Technical blog and writings by Micah Webner.

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Getting started with Git

9/27/2014 in System Administration by micah

Git is a free and open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. HFC has standardized on Git as a method of source control for web management.

This post is an adaptation of internal instructions I've written for the web team at Henry Ford College. I'm reposting it here, because I have too many times when I want to send it to people, and this is the easiest way to do that.


My First Linux P2V

11/9/2007 in System Administration by micah

I just completed my first physical to virtual (p2v) migration of a Linux server. I used cpio, ssh and a rescue CD to migrate an aging server to VMware. Here's how I did it. (I'll try to leave out the steps that didn't work!)

We recently identified several servers that could be migrated to VMware Server, and the first Linux box to be moved is an old Fedora Core 2 box that runs as an instructional Oracle database server. According to the logs, it hasn't been used for student work since last May, so we may be retiring it, anyway.


Another One of Those Microsoft Days

6/28/2007 in System Administration by micah

Okay, this is a silly rant, but Jason Powell said on the Church IT Discussion Podcast to just do it. Blog about something, at least once a week. So here it is...

Last night was another one of those Microsoft days. A friend of mine got one of those cool Treo 700 phones that would drive me crazy, and needed me to come help him get it talking to his Exchange server.


Jason Powell and others on VMware Server

9/27/2006 in System Administration by micah

I've become a strong advocate of VMware Server. I composed this collection of links back in June to give a coworker some background info.


Rudimentary X Sessions on Fedora

9/27/2006 in System Administration by micah

I run Fedora Core on the Linux boxen I manage, and in most cases, they're configured for text-only operation. However, there are cases where running X is desirable, but usually remotely and generally not with all the bloat associated with a full desktop installation. (I've got nothing against Gnome or KDE; I just don't need them most of the time.) For this scenario, I generally use Xvnc and the Blackbox Window Manager.


Notes On Restaging Your Computer

9/12/2006 in System Administration by micah Two years ago, I worked on a family member's computer. It was so messed up that I couldn't fix it, so I reloaded Windows and started over. (This was anticipated, so they'd backed up their data ahead of time.) I saved the email that I wrote, intending to post it somewhere. Here's a copy, updated a little for the two years that passed. (more)

Microsoft Genuine Disadvantage

7/3/2006 in System Administration by micah

I've been reserving opinion on the whole Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage bruhaha, but I'm a little irked this morning. Working four day weeks in the summer doesn't mean I don't sometimes need access to my workstation back at the office, but Automatic Updates seems to put a kink in that plan from time to time. Updates that require a reboot (while I'm logged out, mind you) tend to lock out any further remote access to my workstation, and it will sit there deaf dumb and blind until I move my mouse on Monday morning.


Top 100 Network Security Tools

6/22/2006 in System Administration by micah

Nmap author Fyodor has compiled a list of the Top 100 Network Security Tools, as tabulated in a survey of nmap-hackers mailing list members. I remember when the previous lists were published in 2000 and 2003, and each release has led to my discovery of new tools, or reminded me that it's time to go back and revisit some old ones.


Virtual Announcements Abound

4/3/2006 in System Administration by micah

Big news today from three top players in the server virtualization market: Microsoft, XenSource and VMware.

As el Reg so eloquently states the matter: "Prepare ship, prepare ship for ludicrous speed."

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