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July 30, 2008

Dedicate physical network adapter to VMware guest OS

The number of guest OSes that can be hosted is limited by CPU power, RAM, harddisks and network bandwidth.

VMware server bridges the guest OSes on the first physical network adapter. If you have several small virtual servers, it is possible for a single network connection to be flooded.

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July 29, 2008

Fixing Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager

After installation of the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, you might encounter the home page, reports and policy page cannot be viewed. "The website declined to show this webpage".

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July 21, 2008

Creating a Linux Virtual Machine Part Duex

The VMTools required installation of kernel headers for Fedora Core 9, after a bit of head scratching, I managed to find it. This is done by Googling on compiling kernels and kernel headers.

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July 18, 2008

Network configuration for Solaris

In Windows you can change IP address, all in one place. For Solaris, it is slightly different.

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Changing monitor resolution for Solaris

Solaris is a mature operating system and some of the old versions are still alive and kicking. So the commands used are different.

For M64 graphics card run


For GFX graphics card run

/usr/sbin/fbconfig -i

For Solaris 10 on x86 hardware run


July 17, 2008

What is the difference between the Linux distributions?

According to Wiki, there are over 300 different Linux distributions. Some of the more well known are: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Debian, Suse, Ubuntu, Fedora, Centos, FreeBSD etc.

So here is the famous question which one to use? I was faced with same question and could not find a definitive answer. After some hours Googling, the result.

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July 15, 2008

Fedora 9 and NFS

I am using Fedora 9 as a client to connect to a Solaris 9 machine. Strangely it kept failing and after some Google time, all is revealed.

NFS is logged as a bug in Bugzilla.

What is the equivalent command for ??? in Linux?

How to find an Solaris command for ??? in Linux? or vice versa? or AIX, BSD?

Check out the Rosetta Stone for Unix.

Disk to Disk cloning a server

Disk to disk cloning a server is a really old way of cloning. Insert a new disk of similar size, boot an independant OS eg Live CD, Ubuntu or Knoppix to clone from old to new disk.

Except that the CD drive is not working and I cannot power down the really old server. So it is single user mode time.

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July 5, 2008

Mass Import into Movable Type 4 is now broken

I was planning to go live when I remembered I still have a bunch of photos to publish. An excellent opportunity to test mass import into the blog. That gave me a shock

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6 degrees of seperation?

Recently I attended a wedding dinner. This was held for my brother-in-law at the Paramount Hotel. There was this guy in the crowd that look vaguely familiar. He had the same strange feeling. So we went "Haven't seen you some where before?"

Turns on that both of us were colleagues in AMD, some 10+ years ago. Lets see now he is the bride's mother brother in law. That makes him how many hops? Wife, brother, wife, mother, sister, husband.

Six steps!

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