hardware and so on), and a frontend client (basically controls the backend server, look up recordings, watch actual TV, etc.).
These two parts communicates with each other using the IP stack. While (according to the Gentoo ebuild maint  ...
by lunarg on July 13th 2007, at 18:10
Because of my move, I had need of a media PC system, which allowed me to watch TV, record from TV, watch DVDs, listen to music and more. Buying a pc with Windows Media Center was not an option: linux has very wonderful applications and utilities to build such a sytem. For hardware, I had an old pc which I used as a server, but because of the wonderful capabilities of VMware, I decided to convert the machine to a so-called Media PC.

To contribute my efforts to the community, I decided to create some sort of a guide. It is not a real how-to, but rather the steps I took to get things running, along with descriptions and solutions to caveats and problems I encountered.
The guide can be found i  ...
by lunarg on July 2nd 2007, at 21:02
Well, isn't this great... Thought I had a quiet weekend (well, relatively quiet, read the next post), with a bit of gaming and such. But apparently, my oh-so-wonderful water-cooled video card thought otherwise.

Twas Friday afternoon: I booted up my pc. Although it was a bit more silent than usually, I discarded it as being the bit cold weather of these days.
Thought it would be neat to do a bit of retro-gaming, and fired up the old Half-Life 1...

About two minutes in the game, alarms and whistles and popups went off, and as the message your card is too hot appeared on the screen, I distinctively shouted out: WTF!
I quickly cranked up the ATI console, and saw an astonashing 113 degrees C !   ...
by lunarg on June 28th 2007, at 15:34
Did a test on two DL380 G5 controllers to check out the difference between having a battery or not on a P400 SAS RAID controller. The results are remarkable, to say the least.

Both machines are fairly identical when looking at disk configuration: both have a P400 SAS controller with an equal amount of storage, but srv1 has 512MB with battery, srv2 has 256MB without battery.

I ran a dd test of a file, and this is the output:

srv1:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=./dump.dump bs=1k count=81920008192000+0 records in8192000+0 records out8388608000 bytes (8.4 GB) copied, 48.282 seconds, 174 MB/s

srv2:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=./dump.dump bs=1k count=51200005120000+0 records in5120000+0 recor  ...
by lunarg on June 24th 2007, at 20:24

A friend of mine had this problem with her camera storage thingy. If you're a MacOSX user, you might want to read up on the symptoms and solution on her blog.
Extra thanks go to Heidi for this.

by lunarg on June 11th 2007, at 11:37
In linux, punching in uptime provides you with how long the system was up without a reboot. But how to do this in Windows? There is no real indication to be found anywhere. Here's how.

The uptime can be found using the command prompt.

Do a start -> Run, punch in cmd and hit Enter (like you normally would).
Type in the command:

net statistics server

(and hit Enter).
Find the line that starts with Statistics since...: it will tell the time the server was up from.

Note that you could shorten the commands like so:

net stats srv

The above has been tested with: Windows 2000 (all versions), Windows XP (all versions), and Windows 2003 (all versions). It will probably work on Vista as well.
  ...
by lunarg on May 21st 2007, at 17:59

Running OpenVPN on Vista, works, but requires some workarounds.
Current list of issues:

  • connection gets established, but route addition fails with route addition failed usingCreateIpForwardEntry

Read further for the solutions...

connection gets established, but route addition fails with route addition failed usingCreateIpForwardEntry

This problem always occurs on a Vista. What happens is that while the connection does get established, the routes are not being added properly, because of an API change in Vista.
To circumvent the issue, add this line to your OpenVPN config file:

route-method exe

This way, the route addition is called directly using the commandline utility.

by lunarg on May 17th 2007, at 15:24
Because of (Belgian) providers limiting SMTP (port 25) traffic to their own servers, makes it necessary for us (as an 3rd party ISP) to allow our customers to use our own mailserver for all outgoing mail. To circumvent this limitation, we've configured the mailserver to listen on port 26 as well.

For our customers with only a few mail clients (so no local mailserver), this is usually not a problem. A quick change of the SMTP port, solves their issues. For people that have a catch-all mailbox (and a local mailserver), the mailserver itself usually allows the change.

Of course, some of our clients have Exchange servers, and there, the change was not that obvious.
After a bit of a search, we'  ...
by lunarg on May 14th 2007, at 21:10

It's a bit of an old post, but ran into this problem more than once.
If you get the message:

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The system DLL user32.dll was relocated in memory. The application will not run properly. The relocation occurred because the DLL C:\Windows\System32\Hhctrl.ocx occupied an address range reserved for Windows system DLLs. The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.

A hot-fix can be downloaded at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/935448.

by lunarg on May 7th 2007, at 11:09
It would've been too easy if the solution (read my previous post about this topic), would've just worked. With the source of the HP OpenIPMI package available (it seems to be included in the download), I thought it would be snap to get it compiled for our Etch kernel. I was wrong...

Downloading the .deb for sarge doesn't work on Etch right away because of a kernel version difference. Moreover, while the source of the OpenIPMI driver has been included, it does fit neatly into the kernel source, but the compiler bombs out with this:

  CC [M]  drivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_msghandler.odrivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_msghandler.c: In function 'ipmi_smi_watcher_register':drivers/char/  ...
by lunarg on May 4th 2007, at 15:05
After a call to HP, there seems to be a solution present.
Apparently it's a known issue on these boxes, when one is using the open source IPMI, instead of the HP OpenIPMI.

The resolution was to install HP OpenIPMI. The full description is below:

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DESCRIPTION
On an HP ProLiant ML350 G5 server configured with a single processor, if
the HP System Health Application and Insight Management Agents for Linux
are installed without the HP OpenIPMI (hp-OpenIPMI) device driver
loaded, a console message is displayed indicating that there is a
problem with the system fan and that the server will shut down in 60
seconds. After 60 seconds has passed, the server reboots. When this
occurs, the followi  ...
by lunarg on May 3rd 2007, at 16:01
Some time ago, Debian has finally been adopted officially by HP as a supported Operating System. They even have released packages for Sarge for it.
Of course, in the meantime, Etch is the new stable of Debian, thus, I had to revert back to the old tweaking ways, described at http://debian.catsanddogs.com/. On the various DL380 G5's I've worked with, this went very smoothly, and it runs perfectly. On the ML350 G5, it's something else...

The machine is a new ML350 G5, with a dual-core Xeon 5120. The system runs Etch AMD64 (stable), and everything seems to be in order. Installation of the agents went flawlessly either (with a bit of script tweaking to make up for the version difference).

The   ...
by lunarg on April 29th 2007, at 19:46
In this article, you'll find some pointers on listening/watching to live streams with certain software applications.

MPlayer is a very good application when it comes to live streams. It supports a whole deal of protocols, including those of windows (mms://).
The only "drawback" is that MPlayer by default sets its cache to 8MB. For video over LAN, this is not really an issue, but when listening to a low bitrate audio stream on the internet, it takes a long time to fill up that cache.

The easiest way to listen to a live stream:

mplayer -cache size-in-KB "stream-url (e.g. http://)"

Be sure to set cache size to something more sane:

For low bitrate audio streams: 64 or   ...
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