CentOS 7 and OpenVPN 2.3.5 (Routed)

Decided to setup a openvpn server on a new CentOS 7 box and it was not exactly straight forward so below are the steps required, this should be enough to get started

On a (minimal) centOS 7 box:

yum -y install gcc rpm-build vim openssl-devel lzo-devel pam-devel wget
wget http://swupdate.openvpn.org/community/releases/openvpn-2.3.5.tar.gz
rpmbuild -tb openvpn-2.3.5.tar.gz

if using a seperate server for as the VPN server:

scp ./RPMS/x86_64/openvpn-2.3.5-1.x86_64.rpm server:/tmp

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Comments now require moderation

Sorry to all who do post here, but due to a large influx of spam comments over the last couple of weeks I have now enabled comment moderation, so comments will only appear after I approve them. Sadly this is the only way I can ensure those of you who follow the RSS feed dont get spammed.


Programs without MSI Product ID

Recently I had an issue where ActiveSetup wasn’t installing some applications when deployed. It turned out that it was due to some of the packaged applications not having a program with the Windows installer information populated. As it was believed that this may not an isolated issues I was tasked with producing a report of all Packages where the information was missing. This is not actually possible via the default reports as none of the views exposed to SCCM actually contain this information. The only way to get this information is to query the SCCM database table “PkgPrograms”, and to do that and have a permenant report SSRS is needed as it can run with the credentials of the user generating it or with an execution account which may have more access.

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Good News and Bad!

Bad news is that as of the 2011-12-31 I finished working for my Employer in order to move back to my home country, so I no longer have direct access to (and responsibility for) VMWare (and all the other really cool stuff we had, infini-band, HPC etc.) To top it off I was told before I left they intended to implement vblock (I suspect they just wanted to make me jealous ;) )

Good news is that from the 2012-01-09 I am starting my new job which will be mainly SCCM to start but moving into Citrix as well. So you will likely see no more VMWare posts, however I intend to make it up to you all by posting lots more

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Site Problems

Sorry to all those that have tried to contact me via the contact form, for some reason hotmail has been blocking emails from anyone not in my address book for what seems to be some time. I have no idea why or when they started this. I have changed the destination address for the contact form to another of my email accounts, so hopefully this has solved the problem. If you tried to contact me in the past and I have not replied it is most likely due to this. Please try again and I will respond, if you do not get a reponse please add a comment to this post so I know you have tried to contact me.



Site revamp

With the change of the year I have decided to give the site a complete make over.

As I get time I’ll repopulate the old data.

I haven’t decided if I’ll bring the wiki back or not yet, if there is demand I will bring it back but if not I think I’ll just keep the site as simple as possible. Also due to the revamp my email address for this site is out of action for a while (I was getting a lot of spam in it anyhow), until I get a chance to fix it so post here and I’ll get back to you.

Please be patient as I have just moved house and have no internet, so I am having to do the site updates on my lunch hour.
Sorry to those that took the time to register, you’ll need to re-register as I am taking this chance to clear out the hundreds of spam accounts. Read More