Taskomatic troubleshooting, systems always show available updates – Spacewalk 2.3 / Satellite 5.x

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Lately one of my projects at work is to get a patch management solution in place for our RHEL/CentOS Linux systems.  Since Red Hat’s Satellite product doesn’t manage CentOS systems, and because there is no easy method of configuring the pieces that Satellite 6 is based on, we decided to go with Spacewalk.  For longer […]

Running Linux commands on many servers at a time

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I’ve been busy at work lately… setting up a new patch process to include implementation, migration from our old, counter-intuitive system (apt on Red Hat servers, :|), so lots of registering systems with Spacewalk has been necessary (until we finish a Puppet module that is). During our regularly scheduled patching, we have to do blocks […]

Hiring companies: if you want it written in X, ask for it to be written in X

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I recently took an online AbillityScreen through TrueAbility for a remote position, and one of the tasks was to program some generic automation scripts to do various file operations and so on. In the description, it stated to complete the task in whatever language you wanted as long as it worked.  I set about doing […]

Google (GMail team specifically) randomly decides to enforce strict SSL for external POP3/IMAP accounts

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After Google announced it was doing away with personal (or was it trial?) Google Apps accounts, I’m getting the impression they want to get rid of freeloaders (like me). I have a free GMail account, which I’ve setup to retrieve messages using POP3S from my e-mail server at home. This allows me to get better […]