Tag Archives: Sysadmin

gitblit: Apache as frontend for x509 client authentication

It took us a long journey to finally come to the point where we decided to add a git repository server to our existing subversion source control infrastructure. The journey was quite long mostly due to the fact that both the development and management tools for git were just not good enough – at least Continue Reading →

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“BSD vs. Linux” or “what to do when your favourite Linux distro falls appart”

I am quite frustrated about the things that have been going on around Mandriva in those last weeks and days. After Mandriva fired most of its’ active and vital developers, a major part of the Mandriva community has decided to fork the distribution and restart under the new name “Mageia” [1]. Originally coming from a Continue Reading →

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IBM ServRAID tools and Mandriva Linux 2010.0

We recently purchased a couple of Lenovo RD120 servers (exellent quality!) coming with an IBM ServRAID-8k SAS/SATA controller. This RAID controller is well known from the IBM x35xx series and features RAID levels 0,1,5,6,10 and 1e (whateever level ‘1e’ may be :-), 256MB of RAM and a backup battery to finish write operations once power Continue Reading →

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accessing the CLI of Cisco “Small Business” Switches

Preface: Cisco’s “Small Business” network equipment is based on hardware formerly manufactured by Linksys. When Cisco bought Linksys, they incorporated the Linksys hardware as “Cisco Small Business” equipment. Now, at first glance that doesn’t sound too bad. Cisco, being the major player when it comes to network equipment, is well known for its very well Continue Reading →

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SVN authentication with client SSL X.509 certificates and apache 2.2

We recently moved our subversion repository to a new, now dedicated server. In that course I found it reasonable to streamline our old configuration how authentication and authorization against the repository is done. Previously, our users were primarily authorized to access the repository using their X.509 certificates. After authorization took place, they were authenticated and Continue Reading →

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