January 2007


Late breaking news – Usenix is running some tutorials at the SANS 2007 conference in San Diego, and I’ll be teaching two of my workshops there. Here are the links for more information.
March 29 Solaris 10 Administration Workshop
March 30 Solaris 10 Security Workshop

Hope to see you there…

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This is rather esoteric, but I’ve seen posts asking for a solution to this problem so thought I’d document my experience here.

Problem – Trying to install Nexenta (Elatte) Alpha 6 within Parallels on the Mac. Nexenta is an open source distribution of Solaris that has the Solaris Nevada kernel and the Debian userland. It installs cleanly in Parallels beta RC1, but X fails to start cleanly. It appears that the xorg.conf is missing and the default Xorg is not sufficient.

Solution – I ran Xorg -configure to generate a new /root/xorg.conf.new
Then I followed some advice from the parallels forums as to changes to make and saved the file as /etc/X11/xorg.conf

I changed the Monitor section to be:
Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"
HorizSync 31.5-100
VertRefresh 59.0-75.0
Modeline "1440x900" 108.84 1440 1472 1800 1912 900 918 927 946
EndSection

And the Screen section:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 1
Modes "1440x900"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 4
Modes "1440x900"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 8
Modes "1440x900"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 15
Modes "1440x900"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1440x900"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1440x900"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Finally I changed parallels via the “configuration” section to allow a custom resolution of 1440×900.
Net result is Nexenta is up and being graphical on my MacBook Pro. Very nice.

Pardon the large .pdf file, here are the course materials that I hand out to the students of my Solaris 10 Administration Workshop course. This year I’m teaching this course for both USENIX and the SANS 2007 conference. This particular handout is from the Dec 2006 USENIX LISA conference. Feedback welcome.

Also, here are the course materials that I hand out to the students of my Solaris 10 Security Workshop course. I’m teaching this course for both USENIX and the SANS 2007 conference. This particular handout is from the Dec 2006 USENIX LISA conference. Feedback welcome.

I’m a fan of live music. Finding high quality, legally download-able (or at least stream-able) concert audio recordings is a rare treat. If you similarly like good live music free, check out these sites:

Wolfgang’s Vault Concert Vault – sound board recordings of many great 80s and 90s acts, streaming only.

NPR’s All Songs Considered – see the “live concerts” list on the left side of the main page. These are concerts recorded live at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. (I think). Most are streaming only, but some are available for download. I’m listening to the White Stripes concert as I type this. Also on my list to check out there are Cat Power, M. Ward, Lucinda Williams, David Gray, James Brown, Arctic Monkeys…and the list goes on.

 towsertv.petetownshend.com

Fantastic stuff, highly recommended.

Have you noticed that almost always, contacting a company’s support organization results in a return email or phone hold message stating that the company is experiencing higher the expect volumes of communications?

If they are always receiving high volumes, should they start expecting that? And shouldn’t they do something about it?!
Also, I don’t recall ever hearing / reading that the company was experiencing lighter than expected volumes. <b>Now that’s a company I would do business with! </b>

Just for the record, I will accept no payments to promote any product, service, or web site in my blog. If I do receive a product for free or on loan I’ll make that clear.

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