Thursday, January 31, 2013

Change the IP of a Solaris Zone

To change the IP of a Solaris Zone start zonecfg with the configured zone first:

# zonecfg -z bck01

The name of the zone is bck01. Within zonecfg run info to view the current configuration of the zone: 

Scan for new Lun(s) in AIX

After creating a Lun in a storage and mapping the new Lun to a AIX server you should list the current disks:

# vxdisk -e list

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Get installation date

If you need to determine the installation date of your server then you have a couple of options like look into your network documentation, check for install logs on the server etc. In most cases you don't have these kind of options and with all the different Linux distributions around it can get difficult to get a proper installation date. The next few hints are really just hints to give you a small clue when the installation date was.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Disable automountd in HP-UX

To disable automountd in HP-UX configure the file /etc/rc.config.d/nfsconf and change the value for the AUTOFS parameter from 1 to 0 first:

# vi /etc/rc.config.d/nfsconf

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Setting up a SAN

I have some FC hardware and I thought I try to setup a small SAN. Here is my hardware list:

Server (hq01): Slackware64
FC Adapter: QLogic 2300 (1 FC Port)
San Switch (ssw01): Compaq StorageWorks San Switch 8 (Brocade)
Storage (stor01): Sun StorEdge 6120 (14x33GB)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

sccli command examples

Yesterday I finally managed to reinstall a V480 with Solaris and a attached StorEdge 3310. Beneath a few example how to install the required software and how to use the command line tool sccli on Solaris Sparc.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Solaris NIC speed

When you need to check the NIC speed in Solaris then you can use ndd:

# ndd -get /dev/nge2 link_speed

The NIC nge2 is connected to a 100MB port only. Patching it to a 1GB port shows the following log: 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Create a new LILO boot image

Creating a new LILO boot image is more than easy. Just pickup your favorite image and resize it to 640x480 px. You can use Gimp for resizing images. I like to use the command line what I'll show here. The point is that you get a image with a size of 640x480 and max. 256 colors (8 bit). The only intention to change my LILO screen is my HTPC (running XBMC) because I have found a really nice image for it.
What ever, just take a look at your image with file:

Adding goom audio visualisation to XBMC

This article is based on my prior released XBMC article which can be found here.
Goom is a very nice audio visualisation which you can use with XBMC. This article will describe how to setup goom and howto setup XBMC with goom support. First download the goom sources:

# mkdir /usr/src/xbmc
# cd /usr/src/xbmc
# wget -c ""
# tar xf goom-2k4-0-src.tar.gz
# cd goom2k4-0/

ORA-28002: the password will expire within 7 days

When you try to connect to Oracle and you're getting the following error:

$ sqlplus "sys/password"
ORA-28002: the password will expire within 7 days

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Selfmade HTPC with Slackware and XBMC

I have found some time to reinstall my HTPC with the current Slackware64 14.0 release and the current XBMC 11.0 release. As usual I installed everything from scratch and this article is a simple tutorial to install XBMC on Slackware. I like to use Slackware as base OS for XBMC because it is very slick and simple by default. In this tutorial I assume that you have a basic Slackware installation running with at least a small window environment (eg. Fluxbox). Before you can install XBMC you need a few more packages. All dependent packages are installed more or less the same way. The next lines will show you which package to install and how to install it.