SCOM 2012 Agent for CentOS/RHEL/Fedora and SSL errors

We recently starting testing the SCOM 2012 Management Agent for Linux on a test server running CentOS 6.4 x86_64. Since we just installed a minimal set of packages via an automated kickstart the hostname of the machine wasn't set to the DNS resolved name.

After the SCOM agent was installed and even after we changed the hostname and setup the proper DNS the SCOM console was still barking about an SSL certificate common name matching the hostname of the server.

Fedora 13 - Initial Thoughts - Good to Go

With the release of Fedora 13 about a week ago, I decided that my Fedora 11 workstation was getting a little long in the tooth and was due for an upgrade (not to mention the fact that Fedora 11 will go End-Of-Life [EOL] in about 2 weeks.).

I have a separate /home parition so I wasn't too worried about losing stuff, but I opted for an upgrade instead of a clean install. I backed up /etc just in case and dropped to runlevel 3 and ran the preupgrade-cli client that Fedora provides for upgrading. That process ran smoothly and it prompted me to reboot to being the upgrade.

Drupal Simplenews, MIME Mail, Blank Pages, and HTTP 500 errors

Well I've been banging my head against the wall trying to get the Simplenews module for Drupal working properly after having to move hosting providers.

The issue was partly of my own desire to run PHP 5.2 on CentOS 5.x. After moving providers I wanted to get my new VPS ready to run Drupal 7 when it's released and it requires PHP 5.2.

Samba 3.4 on CentOS 5 - RPMs available - Resolve winbind issues with Windows Server 2008 R2

A friend of mine uses Samba and winbind on his CentOS Linux boxes for user and group information and Kerberos for authentication. He upgraded his domain controllers recently to Windows Server 2008 R2 and suddenly his winbind authentication broke.

Drupal and mod_security - Part Deux

If you have recently updated to the most recent mod_security RPM from Fedora and you are running Drupal, you've probably noticed that certain things don't work correctly. Most specifically, some of the system CSS pages and tabs look funny, and if you're using the pathauto module with the default URL aliases you are probably get a Forbidden (or HTTP 403) when you try to access your content.

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Quick and dirty recording of stereo mix on a Linux box

Last night I wanted to record some things (for personal use only) coming out of the stereo mix on my Linux workstation (currently running Fedora 11 x64). In the past I've been able to use Audacity ( - the awesome open source and free audio editing software available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. For some reason I wasn't able to get Audacity to pick up the stereo mix as an input so I searched around to find out how I could record the stereo mix coming out of a Linux workstations soundcard. Here's what I found ...

Fedora RPM Packages of Google Chromium

So I've wanted to try out Google Chrome on Fedora, but I'm kind of a purist in that I only like to install software on my workstation that comes packaged in an RPM. Many times if software is not available in RPM format I'll build my own with our in-house Koji buildsystem. Koji is the same system that the Fedora Project uses to build it's packages (

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